Meet the NESS Cares Team

Desirie Sykes

Founder (NESS Cares, Inc and NESS Behavior Consulting)


I’m the Founder and President of NESS Cares, Inc. I was inspired to create NESS Cares as I realized our clients of NESS Behavior Consulting and the community had an increase need of direct support through the Covid-19 pandemic.


My team and I have listened to the voices of the ASD/Autism community and took initiative to create care packages of essential needs for families.


As we overcome the pandemic our work still continues. NESS Cares, in addition to the care packages, now offers a variety of products for everyday life including: sensory kits, ABA tools, apparel and home/office goods. 


Leslie Smith

Dawna Skeete

Tina Pappalardo


Roshel Asuncion

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Roshel Asuncion is the Social Media and Team Manager for NESS Cares, Inc.

Living in The Philippines where she developed a passion to raise awareness for mental health and special needs, Roshel manages communication efforts to reach out to the NESS Community to further educate families who have members with ASD/Autism.




Tina Pappalardo

Tina is a Consultant and an Incoming officer on the Board of Directors for NESS Cares, Inc.

Living and working in Connecticut, Tina brings her experience in Non-profits, Autism and behavior
as Communication, and Disability Advocacy to Ness. Her passions include empowering families
and giving back to the community via non-profits. She is honored to bring her experience to NESS and utilize these attributes to promote the growth and support the mission of NESS Cares.

Liberte Manikariza


Liberte is a Grant Writer for NESS Cares, Inc.


She is a graduate student pursuing an MPH policy degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a bridge-builder, a mentor, and a storyteller. She is a believer in putting your mental health first. Her goal is to give my energy to areas that support those in need. ​