Board Chair and Secretary
Kathy Hotelling earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been licensed as a psychologist since 1982 in several states and now in North Carolina.
As an FASD consultant nationwide, she has specialized in educating diverse audiences, including social service staff, schools, attorneys, mental health professionals, members of government agencies, GALs (guardian ad litem), and parents.
Through workshops, conference sessions, and webinars, she has presented on subjects such as understanding fetal alcohol related behaviors, improving outcomes for young adults with fetal alcohol related issues, practical strategies for parents living with toxic stress, and the waves of grief that parents of children with an FASD experience.
Most importantly, Kathy is the mother of a 26-year-old daughter with an FASD. She has had the immense satisfaction of seeing her daughter mature and master skills and passions that have lead to an increase in independence and the development of an emerging full, productive life.
Hilda Zimmer retired as the Executive Director of Heather Park Child Development Center, a 5 star licensed child day care center and preschool in Garner, NC. Hilda and her family opened this center in 1999 with the goal of providing high-quality care to children and families in their hometown. She and her business partner, daughter Kelli Bradley, maintained this goal while achieving the highest NC licensure rating.
Hilda graduated from Rex Hospital School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina Central University. She held nursing positions in psychiatry and surgery in area hospitals and as a Nurse Consultant in NC State Licensure and Medicare/Medicaid Certification Section before retiring as Assistant Section Chief, Certification Section.
Hilda is the legal guardian of a 19-year-old grandson with FASD and is interested in furthering the awareness of the dangers of prenatal alcohol, as well as educating parents/guardians, and early childcare educators in the most effective ways to help children reach their potential despite their disabilities.
Social Media Coordinator
Natalie Vecchione earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University and her Master Degree of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management from Florida International University. From 1994-2014, Natalie worked as a Music Therapist (and Recreation Therapist) with many populations. Natalie is a Board- Certified Music Therapist, and she has proudly maintained her credential for the past 25 years.
In 2014, Natalie began homeschooling her son. In the past 5 years, upon learning that her son has FASD, Natalie dove into learning more about FASD through books, webinars, support groups, training, and workshops. In 2017, Natalie also received her training in Mental Health First Aid. She is also is the Social Media Coordinator for her sister-in-law’s counseling practice. Natalie is the Co-Facilitator of the JoCoFASD Support Group. In 2019, Natalie also completed her training and she is a Peer Support Mentor Parent Volunteer with the Family Support Network of North Carolina / South Atlantic.
Natalie and her husband, John, grew their family through domestic adoption. They are a homeschool family and proud parents of a teenage son and a 4 year-old daughter. They live on a small hobby farm with plenty of trees, blueberry bushes, and a Basset Hound named Ruby in Johnston County, NC.
Sontina Barnes earned her Bachelor of Sociology degree from North Carolina State University. Before entering graduate school, she worked at Randolph County Department of Social Services investigating allegations of child abuse, neglect, and dependency. She later obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University in New York, NY. While in New York she worked as a clinical social worker for the Catholic Guardian Society, where she provided clinical services for young men living group homes.
Later, Sontina worked as a Congregate Care Level II social worker for teen girls aging out foster care. During this time, she became frustrated with the court system surrounding child welfare. This led her to enter law school at Thomas. M. Cooley Law School, where she obtained a juris doctor in public interest with a concentration in child welfare.
She currently teaches at North Carolina State University in the Social Work Department. She is also the coordinator of the new dual degree JD/MSW program jointly between NC State University and Campbell Law School.
She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Reggie and their two children, 11-year-old, Josiah, and 4-year-old, Ilia Grayce.
Andrew Bresmer served as a Scout Sniper section-leader in the United States Marine Corps. After three deployments in five years, Andrew transitioned into civilian life where he earned his BS in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University in 2017 and hsi MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2019.
In 2018, Andrew became involved in individual mentorship with young adults effected by FASD and began to conceptualize the links between FASD and other traumas. Andrew continues to mentor while staying at home with two children and running his own carpentry business.
In this role and in his other roles, Andrew is zealously working towards bridging the gap(s) between understanding/acknowledgement and community resources/support for those effected by FASD.
Elizabeth Montgomery earned her BA from the College of Wooster in political science and Russian studies. She applied this degree to her jobs in public relations, media reporting and international sales in the Middle East. Later, she received her master’s in health education from East Carolina University (ECU). Upon completion of her MA, she became a faculty member at ECU where she taught courses in global health and community strategies in public health. Most of her time was dedicated to grants to prevent substance use; her last three years at ECU focused on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Currently, Elizabeth is the Coordinator for the State of NC Partnership for Success grant and employed by Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC). This grant strives to prevent underage drinking, underage e-cigarette use and the use of cannabis in 10 subrecipient communities throughout the state and at the collegiate level.
Elizabeth is the mom to a 22-year-old son who lives with FASD and is employed as an assistant photographer. She established a support group for those raising a child with FASD in Pitt County where she and her son reside with their three dogs.