Newly Promoted Tykes & Teens Development Officer and Director of Communications and Marketing are Decking the Halls!

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Newly Promoted Tykes & Teens Development Officer and  Director of Communications and Marketing are Decking the Halls!

PALM CITY, Fla. (May 31, 2022) – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, has promoted two of its own to lead the agency’s development, communications and marketing efforts.  Samantha Messina has been appointed Development Officer and Misty Stoller has been appointed Director of Communications and Marketing.

“We are truly happy to have this dynamic duo that collaborates so well together in carrying out our mission of prioritizing children’s mental health,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW.  “We are looking forward to Misty and Sam leading the way in the strategic communications and philanthropy endeavors for our community as our children and families continue to need mental health education and support more than ever.”

Just another day at Tykes & Teens for newly promoted Development Officer Samantha Messina (left) and newly promoted Director of Communications and Marketing Misty Stoller (right)!  While they continue to #ShineALight during May Mental Health Awareness Month, they are also already decking the halls and gearing up for the agency’s 15th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights taking place November 13 – 19, 2022, at Flagler Center in Downtown Stuart.

Samantha joined Tykes & Teens a year ago overseeing the agency’s grant applications and contracts.  In her new role, Sam is responsible for planning, organizing, cultivating, and securing funding opportunities for the agency, as well as community engagement.  A Martin County native and Jensen Beach High School alumna, she completed her degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) in 2020 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  Sam’s career in nonprofit development began back in 2016 when she fell in love with fundraising during an internship with a local youth symphony in Kansas City.  After her internship, she transitioned into a part-time role in that organization, building her career in nonprofit development and grant writing.  Her experience includes various types of nonprofit organizations spanning from performing arts to mental/behavioral health, as well as housing and human services.

Misty joined Tykes & Teens nearly two years ago following a 25-year career of successfully developing and executing results-driven integrated communications plans.  She is responsible for developing and implementing the comprehensive strategic plan for all of the agency’s communications and marketing efforts, including corporate communications and branding, digital marketing and communications, community engagement, and media relations.  Prior to Tykes & Teens, Misty served local, national and international clients with a full spectrum of corporation communications, public relations and marketing communications services for aviation, hospitality, and travel and tourism clients.  During her time in the corporate world, Misty also spearheaded numerous corporate social responsibility programs and charitable giving projects for her clients.  In addition, she spent hundreds of hours each year volunteering in her local Broward County community as PTA president, chairing school advisory boards, leading numerous fundraising efforts for area schools and youth sports, and served on the city’s education advisory board.  She also assisted in setting up a non-profit organization focused on mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  Misty attended Purdue University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in marketing from the University of South Florida.

For more information on Tykes & Teens’ children’s mental health programs and services, visit or call 772-220-3439.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit or donate now.

For more information on the 15th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights, visit

About Tykes & Teens

Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescent evidence-based programs and services for 25 years.  Our mission is prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services.  Our passion and commitment are to empowering children and strengthening families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status.  We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma often associated with seeking mental health treatment.  We offer services from more than 50 locations, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, on-site services in all Martin County schools, and in schools in Okeechobee and Indian River counties, as well as collaboration with numerous community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services.  We accept most insurance, private payments, and we are a Medicaid-approved provider. We have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when necessary for more than 20 years.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we also provide $750,000 in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve each year.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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