Our Leadership Team

Meet the dynamic team leading Pasco Kids First to keep kids safe and strengthen families.

Mike Trepper CEO and President of Pasco Kids First INC

Mike Trepper

Mike Trepper- President & CEO

Mike’s professional experience spans twenty-five years and is known as a passionate leader in community development and children and youth advocacy work. His practice and commitment to ensuring that all people grow up safe, healthy and are provided opportunities to reach their full potential has been nationally recognized and is routinely tapped as part of consultative work with school districts, nonprofit and community groups and government entities.

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Mike most recently served as the Director of the Prodigy Cultural Arts program for the University Area CDC in Tampa, Florida.  He managed a multimillion-dollar juvenile delinquency prevention program serving over a thousand high risk youth and adults each year throughout an eight county coverage area in central Florida.  Working with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Prodigy achieved a 99% delinquency free rating for program participants.

Mike has served as an adjunct professor for twelve years at the University of South Florida’s School of Social Work where he teaches macro practice, human behavior and policy classes.  His work has also included senior and executive roles with Playsmart (sports-based youth development), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Tampa YMCA and Ophelia Project/Boys Initiative, the National Conference for Community and Justice and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alachua County.  His passion for nonprofit community work was sparked by a very early experience serving as an AmeriCorps national service member in the city of Detroit.

Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with concentration in Community Organization and Management of Children, Youth and Family Services and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Florida.  He also possesses a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Tampa’s Sykes Business School in collaboration with the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay.

Born in Long Island, New York, raised in Miami, Florida, Mike has called Tampa Bay home for the last twenty-three years.  He and his wife reside in Odessa, Florida and collectively have four children ranging in ages from 9 to 20, 2 dogs, a cat and 2 fish!  Mike enjoys music and art, volunteering, fishing, sports, and coaching youth baseball.

Nicole Clarke

Nicole Clarke

Nicole Clarke – Director of Finance

Nicole Clarke has over 20 years of accounting experience. She specializes in budgeting, planning and reporting for nonprofit agencies. She began her career in public accounting in Buffalo, New York where she specialized in nonprofit and governmental entity audits.

Nicole is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting degree. She has had the opportunity to excel in both the corporate and nonprofit arena, but her passion is uniting her accounting skills with extremely worthy causes, like Pasco Kids First.

Diane York

Diane York

Diane York – Clinical Director of the Trauma Treatment Program

Diane York, MSW; LCSW originally joined Pasco Kids First in 2003 as the only Trauma Therapist and Victim Advocate. She left the agency in 2007 to focus on her family and continue to grow her clinical skills but returned to Pasco Kids First as a Trauma Therapist for the Trauma Treatment Program in 2013.

Diane graduated from the University of South Florida in 2000 with a Masters in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts concentration in Psychology and received her Department Of Health State of Florida License in Clinical Social Work in May of 2004. Diane is a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the state of Florida and has experience supervising MSW Interns.

Diane has over twenty years of experience providing therapeutic services to children and families who have experienced traumatic abuse, neglect, separation, and grief.


Douglass Hasell, M.D.

Douglass Hasell, M.D. – Medical Director

Doctor Hasell graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1982. Deciding that he wanted to become a Pediatrician and not a marine biologist as originally planned, he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1987 and headed back out to California for his Pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine. It was here that he met his lovely wife who is also a pediatrician.

After an almost 4-year stint working together overseas in beautiful Micronesia on the Island of Saipan, which is a US Commonwealth, they returned to California joining two friends in a practice in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1997 they relocated to Florida to start their practice called The Pediatric Specialist. Shortly after this Dr. Hasell was recruited by Rick Hess to take on the Medical Director position at the Child Protection Team of Pasco County.

During the last 17 plus years, Dr. Hasell and his wife have grown their pediatric practice adding two more providers, one of which is an ARNP (nurse practitioner) Chris Pope, who has become an integral part of the Child Protection Team as well. This spring will mark the 18 year anniversary of Dr. Hasell being medical director of the Pasco Child Protection team which is now part of the larger Kids First agency.

Atiya Spellman, Healthy Families Program Manage-

Atiya Spellman

Atiya Spellman – Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando-Program Manager

Atiya Spellman is a graduate of Stockton University with a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and a minor in African American Studies. She is an Infant Mental Health Specialist, certified in infant massaging, and a certified car seat technician. Atiya began her career with home visitation in 2006 in New Jersey as a Program Manager from its inception. In 2016, Atiya joined Pasco Kids First as a Supervisor of the Hernando Team.

Jon Wisenbaker

Jon Wisenbaker

Jon Wisenbaker – Program Manager Child Protection

Jon Wisenbaker, M.S. graduated with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993. He has been working for the Child Protection Team for the last 20 years and has been a supervisor since 2001. He continues to serve as a member of the DOH Statewide Quality Assurance team, providing peer review to CPT’s across the state. He also serves on Florida’s Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers as a board member.


Maria Hixon

Maria Hixon – Director of Development

Maria brings over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to her role as Director of Development. She specializes in creating and implementing resource and fund development plans that assist nonprofits in achieving their mission. She oversees the community outreach, unrestricted and annual giving program, corporate and foundation relations, and the social media, marketing, and special events for Pasco Kids First.

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