About SNFC

No society can be both great and moral
without caring for its less-advantaged
members. We are a non-profit organization
committed to supporting children with
special needs across the Cayman Islands.

Our story

Our Foundation began in 2008, when a group of parents, educators and professionals learned about the lack of support and assistance to children with special needs on the island. Coming together, they decided to take matters into their own hands to provide the support families were so desperately missing.

We first started as a support group for parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum, who were frustrated with the lack of diagnostic and treatment services. As our monthly meetings progressed, it became clear that we needed to expand the group to include and provide support for children with other areas of special needs.

We believe that all children should have a voice and be given the same opportunities to develop to their maximum potential.

Our primary focus is to advocate for individuals and families, as well as providing ongoing education to the public about the importance of inclusion. As we grow, we aim to impact more and more members of the community, working with professionals, providers and policy makers to ensure that options are available for any child diagnosed with special needs.

We are guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of parents, plus a host of volunteers and respected professionals who generously donate their time and efforts to increasing awareness, and provide expertise and guidance to the organization.

Our mission, vision and values

Mission statement

We are dedicated to the development and provision of appropriate and comprehensive support services for persons with special needs. By utilizing all available resources we look to ensure these individuals reach their maximum potential and become valuable members of society. Our focus is to also change the community’s attitude towards disability, improving lives of children and their families, and giving children the best start.

Beliefs

  1. Early identification and intervention are crucial to the long-term prognosis of children with special needs.
  2. We should have a voice.
  3. Our children should be given the same opportunities as all children.
  4. Every individual has a right to develop to his/her maximum potential.
  5. Children with special needs can become valuable members of society when given the tools to succeed.
  6. To provide a voice for those who do not have their own.

Vision

Our vision is that Cayman is a place where all individuals with special needs have a voice, are given the same opportunities as everyone else and are able to develop and achieve their maximum potential.

Values

• Caring  • Inclusive  • Expert
• Passionate  • Innovative  • Vocal

Board of Directors

  • Nik Tatarkin
  • Brent Holt
  • Scott Haugh
  • Tania Ebanks
  • Daniel Reid
  • Samantha Tibbetts
  • Stefanie Suckoo
  • Faith Gealey-Brown
  • Sergio Micucci
  • Dave Walshe
  • Nik Tatarkin

    Chair, Director since May 2016.
    Nik joined Wheaton Precious Metals (formerly Silver Wheaton) in 2007 in Vancouver, Canada, but in the same year was asked to move to beautiful Grand Cayman and head the company’s office there.

    In his current role, Nik oversees all Wheaton Precious Metals International activities which includes frequent travel to various mining operations around the world, as well as helping maintain company’s strong corporate social responsibility standing. He is a proud Dad of the 10-year old Jovi, and 9-year old Jana who was born with the Prader-Willi Syndrome.

  • Brent Holt

    Chair Emeritus; Director and Chair from May 2010 to October 2016.
    Brent is trained as an Educational Psychologist and he has practiced in the Cayman Islands and the United States as a special education specialist and expert since 1985.

    He possesses a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota (U.S.).  Beginning in 2004, Brent lived in the Cayman Islands and was employed as Educational Psychologist, Head of Student Services and Senior Policy Advisor (Inclusion) for the Cayman Islands Government. Recently retiring from government and returning to the U.S. Brent continues to honor his investment and serve as the Chair Emeritus.  His commitment is to advance the Strategic Plan, support Executive Leadership, and identify international funding opportunities and research partnerships on behalf of SNFC.

  • Scott Haugh

    Joined the SNFC Board in 2016.
    He is a graduate student, enrolled in the Masters of Non-Profit Leadership program at Washington State’s Seattle University.

    He has 7+ years of experience in the local recovery community, providing resources and assistance to those involved in the legal system due to substance abuse issues. He currently serves as Director of the Southern California based Haugh Foundation, a private charitable giving organisation dedicated to issues specific to U.S. Veterans and children with developmental disabilities or other special needs.

  • Tania Ebanks

    Director since October 2016.
    Committee Member since October 2014. Tania is the Program Coordinator for the Ready2Work Scheme within the National Workforce Development Agency.

    This role directly supports persons who encounter barriers to employment.  Tania has a daughter who experiences learning difficulties.

  • Daniel Reid

    Has been on the board since 2016.
    He is Head of Information Technology for the London and Amsterdam Trust Company where he manages a multinational Information Technology program.

    Daniel holds a Bachelors (BBA) in Management Information Systems and an Associates (A.Sc.) in Computer Science from the Florida International University.

    Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in the Finance\Technology industry, 10 of which he has served in a senior or management role. Mr. Reid, is an active member of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman, Past President of the Leo Club of Grand Cayman, and Final Five Recipient of the YCLA (Young Caymanian Leadership Award) in 2007.

    Having a son on the ASD spectrum has provided Daniel with a unique perspective of the gaps in policy and resources available to children and adults with special needs on island. As such, he has a vested interest in bettering the lives of all persons with disabilities in the Cayman Islands and has been actively involved with SNFC for over three years.

  • Samantha Tibbetts

    Has been on the board since 2010 and in the field of education for 20 years. She first trained as a classroom teacher, serving for many years in South Florida and Grand Cayman.

