OUR LEADERSHIP

In addition to the valuable volunteers and seasonal program staff who make the Dream Oaks Camp magic possible, these are the talented and committed professionals who strive to carry out our mission on a full-time, year-round basis.

a message from our executive director
elena cassella

Our Foundation family continues to be blessed by the generous donations and support we receive from our local community.  Through their support, we are able to further our mission to celebrate the abilities and develop the strengths of children ages 7-17 with special needs and chronic illnesses by collaborating with families to provide individualized, result-based goals, family support and recreation in a camp environment. 

As we enter into our 22nd year of operation, I’d like to recognize our late founder, Eddie Mulock for his dream of creating a place where children could know the gift of being a child; to experience friendship with other kids & to explore the world.  

I invite you to witness the magic of our program by visiting during one of our many year-round weekend camps or during our summer program. 

CAMP EXECUTIVE TEAM

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Elena Cassella

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Program Director

Doug Gillum

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CAMP DIRECTOR

Devonte Ousley

Health Care Coordinator and community outreach

Diane Bartosek

Office Manager

Lauralie Benge

VOLUNTEER &
SUPPORT

DREAM OAKS CAMP!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

chair

Annette Larkin
ALC ChildCare Consulting

VICE-CHAIR

Elizabeth Murphy
Florida Virtual School

TREASURER

Ronald Jay Lipker, II
Champs Sports

SECRETARY

Ronnie Fowler
Oliver Wyman

Michelle Jimenez-Baserva
The Southern Region – Sales

Nancy Beal
Manatee County School
District – Retired

Josh Beyer (Advisory)
The Sembler Company

Matt Faul
Wagner Realty

Valerie LaTour
Edward Jones

Kara Moates
Manatee Diagnostic Center

Jeb Mulock (Advisory)
ZNS Engineering

Chris Nagle

Pepsico

Jodi O’Meara
Manatee County School District

Fran Padgett
Manatee County School
District – Retired

from our board chair
annette larkin

The Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp is a wonderful organization that allows children with exceptional needs the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop their strengths and abilities, becoming amazing individuals!

Foundation for Dreams is always seeking people who have talents, skills, desire or financial resources to help us to continue to provide the opportunities to our children we serve. The organization’s mission for supporting children and families is what attracted me to serve as a board member. The difference we make is what keeps me here.

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“Working at Dream Oaks is more than just a job. The benefits that I received and the things I learned about myself were life changing.”

- DREAM OAKS STAFF