Serving the Sunshine State

Geoff Hoatson Attorney / Principal

Beth Roland Lead Guardianship & Probate Counsel

Joannie Rodriguez Lead Medicaid Counsel

Oscar Salgado Associate Attorney

Geoff Hoatson Attorney / Principal

Geoff is the founder and CEO of the Family First Firm. Born in Oregon, his family relocated to Orlando when he was a small child, so he considers himself a proud semi-native of Central Florida. He attended the University of Central Florida (go Knights!) where he graduated with honors and a degree in business administration. After college, he decided to attend Emory University for law school. Upon graduating from Emory, he returned to Orlando to marry his fiancee, start a family, and begin practicing law.

In 2009, Geoff decided to start his own practice, and he has dedicated the last decade to serving seniors and families throughout Central Florida. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and their two little girls. He loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors with his family and frequently visits the Pacific Northwest. When he's not preoccupied with the firm or the family, you can usually find him reading a good book, trading timepieces, or playing the piano.

Beth Roland Lead Guardianship & Probate Counsel

Attorney Beth Roland practices in probate, trust administration, guardianship, estate planning, and Medicaid. Beth earned her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sweet Briar College. She is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Florida State Guardianship Association, the Seminole County Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, and the Seminole Health and Human Services Network.

Beth has served as a court-appointed Court Monitor in guardianship proceedings and has experience serving as a Qualified Guardian Ad Litem and volunteering for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA). She also volunteers her time writing an appellate brief for the Guardian Ad Litem Program’s Defending Best Interest Project. Beth has authored articles and publications on estate planning, probate, and guardianship. She has also served as a speaker on various elder law topics for the National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Program and the Florida State Guardianship Association. Beth is a certified volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. She and her family also volunteer their time at multiple animal rescue organizations.

Joannie Rodriguez Lead Medicaid Counsel

Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Joannie Rodriguez is a New York native who earned her Juris Doctor from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2013. She recently relocated to the Orlando area from South Florida to continue her career as an Elder Law attorney with a concentration in wills, trusts, estates, and long-term care asset protection planning. Joannie is passionate about her career and helping others.

In her spare time, you can find her with her family, gallivanting through Disney World, trying new restaurants, or loving on her fourteen-year-old chihuahua, Papi.

Oscar Salgado Associate Attorney

Oscar was born and primarily raised in Aurora, Illinois, before moving to Georgia with his family. He attended Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. Oscar then moved to Central Florida and earned his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law, graduating with honors in 2020. He recently joined the firm and now practices in the areas of guardianship and probate.

In his free time, you can find him at home with his beautiful wife and daughter, exploring Central Florida, or biking. Oscar also enjoys watching sports and is an avid fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jessica De Leon Operations Manager

Loumarie Cobb Human Resources Manager

Michelle Astor Business Development Manager

Jenna Jones Community Liaison

Jessica De Leon Operations Manager

A native of California, she moved to Florida when she was just seven. She graduated from Lake Brantley High School and received her associate’s degree at City College for Medical Office Administration. Before joining Family First Firm, she gained over five years of experience with Medicaid and elder law.

Married with three amazing kids, she loves going to the beach, spending time with her family, and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.

Loumarie Cobb Human Resources Manager

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Loumarie relocated to Central Florida with her husband and children in 2017. Before joining Family First Firm, she spent ten years as an administrator for one of the most successful corporate law firms in Puerto Rico, specializing in general corporate, healthcare, labor and employment, and other areas of practice. She has a track record for developing and implementing initiatives to successfully align corporate goals and values preserving employee retention and engagement at all levels.

She is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators since 2016, the Society of Human Resources since 2009, and a past member of the nomination committee for Man and Women of the year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, South Florida Chapter. A foodie at heart, Loumarie loves to discover new recipes and coordinate gatherings with her family to try out new and exciting dishes.

Michelle Astor Business Development Manager

Michelle is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Central Florida in 1992, where she has resided since. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, where she majored in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in health services administration and social sciences. Michelle is always helping someone! In particular, she loves helping the elderly community. She provides families with professional guidance and heartfelt support. Michelle is passionate about serving others and has dedicated her career to doing just that.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her hubby, her beautiful daughters, and her whipador and golden retriever: Rocco and Rusty.

