President & CEO
Tyler Sununu is the Association's chief spokesperson. He represents the interests of approximately 100 community human services agencies and the individuals they serve. As President & CEO, Tyler coordinates the Association's overall strategic plan and achievement of its goals and objectives. He represents the Association's position on human service issues to governmental agencies and the legislature to influence public policy in a meaningful way. Tyler is committed to ensuring that Florida ARF promotes the interests of individuals with disabilities and that the Association serves as a voice for community agencies working together to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Tyler has 8 years of experience operating nursing homes and has worked in government affairs at both Florida nursing home associations. He received an undergraduate degree in Health Services Administration and a Masters of Public Health.
You may contact Tyler at (850) 942-3500.
Courtney Swilley is the Vice President at Florida ARF. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Child Sciences and a minor in Child Life. She began her career in the disabilities field in 1995. She brings to the Association over 25 years of social services experience, primarily in the area of adults with disabilities. She was employed by The Arc of Florida for 9 years, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for 2 years, and the Florida Governor’s Alliance for the Employment of Citizens with Disabilities for 2 years which is now a part of The Able Trust.
Courtney’s responsibilities at the Association include serving as a staff liaison for the Florida ARF Issues Forums (Community Supports; ICF/IID; Employment; and Government Relations). She manages and coordinates Florida ARF meetings, trainings, and conferences. Courtney also manages production of our monthly newsletter and legislative communications, assists with member support functions including member recruitment, leads the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Apprenticeship, and serves as the Florida Alliance for Direct Support Professionals liaison.
You may contact Courtney at (850) 942-3510.
Member Services Specialist
Emily Higginbotham is the Member Services Specialist at Florida ARF. She graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Emily’s responsibilities at the association include providing technical assistance support to member agencies on various program areas, assists in the organization and coordination of membership functions, coordinates and develops special project assignments on topics of member interests, assists with maintenance of the Florida ARF website, and assists with retention and recruitment of members.
You may contact Emily at (850) 942-3520
Director of Finance & Accounting
Danielle Owens is the Association's Director of Finance and Accounting and oversees administration of the finances of the Association. Her day-to-day responsibilities include financial forecasting, accounting, financial reporting, business support services, and financial compliance. Danielle is a graduate of Florida State University with a major in Social Sciences, a minor in Public Administration and a secondary in Environmental Studies. She has over 20 years of accounting experience, serving both private and nonprofit entities.
You may contact Danielle at (850) 942-3535.
Michael Yon is the Operations Director at Florida ARF. He brings over 25 years’ of experience in Information Technology and Facility management to the Association including certifications for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA A+. He is a certified HDI (Help Desk Institute) Desktop Support Technician and won the First Coast region, Southeast United States region, and the National Analyst of the Year awards in 2010 at the Help Desk Institute’s national conference. In addition, Michael has coordinated multiple datacenter and facility relocations. He began his career in the IT field in 1997 and prior to his work at Florida ARF worked for state agencies. Michael has over 15 years' worth of experience in the banking/credit union industry.
Michael is primarily responsible for Information Technology, Facilities Management, and Project Management at the Association. He also provides technical assistance to staff as well as Florida ARF members when needed.
You may contact Michael at (850) 942-3525.