Conference Workshop Leads
Abbie King
Abbie King MS CCC-SLP/ATP, Augmentative Communication Program, Boston Children's Hospital
Alberto Costa
Alberto Costa, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor/Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University
Alexandria Dunn
Alexandria Dunn, CFP, Special Needs Financial Planning Practice of Affinia Financial Group
Anna Fedewa
Anna Fedewa, Manager of Public Policy, National Down Syndrome Society
Bethany Van Delft Moffi
Bethany Van Delft Moffi - Comedian, Storyteller, Parent Advocate
Brian Skotko
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome, Massachusetts General Hospital & Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Carol Cronin
Carol Cronin, B2B Sales/Donations/Mama Bear, John’s Crazy Socks
Casey Evans
Casey L. Evans, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center
Catherine Whitcher
Catherine Whitcher, MEd, Founder of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship and Network
Charlotte Woodward
Charlotte Woodward, Community Outreach Associate, National Down Syndrome Society
Dafna Krouk-Gordon
Dafna Krouk-Gordon, Founder and CEO Toward Independent Living and Learning, Inc. (TILL)
Dana Sciullo
Dana Sciullo, MOT, OTR/L, Research Associate, National Down Syndrome Society
Erik Carter
Erik Carter, PhD, Professor, Baylor University
Errol Mortimer
Errol Mortimer, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, UMass Memorial Health
Fred Misilo
Fred Misilo, Attorney, Chair, Trust and Estate Department, Fletcher Tilton, PC
Gretchen Timmel
Gretchen Timmel, MEd, Licensed Educational Psychologist and Certified Teacher, Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program
Hampus Hillerstrom
Hampus Hillerstrom, President & CEO, LuMind IDSC Foundation
Jaclyn Ford
Jaclyn Ford, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience Department, Boston College Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
James Kryzanski
James Kryzanski, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Tufts Medical Center
Jessica Avila
Jessica Avila, MSW, LICSW, Diversity Outreach Consultant, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Founder, Rt 3:21 Wellness
John Nadworny
John Nadworny, CFP, Special Needs Financial Planning Practice of Affinia Financial Group
Juan Fortea
Juan Fortea, MD, PhD, Memory Unit Director, Hospital of Sant Pau
Julie A. Moran
Julie A. Moran, DO, Attending Physician, Tewksbury Hospital, Physician Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Julie Grieco
Julie Grieco, PsyD, ABPP-CN, Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Linda Garcia
Linda Garcia, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, INCLUDE and DS-Connect, DS Registry
Liz Amster
Liz Amster, Chief of Staff, Representative Jake Auchincloss (MA-04)
Louis J. DeCaro
Louis J. DeCaro, DPM, FACFAP, President, American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics
Marina Simons-Fulton
Marina Simons-Fulton MA, CCC-SLP
Marline Gordon
Marline Gordon, MDSC Mom
Meghan O’Neill
Meghan E. O'Neill, MD FAAP Director of the Lurie Children's Down Syndrome Clinic
Mia Grossman
Mia Grossman, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, Boston Children’s Hospital
Michelle Slape
Michelle Slape, Director of Community Programs and Engagement, LuMind IDSC
Nelly Pitteloud
Nelly Pitteloud, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism Service, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)
Nicole Baumer
Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd Director, Boston Children's Hospital Down Syndrome Program
Paolo Cassano
Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Photobiomodulation, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Depression and Clinical Research Program
Patria Espinal
Patria Espinal, MDSC Mom
Rachel Grimm
Rachel Grimm, Manager of Health Programs, Aging & Caregiving, National Down Syndrome Society
Rachel Wilkins-Thurman
Rachel Wilkins-Thurman, MDSC Mom
Richard Fisher
Richard Fisher, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, LuMInd IDSC
Sam Stark
Sam Stark, LICSW
Stacy Taylor
Stacy Taylor, EdD, BCBA-D, President/Clinical Director, Advance Behavior & Learning
Sue Levine
Sue Levine, MA, CSW, Social Worker/ Administrator, Family Resource Associates, Inc.
Sujata Bardhan
Sujata Bardhan, PhD, Health Scientist Administrator, DS-Connect® Registry Coordinator
Tatiana Salinas
Tatiana Salinas, Bilingual (Spanish) Community Outreach Specialist, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Teresa Unnerstall
Teresa Unnerstall, DS-ASD Consultant and Author
Vincent Prevot
Vincent Prevot PhD, Inserm Research Director
Opening Ceremony Guest Speakers
Anna Tabasky
Anna Tabasky, Self-Advocate, MDSC Advocates in Motion (AIM) Program
Brendan O’Connor
Brendan O'Connor, MDSC Your Next Star Academy Graduate
Christopher Cabrero
Christopher Cabrero, MDSC Self-Advocate
Gabby Foley
Gabby Foley, MDSC Allen Crocker Intern
Jane Ryder
Jane Ryder, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
Kandi Pickard
Kandi Pickard, President & CEO, National Down Syndrome Society
Lauren Beckham Falcone
Lauren Beckham Falcone, Co-Host, The ROR Morning Show
Maureen Gallagher
Maureen Gallagher, Executive Director, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Nikki Blue
Nikki Blue, MDSC Self-Advocate
Omar Masood
Omar Masood, President, Omar's World of Comics & Bistro
Tatiana Salinas
Tatiana Salinas, Bilingual (Spanish) Community Outreach Specialist, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Self Advocate Workshop Leads
Anisa Sinteral
Anisa Sinteral, Dancer
Anna Fedewa
Anna Fedewa, Manager of Public Policy, National Down Syndrome Society
Ben Majewski
Ben Majewski, MDSC Self Advocate Advisory Council Member, Self-Advocate Resource Specialist, Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program
Blake Peacock
Blake Peacock, Self-Advocate, Improvaneer
Boris Richir
Boris Richir, Founder & Director, United Dance
Cole LaMarca
Cole LaMarca, Self-Advocate & Aspiring Chef
Courtney Gaines
Courtney Gaines, Model, Actress, Self Advocate
Dan McLean
Dan McLean, DJ Dan’o Entertainment
De’Vonte Perry
De'Vonte Perry, Certified Improvaneer Method Live/Online Director
DeAnna Gaines
DeAnna Gaines, MEd in Special Education, National Down Syndrome Society 4th Congressional District Ambassador, Board of Directors, Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma, Advocate for Minorities with Disabilities, Special Educator, Oklahoma City Public Schools
Faye Jones
Faye Jones, Dancer, United Dance
Kayla McKeon
Kayla McKeon, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, National Down Syndrome Society
Lisa Drennan
Lisa Drennan | Founder, MERGE Inclusion Consulting
Melissa Oddi-Morrison
Melissa Oddi-Morrison BFA, MAE
Shelby Williams
Shelby Williams, Dancer
Stephanie Santoro
Stephanie Santoro, MD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School Clinical Geneticist, MassGeneral Hospital, Director of Quality Improvement Research, MassGeneral Hospital Down Syndrome Program