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Wilfredo Ocasio, Executive Director/Board Advisor:

After caring for almost a hundred children from the foster care system, we decided that it was time to take our love for children to the next level. The need for homes for displaced children is tremendous. With 11 years experience in managing a full time home for 12 children, different behaviors, situations, characters, daily routines, meals, laundry, school, medical appointments, therapy, church, sports, and entertainment... we feel we are ready for the challenges ahead. 
 
Serina J. Jones, President/Events Coordinator  
  
Serina Joyce Jones is a mother of 2 children and a US Army Veteran. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management/Computer Information Systems. She has been working in the community doing volunteer work since she was a teenager. Whether it is working in nursing homes, in soup kitchens, hospitals, raising money for the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, she has always believed that giving back to the community is very rewarding. That is her reasoning for volunteering with Garden of Hope. Children are our future and what better way than to help a child in need. To know that several children are without homes and are looking for some place they can call home is the reason why she wants to get the shelter up and running.
  
  
 
Dawn Amato, Secretary/Treasurer

Dawn has a BFA in Fine Arts and Education. In the past 6 years, she has devoted her heart to adoption and foster care of children. She has worked with Shaping Destiny Mission, MA DCF, Generations Adoptions, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, Texas CPS, and her church’s Foster and Orphan Ministry. Recently her husband and herself completed an international adoption and are in process of a foster to adopt a little girl. When she has a moment of peace, from caring for her family of seven, she snaps photography, quilts, creates art, reads and enjoys dance parties in her living room. She is excited to join the Gardens of Hope Board as they begin this adventure!

  
 
Cindy Crebo, Member at Large:   
  
Cindy is a transplant to Texas from northwestern New Mexico. She graduated in 2013 from San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, and has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Metroplex Outpatient Rehabilitation Center since June 2013. Some of the other hats Cindy wears at Metroplex are Spiritual Ambassador and CREATION Health Coach for the rehabilitation department. Cindy served as the Director of Cross-Cultural Ministries and as a house parent in a long-term residential program for single mothers and their children at Navajo Ministries, Four Corners Home for Children from 1996-2006.  She has been married to Earl for over 30 years. Health and wellness, hiking with her dog, Daisy, reading, and playing with her grandchildren light up her life.