Samantha Kopec | Founder, Media Manager
Samantha is 17 years old. She recently graduated from the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts and will be attending the University of Miami in the fall. She plays both clarinet and piano and will be pursing a major in Music Industries with a minor in Business Law. Sam is a founder of Feeding the Fosters, plans events, fundraises by writing grants, and manages our website and social media. She was awarded the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for her work in the community with Feeding the Fosters and plans to start a branch of this organization in the Miami area. She says that it is in the giving that she receives and that her purpose is to make others smile.
Laura Kopec | Founder
Laura is 15 years old. She attends Palm Harbor University High School in the IB program as a sophomore. She aspires to study law and foreign policy in college someday as part of the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee. She has many academic and musical awards and accolades. Laura enjoys working with autistic children and serving the foster community. She has been recognized with the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award and will continue to advocate for the community.
Diana Kopec | President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chef
The gift of a servant’s heart has been passed down through the generations in Diana’s family. Choosing to follow in her parents’ footsteps, Diana chose a service profession and became a trauma emergency medicine Physician Assistant in Brooklyn, NY. There she met her husband, Dr. Robert Kopec, and they relocated to Florida to start their own family. Opting to stay home to raise her three children, Diana continued to serve the local community. Diana has advocated for children in foster care for many years as a volunteer with the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. In teaching her children gratitude, the entire family began providing meals for foster families and in 2019 Feeding the Fosters was born.
Robert Kopec | Vice President
Dr. Robert Kopec is a dual certified physician in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He works as a Hospitalist and Physician Advisor for Baycare. He is the Medical Director of Infection Control for the Mease Hospitals. As a physician, Rob is no stranger to serving others. He is a devoted husband and proud father of three who supports his family’s work in the community.
Tammy Crum | Secretary
We met Tammy and Dave when they were foster parents at the Florida Sherriff's Youth Ranch for over 2 years. Prior, they were therapeutic foster parents to teenage boys. They currently have a sibling group of 4 in their home, and they are great advocates for the foster care system. When we decided to begin this nonprofit, Tammy was willing to do whatever she could to help us be successful. She currently serves as a director and also receives assistance from Feeding the Fosters as a foster family.
Lindsey Manders | Director
Lindsey was born and raised in Fairfield County in Southern Connecticut. She went to Central Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. Lindsey, her husband James, and their daughter moved to Pinellas County in July of 2013 in search of better quality of life.Lindsey is employed full time with an RV/Marine dealer management software company where she currently holds the title of Customer Success Coordinator. In this role she bridges the gap between customer satisfaction and smart business decisions.Lindsey and her husband, James, have been foster parents since September 2019. They reached out to Feeding the Fosters in June of 2020 and are committed to growing the mission to better serve local foster families. They typically have 5-6 children in their home at any given time and although it can be exhausting to properly advocate and care for children in care, the joy and smiles at the dinner table each night prove that they are making a difference.As a Director on the board, Lindsey will work to ensure that the mission continues to serve local foster families while maintaining the future sustainability of Feeding the Fosters Inc. Nonprofit.
Jana Mir | Birthday Coordinator
Blessed to be a blessing is the best way to define how Jana Mir lives her life. It is when she is giving back and investing in others that she finds her greatest joy. Jana has spent most of her life in Pinellas County. She attended Belcher Elementary, Oak Grove Middle, and graduated from Pinellas Park High School. Jana attended University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She has four sons, who she could not be more proud of. She has volunteered in all of their schools, served as president of the PTA, was a member of SAC and has recently become a mentor. Jana was recognized as one of Pinellas County School's Volunteers of the Year in 2014. She has organized toy drives, lead more than 10 mission trips, and is thrilled to put her skills to work as part of the Feeding the Fosters family as Birthday Coordinator, or as we say the "Birthday Queen." Now that her sons are older, Jana is on to her next chapter and is opening a Board and Brush studio in Safety Harbor, where she anticipates many wonderful memories will be made and more doors will open to find ways to give back to her community.