For The Love Of Down Syndrome
Meet the Team
Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always on the ball, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our nonprofit organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.
Board of Directors
Peter’s involvement as an advocate for the Down syndrome community started with the birth of his daughter, Sophia, in November 1998. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas in 2018, Peter participated in various activities sponsored by Down syndrome organizations in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties. However, Peter and his wife, Belinda, were primarily involved in the development, support, and sponsorship of programs for “Up for Downs,” a subsidiary Down syndrome organization of DSA/LA, which later evolved into the Inland Valley Down Syndrome Association. In the 20 years that Sophia was a member of that organization, Peter was involved in the planning, coordination, and/or sponsorship of their annual Buddy Walk event and other programs/activities. When Peter made Las Vegas his home, he continued his involvement, advocacy and support for persons diagnosed with Down syndrome, initially through DSOSN, and later with Best Buddies. Peter is happy to return to DSOSN, where he has continued his advocacy and support for not only persons diagnosed with Down syndrome, but also for all persons in the broader intellectual and developmental disability community.
Over the years, Mindy has supported numerous nonprofit agencies through fundraising efforts, education, consulting, and leadership. On a personal note, she enjoys her family, especially her adventurous role of raising her three little girls (Isabella, Grace, and Emily), and the many fun things that she does with them; including cooking, music and creating art. Mindy is enthusiastic about serving as Vice Chair on the DSOSN Board of Directors, and she looks forward to using her position to influence the kind of change in the organization that will result in better advocacy and the highest level of service for individuals in our community who are diagnosed with Down syndrome and other IDDs.
Jacques and Barbara are the proud parents of their loving daughter, Michelle, now 33 years old. Michelle was born with Down syndrome, and over the years, has acquired the unique skills of a performance interpreter (she signs to music). As a professional, Michelle has performed on the Strip and opened many events including conventions and beauty pageants.
For the past 23 years, Jacques has been a mortgage loan originator for companies that included Countrywide and Bank of America, earning Platinum Club status by being in the top one percent. He has also won awards for the highest producer and excellence in his field. He is now a producing sales manager with BayFirst Bank.
In their 29 years of living in Southern Nevada, Jacques and Barbara have supported and been involved with many non-profit organizations. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the DSOSN (in January 2022) and is currently serving as the Treasurer for the organization. In Jacques’ spare time, he enjoys shooting pool and working on street rods.
Diana, with her proven collaborative leadership and inter-personal skills, is a welcome addition to the DSOSN Board of Directors. Her human resource experience and interpersonal skills will be put to use in the hiring of staff. As a collaborator, she will play a key role in forging and/or renewing relationships with other disability-service organizations. In addition to her role as Secretary, Diana also has oversight responsibility for the organization’s Membership Committee.
Diana is the mother to three amazing boys, Dylan, Jaiden, and Dominic (the social butterfly of the family), who is diagnosed with Down syndrome. She is supported, inspired, and motivated by her loving husband, Noel, who joins the family in all their volunteering efforts with DSOSN. Diana spends all her available time with her family. She also enjoys going on out-door adventures with her boys, and sharing the joys of life with Dominic on social media.
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
Michael is delighted to be a member of the DSOSN Board of Directors. One of the many ways he like to be involved is by hosting a monthly “Introduction To Magic” class, which is open to all members. Michael’s mission in life is to not be a super star but instead a super servant.
One of Cindy’s primary goals is to forge collaboration among like-minded service organizations, where they can pool their resources to create an environment of inclusion for all members of the disability community. She is a staunch advocate for programs that will help to develop the skills of persons with disabilities so that they could be fully integrated into the workforce. Knowing the value of education in developing “the whole person,” Cindy also advocates for persons with disability to get all the resources they need to maximize the academic potentials. An example of this is the success of her efforts, which has resulted in the enrollment of Da’Monique in the Project Focus program at UNLV. Her history and passion for advocacy fits neatly into DSOSN’s three Strategic Pillars (Education, Employment, and Independent Living), which makes a tremendous asset as a member of the Board of Directors. Cindy is proud of the fact that by joining the DSOSN, she has “gained a whole new family.”