Florida Professional Association of

Staffing Specialists

This is who we are and what we're about.

Alisha Nesbitt- President

Hillsborough County Public Schools Double click here.

I am currently entering my 10th year in education. I have taught in the middle and high school levels as well as an Exceptional Student Education Center working with students with emotional behavioral disabilities. This is my third year in ESE Staffing and am an ESE Staffing Coordinator in Hillsborough County. This is my second year on the FL-PASS board, and I am excited to be serving as president. I look forward to working with everyone associated with FL PASS this year. I wish everyone a safe and productive school year!

Cheryl Acevedo- Past President

School District of Lee Countyble click here.

My education career began 27 years ago in Palm Beach County continuing in Lee County. I’ve taught in elementary, middle and high schools serving ESE students in general ed, resource, and pull-out classes. I’ve learned that kids are kids – they just get taller! I transitioned to the role of ESE Staffing Specialist the past 7 years. I’ve been a FL-PASS Board member the past 4 years, serving as Historian, President Elect/Treasurer, President, and now Past President. I hope to see you all again at our next FL-PASS annual conference. Let’s choose JOY this year, as we press on in our schools.

Deborah Coleman- President Elect

Hillsborough County Public Schools Double click here.

I have been an educator in Hillsborough County for 24 years. I started my career as a general education elementary teacher. After 6 years I transitioned to teacher special education in middle school for 4 years. At the same middle school, I was the Exceptional Student Education Specialist for 10 years. This year begins my 4th year as a Staffing Specialist for the School District of Hillsborough County. I am excited to join the Florida PASS board as President-Elect and assist in facilitating collaboration with Staffing Specialist throughout the state.

Mia Espinoza- Vice President of Membership

Duval County Public Schools Double click here.

Please check back soon for Mia's Bio!

TBD- Treasurer

Pending Board ElectionDouble click here.

Please check back soon for treasurer's Bio!

Amanda Innarelli- Historian

School District of Lee CountyDouble click here.

Hello everyone! I am currently entering my 13th year in education. I started out teaching general education elementary then moved to a seperate class setting for grades 6-8. Needless to say it was a large leap. However after 10 years in special education I know this is my passion! The 2021-2022 school year will be my 4th year as a Staffing Specialist in Lee County. I am excited to take on the role of your FL-PASS Historian this year and continue to document the collaboration, mentorship and most of all FUN we get to have throughout the year! Looking forward to meeting more colleagues to learn and grow from.  

Dr. Leslie Brown- Parliamentarian

Hillsborough County Public SchoolsDouble click here.

Please check back soon for Leslie's Bio!

Dr. Joy Bonnaig- Secretary

Collier County Public Schoolsouble click here.

My name is Dr. Joy Bonnaig and I am an ESE Coordinator in Collier County. This is my 21st year in education. I spent my first two years as a general education teacher in Collier County. By my third year, I found my passing in working with students with disabilities and been in a special education role ever since. I spent seven years working as a school based staffing specialist, and then transition to the role of district trainer for our county’s ESE Staffing Specialist for four years. This is my second year in the role of Secretary for FL Pass and I am looking forward to a great school year!