    Samantha then went on to obtain a master’s degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in human resource management. During the past 15 years in Grand Cayman, she has held many leadership roles which include being the founding principal of Grace Christian Academy, the Director of Education Connection Ltd, and the Director of Teacher Education and Acting Dean at ICCI.

    In all of these roles, she saw students struggling to learn with traditional teaching methods in traditional classrooms. This motivated her to find alternatives and research other methods. She has attended various conferences with the International Dyslexia Association and the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation and has received specialised training in many research-based programs including Wilson Reading Systems and Lindamood-Bell. Samantha is currently the Principal/Director of

  • Stefanie Suckoo

    Director since October 2016.
    Stefanie is a Caymanian who qualified as an attorney-at-law in 2011 and specialises in Property Law.

    She is currently employed as a Property Attorney at Dart Enterprises Ltd.  Stefanie is the proud mother of an 8-year old daughter with Goldenhars Syndrome.

  • Faith Gealey-Brown

    Joined the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority in 2008 as the resident Speech Language Pathologist and is the first Caymanian to hold this position within the Health Care System in the Cayman Islands.

    She is an alumna of Florida State University and holds a M.Sc. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with an emphasis on working with multicultural populations. Faith also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology, which was awarded to her through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has over 14-years’ experience working with children, 7 of these as a speech language pathologist having gained clinical experiences both locally and internationally across a variety of educational and medical settings.

    Faith is passionate about her work with individuals of special needs; having had both personal and professional experiences with the challenges these individuals face on a daily basis. Faith is an advocate for special education reform locally and for the establishment of a formal, locally based multidisciplinary team focusing on the early diagnosis and treatment of developmental disabilities.

  • Sergio Micucci

    Treasurer; Sergio has been a member since from January 2017.
    Sergio is a Chartered Financial Analyst working for Strategic Risk Solutions (Cayman) Ltd. Sergio is responsible for the management and oversight of a portfolio of our Cayman Islands captive insurance company clients, providing financial, accounting, regulatory compliance and general management services.

    Sergio joined SRS Cayman in 2012 as a Senior Insurance Accountant and was promoted in 2016 to an Account Executive. He has 12 years insurance and auditing experience having worked for five years as a Senior Account Manager at Aon Insurance Managers in the Cayman Islands and a Senior Accountant at KPMG in Toronto, Canada. Sergio has comprehensive technical accounting and financial knowledge of the captive insurance industry having managed the financial and operational activities of captive insurance clients across a variety of industries.

  • Dave Walshe

    David has been on the board since 2015.

    A co-founder of skymineUAV, a drone company that embraces a higher perspective toward utilizing unmanned aerial technology to improve our world. With an Msc in Global Marketing, David’s prime focus is on the business development sphere of skymineUAV.

    His management style is based on three core values; integrity, honesty and teamwork. David learned the importance of these values while serving as an elite Royal Marine Commando and has witnessed how vital they are to success.

    David has acted as a Marketing Strategy Consultant for SNFC. Including assisting in the production of powerful content to help with fundraising efforts. Dave’s time albeit sometimes limited, due to the complexity of his profession; is fully committed to helping ensure SNFC achieve its long-term goals.

Resumes of Key Staff

  • Susie Bodden

    SNFC Executive Leader contracted since
    March 2014, Susie works for Transformations Ltd. She is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, registered through the Council for Professions Allied with Medicine (CPAM), specialising in Early Years assessment, consultation and intervention. Susie is President of Rotary Central.

  • Suzanne Seagraves

    Contracted Social Worker through Chatterbox LTD (http://chatterboxcayman.com); Suzanne delivers social work services on behalf of SNFC for the Family Support Program, the Hedge Funds Care Cayman grant award, and the Respite Program). Suzanne Seagraves, CMSW, is registered through the Council for Professions Allied with Medicine (CPAM).

  • Richard Talmo

    Fundraising Lead; Richard is a professional fundraising professional with over 35-years of experience in comprehensive development and outreach strategies. He has been involved with SNFC since 2013 and is providing council to the campaign efforts. Richard is President of the Rotary Club of San Marcos (CA) and is planning a Rotary International Grant in partnership with the three Cayman Island Clubs in support of special needs children in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Partnerships

Since the beginning, we have looked for partners who can help us improve the work we do, and provide us with reliable and innovative research, which can be incorporated into our plan of action.

Inspired by that, we have partnered with the renowned Experimental Education Unit (EEU), the Haring Centre at the University of Washington’s College of Education, who carried out research on the Cayman Islands on special needs, here are the results:

The Haring Centre findings from Grand Cayman study (Feb 2017)
– Need for increased provision of early intervention services
– Variability in qualifications and training of professionals
– Challenge of accessing services
– Lack of service options
– Variable quality of services
– Low public awareness and acceptance
– High cost of services to families
– Need to collaboration and coordination between agencies

It’s from this partnership and the resulting research that the idea to have a training/dissemination center was born, to help us achieve our goals in implementing inclusive practices across Grand Cayman.

The training center will have a positive impact by increasing awareness of the need to provide comprehensive transitional support for students moving between schools and grade levels.

For us, ‘seeing is believing’, so it’s essential to have a model that successfully implements the inclusive society for which we are striving.

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