The Sanibel Leadership Association, Inc. hosts its annual Sanibel Leadership Conference to examine the latest trends, research, best practices, and legislation related to ESOL / English Language Learner (ELL) education. We are Florida's Voice for Higher Education and School District ESOL Professionals. These are university and school district leaders who design, implement, and monitor the educational experiences, English language acquisition, social support services, and university preparation programs for teachers of English Learners and their students.
Funds are used to host the conference, conference locale, speakers, meals and events. Remaining funds permit us to offer scholarships through partner organizations. Each year, the Sanibel Leadership Association gives up to $10,000 to groups that foster English Learners' future educational opportunities. Our partner organizations are: The Hispanic Women's Council of Southwest Florida; The University of Florida; and The Florida Department of Education José Martí Scholarship. As well, the Sanibel Leadership Association recognizes an outstanding ESOL educator from a Florida college/university or Florida school district through the Beatrice K. Palls Diversity Educator Award, and two exemplary high school English Learner students with the Thomas Coady Award and the Citizenship Award. Each of these is honored with a framed certificate, cash award, and the offer of attendance at the conference when conferred.


Minnie Cardona

Minnie is the Supervisor for ESOL and World Languages for Seminole County Schools.


Contact her at: minnie_cardona@scps.k12.fl.us

Jeff Morgenstein

Jeff is Assistant Principal for the International Baccalaureate Programme at  Land O' Lakes High School in Pasco County and former ESOL supervisor.


Contact him at: jmorgens@pasco.k12.fl.us

Donita Grissom
Program Co-chair

Donita is a professor of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at the University of Central Florida.


Contact her at: donita.grissom@ucf.edu

Carine Strebel
Higher Education Coordinator

Carine is Assistant Professor of ESOL at Stetson University in Deland.


Contact her at: cstrebel@stetson.edu


Bea Palls
Past President

Bea serves as special administrative counsel to the Executive Board and is a life-long ESOL educator, training coordinator, and advocate.


Contact her at: beapalls@bpalls.com

Belinda Reyes

Belinda is the Executive Director of Multicultural Education for the School District of Osceola County and serves as the conference secretary.

Contact her at: Belinda.Reyes@osceolaschools.net 

Vicky Saldala
Conference Chair

Vicky is the Director of the ESOL Department and Early Childhood Education for Broward County Public Schools.


Contact her at: victoria.saldala@browardschools.com

Natasa Karac
Exhibitor Coordinator

Natasa is the Pinellas County Schools ESOL and Title III Specialist. .



Contact her at: karacn@pcsb.org   

Jennefer Khattabi
Registration Coordinator

Jennefer is a professor of ESOL education at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.


Contact her at: khattabi@usfsp.edu


Debra Estes
FABES President

Debra serves as liaison for FABES and is the ESOL Coordinator for the School District of Manatee County.


Contact her at: estesd@manateeschools.net 

Chane Eplin
FDOE Liaison

Chane is Bureau Chief for the Office of Student Achievement through Language Acquision (SALA) and the Conference's FDOE liaison.


Contact him at: chane.eplin@fldoe.org


“The Executive Board seeks to be a voice for those educators who advocate for English Learners and their families. To that end, the Board partners with stakeholders to extend an understanding of research, resources, and best instructional practices throughout the community. We represent the needs of the students through the leadership provided by college and university professors and school district administrators."

Minnie Cardona, President

Sanibel Leadership Association