Jennifer Flad was named Executive Director in September 2013. Under her guidance, Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast as made steady growth. Jennifer has been known in the Fairhope Community since 2007 being a prominent member of First Baptist Fairhope, Fairhope Soccer Academy, President of the Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore and the Past-President of the Downtown Fairhope Association. Through her volunteer work with the Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore she found her passion of working with the special needs community. She is using her Degree in Hospitality, earned at the East Stroudsburg University, along with her community connection to grow EFGC.
Lee is originally from the Mobile area and recently retired after forty years of serving as a United Methodist minister in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He and his wife Ginny live in the Steelwood Community north of Loxley. Lee has a background in mental health and has always had a passion for meeting the needs of special needs children and adults. He began volunteering at EFGC in January of 2019 and loved it so much he asked to be on staff.
Lead Program Assistant
Ronnie was raised in Spanish Fort, Alabama and still resides there. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2020 with a degree in Music Education. He aspires to one day get involved with Music Therapy. During his free time he likes to exercise and play video games.
Youth Program Assistant
Ellie is originally from Fairhope and still resides there. She graduated from Birmingham Southern with a major in Collaborative Education. A fun fact about Ellie is she used to live in Uganda, where she taught Special Education!
Hannah Barr has lived in Baldwin County for over 10 years, she and her husband Robert currently live in Loxley, Alabama. Hannah started volunteering with the foundation and realized her passion for working with special needs. She was later accepted on as a staff member and has been a valuable asset ever since. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family and friends and making fun memories with our participants.
Daisy is originally from Houston, Texas, but now lives in Daphne with her husband Justin and daughter Margo. She now runs our Cooking Program as well as being a Program Assistant. During her free time, Daisy likes to hike and travel with her family.
Carmen is originally from Mobile, Alabama and still resides there. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2021 with a major in English and minor in Spanish. A fun fact about Carmen is she has two cats named Ollie and Marcie and loves painting.
Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast
Board of Directors
Mr. Brad Navarre
Mr. Fred Hardman
Ms. Britten Britt
Mr. Niall Fraser
Mr. Craig Dahle
Mr. David Schultze
Mrs. Merrilee Nestande
Mrs. Mary Kay Webb