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Early Steps Gulf Central Staff

Susan Tant

Counties Served:  Sarasota (North Port), DeSoto Education:  M.A. Communication Disorders and CCC-SLP (ASHA certification) Experience: 29 years experience as a Speech Language Pathologist serving children with communication disorders. She has been employed with Early Steps since 7/2012. Personal:

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Stephanie Prokup

Counties Served:  Charlotte, South Sarasota Education:  Illinois Valley Community College 2004-2006, Associates Degree in Science. Illinois State University 2006-2008, Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Illinois State University 2008-2010, Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Experience: Three years working as a Speech Language Pathologist in home health, skilled

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Sitarih Jehani

Counties Served:  Sarasota Education:   BA in Early Childhood Education;  MA in Sociology Experience:  Service coordinator for Child and Family Connections #7 in Illinois for 2 ½ years. She has been employed with Early Steps since 6/2012. Personal:  Mom of two children.  Loves to cook.  Born and raised in India.

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Chelsea LaRocca

Counties Served: Manatee and North Sarasota Education: AA Degree Experience: She is the proud mom of 3 beautiful children, 2 of which have special needs. She has spent the last 14 years navigating through the world of Autism with her oldest son, and now finds herself on a similar journey with

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Paula Royer

Counties Served:  Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota Education: High School + life’s experiences! Experience: Employed with Early Steps since 2004. Personal: Happily married to my husband Brian since 1982. I love living life with him, serving alongside him in ministry, raised our 3 daughters together, and now watching their

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Millie Hernandez

Counties Served:  Hardee & Highlands Education:  BSED., MSED., Bilingual Extension – Concentration Early Childhood Special Education Experience:  Millie has been in the education field for over 20 years and has a background in ABA. She has worked with children on the autism spectrum and with multiple disabilities, in Early Intervention

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Michelle Wade

Counties Served: Education: Experience: She has been employed with Early Steps since 2011. Personal:

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Julie Schweers

Counties Served:  Sarasota and Manatee Education:  BS in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. Currently enrolled in transitional Doctorate program at USF. Experience:  NDT certified in children. Extensive experience with children from NICU to school-age in various settings. She has been employed with Early Steps since 6/2010. Personal: Love to

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Debbie Jones

Counties Served:  Manatee Education: University of South Florida, graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) Experience:  She has been employed with Early Steps since 9/2008. Personal:

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