Staff

Louise Bowden, CFRE

Executive Director

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 22 year old son with Down syndrome, who is the love of their lives.

Jen Hayes

Director of Volunteer and Program Services

Jen is excited about joining DSNetwork. She has extensive project management experience and excellent customer service and communication skills.

Emily Mayhew

Regional Director of Family Services

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.

Janae Chokey

Program Assistant

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.

Ariel Sansom

SIBS and Marketing Coordinator

Ariel started working with DSNetwork in July of 2016 and has a 21 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 10 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.

Kacie Perry

Tweens and Teens UP Facilitator

Kacie Perry is a certified special education teacher that has been working in the Mesa Public Schools school district since 2007. Kacie started her career in a primary resource classroom and then moved to the junior high setting, where she taught in an orthopedic impaired classroom for 5 years. Kacie currently teaches a 7th/8th grade MIID classroom. Kacie is dedicated to bringing families and communities together to provide the most inclusive educational environment for students of all ages and abilities. She is excited to be part of DSNetwork and supporting children with Down syndrome and their families.

Barbara Bruno

Aging Matters Program Coordinator