Jenna Jones Community Liaison

Jenna is originally from Ohio where she received two bachelor’s degrees from Cleveland State University. She moved to Central Florida to attend UCF for her master’s degree in mass communication, which she completed in 2018. Her background varies from the movie industry and ESPN to working for the Office of Emergency Management in Seminole County.

In her free time, Jenna enjoys being near the pool or ocean, exploring new food places, and just enjoying the moment. Even though Ohio is where she’s from, she likes to call Florida her new home.

Patti Small Client Services Coordinator

Sherri Perez Senior Medicaid Paralegal

Marvelis Reyes Senior Medicaid Paralegal

Laurie Clark Medicaid Paralegal

Patti Small Client Services Coordinator

After graduating high school in Morgantown, Kentucky, Patti served three years of active duty army. She later put her roots down in Cincinnati, Ohio, to raise her son and daughter, both of which are also veterans. Patti is also a proud grandmother of two grandchildren. Most of Patti's professional life has been spent educating and assisting seniors and their loved ones. She is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives.

In her spare time, she enjoys boating, riding her trike, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.

Sherri Perez Senior Medicaid Paralegal

After being born and raised in New York, Sherri relocated to Central Florida in 2008 with her husband, children, and incredible parents. She is committed to patient advocacy and has ten years of experience working in the healthcare field. Her passion in life is helping others in any way possible.

When she has free time, you can find her with her family, in the kitchen cooking, or out enjoying nature.

Marvelis Reyes Senior Medicaid Paralegal

While Marvelis was born in New York, she considers herself a Florida native. Her passion was found at a young age, having been in the healthcare industry since she was 16. Marvelis brings six years of Medicaid experience to the firm. She is a mother to a son who loves all sports but especially the New York Mets and Knicks.

In her spare time, besides spending time with her son and family (she is the oldest of four), she loves dancing, fitness, reading, and motivating women through her social media platforms to be the best version of themselves. She enjoys laughing and always trying to bring a smile to her clients' faces.

Laurie Clark Medicaid Paralegal

Laurie hails from a small beach town in Boston, Massachusetts. She later moved to Florida with her three children seeking warmer weather. Before working with Family First Firm, Laurie had a successful career in real estate working as a broker as well as working in the restaurant industry. She later went back to school and earned her degree in Health Services Administration which led her to become an assistant to the business office manager at a skilled nursing facility in Melbourne, Florida.

In her spare time, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, boating, fishing, and relaxing at the beach. When she's not exploring the great outdoors or with her family you can find her painting, making crafts, watching sports, and partaking in happy hour.

Tamarys Lopez Medicaid Paralegal

Angelica Rose Medicaid Paralegal

Francheska Williams Medicaid Legal Assistant

Lindsay Sackett Medicaid Legal Assistant

Tamarys Lopez Medicaid Paralegal

Tamarys is from south Florida, and she goes by Tammy. She was introduced to the world of Social Security and Medicaid six years ago and has continued in the career path ever since. She hopes to be able to assist as many people as possible with the knowledge she has acquired.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing with her three cats.

Angelica Rose Medicaid Paralegal

Angelica was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and later moved to New York. She then made her way to Florida where she finished high school. She went to school to be an X-Ray Tech, Medical Assistant, and later went back to complete her LPN. She has worked in the medical field for over 15 years.

Angelica has a 16 year old daughter, and in her free time you can find her either working out or in the kitchen baking sweet treats.

Francheska Williams Medicaid Legal Assistant

Francheska is a true Central Florida native. She received her associate’s degree from Seminole State College, and with a background in the medical field, Francheska has always had a passion for helping others.

She is married with four wonderful children, and in her free time, she likes to stay active by exploring the outdoors and being by the beach as much as possible.

Lindsay Sackett Medicaid Legal Assistant

Born in Vermont, Lindsay moved to Florida in 1989 with her parents and two sisters. She is currently attending Seminole State College to complete her business management degree. Before joining the Family First Firm, Lindsay spent 12 years in corporate law firms in the downtown Orlando area. She enjoys customer service, event planning, and seems to have found her niche.

