About Us

Who are we? We are parents, educators, and community members who live the special needs life.  We love our community and know the need for connections and support.  We are here for you!  

Our Core Values

Integrity & Respect

  • We understand that we are accountable to the families we serve, and the donors who support us.

  • Legal and fiscal management will be held in the highest priority in order to earn and retain public trust.

  • Respect is the foundation of how we treat our team, peers, volunteers, and families we serve.

  • We assume positive intent, maintaining confidentiality and honesty, and working toward mutual understanding.

  • We remain true to our mission of connecting and supporting special needs families, and work hard to provide excellent  service to those families.


  • We serve the children and families of ALL special needs. 

  • There is strength in diversity; everyone bringing their stories and experiences to the table.

  • We value those natural individual differences such as culture, religion, personality, disability, age, sexual orientation, and  gender. These differences challenge us and make each of us unique.

  • We aim to create an environment that is safe and respectful, where everyone feels supported and heard.  

  • We encourage everyone to share their successes, small or large, so that we all can celebrate.


  • We believe that it takes a village to raise a special needs child, and constantly look for ways to better serve the community  to help create that village.

  • We raise awareness on a wide variety of special needs with the belief that awareness brings acceptance.

  • We aspire to bring a collaborative spirit and work to develop positive relationships with our families, our schools, other  organizations, and our community at large.

  • We hope to teach others to embrace diversity, promote acceptance and inclusion, and ensure equality.

Excellence & Continuous Improvement

  • We strive to excel in any and all opportunities to serve special needs families in Navarre and the surrounding areas.

  • We challenge ourselves to continually learn more information and better practices to serve our families.

  • If something doesn't work, we will try it another way.


  • We operate openly and candidly and provide full disclosure on issues regarding conflict of interest, operations, and funding practices.

Meet the Team!

Kristen Shuping

Biography coming soon...

Kendra Booth

Kendra Booth is a former elementary school teacher who taught many special needs children before becoming an autism mom herself.  A military transplant, she and her family have chosen the Gulf coast as their forever home.  She joins Emerald Coast Exceptional Families to help make the connections our special families so desperately need.  When she’s not planning fun events, Kendra can be found cooking, digging in her garden, or spending WAY too much time on Pinterest.

Stephanie Burke

Stephanie Burke, a New Mexico native and now a Florida transplant is a proud military wife and Autism mom. She knows what it is like to at first feel lost and without resources/support so she hopes to help connect with others through the Emerald Coast Exceptional Families. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach which is her son's "happy" place, spending time with her family and reading. 

Kevin Goolsby

Kevin Goolsby is a local community member and realtor who also works at Across the Board Therapy Group in Navarre.  He loves seeing all the smiling faces and the progression of the therapy on each and every child.  Kevin joins ECEF to help special needs families through any possible avenues.  His other interests include watching college football (Roll Tide!), enjoying his son soccer activities, and spending time on the water with his family, including his dogs Hazel and Butters.

Jenelle Logan

Jenelle Logan is a military wife who has lived on the Gulf Coast for 12 years. She has two wonderful boys; her youngest is Autistic. She also has an Autistic nephew who is 22 years old. When her nephew was diagnosed there were no support groups or help tackling the day to day challenges of having a Special Needs child. She wants to make a difference by helping other moms.

Katrina Craner

Katrina Craner is a Pre-K ESE teacher who is blessed to have spent over 8 years working with special needs children and their families in Delaware, Germany, and Florida. She has joined Emerald Coast Exceptional Families to reach out to families and help support them where ever they are in their journey. She loves helping others, whether it be through teaching, volunteering with ECEF, helping at church, or her kids sports.

Angela Nandin

Biography coming soon! 

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Kendra Booth

PO Box 5188

Navarre, FL 32566

(850) 396-1008

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