The Founders

 

At Addendum 185, our board members are compassionate and caring. Each of them are passionate about adoption, and many of them have experienced it in one capacity or another. They are all committed to serving families during their journey through adoption.

President Erica Diaz

Erica Diaz

President at Addendum 185

Erica is a Central Florida native, child of God, wife, mother of four, and business owner. She and her husband Obie and their three kids grew their family by one more in late 2020, when they adopted their son.

Their journey through adoption was one with many ups and downs. The family’s experience was filled with frustration, heartache, and loss of funds before they finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel and little Oliver officially became a Diaz! Soon after, God placed it upon Erica’s heart to form a nonprofit that would support others along their adoption journeys. Thus, Addendum 185 was born.

Erica has always had a calling to help others. From a young age, she placed her life’s journey in the hands of God and strived to follow the path he put in front of her. Among the opportunities she’s been blessed with is a successful business which she began many years ago, the Erica Diaz Team at Homevest Realty. Over the years, her team has grown, bringing many opportunities to her family. God had bigger plans for her real estate business in addition to helping wonderful people buy and sell their homes. He used it as an avenue to place specific people in her and her family’s life, which ultimately placed adoption on their hearts.

While real estate plays a significant part in her life, giving back to the community is what truly brings her joy. Being able to make an impact in someone’s life that could change their life is what she’s called to do. Over the years, she’s done so by collaborating and volunteering with many local communities and organizations, with fundraising as her specialty!

When she’s not helping Central Floridians buy and sell homes or assisting a charity, she spends time with her family. Her husband and four kids are always up for an adventure. They love to travel! 

The journey of adoption is time-consuming, complex costly. Everyone dreams of the joy adoption will bring when they get to hug their child in their arms, but the reality is, the journey of adoption is exhausting and, more often than not, messy. Erica and her family have been through the ups and downs of adoption. Now they are ready to be your biggest cheerleader during your journey.

Yesseika Acosta

Vice President at Addendum 185

Yesseika is a native Floridian born to Dominican parents. She grew up in South Florida. She has been married for 11 years to the love of her life and together with her husband they are raising their four children.

She is the eldest of four siblings and has a love for people. She grew up going to church with her family but around the age of 15 she became incredibly interested in learning more about living for God. Her interest quickly grew to passion, and soon after to commitment and dedication.

Yesseika began serving in her church in the dance ministry, praise and worship ministry, youth ministry, and serving on missions locally and abroad.

In her early 20s her parents planted a church and she was given the opportunity to develop her leadership further. Together with her family they created the vision of the church and she was able to serve there for many years in various ministries.

In 2010 she married her sweetheart and the same year she and Harold were ordained and youth pastors of their church.

Yesseika and Harold served at that church for many years and in 2017 after much prayer and direction from God they uprooted their family and moved to central Florida where they started a new chapter in Winter Garden, FL.

In 2018 Yesseika and Harold stepped into adoption and started a beautiful journey of expanding their family. In 2020 they brought their daughter home from South America. At the moment they reside in Winter Garden, FL where they are actively growing in their church, growing in their community, and pouring life into their children through the Holy Spirit. Yesseika and her husband firmly believe that they didn’t choose adoption, adoption chose them. Since bringing their daughter home they have become advocates for adoption in their local community and truly enjoy supporting families who have started their journey towards adoption.

In her spare time Yesseika enjoys singing, traveling with her family, spending a day at Disney with her children, playing with her dogs, and serving her clients in her real estate business. Yesseika has a compassionate heart for people and it shows in everything she does.

 

Vice President Yesseika Acosta

The Board

Treasurer Cassie Hoffman

Cassie Hoffman

Treasurer at Addendum 185

Cassie Hoffmann is a Florida native and currently resides with her husband and four children in Winter Garden, Florida. Her strong sense of family has kept her here through childhood, college, and starting a family. She loves that she lives near her sisters and their families and can spend time with them. She and her family are big sports enthusiasts. Her children play a mix of football, volleyball, baseball, and soccer. When they have a break from sports, you can find them relaxing on their boat or at a nearby beach, soaking up the Florida sunshine.

