BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Manasota BUDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, led by volunteers. All current Board Members have children with Down syndrome.
Patricia Davison Crauwels
Pat is the mother of four adult children: Matt, Alison, Ethan, and Rachel. Her youngest, Rachel, age 21, has Down Syndrome. She and her family have lived in the Manatee/Sarasota area since 1984. She is a board certified civil trial attorney in Sarasota and a partner in the law firm Eastmoore, Crauwels & DuBose, practicing in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance law. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and past president of FLABOTA (Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates). Pat enjoys playing tennis and watching Rachel become more proficient in the sport.
Mike is a Senior Vice President with South State Investment Services and a Certified Financial Planner CFP® practitioner. He has served as President of Manasota BUDS since 2003. Michael is a graduate of Tulane University School of Business, possessing both a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He is President of the Tulane Alumni Association for Sarasota and Manatee counties. Michael is a multi-year recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award and was also named as one of The President’s Points of Light for his volunteerism and service to his community. Michael’s son, Andrew, was born with Down syndrome. Their family has lived in Sarasota since 1986.
Mary Lou Bear
Mary is a Loan Officer with Truist. She offers clients more than 38 years experience in the mortgage industry. In addition to serving as Vice President of Manasota B.U.D.S., Mary serves on the Board of Gult Coast Mortgage Bankers Association, and previously held the role of President for 2 years. She is a graduate of Valdosta State College.
Jim is a founding member of Manasota BUDS, and has faithfully served on the board since inception in 2002. He currently serves the board in the capacity of Treasurer. He is Chief Financial Officer for JMC Communities of St. Petersburg, where he has been employed for 30 years. Jim and his wife, Mary Jo, have a son, Joey, who has Down syndrome. Their family resides in Bradenton, FL.
Kylee (Barry) Karambelas is a contract administrator, and self-employed free spirit with big ideas. Prior to giving birth to her daughter with Down syndrome in 2008, her career was in the medical field, which has served her well in understanding Down syndrome and many medical conditions associated with it. She has been committed to serving Manasota BUDS as a volunteer since 2008, having joined the board in 2012, with appointment to Secretary in 2018. A Pennsylvania native, Kylee left Penn State University after 3 semesters to move to Florida. Kylee and her daughters, Sophie and Carys, joined families with Alex and his 2 children, Khloe and Karter, in 2021 and they enjoy spending time outdoors, farming/being in nature, riding ATVs, family time, and traveling. Their family has lived in the Bradenton/Sarasota area since 2001.
Marisol serves as the State Parent Consultant for Florida’s early intervention program, Early Steps, under the Division of Children’s Medical Services within the Florida Department of Health. Prior to representing families statewide, Marisol spent 6 years working on the local level at one of the Early Steps Offices as a Family Resource Specialist and represents families in various state and national groups. Her most important role, however, has been raising two young and unique children with disabilities, a son who is twice-exceptional autistic and gifted, and a daughter who has Down syndrome. Her children and her experiences in parenthood have taught her how to view the world from a different lens and have given her a mission to empower families and people.
Andrew is a 20-year automotive industry veteran, serving as CMO and CTO for the Dimmitt Automotive Group in Tampa. He has attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Leadership program, as well as executive leadership programs through NADA Dealer Academy, the Dale Carnegie Institute, Bates Communications, and the Walt Disney Institute. He is active in several charities and has a passion for serving the Special Needs community. Andrew is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and was a 2021 Automotive News 40 under 40 honoree. He and his wife of 14 years, Cara, are the proud parents of 2 boys, Connor and Jacob. Their family has lived in the Lakewood Ranch area since 2017. Andrew joined the Manasota BUDS Board in 2022.
Kelly Cowart, PhD
Dr. Cowart is an associate professor of marketing at the University of South Florida where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate marketing courses. She earned a PhD in marketing from Florida State University, an MBA from Syracuse University, and a B.S. degree from the University of Florida. Her professional resume includes executive positions with JC Penney, American Airlines, and the U.S. Postal Service. Kelly and her son, Evan, are Florida natives who have lived in the Sarasota area since 2016. She joined the Manasota BUDS Board of Directors in 2022.
Brooke Schulte Olivieri
Brooke is a National Board Certified General Education and ESE teacher for Sarasota family schools. In 1998 she received the “Teacher of the Year” award from Emma E. Booker Elementary. She has published educational research and presented at state and national education conferences. Brooke has chaired Junior League of Sarasota’s Literacy Project and served Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences as President of their PTSS. She joined the BUDS board in 2012 and has championed several programs for the organization over the years. Brooke and her husband David have 3 children: Drew, Madison and Ella.