OUR TEAM

Staff

Nathalie Brassard, Executive Director

Nicole Branson, Office Administrator

Nancy Hall, Program Director

Melissa Elligson, Program Director

Suzanne Emery, Program Director

Board of Directors

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The Neurobehavioral Model was developed over 25 years ago by Diane Malbin. The nonprofit, FASCETS, was established to continue to provide information and training on the Neurobehavioral Model, which has now touched the lives of thousands worldwide.    

The work of our organization is now facilitated by a team of individuals trained by Diane. They are carrying on her work of disseminating the brain-based approach, training new facilitators, and developing new material.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shannon Iacobbacci

Shannon Iaccobacci

CHAIR

Shannon resides in Southern California, is a consultant and Certified Facilitator of the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model, and a board member of the FASD Network of Southern California.

She came to FASCETS seeking answers for one of her children and quickly discovered four of her six children have an FASD. She implemented the Neurobehavioral Model in her own home and saw how well it worked with her children. Shannon’s passion for advocating, empowering, and facilitating change for those with invisible disabilities lead her to join the board with a vision to see this material reach as many people as possible.

She is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, has an extensive background in HR, business management, and government contract negotiations, working with businesses nationwide. She has over seven years of experience in non-profit organizational management, serving such roles as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Events Coordinator, and Membership Director.

Shannon has aided in facilitating a foster/adoption parenting class for a large youth and family services organization in Southern California and is currently a university guest speaker on the topics of foster care/adoption, trauma, and FASD.

Eileen Divine

Eileen Divine

VICE-CHAIR

Eileen is a therapist who supports individuals who are parenting and supporting children with FASD and other neurobehavioral conditions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son, and her daughter. Eileen chose to join the FASCETS board after attending a 3-day FASCETS training many years ago as a parent of a child with FASD. Through that experience, she was able to see firsthand how the information FASCETS provides parents can change lives. 

Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson

SECRETARY

Helen is an adult advocate living in Portland, Oregon with her son, William and husband, Brando. Helen runs a website, www.lovemeenough.com, dedicated to FASD with personal blogs, a bookstore, resources and much more. 

Diagnosed with FASD and ARND at 11 years old, Helen has learned a lot about her diagnosis and has made it her mission to provide support, hope, courage, and first hand experiences to her community. She travels across the United States and speaks at conferences, while also working full time at a non-profit in Newberg. After attending one of FASCETS workshops and being invited to speak, she was invited to join the FASCETS Board of Directors, where she provides input from an individual’s perspective while also being the secretary. Helen is a major supporter of the Neurobehavorial Model. 

Charlie

Charlie Michelle-Westley

DIRECTOR

Charlie Westley is Native American and resides in Oregon where she feels culturally committed to be of service to others on their healing journeys.

Her life experience, education, and career in the field of substance addiction, prevention, counseling, and recovery, piqued her interest in learning more about FASD.  When the opportunity arrived to attend a FASCETS training she discovered why those she loved and supported struggled so much in life.

This discovery of how substance exposure in utero affected every aspect of their lives has given her the understanding and tools to better help and educate them, especially when their lives often became quite challenging due to this brain-based condition.

So enthusiastic about what FASCETS provides, she was asked and accepted the offer to be on the FASCETS Board of Directors and has served passionately for over a decade.

STAFF

Nathalie Brassard

Nathalie Brassard

Executive Director

Nathalie is a Registered Dietitian and for over 25 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.

She became a Certified Facilitator of the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model in 2014 and joined the FASCETS team as Program Director in 2015. Since then, she has continued her exploration of the Neurobehavioral Model under the mentorship of Diane Malbin.

She is the Executive Director for the organization since April 2019. Nathalie is also a consultant and facilitator with FASCETS Canada West, delivering workshops, providing support and consultation services based on the Neurobehavioral Model to service providers and families in Western Canada, Québec, and beyond.

Nathalie lives in British Columbia, Canada. 

Nicole Branson

Nicole Branson

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Nicole is our office administrator, working from our headquarters in Oregon. She is also a certified facilitator of the FASCETS neurobehavioral model. Nicole is a birth and adoptive mother to 5 children with FASD and other neurobehavioral conditions, which affords her a unique perspective on the neurobehavioral model.

In 2016 Nicole and her husband attended their first FASCETS workshop and subsequently implemented the neurobehavioral model into their family. Her family has benefited tremendously from this experience which was a catalyst for her involvement with FASCETS.

Nicole is a powerful and passionate voice for change and awareness in all areas of her life. Her mission with FASCETS is two-fold: eradicate the stigma that shames birth mothers, and create a paradigm shift around how to support children with FASD.

Nancy Hall

Nancy Hall

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Nancy Hall has had almost thirty years’ experience working in the non-profit sector for the improvement of services for people with disabilities.  Nancy’s academic background includes Psychology, Child and Youth Care as well as Clinical Behavioural Sciences.  Nancy has worked as a FASD community developer, educator and consultant for past 15 years.  She co-authored a research paper on Effective Service provision for people impacted by FASD, in 2009. Nancy has been a Program Director for FASCETS since 2015 and has been providing trainings in the Neurobehavioural Model throughout Eastern Canada for the past eight years.   Nancy lives in the Toronto Canada region, acting as both a caregiver and professional.

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Melissa Eligson

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Melissa Elligson is a Certified Facilitator of the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model and a FASCETS Program Director. Melissa lives in Roanoke Virginia in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University and has spent the past twenty years as an intensive in-home therapist, community counselor, and trainer.

Her passion is working with children and families living with neurobehavioral conditions and providing training nationally. She became frustrated that traditional models were not working within the community, and this brought her to Diane Malbin and her journey with FASCETS. Melissa is currently providing training, consultation, and family groups. She is working on developing a community-based diagnostic clinic in Southwest Virginia.

Suzanne

Suzanne Emery

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Suzanne has a Masters in Leadership of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is a Certified Facilitator of the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model and is a FASCETS Program Director.  Suzanne 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 family support groups, all in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, using FASCETS neurobehavioral model.  She is a single mother of two wonderful young men; the younger has FASD. She lives in the Portland area.