Before becoming a Realtor, Cassie was a math teacher for seven years after graduating from UCF. Her decision to become a Realtor was easy. She loves to serve others and has been part of the Erica Diaz Team, helping people buy and sell homes in Central Florida for the past five years.

She is an active member of her church, HighPoint Orlando, which she’s attended for 12 years. Her faith in God plays a huge part in her life and becoming a board member for Addendum 185. She is excited to serve families during their adoption and making their dreams of placement come true.

Denise Pellegrino

Communications Director

Denise has lived in Oakland, FL since 2004 as she is originally from Long Island NY. She & her husband, Mark, are currently empty nesters as both of their children are in college! Both Denise and Mark have always been very involved in their kids’ sports & education. Denise volunteered on the PTO board for many years in all positions as well as volunteering for both kids’ sports teams as the team mom. She also helped plan community events to teach their children the value of giving back. You can find Denise traveling & boating with friends during downtime and on weekends. The Pellegrino family is very close-knit so they make time together a priority.

Denise joined the Erica Diaz Team & became a Realtor in 2018 after being an Aesthetician for 15 years. Her passion has always been to get involved in the Real Estate industry however she chose to wait until the time was right for her and her family. Denise loves being a Real Estate Agent, especially on the Erica Diaz Team. The best part is helping her clients with their needs & making the process as smooth as possible! She loves being a part of a team that wants to give back to the community in a multitude of ways.

Although she personally doesn’t have an adoption story to share she has found herself becoming passionate about the process due to seeing team members journey through adoption. She is honored to be a founding board member for Addendum 185 & looks forward to helping many families!

Client Coordinator Denise Pellegrino
Olivia MacGrath - Client Coordinator

Olivia MacGrath

Client Coordinator at Addendum 185

Olivia MacGrath lives with her husband Nick and their 4 children in Apopka. Olivia has been a Pediatric Nurse for 14 years and has a wide range of experience from Pediatric ICU, NICU, ER, Transport and long-term nursing care for the medically complex pediatric patient. Olivia currently works as a Nurse Care Coordinator for a large Children’s and Women’s hospital in Orlando. 

As a previous Nurse Case Manager,Director of Marketing and Business Development for one of the largest Children’s Home Care Companies in Central Florida, she managed a team of respiratory therapists and coordinated the discharge planning and education for patients throughout Central Florida as they prepared for discharge home. She served as a Clinical Liason for Nemours,Arnold Palmer and AdventHealth Children’s Hospitals, working with physicians and families to ensure continuity of care as patients transitioned from the inpatient setting to Home. Her husband Nick joined the Erica Diaz Team in 2019 as a realtor. He loves being able to assist families in their journey to becoming a first time homeowner! He previously worked with Olivia as she cared for children residing in medical group homes throughout Seminole county and he fell in love with several patients who do not have family involved in their care. They both knew that Medical Foster and Adoption was a calling and in their near future! 

Olivia was born in San Francisco California and moved to the Central Florida area in grade school. She became a Registered Nurse in 2007 and has worked at several Level I Trauma centers in Florida and North Carolina. Olivia is involved with many local organizations such as Down Syndrome Association, Pediatric Ethics Committee and Nathaniel’s Hope. She is known in the healthcare industry for her extensive knowledge in pediatric post-acute discharge planning, durable medical equipment management and education for the medically complex patient. 

Adoption and Medical Fostering has been a goal for The MacGrath’s for several years, Olivia stills picks up nursing shifts on the weekends so that she can spend time with her long-term pediatric patients whom live in a residential medical group home setting. Many children whom reside in these homes require 24 hour Nursing care that parents and caregivers are either unable or unwilling to provide. Olivia and her husband Nick look forward to opening their home and their hearts to a child in need of such complex medical care. 

Sarah Conroy

Secretary at Addendum 185

Sarah Conroy lives in Windermere, with her incredible 5-year old son. 

Sarah is originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Florida after receiving her advertising degree from The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Since moving to Florida, she’s worked in branding and marketing. She led the Corporate Social Responsibility program for a large hospitality company for several years. 

