Louise’s career has given her a diverse array of fundraising, marketing and special events experience. She has worked for more than twenty years with a variety of nonprofit organizations. In addition, she served on the board of the Association of Nonprofit Professionals as well as volunteered with several other nonprofit agencies. Prior to joining the staff at DSNetwork, Louise worked for Valle del Sol, one of Arizona’s largest nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (2006 Pinal). Louise is passionate about her work and her family. She and her husband have a fun-loving 17 year old son with Down syndrome, who is the love of their lives.
Ariel started working with DSNetwork in July of 2016 and has a 19 year-old sister, Sarah, with Down syndrome. She graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in the Spring 2016 with a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Astrodynamics. She is passionate about serving the special needs community, and has been a dedicated respite and habilitation provider for the past 7 years for many DSNetwork families. Ariel is a National Task Group Affiliated Trainer on Dementia Capable Care Practices for Adults with I/DD, and is very knowledgeable about local family resources and supports. Ariel is married to Logan (US Army), and they have a daughter named Macy. Together they enjoy traveling to Colorado each year, and being outside kayaking, camping, or hiking.
Janae, a graduate of Mountain Point High School in Phoenix, began working for DSNetwork as the Programs Assistant in April 2018. This position is generously funded by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to expand employment opportunities to self-advocates. Janae also enjoys to sing, dance and travel with her family – Mia, Darrin and Nathan.
Emily began working for DSNetwork in November 2018 but has been an active parent advocate since the birth of her son, Brewer, in 2012. Emily graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s degree in Education in 2008. When Brewer was born, she left her job at Arizona State University and began her adventure into motherhood and the world of disability. Emily is passionate about inclusion and the importance of creating strong community relationships. Along with Brewer, Emily and her Cheesehead husband, Josh, have a daughter named Madison.