Conference Workshop Leads
Adrian Forsythe
Adrian Forsythe, Advocacy Programs Specialist, National Down Syndrome Society
Angela Lombardo
Angela Lombardo, Program Coordinator, Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children's Hospital
Ashley Helsing
Ashley Helsing, Director of Government Relations, National Down Syndrome Society
Bethany Van Delft Moffi
Bethany Van Delft Moffi, Comedian, Host/Storyteller for The Moth, Parent Advocate
Brennan Jackson
Brennan Jackson, PhD Candidate
Brian Chicoine
Brian Chicoine, MD, Medical Director, Advocate Medical Group Adult Down Syndrome Center; Family Medicine Faculty at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Brian Skotko
Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome & Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
Charlotte Gray
Charlotte Gray, Executive Director, Down Syndrome–Autism Connection
Charlotte Woodward
Charlotte Woodward, Community Outreach Associate, National Down Syndrome Society
Daniel Heffernan
Daniel T.S. Heffernan, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP
David Koppenhaver
David A. Koppenhaver, Ph.D., Professor of Reading Education and Special Education, Appalachian State University
Diane Chan
Diane Chan, MD PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow/Tsai Lab, MIT
Elizabeth O’Hara
Elizabeth O'Hara, Lead Health Staffer, Congressman Richard Neal
Ella Gray Cullen
Ella Gray Cullen, RN, CLC
Emily Jean Davidson
Emily Davidson, MD, MPH, RYT, Boston Children’s Hospital
Eric Chessen
Eric Chessen, Director of Neuroadaptive Programming & Innovation, Inclusive Fitness
Erich Blankenburg
Erich Blankenburg, MDSC Parent
Fred Misilo
Fred Misilo, Attorney, Chair, Trust and Estate Department, Fletcher Tilton, PC
Greg Austin
Greg Austin, Founder & President, Inclusive Fitness
Hiruy Meharena
Hiruy Meharena, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, MIT
James Hendrix
James Hendrix, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, LuMind IDSC Foundation
Jeanne Doherty
Jeanne Doherty, President, Down Syndrome-Autism Connection
Jeff Roback
Jeff Roback, President and Founder of Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) of Massachusetts, an Affiliate of MDSC
Jill Rabin
Jill Rabin M.S.CCC-SLP/L IBCLC Pediatric Speech Pathologist/International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Karen Mueller-Harder
Karen Mueller-Harder, B.A., Sign Language Instructor/Sign Communication Support Instructor, Nine East Network
Kathlynn C. Sell
Kathlynn C. Sell, MT-BC
Katie Frank
Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist III, Advocate Medical Group Adult Down Syndrome Center
Kavita Krell
Kavita Krell, BA, Director of Customer Experience, Down Syndrome Clinic to You
Kayla McKeon
Kayla McKeon, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, National Down Syndrome Society
Kelsey Haugen
Kelsey Haugen, BA, Director of Sales, Down Syndrome Clinic to You
Kishore Vellody
Kishore Vellody, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Medical Director, Down Syndrome Center of Western PA
Kristin Abendroth
Kristin Abendroth, Director of Client Experience & Neurotypical Training, Inclusive Fitness
Libby Kumin
Libby Kumin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Professor Emeritus Loyola University Maryland
Linnea Joffe-Nelson
Linnea Joffe-Nelson, MA, JASPER Interventionist, Nurse Practitioner Student
Luis Castillo
Luis Castillo, MDSC Dad
Margot Rhondeau
Margot Rhondeau, Senior Advisor, Health & Wellness, National Down Syndrome Society
Mariana T. Osorio-Ramirez
Mariana T. Osorio-Ramirez, Senior Legislative Assistant, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8)
Marina Simons
Marina Simons M.A, CCC-SLP
Marlene Boyette
Marlene Boyette, Registered Trauma Informed Yoga & Meditation Facilitator/Wellness Facilitator
Mary Rubenis
Mary Rubenis, Associate Director of Attainable Outreach, MEFA
Melissa Parisi
Melissa Parisi, MD, PhD, Chief of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD, National Institutes of Health
Nicole Baumer
Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Program
Rachel Murphy
Rachel Murphy, RN, CLC
Ray Glowner
Ray Glowner, Active Member of D.A.D.S. of Down Syndrome Indiana
Robby Ketchell
Robby Ketchell, MDSC Dad
Sam Stark
Sam Stark, LICSW
Sarah Cullen
Sarah Cullen, Family Support Director, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Sherry Elander
Sherry Elander, M.Ed., Transition Specialist/Special Education Teacher, Westfield Public Schools
Stephanie Santoro
Stephanie Santoro, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Geneticist, MassGeneral Hospital, Director of Quality Improvement Research, MassGeneral Hospital Down Syndrome Program
Stephanie Sherman
Stephanie L. Sherman, PhD, Professor Emerita, Emory University
Sue Laing
Sue Laing, Co-Leader of MDSC Grandparents Support Group
Sujata Bardhan
Sujata Bardhan, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, DS-Connect Registry Coordinator, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD, National Institutes of Health
Susannah Savage
Susannah Savage, Health Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren
Tonya Moore
Tonya Moore, M.Ed., Reading Education/Special Education, Appalachian State University
Vince Randazzo
Vince Randazzo, Public Policy Advisor, National Down Syndrome Society
Zach Rossetti
Zach Rossetti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, Boston University
Opening Ceremony Guest Speakers
Chris Nikic
Chris Nikic, Ironman 140.6, Special Olympics Ambassador, Public Speaker, High School Graduate
Jane Ryder
Jane Ryder, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
Kandi Pickard
Kandi Pickard, President & CEO, National Down Syndrome Society
Kate Bartlett
Kate Bartlett, MDSC Self Advocate Advisory Council Member
Lauren Beckham Falcone
Lauren Beckham Falcone, Co-Host, The ROR Morning Show
Roxanne Hoke-Chandler
Roxanne Hoke-Chandler, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
Self Advocate Workshop Leads
Brendan Aylward
Brendan Aylward, Owner, Unified Health and Performance
Chris Nikic
Chris Nikic, Ironman 140.6, Special Olympics Ambassador, Public Speaker, High School Graduate
Dan McLean
Dan McLean, DJ Dan’o Entertainment
Jeanine Woods
Jeanine Woods, IMPACT:Ability Program Coordinator
Jillian Berube
Jillian Berube, MDSC Self Advocate Advisory Council Member
Kate Bartlett
Kate Bartlett, MDSC Self Advocate Advisory Council Member
Kayla Snover
Kayla Snover, Artist
Nick Giovinazzo
Nick Giovinazzo, Best Buddies Ambassador
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Team
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Team