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Our agency adheres to the national and state standards of ethics. Our professionals are held to the highest ethical standards. We have partnered with and agree to operate under the APSE Ethical guidelines.

APSE’s Goals

  • Promote employment opportunities for all people, through local, regional, and national networks.
  • Help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Advocate with federal, state, and local legislators for legislation promoting integrated employment.
  • Work with federal, state, and local policy makers to increase funding for integrated employment.
  • Raise awareness within the business community as to the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Advocate for social change to help those with severe disabilities achieve a lifestyle that approximates that of individuals without disabilities.
Jennifer Fretz-Smith

Jennifer Fretz-Smith

CEO
About

Jennifer has a Masters in Human Services. She has over 20 years experience working with individuals to see their purpose in life. She founded this organization to be able to help others find their passion and purpose for life.

Candace Luster

Candace Luster

Program Director
About

Candace was born and raised in the Suncoast, graduating from Sarasota High School. She has experience in corporate management and planning. She came on board Bailes Consulting in 2016. Her passion and drive are to help BCS grow by leading, training and supporting BCS staff. She enjoys serving her community by volunteering and serving in her church.

Alexis Fretz

Alexis Fretz

Community Relations
About

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” Amelia Earhart

Jasmine Alexandre

Jasmine Alexandre

Employment Specialist
About

Jasmine has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and an Associates in Computer Science. She has over 10 years of experience helping individuals find their way in the workforce.  As a mother of a child with a disability, she understands how important it is to have a support system for both the individual as well as the family.  Her passion is to help others find long-term employment. 

Fernee Peters

Fernee Peters

Employment Specialist
About

Fernee Peters was born in Louisville Kentucky and transferred to Florida 15 years ago where she is currently enrolled at Polk State College seeking a nursing degree. She and her husband have been blessed with five wonderful children and one grandchild. She volunteers in the community by mentoring & providing spiritual guidance to foster children who have aged out the system, single parent youths, single mothers and whomever God leads her to. Working with persons with disabilities and the elderly is her passion. Combining her experience and talents with BCS is a great opportunity to be a team player with a company who is making a difference in countless lives.

Susan Bacon

Susan Pierson-Bacon

Employment Specialist
About

Susan holds certificates in Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston & Utah State University.  Specializations are in Vocational Assessment & Psychiatric Rehabilitation, with Transition Services for Youth & Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabling Conditions & has an MA Degree in Counseling Psychology.  She has been employed in the rehabilitation arena for over 30 years, assisting all manner of youth & adults to achieve greater independence in life skills & to succeed in competitive integrative employment.  She is a firm believer that “all individuals are capable of meaningful employment” & that the motivation, supports, & accommodations that can make this a reality.  While employed as a Sr. VR Counselor specializing in Transition, she became interested in Discovery and the implementation of W.I.O.A services for Youth.

Rachel Guadagno

Rachel Guadagno

Employment Specialist
About

Rachel is a highly motivated individual who is driven by the pursuit of knowledge and finds herself happiest in life when she is helping others and indulging in mindful activities such as hiking, yoga, painting, and traveling. In her travels she has experienced various cultures through volunteer work in numerous communities across the globe. She has worked on various sanctuaries and schools teaching English and implemented recycling programs that continue to exist today! Her passion to help others guided Rachel to pursue two master’s degrees in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and in Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University. She plans to graduate in summer 2019. Helping others to unite their passions with their lifelong careers has become her greatest passion and is looking forward to joining the team!

Gwen Murrell

Gwen Murrell

Job Coach
About

With over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of job readiness, business, housing, insurance and law, Gwen will be a great resource for her clients.  She approaches challenges from a caring yet realistic perspective and knows that together, we will attain any goal. Communication and collaboration are the keys to reaching employment goals, so this will be her focus. After supporting her children in their education, Gwen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  She also holds an insurance license and is a notary public. After living in Nebraska for many years, she moved to Orlando, FL in 2016 to make this her forever home. She and her husband have 4 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 grand-dogs. She looks forward to working with Bailes Consulting as they impact lives and make a difference in the community.

Bettye Buchanan

Bettye Buchanan

Employment Specialist
About

Bettye has a Masters in Health Care Administration, Organizational Management and Christian Studies. She has several years’ experience working as a trained counselor, social worker and advocate for diverse populations and families experienced leading and managing plans of action to meet client success goals. Possesses managerial skills to develop, implement and monitor strategies for organizations and individuals. Compassionate and driven to help clients succeed.

Joel Leon

Joel Leon

Peer Mentor
About

Joel Leon is a native Floridian.  He graduated from New Hope Academy Private School in 2015. Joel knows first-hand how hard it is to find employment as an individual with a disability. As an active participant of the Tourette Syndrome Florida Chapter, he plans social activities and participates in awareness events throughout Florida.  He has diverse computer skills and is fully bilingual. He has been involved in many outreach church programs and loves to spend time with his family & friends. He has an outgoing personality & an innate desire to help others with disabilities use their full potential & reach their employment goals.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Peer Mentor
About

Patricia Smith is a Peer mentor who works with teens and children. Patricia believes anything is possible no matter any obstacle. Patricia is a student at Florida Atlantic University and is working towards her BA in psychology. She plans to pursue a career in the field. One of her passions is helping and working with people especially children. During her spare time, she volunteers often. She loves to put smiles on others face with her positive attitude.

Sandra

Sandra Gardner

Employment Specialist
About

My credentials are as follows:

Ph.D student in Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies (3 years) 2015-2018 (Everything but dissertation).

M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of Colorado

B.A. Colorado State University

Hatha Yoga Teacher (200 Hours) Completed 12/18.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Nutritional Therapy Association, 2012

CELTA certificate 2007 (English Teacher) 

Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi

Loletha Saunders

Loletha Saunders

Employment Specialist, Port St. Lucie
About
Gilbert Alexandre

Gilbert Alexandre

Job Coach, West Palm Beach
About

don’t ever give up on opportunities because they only come around once in a while “   Unknown

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Jonathan Manrique

Employment Specialist
About

Jonathan, born and raised in Ecuador, received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury University in Psychology and is currently working on his master’s degree from George Washington University n servicing culturally and linguistically diverse learners. He has a passion to encourage disadvantaged youth and has peer mentored since he was 16 years old.  He also is fluent in Spanish. As a former national champion of chess, Jonathan also founded a chess club for underprivileged boys.

Shawn Gettinger

Shawn Gettinger

Sarasota Office Peer Mentor
About

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” -Booker T. Washington

Linda Daffner

Linda Daffner

Discovery Specialist
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Michael Agat

Michael Agat

Employment Specialist, Orlando
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