A native Floridian, Dillion joined Team Joey in 2018. Dillion is Joey’s caretaker and close friend; he takes Joey to appointments, assists with keyboard communication, and is the liaison between Joey and other team members. Together Dillion and Joey exercise, travel, and enjoy many spiritual moments. Dillion enjoys assisting others with reading, communication, or simply relaxing. Dillion enjoys spending his free time running, hiking, and going to the gym. Dillion writes: “I am inspired by Joey everyday…and only hope I can uplift and inspire him in return.”
Michael “Mikey“ Burgos
Originally from Pennsylvania, Mikey moved to Florida in 2018 and joined Team Joey in 2020. Mikey is Joey’s companion and friend; helping Joey to complete everyday tasks. In addition, he takes Joey to appointments, on long walks, works with him on fine motor skills, and handwriting. Mikey is currently studying to be a Spell to Communicate (S2C) Practitioner. On his days off, Mikey is a father and husband who likes being active and going to the gym.
Melany moved to sunny Florida from Pennsylvania in 2018 and joined Team Joey in 2020. Melany is Joey’s medical assistant — preparing and administering medications. Mel spends her free time with her son, husband, and family. She enjoys swimming, outdoor activities, and family time. Mel writes: “I am a companion to Joey as he is to me! Joey motivates and inspires me everyday with how much of a hard worker he is.”
Originally from Peru, Yuli moved to the United States in 1999. She is Joey’s nurse and has been working with him since November 2020. As Joey’s nurse, Yuli prepares his daily medications, schedules his appointments, accompanies him to appointments, and meets with his primary care physician. Yuli’s goal is to make sure Joey is on the right track each day and to make him feel comfortable. In addition, Yuli has been teaching Joey Spanish. Yuli writes: “The day I met Joey my life changed completely; he inspires me daily. Joey is a big inspiration and has taught me a lot about life. He is a special guy with a huge heart and I feel so grateful to have him in my life.” When not working with Joey, Yuli enjoys spending time with her three-year-old niece, her mother, and her two dogs. To relax she enjoys reading and meditating.
A Florida native, Austin grew up on the Sunshine State’s central west coast near the Pasco and Pinellas county line. He lived there for 20 years and returned 5 years later to continue his education. Austin is a student at St. Petersburg College and intends to transfer to University of South Florida, joining their Geology program. Austin joined Team Joey in March of 2022. The Team aims to develop Joey as a well-rounded man. They value the concepts of routine, hygiene, and overall health; this includes physical health standards that Joey has set for himself such as long distance running and nature walks. When not actively engaged with the Team, Austin spends his time studying, running, and getting outdoors.