Jacob’s Touch Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organization in the Tampa Bay area, dedicated to providing financial care and assistance to families and organizations supporting children on the Autistic Spectrum.
Our Mission is to:
- Provide Financial Grants and Assistance for Therapy, Medical and Educational Needs
- Serve as a Resource for Referral Services
Jacob’s Touch Board of Directors
Kimmie FineFounder and Board Member
Kimmie Fine, founder of Jacob’s Touch, is the proud mother of her beautiful son, Jacob Fine, the namesake of the Foundation. After realizing Jacob was on the spectrum and discovering his many gifts, talents and abilities Kimmie was inspired to start a foundation to help other families and their children reach their fullest potential. Of this inspiration, Jacob’s Touch was born.
As a Tampa native, Kimmie has strong roots to her community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tampa. She is a life long member of Tampa Yacht & Country Club, loves travel, sports, exercising, decorating and family time. Kimmie is a Multi-Million Dollar Producer Realtor with Palermo Real Estate Professionals.
Kimmie received a Master’s Degree in Sociology in 1996 from University of South Florida. She is a Chi Omega Sorority Alumna, and member of the USF President’s Council/Green Jacket Club.
Aadonia de la TorreBoard Member
Aadonia de la Torre is currently a Lead Designer for Restoration Hardware. She has vast experience in marketing and creative design in various industries including, retail, real estate, legal, coaching/training, and nonprofit. She also has 15-plus years serving in a management capacity with a multi-national financial corporation, specializing in finance, operational auditing, project management and consulting. She is a graduate of Mercer University, Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Management and Finance.
Aadonia has strong ties to the Tampa Bay community. She is currently a sustaining member of The Junior League of Tampa. Aadonia has been a member since 1999, serving on the Board of Directors for 3 years, with a focus on improving the lives of families through fundraising efforts and hands-on community service. She is an avid reader and very involved with her children’s school helping to raise money and support their programs. Aadonia resides in South Tampa with her husband and two children and their sweet dog Allie.
Kelli L. Mitchell, EsquireBoard Member
Kelli L. Mitchell is a marital and family law attorney. She has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 27 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, following in the footsteps of her father, Joe.
Kelli is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tampa, serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, is an active member of the Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court and has either chaired or served on many fundraising committees throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Kelli lives in South Tampa, and in her spare time enjoys horseback riding, traveling, quality time with family and friends, and chasing after her Jack Russell Terrier, Finnigan.
Julie ReyesBoard Member
Julie Reyes is the CoFounder and Chief Operations Officer of Cuspis Vir Consulting, LLC., Providing support and advocacy to our Autism Special Needs and Veteran communities through Consulting, Networking, Education, Awareness, and Training.
Julie works with the community at large creating, developing, and delivering superior family support programs, training for ALL family members, leadership training, community education and training, resiliency programs, large and small group public speaking, and event coordination. Julie has over 22 years of corporate business experience with Chase Manhattan Bank, CitiGroup and Early Autism Project.
Julie and her family relocated to Tampa via the USArmy, her husband proudly served over 33 years active duty with multiple combat deployments, now happy to call Tampa Bay home. Julie is extremely active in the Tampa Bay community serving on the Boards of Artistas, Morning Star School MacDill Officers Spouse Club and developing their Churches special needs ministry. Parents of triplets, their son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, advocacy, education and activism has become their passion.
Ashley PorchBoard Member
A Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience, Ashley has held a variety of HR roles at several fortune 100 companies. Originally from the Maryland/DC area, Ashley is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.
She and her husband moved to the Tampa area in 2014 from Fort Lauderdale where she was on the board of several non-profit organizations for over 10 years including Jack & Jill Children’s Center, River Walk Trust, and Gilda’s Club. Ashley is also a Sustaining member of The Junior League of Tampa and served as the JLT Sustaining Chair. She has chaired and served on several charitable organizations in the Tampa Bay area including Make-a-Wish Foundation, Jacob’s Touch Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, and Feeding Tampa Bay.
She currently resides in South Tampa with her husband where she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two dogs Harley & Rummy, traveling, cooking, and giving back to the community.
Grant Selection Review Committee
Lisa BigelowGrant Selection Review Committee Member
Lisa is currently Director of Account Management at eBay. Lisa oversees an account management team who manages key brands and strategic sellers in Fashion. Lisa has over 18 years in this field. Living in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years, Lisa has strong roots to her community. She is a member of the Junior League of Tampa, Krewe of Queen’s Revenge and a member of the Mary Bryant Elementary PTA. She lives in the Westchase area with her husband and three children. Lisa received a MBA and Marketing BA from University of South Florida.She is also an Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Alumna.
Sarah Frances JankowskiGrant Selection Review Committee Member
Reading Coach, Sligh Middle Magnet School
Sarah was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and earned a BA in Psychology and MA in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. After graduate school she worked for the Pillsbury Company and later General Mills, Inc. in Chicago, IL as a Human Resources Manager. She has also worked at ADP and USF in Tampa. Currently, she is an instructional coach at Sligh Middle School. She has been living in Tampa for the past 11 years with her husband Jeff. Their daughter Faith and son Andrew, who is on the autistic spectrum, keep life fun and interesting. Sarah became involved with Jacob’s Touch because she has seen the positive effects of therapy and intervention work miracles with Andrew.
Ashley SmithGrant Selection Review Committee Member
Ashley is a Florida native and Tampa has been her home for the last 10 years. She currently resides in Westchase with her two beautiful daughters Emma, 14 and Laura, 10 and their dog Goliath.
Ashley has a BA in Social Science from Flagler College and continued her education at the University of West Florida earning master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She started her career as an Educational Programs Coordinator at St Johns Housing Coalition, a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children where she developed a passion for literacy
education. After moving to Tampa, she began working as an educator for Hillsborough County Public Schools where she has enjoyed working with a variety of diverse learners including students on the Autism Spectrum. Currently, Ashley is an Instructional Coach at Ben Hill Middle School.
She is a member of the Hillsborough Literacy Educational Foundation. In addition, she is a valuable member of the Jacob’s Touch Foundation serving on the Grant Selection Committee and the volunteer coordinator.