Our Board Members

Michelle Morales

Founder and President

Michelle M. Morales was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and is a graduate of University of South Florida, with a BA in English: Professional and Technical Writing. Michelle went on to work for Fox 13 Television in the Traffic Department as a Traffic Assistant for (4 1/2) years. In 2009, she welcomed her first and only son, Landon Timothy Harrington and has been a stay-at-home mother ever since. Michelle has worked closely with the Lupus Foundation of Florida and Lighthouse of Pinellas to assist with their various fundraising efforts. She has a passion for helping others and is determined to help make the lives of special-needs kids and their families as pleasant as she can. She is actively involved with special-needs children’s programs throughout the Bay area.

Debbie Perry

Vice President, Development & In-Kind Giving Committee

Debbie Perry is also an original board member of The Mr. Strong Foundation, and serves on the Development and In-Kind Giving committee. Debbie was born and raised in St. Petersburg and is employed as a Healthcare Reimbursement & Utilization Management Specialist, and supports the mission to assist in special needs kids and their families any way possible.
Debbie has actively involved for the last 11 years in the Red Ribbon Campaign, which promotes and encourages youth to the advantages of drug free lifestyles. In addition, she is an active supporter of animal rescue and Reach Out Worldwide.

MarCella Faucette

Grant Review Committee

Marcella Faucette has been residing in the Tampa Bay area since 1993. She and her husband are native New Yorkers and have one son who is currently attending college. Although Marcella is presently working in the long range urban planning arena, she has over 10 years experience as a Speech /Language Pathologist. Marcella graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology. She has evaluated and treated developmentally disabled children and adolescents with a variety of speech and language deficits. She has also devised diagnostic and intervention programs for adaptive and computerized augmentative communication systems. Marcella continues to have a passion to help special needs children and their families.

Rachel O’Connor

Grant Review Committee