The strength of MDSC over the past 40 years has always come from our membership, and particularly from those in our community who have stepped up to become leaders. Early leaders were almost always parents who saw a need and volunteered. Today, we are fortunate to tap into the vast experience and talents of our membership, while also attracting a broad array of highly-talented individuals to be a part of our wide range of boards, advisory councils, task forces and committees that advance MDSC’s critical mission.
The MDSC Board of Directors is composed of 15 to 18 members who are committed to serving a minimum three-year term and are elected in staggering sequence by a majority of the MDSC directors present at the Annual Meeting. The Executive Committee includes the Chair of the Board, Vice Chair of the Board, and the Chairs of the Audit & Finance Committee, the Governance Committee, the Development Committee, and the Personnel Committee.
The MDSC by laws describe how Board committees are formed, officers are elected, and Board meetings are conducted. MDSC’s Board of Directors approved its first three-year Strategic Plan in November 2005. The most recent Strategic Plan outlines our goals through the year 2020.
Current Board of Director Members
Richard Downey, Chair
Stacy Rachelle Lindborg, Ph.D, Vice Chair
Susan Lawson Cann
Judson DeCew, Ph.D., Immediate Past Chair
Roxanne Hoke Chandler
Margaret Pulsifer, Ph.D
Jonathan Tabasky, Esq.
Angelique Uhlmann, M.D.
MDSC’s Honorary Board of Directors serves in an advisory capacity to the organization’s regular Board of Directors with the charge of helping the organization expand its capabilities and strategic goals.
Mrs. Beverly Beckham and Mr. Bruce Beckham
Mrs. Louise Borke and Mr. Gerald Brecher
Mr. Sean Buckley and Mrs. Sandra Buckley
Mr. Francis Callaghan and Mrs. Gillian Callaghan
Dr. Brian Cruz
Mrs. Deborah Gregorio Cruz
Mr. Edward DeNoble and Mrs. Allyson DeNoble
Dr. Jim DeVellis
Mr. Brian Diercksen and Mrs. Suzanne Diercksen
Mrs. Nancy Donahue
Mrs. Lauren Beckham Falcone
Mr. Oliver Foley and Mrs. Kinnon Foley
Mr. Charles Gadbois and Mrs. Karen Gadbois
Mr. Michael Gunter
Mr. Roger Kafker and Mrs. Dawn Kafker
Mr. David Kelleher and Mrs. Liza Kelleher
Ms. Ann Kelly
Ms. Katherine Craven and Dr. James Kryzanski
Dr. Harlow LaBarge
Mr. Neal Lyons and Mrs. Kathy Lyons
Mr. Andrew Majewski and Mrs. Lisa Majewski
Dr. Sohail Masood and Mrs. Mona Masood
Mr. Robert Mills and Mrs. Laurie Mills
Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Donna Narey
Mr. James Padula and Mrs. Jessica Padula
Mr. John Campbell and Ms. Susanna Peyton
Mr. William Regan and Mrs. Peg Regan
Mr. John Reichenbach and Mrs. Lynn Reichenbach
Mr. Tom Sannicandro
Mr. James Shay and Mrs. Monica Shay
Dr. Brian Skotko and Ms. Carrie Liken
Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff and Gwen Sokoloff
State Senate President Karen E. Spilka
Mr. Jonathan Tabasky and Mrs. Kerri Tabasky
Mr. Andrew Tapley and Mrs. Susie Tapley
Mr. Scott Trinque and Mrs. Gail Trinque
Mrs. Barbara Vanderwilden
Mr. John Vanderwilden
Mr. Christopher Vincze and Mrs. Janet Vincze
Mr. James Whalen and Mrs. Diane Conley
Maureen Gallagher, Executive Director
John Anton, Legislative Advocacy Specialist
Jessica Avila, Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Reaghan Bik, Development Director
Elaine Crowley, Administrative Director
Sarah Cullen, Family Support Director
Jeanne Doherty, Family Support Program Specialist
Colleen Endres, Teen & Adult Services Director
Laura Green, Program Specialist
Launa Kazeroid, Resource Specialist of Western MA
Joshua Komyerov, Communications & Operations Director
Katy Newman, Family Support Program Specialist
Jacquie Sherman, Executive Assistant / Project Manager
Kristen Tenglin, Membership Services Director
Advisory Councils & Committees
Through working directly with researchers and scientists, the MDSC Medical and Scientific Advisory Council — made up of leaders in the field — selects a number of studies each year that will be made available for the MDSC members to participate in if they so choose.
Each research proposal received is carefully reviewed for content, ethics, and feasibility before forwarding the information onto our members. If approved, the MDSC will develop a study dissemination plan in partnership with the researcher. The MDSC is sensitive to the confidential nature of our membership information and at no time does the MDSC sell or share member information with researchers.
If you are seeking participants for a research project that you would like the MDSC Medical and Scientific Advisory Council to consider, you must submit a proposal that includes the full study and IRB approval to email@example.com.
The MDSC Business Advisory Council is comprised of corporate leaders from all types of industry who are dedicated to supporting the MDSC in achieving its mission to ensure that all individuals with Down syndrome are valued, included, and given opportunities to lead meaningful lives.
Acting as advisors to the MDSC management team, and guided by an official charter, members of the MDSC Business Advisory Council share best practices in business, build relationships with other community leaders, and contribute and raise funds to support the critical work of the MDSC.
If you’d like to learn more about serving on our Business Advisory Council and/or how you can partner with the MDSC please contact BAC@mdsc.org.