About Us / Board of Directors

Manasota BUDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on volunteers.

Our Mission is to provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking, and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Manasota BUDS was formed in May 2002 by a small group of families who wanted to network, compare notes, share stories, and support one another.  We held our first Buddy Walk in October 2002 and continue to hold Buddy Walks every October.

For 18 years we have maintained our affiliation with the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Down Syndrome Congress, and have hosted an annual Buddy Walk.  Manasota BUDS became an affiliate of the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action group in 2011.

We actively seek strategic partnerships in the community.  Some past and current partners include Hope Haven, SMART, InStride, Dream Oaks Camp, Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee Sarasota, Florida Inclusion Network, and Special Olympics of Florida.

Our new parent kits are fully supported by area hospitals, USF Department of Genetics, and many local physicians.

We appreciate your interest in Manasota BUDS.

Current Board Members:

Michael Feduccia, President *
Vice President/Financial Advisor - CenterState Bank
Michael and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of Andrew, age 15. The Feduccia Family has been very active with Manasota BUDS since Andrew was born and Michael has served as Board President since 2010.

Mary Lou Bear, Vice President *
Mortgage Banker - BB&T Bank
Mary Lou and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of Justin, age 21. Mary Lou joined the board in 2012.

Jim Baar, Treasurer*
Jim is a founding member of Manasota BUDS and has been a Board Member since its inception in 2002.  Jim and his wife, Mary Jo, are the proud parents of Amanda, Matt and Joey.

Patricia Davison Crauwels, Chairperson *
Attorney - Matthews Eastmoore Trial Lawyers
Patricia is the proud mother of 4 children, including Rachel, age 18, with Down syndrome. Patricia joined the board in 2018.

Kylee Barry, Secretary *
Administrative Support Specialist
Kylee is the proud mother of daughters Sophie and Carys and has been active with Manasota BUDS since Sophie was born in 2008. Kylee joined the board in 2012.

Brooke Schulte Olivieri*
Executive Director
Title I Teacher Support Network
Brooke and her husband, David, are the proud parents of Drew, Madison and Ella.  Brooke has been a BUDS parent volunteer since Madison was born in 2008, and joined the board in 2014..

Marisol Rose*
Family Resource Specialist - Early Steps of Southwest FL
Marisol and her husband, Corey, are the proud parents of Gordon and Evelyn. Marisol has been a BUDS parent volunteer and board member since Evelyn was born in 2016.

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