Listing of Senior Staff by Department


Chief Executive Officer
Tony Loupe
Administrative Assistant
Haley Stevens

Human Resources

Operations/HR Manager
Donna Diaz


Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Nordstrom  


Director of Programs
Deborah LaBella

Eligibility/VPK/CCR & R

Director of Family Services
Michele Zavelghorba

Community Development

Community Development Manager
Sue-Ellen Sanders

Nordstrom appointed Chief Financial Officer


We are please to welcome Thomas Nordstrom as Chief Financial Officer for the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, as announced by Tony Loupe, Chief Executive Officer for the coalition. The agency helps lead the charge in early childhood care and education in St. Lucie County.

In his role, Nordstrom will be responsible for all financial operations and coordinate fiscal needs for the non-profit organization, including compliance with the Office of Early Learning, where the majority of funding for early learning coalitions in Florida originates.

Nordstrom joins the coalition after more than 30 years in the accounting profession where he started his career as a certified public accountant working for Ernst and Young, a national public accounting firm with headquarters in West Palm Beach. Nordstrom then entered the private accounting sector as the Director of Financial Services for Holy Cross Hospital, a large, not-for-profit hospital located in Ft. Lauderdale, and later continued his career in the health care industry working as both a controller and a chief financial officer, where he primarily managed the accounting and financial operations of Mednax, Inc., a large health care corporation providing physician services in the areas of anesthesia medicine, newborn care, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology and other pediatric subspecialty care.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, with a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Accounting, Nordstrom lives in Port St. Lucie.  He’s been a certified public accountant in Florida since 1994. His three adult children graduated from South Florida schools, with two of them currently attending college in the state university system.

Sanders to lead Community Development


We welcome community journalist, radio talk show host and former educator Sue-Ellen Sanders as Community Development Manager for the Early Learning Coalition. 

In her role, Sanders will coordinate community outreach and marketing for the non-profit organization, with a focus on grant-writing development, special events and other public relations activities, including government and media relations, print and electronic publications, and volunteer recruitment.

Sanders joins the coalition after more than 20 years in community relations, having handled promotions and marketing for Harbor Federal, The Tribune and the Boys & Girls Club, and an 8-year stint as a St. Lucie County teacher. “I’m thrilled to combine my communications skills with my knowledge as an educator, to promote the Early Learning Coalition’s programs and resources,” she adds. Sanders will continue to host her radio talk show on WPSL, now in its 19th year.

A Florida native and University of Florida graduate, Sanders lives in Fort Pierce with her husband, Marty and their dog. Her two adult children graduated from St. Lucie County schools and Sanders has been involved in the community, having served as President of Fort Pierce Rotary Club and of the Treasure Coast Gator Club.  Other volunteer boards and activities include The Inner Truth Project, Boys & Girls Club, Education Foundation, the United Way, Leadership St. Lucie, the Royal Palms and the Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, Sanders is a member of the Port St. Lucie Business Women, Florida Public Relations Association and race director and founder for the Sailfish Beer Mile. A life-long runner, she’s also coached cross-country and directed other area races.