Teresa Lombardi – Director
My name is Teresa Lombardi. I am the Program Director for the Tommie Cares Foundation.  My family and I have been supporting Tommie Cares since its inception and I am truly honored to help end the isolation that many people with disabilities face.
Since 2013 Tommie Cares Foundation (“Tommie Cares”) Has Been Building Community, Possibility, Compassion, And Understanding By Helping People With Disabilities Gain Confidence And Self-Esteem Through Real-Life Adventures. It Has Been A Heartwarming Experience To Witness The New Friendships Created By Bringing Like-Minded Individuals Together.

 

In continuing  with Our Mission, Tommie Cares Has Created An Interactive Social Communications Platform For People With Disabilities To Interact, Communicate And Get Together In Safe, Secure, And Monitored Meeting Areas. Our Website Features A Safe, Easy To Navigate Interface And Offers Our Users Exposure To Online Interest Groups, Real Life Social Interaction And Local Community Meet-Ups.

In my spare time I love to hike, watch movies and spend time with my husband and my two sons! I am passionate about volunteering at ARC of Westchester and Miracle League. I am also the President of a not for profit called Let’s Play It Forward which was started by a group of teens from Westchester County in February of 2012.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime about our website. We are always looking for input and welcome any questions and comments. I can be reached at teresa@tommiecaresfoundation.org

 


Evans Sabwami – Media

My name is Evans Sabwami. My passion for designing, developing and managing Websites for organizations and individuals is second to love for people. I love nature and everything simple. I am honored to be part of the Tommie Cares family and it’s mission to help end isolation.

I am father of three children who I absolutely adore. I enjoy good food, and I think I have turned into a coffee snob

 

 


OUR INTERNS

Richard DiMaria – Intern

My name is Richard. I am 22 years old. I enjoy watching classic movies and listening to Elvis Presley. I am a big Giant and Arizona Cardinals fan. I enjoy spending time with my brother and sister who are twins. My favorite thing to do with my brother is Video Gaming and play basketball. I also like to spend time with my sister talking about all sorts of topics.
Im also proud of my Mom. She is the best Italian cook.

I love to eat Italian food and really enjoy cooking it too.

I am part of Youth Connection at Arc of Westchester. Volunteering at Meals on wheels is my favorite volunteer activity.

I am excited to be interning at Tommie Cares and helping with the success of the website. Join one of the the clubs I manage and you will learn more about sports and Italian cooking.


Daniel Fuster – Intern

Hey everybody, my name is Daniel. I am the “blog guy” for the Tommie Care’s New Social Networking Site and I am glad to be given the opportunity to volunteer for this organization. I am a strong believer that individuals with disabilities need to be heard and more importantly, understood. I want to be able to take part in assisting disabled individuals with services that I wish I had when I was younger. The internet, technology, and current ideology of disability rights have drastically improved since the 1990s. I have a Master’s Degree in Emergency management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and I managed to complete it in two years. My thesis was titled “Improving Emergency Communication Policy Effectiveness.” It used Southern Westchester BOCES programs as an example.

I currently work at Arc of Westchester as a Quality Facilitator. My responsibilities include creating course outlines and lessons for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities; assisting individuals with disabilities in learning how to apply mobile technology in order to obtain independence or as much independence as possible. I also research applications that are designed for individuals with disabilities. And for apps that are not designed for this population, I find ways as to how it can be used by the disabled community. I represent Arc of Westchester in the Westchester Emergency Management Committee.

Active participation in the political sector is necessary for ensuring the rights of individuals with disabilities. I have lobbied for disability rights with local politicians. I assisted the White Plains Department of Public Safety in creating a new Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that would include improved communication between first responders and vulnerable populations. I have attended Hazard Analysis Report meetings at New York Hospital to review emergency evacuation plans for patients and staff. Some of this information is sensitive data. In addition I conducted comparative analyses and provided insight to the Department to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan complied with federal and state mandates.

Emergency Management is very important and it is even more important and surgical precision is needed when including the disabled community. I was given the honor of working alongside Region II of FEMA to create an evacuation plan for the 43rd floor of the New Freedom Tower in Downtown Manhattan. I am also in several committees and as of 2018 was appointed for a 3 year term on the Board for NYSILC, part of ACCES for the Department of Education. I currently hold 34 FEMA certificates, some of which are specialized in integrating the disabled community (vulnerable populations) with the general population. I am 31 years old now, and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 28. I am also legally blind. In my spare time I am teaching myself Russian and currently writing a novel.

I look forward to seeing you all in the blogs.

-Dan


 

Crystal Hudson – Intern

My name is Crystal.  I am 32 year old. I like listening to rap music. I enjoy rapping with my friends.  My. favorite rapper is Drake.  He is
some one I look up too. I hope to get to where he is in the world today.
I also like to help people add be there for them. I do not let
my disability get in my way. Even though  you have a disability, you can
do what you can do when you put your mind to it.
I hope this will help you through. I am
excited to manage the Music is My Therapy Page. Please join my group. When words fail music speaks!

 

 


Marcus – Intern

My Accomplishments are: Within SO – 2007 World Games for soccer/football, 2011 World Games debuting kayaking, 2014 National Games debuting Triathlon, and  Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournaments five times. I have participated in the local and state level since I was 12 years old. I have participated in ALPS.

Outside Special Olympics, I am an Eagle Scout, I have participated in the MS150 bike ride from Houston to Austin 11 times and several duathlons and triathlons and I am certified in Scuba.

I has work at Kroger since 2008 and Memorial Drive United Methodist Church since 2015.

I attended Houston Community College.

I am an active volunteer at my church and Good Steward Global Initiative.

I have  been on several mission trips within the USA, Guatemala, and Uganda. I also annually go to Kenya on mission trips.

I have been to 21 states and 16 countries on 4 continents.

Special Olympics has given me  athletic skills and character traits that help me both on and off the field. Special Olympics opens doors for achievement and personal success and also changes the lives of those around  us  forever.  I enjoy the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat which helps with situations outside the sports arena in my life. I have learned invaluable socialization skills, sense of accomplishment, discipline, team work and the 3 P’s: practice, patience, and persistence!

Please join my Special Olympics page and share with me and the other members how SO has helped you.


Brendan Connelly – Intern
Hello,  my name is Brendan Connelly. Many people call my story a success story.I was born on June 11, 1987.I had seizures as a baby and struggled my first two years of life with them.I was placed on the Ketogenic diet.My doctor said it would be unlikely I would go to college.I was placed into Preschool Handicapped.I went to various special education schools till age 19.In 2006, at age 19, I was mainstreamed into Northern Valley Old Tappan High School as a junior.Two years later, in 2008, I graduated from Northern Valley Old Tappan High School.That fall I started college at Dominican College in Blauvelt New York.In May 2012, I became a College Graduate.I graduated with a BA in English.I graduated with a 3.4 GPA.I want to become a professional writer I am seizure free now.My last seizure came in August 1988.That means, this August I will be seizure free for 30 years! I can be a role model for those out there in a similar situation that I was in.Always have faith that you can make it through.Follow your dreams cause your dreams will take you very far.