Case Foundation

Working Hand In Hand For Autism

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Board of Directors

Deborah Santiago is the founder of Caribbean Autism Support for Education (CASE), a non-profit organization with a mission to support teachers, students and families with autism strategies in education.
Mrs. Santiago is an autism coach in the Broward County Public School District in Florida. In addition to supporting teachers and students in the self-contained special education classes, Mrs. Santiago works with students with autism in the inclusive setting of the school in all grade levels. She also works closely with the families of her students, while partnering with community support groups to educate teachers, educational assistants and families on strategies and best practices for students with autism.



Shannon Worton, PsyD

Shannon Worton, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Director of the School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) clinic housed within Nova Southeastern University’s Psychology Services Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. SPACI offers comprehensive psychological evaluations for school-related academic, behavioural, developmental, and learning problems for youth aged 3+. Dr. Worton has a particular interest in and focus on neuro developmental evaluations (i.e., for youth suspected of being on the autism spectrum) and has been formally trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), one of the gold-standard measures when assessing ASD. Dr. Worton’s professional interest include training and education, promoting self-care, suicide prevention, social justice, and psychological assessment.



Alana Seixas Meyer

Alana Meyer is the Board’s Legal Counsel. She graduated from Cornell University with a B. A. in Sociology and Policy Analysis, & Management. She then went on to get her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School where she was the Garrison Social Justice Scholar for her class. Upon graduation from law school, she received the Damali K. Booker Award for her dedication to legal activism. She has practiced in the areas of education, immigration and civil rights and currently represents young people and children in criminal proceedings.

She is grateful to be apart of CASE’s board of directors. She has supported her mother in developing CASE’s vision and mission from its inception and looks forward to the organization’s continued growth and impact in the Caribbean and beyond.



Bridgitte Simpson

Bridgitte has her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Barry University and her Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
She is an accounting professional with over 30 years of experience in financial reporting, general ledger accounting, complex reconciliation, treasury management, budgets, commissions and audit management.
She currently specializes in process improvement and software implementation. She has a background is in property and casualty insurance, healthcare management, Professional Employers Organization (payroll and benefits) and software subscription (SaaS).




Donya Bernard

Donya Bernard have worked as a Teacher’s assistant in Broward County for over 4 years, focusing on ESE children with Autism. I have spent 15 years working in Grants Management within Tertiary education. Donya Bernard have worked for Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and University of Miami.