Joey’s Team

Roberta Lowenstein
Title: Mother and Chairperson, Board of Trustees of the Joey Lowenstein Foundation
Roberta (Bertie) Lowenstein is the chair and founder of the Joey Lowenstein Foundation. Bertie leaves no stone unturned in the quest for her 25 year old son with autism to have the most fulfilling life possible. To that end, he is supported by healthy nutrition, daily fitness, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and attention to spiritual well-being. Bertie loves the outdoors and is an avid snow skier and golfer.

Tomaczek Bednarek
Biography coming soon.

Dana Johnson PhD.
Title: Owner of Interplay Therapy Center (www.InterplayTherapyCenter.com)
Dana Johnson is the owner of Interplay Therapy Center and Founder of Invictus Academy Tampa Bay, a non-profit private school for students with sensory motor differences. Dana has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Development. Dana has worked with individuals with motor and sensory differences for almost 15 years. In 2009, Dana moved to Tampa, FL where she gained experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Her private clinic opened in 2010 and has grown to serve children, adolescents and young adults with motor and sensory differences, including autism, apraxia, sensory integration disorders, and other developmental disabilities.

Bob Roth
Title: Chief Executive Officer, David Lynch Foundation (www.DavidLynchFoundation.org)
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation leaders in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people, and is the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” As CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob has helped bring meditation to more than a million students in underserved schools in 35 countries, to military veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Yitzchak Schwartz
Title: Rabbi and Personal Spiritual & Creative Awareness Guide
Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz, who resides in Israel, is an expert in the study of Kabbalah. For over twenty-five years, he has studied with Jerusalem’s leading Kabbalists and has researched and developed techniques to help people grow through his counsel. Rabbi Schwartz has written more than thirty online booklets as a result of his research. He has conducted spiritual guidance Skype sessions with Joey Lowenstein for the past six years (an extension of previous years of similar activity with youth who have special needs, including autism).

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Roberta and Joey Lowenstein

Team Joey: Dana Johnson PhD.

Dana Johnson PhD.

Team Joey: Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz

Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz

Joey’s Comments to Current Team Joey:

Thanks for your help and thanks for your care
Thanks for your support and always being there
You deserve the happiest of times
As the smile from Sun looks upon you
and says it’s happy for you and all that you do
And in the warmest ways, lead me with great guidance
through my good days and my bad days
And moments of silence
Thanks for everyone who has helped me so
I have the greatest team and I want all you to know.

Team Joey:

Dillon Stone
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 Mendez
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.”

Yuli Clem
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.

Austin Schumm
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.

Joey Lowenstein and Team Joey at Goodwill’s Hippie Dash 5K Run
Safety Harbor, Florida
May 2021

Joey and Team Joey supporting the AFSP Tennis Tournament
Palm Harbor, Florida — September 2021
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Tampa Bay, FL

Joey and Team Joey supporting the AFSP Tennis Tournament
Palm Harbor, Florida — September 2021
American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, Tampa Bay, FL

The Team at the Plasticity Brain Center in Orlando, Florida
www.PlasticityCenters.com