Our Team

Wendy Temko, Executive Director

Wendy Temko received her BA in Music and French from Sonoma State University. She received her Masters in Education and her Montessori teaching credential from the College of Notre Dame. She was a preschool teacher and a Suzuki violin teacher. She then took some time off to raise her two boys, along with her husband, Norman Malbin, until March of 2000 when she began to work with Diane Malbin, at FASCETS. She manages the office, edits materials, and organizes workshops and trainings. When Diane retired in 2016, Wendy became the Executive Director. Her avocations are photography, birding, and playing her violin in a variety of different groups. 

Diane Malbin, Founder and Consultant

Diane Malbin, MSW, served as Director of FASCETS from 1997 until her retirement in 2016.  Grounded in research, FASCETS’ Neurobehavioral framework evolved from her clinical practice.  It operationalizes findings that FA/NB is a brain-based physical condition.  This approach has now been successfully tested in projects in the U.S. and Canada.  In addition to her clinical work, she provides parent, professional and program consultation, education, and community development.  Author of books and articles, she has also developed training videos and the Into Action Training of Trainers community training curricula, designed to strengthen community capacity. The Oregon chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ms. Malbin Social Worker of the Year in 2005, and she is in the NOFAS Hall of Fame for her work in the field of FASD.  She is the parent of two adults with FASD.

Nathalie Brassard, Program Director

Nathalie is the co-founder of FASCETS Canada, an organization dedicated to disseminating information, increasing understanding, and supporting application of the Neurobehavioural approach in Canada. Her professional background is in human nutrition and dietetics and for over 20 years, she has worked with at-risk women and families during pregnancy and the early years, including supporting women with addiction issues and women and families living with FASD. Since 2010, Nathalie coordinates the FASD Services Program at Smithers Community Services Association, delivering workshops, providing support and consultation services to families, service providers as well as schools. She also coordinates FASD awareness initiatives in her region.

Melissa Elligson, Program Director

Melissa lives in Roanoke, Virginia. She holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and has spent the past 15 years as an intensive in-home therapist and trainer. Her passion is working with children and families affected with neurobehavioral conditions and providing trainings nationally. She became passionate in this arena over 6 years ago when she became frustrated that traditional models were not working within the community.  After thankfully finding Diane Malbin and FASCETS she became a certified trainer in the FASCETS Fetal Alcohol Neurobehavioral Model.  She is currently in the process of developing FASCETS East and is working to develop a community based diagnostic clinic in Southwest Virginia. 

Suzanne Emery, Program Director

Suzanne has a Masters in Leadership of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is certified by FASCETS as a facilitator for the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model and is a FASCETS Program Director.  Suzanne has lived in Costa Rica for over 20 years serving families and children at risk. She worked as resident nurse at a children’s home and then as supervisor of health for a large child care organization for over 15 years.  Suzanne is the founder and lead facilitator for “Created to be Free: hope for families affected by alcohol”, a project started in 2013.  She leads workshops, provides consulting services, and facilitates a family support group in Costa Rica, all in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, using a brain-based approach.  She is a single mother of two wonderful young men; the younger has FASD. She is originally from the Portland area.

Nancy Hall, Program Director

Nancy has had almost thirty years’ experience working in the non-profit sector for the improvement of services for people with disabilities. Her academic background is in Child and Youth Care, Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Sciences.  Over the past ten years, Nancy has worked as a community development facilitator, educator and consultant, to nurture and enhance community potential to better meet the needs of people impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Most recently, Nancy co-founded FASCETS Canada, a satellite agency of FASCETS.