Katherine O. (KITTY) Heusner, PhD is a retired educator and a product of Sarasota County Schools. In 1980 she became the director of the PALS Program (today’s TEAM UP) and guided its growth in those early years. She served in District Instructional Leadership in three Florida Counties (Sarasota, Desoto and Collier) before taking an early retirement to continue in volunteer service with her husband Henry. Kitty is the founder of Florida Creativity Alliance, Inc. (a 501c3 focusing on sharing creative thinking and problem solving skills). It is her joy to continue serving in Sarasota County Schools on the TEAM UP Advisory Council and to support the incredible growth of volunteer and community involvement…a wonderful full circle from her earlier role in beginning PALS.