Roxanne Hoke-Chandler

Jane Ryder

Since being appointed Commissioner by Governor Baker in 2018, Commissioner Ryder has been a staunch advocate for the more than 33,000 adults and 10,000 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the Commonwealth. Even before that, Commissioner Ryder had spent much of her career advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities for equality, empowerment and […]

Lauren Beckham Falcone

Lauren Beckham Falcone (LBF) is the co-host of the ROR Morning Show with Bob Bronson, LBF and Brian on 1057 FM in Boston. Formerly an award-winning reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald, she credits her current success as a pop culture commentator to watching too much TV as a kid and scouring the internet […]

Kandi Pickard

Kandi Pickard is the President & CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) where she provides vision and leadership, working collaboratively with individuals and organizations to support the entire Down syndrome community. Kandi holds a degree in business administration and brings two decades of experience in operations and effective administration management to her role […]

Kate Bartlett

Kate Bartlett works part-time at AQUENT, a staffing company, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ Self Advocate Advisory Council and a Council member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. She lives in an apartment by herself and enjoys musical theater, movies, shopping, and traveling. She has an active […]

Chris Nikic

Chris is the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Ironman! A high school graduate, Special Olympics Ambassador, and public speaker, his mission is to be the best version of himself that he can be, so that he can be an example to others. Chris wants to change perceptions and raise expectations for others […]