Board and Staff

Please note: all members of the National Down Syndrome Congress Executive Committee, Board of Directors, staff and consultants may be contacted via email at

Executive Committee
Marilyn Tolbert, Ed.D., President – Fort Worth, TX
Bret Bowerman, 1st Vice President – Larchmont, NY
Andy Bean, 2nd Vice President – Mentor, OH
Carole Guess, 3rd Vice President – Indianapolis, IN
Lori McKee, 4th Vice President - Dallas, TX
Shawn Hardister, Treasurer – Dunwoody, GA
Julie Harmon, Secretary – Colorado Springs, CO
Jim Faber, Immediate Past President – Monument, CO
Bruce Bennett – Newport Beach, CA Tonia Ferguson, Esq. – Rosedale, MD
Christopher Bennett – Napa, CA Viviana Fernandez – Snellville, GA
Regina Britt - Worthington, OH Kathleen Forney - Minneapolis, MN
George Capone, MD - Baltimore, MD Dana Halle, Esq. – Costa Mesa, CA
Daniel Chaplin – Homewood, AL Nadine Maes - Rio Rancho, NM
Kate Dougherty – Taylor, MO Chandra Torry, Pharm.D. - Memphis, TN
John T. Farley – Memphis, TN Kishore Vellody, MD - Pittsburgh, PA

For information about board nominations, download these following forms, or contact the NDSC at

NDSC Staff
David Tolleson, Executive Director
MaryKate Vandemark, Office Manager
Sue Joe, Communication Director
Jennifer Carroll, Affiliate Relations Director
Tamara Pursley, Resource Specialist
Linda Mora, Diversity Resource Manager
Chess Mitchell, Office/Social Media Assistant
Coleen Popp, Convention Director
Jean Beck, Convention Coordinator
Susan Goodman, Esq., Governmental Affairs Director
Ricki Sabia, Esq., Senior Policy Advisor, Education