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Improv for Special People

Meet The Team


We teach performing arts to individuals with disabilities.

"For persons with a disability, the greatest struggle is to have others accept them as human." ~Unknown
Sandi Paine ~ Founder & President

Sandi Paine ~ Founder & President


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Sandi began studying improv as a hobby after retiring with the rank of Captain from the Broward Sheriff 's Dept. of Fire Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She also has a decade of teaching experience in the fields of Emergency Medical Technician and CPR training.

She is the mother of a very special young man of different abilities and believes that people with special needs benefit from the ability to express themselves as performing artists. By exploring various performing arts, they gain confidence, expand their social skills and enhance their cognitive abilities.

In 2016, she began volunteer teaching improv classes to different ability students at two local schools in Brevard County, FL. The response from both the students and the schools was so positive that she decided to “go non-profit” and expand the program county-wide.
Sandi currently resides in Brevard County, FL.

Connie Johnson ~ Vice President

Connie Johnson ~ Vice President


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Connie has just started her 26th year of teaching in Brevard County. She is currently an exceptional education teacher for children at the supported and participatory level at Lockmar Elementary.

She also works as a Home and Community Based Services Waiver Coordinator for the State of Florida. In this position, Connie coordinates home and community services for persons with disabilities.

Connie attended the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before obtaining a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Child Education, specializing in teaching children with emotional disabilities. She also earned an Associate Behavior Analyst Certificate from Florida Institute of Technology.

Connie’s interest in special needs extends into her personal time. She has volunteered as a Special Olympics coach for basketball and track-n-field since 2012.

Erick Terhune ~ Chief Marketing Officer

Erick Terhune ~ Chief Marketing Officer


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Erick was born in Cape Canaveral, Florida and is a lifetime Florida resident. He grew up in the entertainment industry as his parents were the founders and managers of PGT Entertainment, a company providing theatrical production and entertainment to cruise lines globally. In 2006, Erick joined the family business, and travelled internationally to manage installations on multiple cruise ships.

In 2010, Erick started his own business, Entertainment Services, which is a mobile DJ company. He has worked with fashion shows, large corporations and has opened for Grammy nominated artists. He continues to DJ in high energy clubs throughout Brevard County.

Erick began taking improv classes in 2015 and has completed eight courses covering all aspects of the art form. In 2016, he joined the Not Quite Right improv troupe and has performed in both long-form and short-form game oriented shows. He has also assisted in training both beginner and intermediate classes.

Recently, Erick began offering DJ lessons to the special needs community. He finds this work extremely fun and rewarding and is excited to continue working with differently abled children and adults to help them uncover hidden talents.

Tanis Thacker ~ Secretary & Treasure

Tanis Thacker ~ Secretary & Treasure


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Tanis is a specialist in Financial Communications. She began her career with Husky Energy, a large energy company headquartered in Calgary, Canada. She quickly rose through a variety of positions in the company to manage the investor relations and communications function. In 2008, she moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE to manage the investor relations program for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, raising more than $15 billion from a variety of sources internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Calgary and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

She is currently on a sabbatical, writing a novel and pursuing other interests such as improv comedy, sailing and real estate investment. She splits her time between Calgary, Canada and Brevard County, FL.