Meet the Team. Coming Soon!
Friends of BVS is run by a group of parents and educators familiar with the specific needs of children with developmental differences. We each have our own personal experiences and knowledge to bring to the table. We know exactly what it is like to raise or work with children with special needs and we do our to best plan events that are fun and sensory friendly.
Stay tuned for pics and bios.
Board of Directors
Hello! I’m Christina and I’m a mother of six kids. Two of my super awesome kids are totally rambunctious boys with autism. I am just a mom that wants to make sure her boys grow up in a community that includes and supports them. Gatlin and Draiman have changed my world and made me a better person. They are my motivation for working so hard with FOBVS.
My mother, Molly Barrientos, was a teacher at BVS many years ago. I used to volunteer in her class when I was in high school. I truly believe that she guides me in spirit and has encouraged me to use my photography, art, and design skills to benefit the children.
Hi! I am Madelynn. I have 2 handsome boys, Parker and Deacon. I enjoy spending time with my family, advocating early intervention, and researching abandoned buildings. I am also a part-time nurse.
When Parker was diagnosed with autism, in 2013, I wanted him to have fun experiences like any typical kid. There were tons of fun things for kids in Findlay, but I wasn’t confident on how well Parker would respond. I wanted to be a part of FOBVS because I wished there were safe, fun events and activities where kids with special needs could have fun. In just one year, FOBVS has had many events that Parker loved and he has gained amazing social skills.
I came to BVS as a long term sub; I had no intentions becoming a full time teacher. Much to my surprise, I fell in love with these kiddos and couldn’t wait to make the classroom I was subbing in my own. I have learned far more from the children and families we serve than I ever imagined. It has been a very humbling experience. I am inspired by the people I work with who come back day after day in spite of the difficult behaviors that are dealt with every day, because “it’s just what we do”. Every day is a new beginning; a chance to make a difference. We are changing the world one child at a time!
In addition to being a special needs preschool teacher, I am also a certified P.L.A.Y. Project consultant. I get to play with some of the funniest kiddos I have ever met right in the comfort of their own home! This has been a great learning experience for me, as my training has taught so many fun ideas and principles to play that I may never have learned.
I initially became a part of BVS PTO as the teacher chair. As the transition was made from BVS PTO to Friends of BVS, I was asked to be on the board. I was excited about all of the ideas and changes that were in store for not only our school but for our community. I am proud to be a member.
I became a teacher later in life than most, so I came to BVS with a whole lot of life experience. I am a single mom of a teenage boy, which comes with its own set of experiences! I love movies and reading although I do not make enough time to enjoy them often. I love to cook and bake; I don’t think I have ever made a recipe the way it was intended!
Hi! I’m Kelly Rose and I teach preschool at Blanchard Valley School. I joined FOBVS originally because I teach at Blanchard Valley. I stay involved because I want to encourage acceptance and knowledge of people with disabilities. I am constantly inspired by my students. I love their smiles, silliness, and determination. In my free time, I like to read, fix puzzles, and take walks. I am also a beginner quilter.
My name is Tanya Pike and I am the Director of Children’s Services for Blanchard Valley School. When I was a kid my dad nicknamed me “Becky Home-ecky” because I enjoy knitting, sewing, cooking, canning and just about everything else home related! One of my favorite things is to make and give away wacky jam and jelly combinations. Three Chili Mango Jam is one of my favorites!
I’ve worked in a lot of jobs but finally found a true calling in working with people with developmental differences. I am amazed every single day at the joy that can be found in these hallways and classrooms. I count my blessings here every single day!