Tropical Nights' Chairs

We are both parents of young adults with autism, and UM-NSU CARD has been there as our guide every step of the way.  UM-NSU CARD supports the complex needs of all those individuals with autism and related disabilities in our community, along with their families, schools, and providers.  In fact, UM-NSU CARD has supported us personally in many different ways from helping us understand the diagnosis in the early days, to help us create enviable lives for our children now that they have moved into adulthood. They have listened to our concerns and helped us feel like we are not alone in this journey. We are beyond grateful.
Tropical Nights illuminates the light of a community building exceptional resources for extraordinary people. Please join us in celebrating another year of continuing to support our constituents and community and making this year’s Tropical Nights the most successful event yet. Your support ensures the continuous success stories for those individuals and their families that live with an autism spectrum disorder and a related disability.


Mona Nasser

Mona Nasser is a long-time supporter of UM-NSU CARD where she has spent two terms on the Constituency Board and served as Chairman. She has also served on the committee for the Autumn Moonlight Cocktail Reception, UM-NSU CARD’s Broward fundraiser and Tropical Nights in Miami-Dade. This is Mona's second year chairing tropiclal nghts.  Her support to families has included trainings as well as founding and co-facilitating the Special GALS group for females with ASD and Creative AGE (Advance, Grow, and Excel), a support group for caregivers of adults. Through her most recent effort, Creative Family Support Services, she has created a non-profit organization that continues her personal mission of empowering families by providing coaching and consultation to help individuals with disabilities and their families reach their full potential.

Ysela Heim

Ysela Heim has been supporting UM-NSU CARD for over 12 years. She spent 2 terms on the Constituency Board and was on the planning committee for Autumn Moonlight, UM-NSU CARD's Broward fundraiser. Along with the support she provides UM-NSU CARD, Ysela is an Exceptional Student Educational Consultant and has worked with hundreds of families through the years advocating for her clients. In addition to her advocacy efforts, she also holds trainings throughout the year on Positive Advocacy and runs various support groups for parents. Ysela held a board position for several years for South Florida Autism Charter School. She is in the process of establishing a Foundation that will provide free events for young adults with disabilities to participate in inclusive activities.