Steven Holland - President lives in Southeast Portland with his wife Angela, and their two sons, Quinn and Daniel. Steven is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in finance, and is currently Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis with The Campbell Group, LLC, and is a CFA. He has been with the NWDSA since 2001, serving at different times as board member, treasurer and president. Steve currently is the President of the NWDSA, and when time allows he enjoys camping, kayaking, tennis, and traveling with his family.
Michelle Wallace - Secretary lives in Vancouver, WA with her two daughters. Guadalupe (Lupita), and Sophia. Michelle graduated from Everest College with a Medical Assisting degree. She previously worked for The Arc of Clark County as an administrative assistant for PRIDE, Parent to Parent and Parent Collation. She has been volunteering at NWDSA since 2012, helping with Buddy Walk, World Down Syndrome Day and many other events. She joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
Becky Adelmann - Treasurer is a mom, a wife, a daughter, and a sister. Her work history includes over twenty years as a banker followed by many more years working with and learning from families and children. Her work includes over 15 years working with Family Voices, a national organization working to improve health care for children with chronic conditions and disability, serving as a family leader at OHSU's Children Development and Rehabilitation Center, and as a Board Member of the Northwest Down Syndrome Association and facilitator of the Dream Builders Cohort in partnership with Joe Wykowski of Community Vision. Her passion for the work is sustained by the incredible power of parents working together to build better and more fulfilling lives for their children and families.
Angela Jarvis-Holland lives in Southeast Portland with her husband Steven, and their two sons, Quinn and Daniel. Quinn is the composer and public speaker of the family and Daniel is the drummer and computer whiz of the family and has Down syndrome. Angela has BS in Nursing, a B.A in Sociology from University of East London and a Master’s degree in Youth and community change and non-profit management from Manchester metropolitan University. Social Entrepreneurship and community organizing for wellness and empowerment have been a passion and career for many years. She joined the NWDSA board in 2001, and has collaborated in the development of several innovative programs, including the Reciprocal Learning Community, the All Born (In) conference and the Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort. Angela volunteered for the NWDSA for seven years before becoming the executive director in 2008.
Angela Frome lives in Northeast Portland with her husband Mike and their children. Her three children, Kayla, Emma and Ben are her inspiration for her work and commitment to the NWDSA. She is a graduate of PSU with a B.S. in Liberal Arts and Science and Women's Studies, and has a background in community supports and organizing. Angela graduated from Partners in Policy Making in 2002 and has worked with Disability Compass, Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Needs and the Inclusive Child Care Project. She currently also works for Inclusion Inc. as community support advocate helping to empower adults with disabilities in the community. Angela was a founding member of the Northwest Down Syndrome Parent Support Group in the mid-nineties, which evolved into the NWDSA. She currently chairs the Portland/SW Washington Buddy Walk, co-coordinates the All Born (In) conference and serves as general Project Director for the NWDSA.
Abigail Braithwaite lives in Ridgefield, WA with her husband David, and their two children, Corwin and Adara. Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in Medieval Spanish Literature and worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings before becoming a mom. She joined the NWDSA board in the fall of 2007, and works as a volunteer on new parent outreach, as well as assisting with project support, writing and communications. The driving force behind her work is the love that she has for her children, and her belief in the beauty of human diversity. When she isn’t working with the NWDSA, Abby enjoys life in the country with her family.
Giuseppe Lipari is originally from New York City. He is a creative director living with his wife and three children in Southwest Portland. As creative director for Ensequence, Giuseppe works with programmers and operators in cable broadcasting developing interactive experiences for TV. Prior to working at Ensequence, Giuseppe owned his own design studio catering to local and national companies for branding marketing and design needs. He joined the NWDSA community in 2008 when he volunteered his expertise in the design of the 2009 All Born (In) Calendar. He joined the Advisory Board in 2008 and the Board of Directors in 2010.
Ruth Falco directs the Research Center on Inclusive and Effective Educational Practices at PSU. Her areas of research include transition from preschool to kindergarten for children with extensive support needs, implementation multi-tiered supports for all children in general education classes, comprehensive educational programs for children with autism and other significant disabilities, and support programs for parents of children with significant disabilities.
Isis Sanchez lives in Milwaukie, OR with her son Diego. Isis holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and works in a tuition-free private middle school with at-risk youth who live in low-come households. She began working as a volunteer on Hispanic outreach with the NWDSA in 2008 and joined the board in the fall of 2014.
Nancy Anderson is Assistant Director of Student Services at the David Douglas School District. Nancy coordinates special education services for children, birth through five years of age, residing in the eight school districts in Multnomah County. She supports preschool to grade 3 programs in collaboration with the Early Leaning Multnomah Regional HUB to meet the need of at risk children and families. Nancy is a member of two statewide Early Learning Council Workgroups that provide system level recommendations for cross-sector professional development and the alignment of the Early Childhood Framework and the K Common Core State Standards. She coordinates Kindergarten transition work for the David Douglas School District, which includes Connect-to-Kindergarten events, the Register for School by June Campaign, Early Kindergarten Transition Program, and kindergarten family home visits summer through fall.
Michael Bailey - is a parent of two adult daughters, one of whom experiences Down syndrome. Michael is a founding member of our organization and has contributed so much to our community. He is the current Board Chair of Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), a member of the national advocacy organization ADAPT, and former president of the National Disability Rights network. For two decades, Michael has advocated for the rights of all children nationwide. He has written two books: Special Education: A Parent’s Guide to a Child’s Success and Here to Stay: Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Sherry and Brett Kucera · Co-owners, Tony Starlight Showroom
Terry Costello · Vice President/ Senior Private Banker, Wells Fargo
Mikki Keller · Owner, Kidz With Ice
Melanie Fallis · Grandmother & NWDSA Volunteer
Kristian Burch · Dad and NWDSA volunteer
Becky Adelman · NWDSA Board Member, Liaison to the Development Board
Our Advisory Board of long-standing partners is made up of individuals from the disability rights, medical, educational and business communities. This group works with us to ensure that we are meeting our mission, and staying apprised of current research and best practices.
Michael Bailey • Board member and former president, National Disability Rights Network
Duncan Campbell • Founder, Friends of the Children
Heather Durham • Pediatric Audiologist, OHSU/Doernbecher Children's Hospital
Dr. Ruth Falco • Professor Emeritus/Director, Center on Inclusive and Effective Educational Practices, Portland State University
Melanie Fallis • Retired, IBM Corp.
Cory Feist • Genetic Counselor, Oregon Health & Science University
Sheyla Hirshon • Administrative Assistant, Multnomah ESD and Co-convener, Promotores Hispanic Leadership Cohort
Sherry Kucera • Co-Owner, Tony Starlight Showroom
Joan Medlen • Registered Licensed Dietician, Medlen Consulting
Rhidian Morgan • Land Manager, Plas Newydd LLC
Dr. Joseph Pinter • Pediatric Neurologist and Director of the Down Syndrome Program, CDRC, Oregon Health & Sciences University
Dr. Laurie Powers • Director, Regional Research Institute, Portland State University
Dr. Cindy Ryan • Assistant Professor (Early Childhood), Western Oregon University