Board Chair / Programming
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 25-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 a full, productive life.
Secretary & Treasurer / Marketing & Communications
Elizabeth (Beth) Field is a communications professional with a specialty in strategic health and science communications. She has worked for public and private biotechnology companies, international public relations agencies, and non-profit companies - in the areas of marketing, investor relations, corporate communications, marketing communications, media relations, and issues management.
Beth has served as a strong advocate for parent support on nonprofit boards, including FRUA (Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption, Including Neighboring countries. She has an older teen daughter with an FASD.
She holds a Master of Science in Communication Management (communication, business, conflict resolution) from the executive program at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
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.
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. Here, 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.
Marc Hurtgen, MBA bio coming