About NDSC

Board of Directors

The NDSC is governed by a twenty-two member Board of Directors composed of parents and family members of individuals with Down syndrome, self-advocates and other individuals involved with people with Down syndrome. NDSC board members are elected by the membership to a three-year term. Officers are elected to serve one-year terms. Our National Center is located in Atlanta, Georgia, while our board members live all across the United States.

All members of the NDSC Executive Committee and Board of Directors may be contacted via email at info@NDSCcenter.org

Executive Committee

Kishore Vellody, M.D. President – Pittsburgh, PA
Julie Harmon, 1st Vice President – Colorado Springs, CO
Andy Bean, 2nd Vice President – Mentor, OH
Kate Dougherty, 3rd Vice President – Taylor, MO
Mitch Rothholz, 4th Vice President – Harleysville, PA
Shauntel Neal-Howe, Treasurer – Smyrna, GA
Sean Smith, Secretary – Lawrence, KS
Marilyn Tolbert, Ed.D., Immediate Past President – Fort Worth, TX


Bruce Bennett – Napa, CA
Zachary Carroll – Washington, D.C.
John Dickerson – Indianapolis, IN
Chandra Evans, Pharm.D. – Ocala, FL
Kathleen Forney – Minneapolis, MN
Dana Halle, Esq. – Costa Mesa, CA
Jazzy Holman – Highland, UT
Andrea Holmes – Dalton, GA
Katie Kremer – North Las Vegas, NV
Macarena Lizama, M.D. – Santiago, Chile
Lori McKee – Dallas, TX
Sarah Mulligan – Missoula, MT
Megan Smulski – Pittsburgh, PA
Mary Warm – Kansas City, MO
Valerie Williams – Bowie, MD

Past NDSC Presidents

2017-present: Kishore Vellody, M.D.; Pittsburgh, PA
2014-2017: Marilyn Tolbert; Fort Worth, TX
2011-2014: Jim Faber; Monument, CO
2008-2011: Brooks Robinson; Pittsburgh, PA
2005-2008: Rich Robison; Sudbury, MA
2002-2005: Judy Martz; Littleton, CO
2001-2002: Kathleen Marafino; Cicero, NY
2000-2001: Jo Ann Simons; Swampscott, MA
1996-1999: Betty Hersey; Dallas, Texas
1993-1996: Maureen Babula; Phillipsburg, NJ
1990-1993: Michael Clark, PhD, Bakersfield, CA
1988-1990: Kathleen Marafino, JD; St. Louis, MO
1985-1988: Frank J. Murphy; Atlanta, GA
1982-1985: Tom O’Neill; Ft Wayne, IN
1979-1982: Diane Crutcher; Normal, IL
1978-1979: Lucille Msall; Oak Park, IL
1977-1978: Col. Robert Glasgow; Washington, DC
1976-1977: Sig Pueschel, MD; Greenwich, RI
1973-1976: Pete Starr, Ph.D.; Owings Mills, MD

Board Forms