Lindsay enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends. Much of her spare time is spent supporting her three children in the sports they participate in: softball, baseball, volleyball, weightlifting, and basketball. You name it; they play it – and she is their number one fan. She also enjoys being active in the community by volunteering at the elementary and high schools, local food pantry, and city events.

Corinna Niranjan Lead Probate and Guardianship Paralegal

Sarah Rivera Executive Assistant to the CEO

Emily Manuel Creative Director

Marian Bryant Paralegal

Corinna Niranjan Lead Probate and Guardianship Paralegal

Corinna was born in Guyana, South America. She moved to the United States at the age of six and has lived in Central Florida ever since. She recently graduated from Valencia College and is currently attending UCF to pursue her bachelor’s degree in legal studies. Corinna plans on attending FAMU Law School after UCF. She has over ten years of experience in the legal field and enjoys helping others, especially our elderly community.

In her spare time, Corinna enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two children, Jaliyah and Marley.

Sarah Rivera Executive Assistant to the CEO

Sarah is a proud native from Altamonte Springs. She earned her bachelor's in psychology from Rollins College Hamilton Holt School and has over five years of administrative support experience, primarily in the legal sector.

Outside of the office, Sarah is an avid traveler, visiting family in Colombia, living in Portugal for two months, and visiting her favorite country, Iceland. When she's not traveling, you might find her kayaking in the springs or sweating in a hot yoga class.

Emily Manuel Creative Director

Born and raised in Winter Springs, Emily is a true Central Florida native! She recently received her bachelor's degree from UCF in Communications. Emily is an experienced assistant with a history working in customer service, legal, and administrative roles.

When she is not working, you can find her traveling the World Showcase at Epcot or catching a cult classic at the Enzian.

Marian Bryant Paralegal

Marian was born and raised in Central Florida and has been part of the Family First Firm team since 2016. She loves working closely with our clients to provide the best services for them and their loved ones.

Outside of work, Marian enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, and playing with her zoo of pets: Sullivan the Black Lab, Nigel the cockatiel, Jack the parakeet, Joanna the chameleon, and Cricket her pet rat.

Daniela Echeverri Legal Assistant

Angelica Redd Legal Assistant

Deborah Duran Intake Specialist

Erica Watson Operations Assistant

Daniela Echeverri Legal Assistant

Daniela has over 8 years of experience working in the insurance and administrative industry and recently started working in the field of law as a legal assistant. She is excited and passionate about her new career in the legal field and plans to obtain her AS in paralegal studies.

Daniela enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to take her 2 young children on weekend getaways to the beach, theme parks, and mommy/daughter dates.

Angelica Redd Legal Assistant

Angelica was born and raised in Florida, and has resided in Altamonte Springs for 9 years. She brings over 6 years of customer service experience to the firm, and is thrilled to bring her passion for assisting clients to the legal team.

She is a mother of one daughter and during her free time she enjoys going on exotic vacations, spending time with her friends and family as well as trying new restaurants.

Deborah Duran Intake Specialist

Deborah was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Production and Marketing of Events with a minor in Digital and Conventional Marketing. She moved to Florida with her parents back in 2017 after hurricane Maria impacted Puerto Rico.

She then met her husband and became a mother to a beautiful baby girl and her American Pitbull, Blue. After working in various fields such as sales, customer service, management, and marketing for 8+ years, she decided to make the switch and begin her journey at Family First Firm as an Intake Specialist. In her free time you can find her spending quality time with her family and friends and enjoying life to the fullest.

Erica Watson Operations Assistant

Erica was born in Florida but she grew up in the Philippines where most of her family is. She came back to Florida for college where she is currently studying for her BA in Accounting. Erica is incredibly close to her family and adores her little zoo of reptiles and small mammals.

When her nose is not stuck in a finance book for class, you can find her kayaking through the springs, lounging out at the beach, having weekend lunches while painting, checking out the sights in nearby towns for fun, or simply just vegging at home with some classics.

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