Giving back to the community is something near and dear to her heart. She actively participates and has fostered for Great Dane Love, a Central Florida rescue that helps with the adoption and re-homing of Great Danes. In addition to giving back, Sarah enjoys traveling, running, hiking, cooking, and watching movies. 

Seeing good friends struggle through several failed adoptions before finally being matched with their son has inspired her to join the board. She is excited to be a founding member of Addendum 185. 

Secretary
Board Member Mary Jo Beasley

MaryJo Beasley

Board Member at Addendum 185

Mary Jo Beasley currently resides in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband of 18 years, Doug, and their 13-year-old son Chase and their dog, Coco Channel. They are very close as a family, and spend most of their time at the ballfield supporting and watching their son do what he loves. They love spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling, playing golf, and seeing the latest movies.

Hailing from an Irish Catholic background and being the second of 5 children and the second oldest of 31 grandchildren, her strong sense of family was instilled in her at an early age. She was raised in the church, attended Catholic Schools, and has continued to carry on that tradition with her own family. Mary Jo, a licensed realtor since 2003, currently works with The Erica Diaz Team and enjoys bringing a strong foundation of knowledge and insight to every client and situation.

Mary Jo and Doug had always planned on having a family and were devastated with the news that they could not have children of their own. They decided to seek out other options, and adoption was at the top of the list. Their adoption process had its complications along the way, like so many others, but in the end the outcome made it all worthwhile. They were called to the hospital at 4:00 am to welcome their newborn son and as she sat there holding her son, looking at his sweet face, she knew this had been God’s plan along. Their prayers of becoming parents were answered as she will always be reminded of this with a bible verse from Samuel 1:27, “I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him”.

Giving back was something that Mary Jo was raised to do and consistently participates in fundraising activities, especially those focused on children. When presented with the opportunity to follow this passion by joining Addendum 185, Mary Jo did not hesitate. Being a part of an organization that will assist those wishing to adopt makes her heart feel full, especially since she followed the same journey. She is reminded everyday how lucky she is when she looks at her. son. He is a true blessing.

Paul Duhon

Board Member at Addendum 185

Paul Duhon is a firm believer in God and genuine southern hospitality. Originally from Louisiana, he was raised to show compassion to others. 

Paul now calls Clermont, Florida home and is where he and his wife of 15 years are raising their three daughters. He’s happiest when spending quality time with his family. In 2014 Paul became a Realtor and an agent on the Erica Diaz Team. 

He continually nurtures his passion for people through giving back to the community. Paul believes God will provide for his people; however, he invites us to care for his children. His strong sense of community has called him to be a founding member of Addendum 185. 

Board Member Paul Duhon
Board Member Sarah Marsicek

Sarah Marsicek

Board Member at Addendum 185

Sarah Marsicek lives with her husband and their two sons in Windermere. Sarah is a pediatric hospitalist for a large children’s hospital in Orlando. 

She was raised in Kansas and earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her doctorate of medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She did her pediatric residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sarah is actively involved in several medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Sarah enjoys her membership in her local Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. She loves spending time with her family, running, and trips to Disney. 

Adoption has been an integral part of Sarah’s life. After struggling with infertility and spending over two years as foster parents, Sarah and her husband started their private adoption journey in May 2020. After months of the emotional roller coaster that comes with adoption and two failed matches. They were finally matched with their son, who was born in May 2021. They maintain an open adoption with both of their son’s birth parents. Their son has been such a blessing to their family and the answer to so many prayers. 

Through her experience, Sarah has learned so much regarding adoption and the adoption process, and she is happy to be able to share with others. Sarah is excited to be a founding member of the board of directors for Addendum 185. An organization that can help others realize their dreams of expanding their family through adoption. 

Adoption Matters

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Families Aided Annually

We thoroughly believe adoption is a gift that many families hope to achieve. But we know it doesn’t come easy, many of us having experienced adoption hardships first hand. Whether you’re adopting locally or abroad, Addendum 185 hopes to help families like yours.

Have you experienced a failed adoption? This hardship can devastate adopters and discourage attempts at re-adoption. Families in this predicament are prime targets for our adoption financial aid.