Donna Gargett holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has worked in the human services field since 2002. She holds a Qualified Professional Credential in mental health and substance abuse. She is a Licensing Coordinator for foster care and a certified Partnering For Safety And Permanence-Model Approach To Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAP-TIP) and Together Facing The Challenge Trainer. She is a State Leader for Decoding Dyslexia, a published poet, artist and founder of nonprofit Blank Canvas Awareness Art.
Donna has a wide-ranging experience in and around the employment and disability sectors such as direct care, supported employment, job development/coaching, mental health/ developmental disabilities, case management, supported services in learning disabilities. She worked with a special division in California aiding in assisting homeless directly off the streets. While most of her career in human services was with adults she has also balanced it with providing services to children in directing a day program for 5 years.
Donna has also committed to serving children and was a director of children’s programs for a 5 year period. As a Director she successfully led her staff at the private day school to accreditation through National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). Donna was recognized for providing excellent serve to not only the children but their families. She provided parenting trainings and resources to families. After starting her own family she shifted gears back to social services and advocating for now her own children.
Despite working for mainly nonprofits she is no stranger to the business sector. She has successfully lead companies in the areas of marketing and design. She was also an entrepreneur at age 16, started a second business with her husband in 2012. Donna has a well round experience of business and human service and has applied her training for parenting classes in providing parents with a better understanding of their child’s diagnosis. Donna, dyslexic herself, started advocating when her daughter, Bella, was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 2015. Later her other daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with ADHD and showed early warning signs for Dyslexia in 2016. She understands the road her children had in front of them and she wanted to provide the best services for not only them but everyone struggling to receive services. It is that combined work and personal experience that drives her passion for the nonprofit, Blank Canvas Awareness Art, inc.
Secretary, Dalice Castro has earned a BS in Psychology and is currently tutoring elementary age students for the Onslow County School District. Dalice has 4 years of previous experience working with troubled youth. She remains an active volunteer at her children’s school and is also an assistant coach for the schools Stride team. Her journey to become an advocate for dyslexia began when her own son was determined to be at risk and when family history indicated a predisposition for dyslexia. Dalice sought out resources in her area only to find very little being offered. Her goal is to bring more awareness and more resources to the Onslow County area.
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