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 (
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 (
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).

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
Bio coming soon.

Nate Bouchard
Nate moved to Florida from Maine in July 2021 and joined Team Joey the same day. Nate is one of Joey’s male mentors and assists Joey in effectively and safely completing his Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Nate writes: “I help to inspire and motivate Joey every day, as he does me. Joey and I are currently in the process of learning to communicate with each other via keyboard to help me understand what he is thinking.” Nate enjoys exploring new places and trying new experiences. Nate has many hobbies, including weightlifting, photography, and skateboarding (while his my dog pulls him).

Kevin Curtin
Kevin moved to Florida in January 2021 and joined Team Joey six months later. He facilitates Joey’s day-to-day activities and advocate for Joey’s highest potential. Kevin is currently studying to become a clinical psychologist. In his spare time Kevin enjoys skateboarding, weightlifting, and gymnastics; in addition he is a singer/songwriter.

Roberta and Joey Lowenstein

Team Joey: Dana Johnson PhD.

Dana Johnson PhD.

Team Joey: Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz

Rabbi Yitzchak Schwartz

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