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Kirson & Fuller Welcomes Elyse Mundelein to the firm

November 20, 2019 in News

We are pleased to announce that Elyse Mundelein has joined The Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller team.

Elyse is from an Air Force family and has lived all over the USA. In 2007 she was the first person with Downs Syndrome to graduate from Oviedo High School in Florida. She swam on the varsity swim team and participated in their dance program.  Elyse has always been include in her classroom setting and community activities. She wants all individuals with IDD to have this same experience, therefore, she has become a very vocal advocate in her community and beyond.

Her dream was to go to college and attend University of Central Florida. She made that happen. She worked as a teaching assistant in the College of Education along with taking classes. During her time at the University she developed an Avatar of her likeness in the College of Education’s Teach Live lab. Her Avatar assists future teachers to better work with individuals with IDD. With the help of SKYE Elyse educates future teachers at other university’s all of the county the importance of inclusion.

In 2009, Elyse was introduced to Best Buddies through the UCF program. It was a match made in heaven. She quickly started attending ambassador trainings, and two years later became Buddy Director of the UCF Chapter. She has served as a Campaign Manager at the Best Buddies Gala and serves on the Best Buddies Central Florida Advisory Board.

In 2015, her lifelong dream came true, she became a full-fledged UCF Knight!  She lived on campus, attended classes, worked at the UCF Rec and Wellness Center, was part of the Pegasus Paloosa’s, and was elected to the UCF Student Government. On May 3rd 2019, she proudly walked across the stage and graduated from the Inclusive Education Services at UCF. 

On August 12th 2019, as part of the Best Buddies Jobs Program, Elyse began working at the Elder Law firm of Kirson and Fuller. With all that she does she was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors with the Diocese of Orlando Bishop Grady Villas as she works to promote inclusive housing options. In addition to all her various roles she volunteers with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida.  She continues to advocate and spread her personal message “With open minds and open hearts, together we can do anything”!


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