About

Every Child Deserves and Wants to be Treated Like They are “Normal”
The children in the Florida State Dependency System do not live in a normal world. They do not have the advantages of participating in school activities and day-to-day experiences taken for granted by most families. They often feel they are outsiders and do not fit in with their peers.

The Guardian Foundation gives abused and neglected children a chance to fit in and have the natural experiences and advantages of childhood, experiences that help them grow and mature into healthy, productive adults.

Mission Statement
The Eighth Judicial Circuit Guardian Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation established to provide resources, not provided by state funding, to Guardian ad Litem volunteers and the abused or neglected children represented by the Guardian ad Litem Program to provide normalization to the lives of those children.

Vision Statement
The vision of The Guardian Foundation, Inc. is to ensure that all financial operational needs not provided by government funding to the 8th Judicial Circuit are met. We envision that assertive action is taken to generate sustainable funding resources to meet the needs of every child served and volunteer supported by the 8th Judicial Circuit Program. We will also take active role in educating and informing the public on the needs of and services provided by the 8th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program.

2021 Board of Directors

Office
Name
Address/Email
Phone
Chair
Vallejos-Nichols, Dawn
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
dvallejos-nichols@avera.com
(O) 352-372-9999
Vice-Chair
Faulkner – O’Neal, Susan
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
susanoneal@live.com
(H) 904-964-5069
(C) 352-745-1212
Treasurer
Padgett, Judy
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
judypadgett4@gmail.com
(O) 352-627-9014
(C) 352-538-5709
Corresponding Secretary
Remer, Dave
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
dremer6@gmail.com
(H) 386-462-3168
(C) 352-514-4876
Recording Secretary
Siedzik, Lisa
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
lsiedzik105@gmail.com
(C) 352-283-5817
Director
Hollingsworth, Jason
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
jasonwhollingsworth@gmail.com
(C) 352-317-8212
Director
Martin, Francys
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
francysmartin@hotmail.com
(C) 352-215-4552
Director
Robar, Diane
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
dimarier13@gmail.com
(H) 352-218-4917
Director
Smith, Shannon
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
christine_smith@smithlawfirm.org
(O) 352-490-5353
(C) 727-612-6580
Director
Tatum, Lisa
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
ltatum1007@yahoo.com
(H) 904-782-1230
(C) 904-966-1514
 
Director
Wassman, Kara
3919 W Newberry Road, Suite 3
Gainesville, FL 32607
kara.wassman@gmail.com
(O) 352-627-5009