Rich welcomes all new and expectant families into the USOD Community. He provides support for families with younger children; oversees the USOD Dads & Moms groups; helps facilitate our online social media parent groups; and coordinates webinars on various topics to support our families.
Debbie conducts outreach to the medical community, facilitates the Circle of Support for older adults with Ds who have dementia, consults with medical staff regarding current medical issues facing our loved ones, directs families to medical resources, and consults with researchers regarding studies benefitting people with Ds
Maria plans and directs all operational functions for the two annual major fundraising events, The Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk and The Sunburst Gala. She secures sponsorships and donations, enhances community engagement, maintains donor relations and stewardship, assists with marketing strategies, and leads the planning committees in all pre-event and day-of logistics.
Barb coordinates all social events and programs for families, is responsible for the Strider Bike Camp, the Steps to Independence Program and “Being, Belonging, and Becoming” programs with Cleveland State University, and manages all office activities.