Who Are We

Board Members and Officers

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William E. Halle

Co-Founder/President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)
Partner, O'Neil LLP (1997 to present)
Board Member/Vice President, Down Syndrome Education USA (2008 to 2012)
Board Member, National Down Syndrome Society (2004 to 2010)
Board Member, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (1999 to 2007)
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

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Dana L. Halle (Ex Officio)

Co-Founder/Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)
Developer and Lead Instructor, The Learning Program (2004 to present)
Board Member, National Down Syndrome Congress (2014 to present), the NDSC provides information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and works to create a national climate in which all people recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.
Board Member/Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Education and Outreach, Down Syndrome Education USA (May 2008 to present)
Member, DSEI's Science, Research and Practice Advisory Board (2007 to present)
Board Member, Project Independence (2003-2009, 2010-present), PI has worked since 1977 to promote the community integration of persons with developmental disabilities and to create services which expand their opportunities for personal freedom and choice
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1988

Jenith-Mishne

Jenith A. Mishne

Board Member/Vice President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)
Director, Educational Technology, Newport Mesa Unified School District (2010 to present)
Teacher, Newport Mesa Unified School District (1997 to 2010)
Adjunct Faculty, Masters of Science in Educational Technology, California State University, Fullerton (2015 to present)
Adjunct Faculty, Masters of Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University (2009 to 2012)
Advisory Board Member for The Learning Program (2004 to present)
Ed.D. Educational Technology (2012)
M.S. Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (2000)
Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (1997)

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Nicki Presby

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2015 to present)
Educational Specialist, Sky Mountain Charter School (2013 to present)
Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer, Learning Program Children's Classroom (2008 to 2013)
Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District (1996 to 2013)
Clear Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (2004)
Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (1996)
M.A. Education (1994)

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Timothy L. Elliott

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)
Partner, The Lowenbaum Partnership, LLC
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

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Kevin S. Kendall

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)
General Counsel, Red Moon 88, LLC
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

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Brian H. Hanel

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)
Senior Vice President, Acquisition and Finance, Everest Properties
MBA, University of California, Irvine, 1987

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David M. Giunta 

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)
Founder, BlackPlum Properties, LLC.

Staff and Teaching Team 

Lisa Fraser

Director, Operations & Programs
Management for Online Store & Volunteers

 

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Cheryl Hall

Teacher, Student Programming
Learning Program, After School Academies & Teen Time

 

Autumn Trail  

Teacher, Student Programming
After School Academy & Teen Time

Amy Pearce 

Educational Facilitator, Student Programming
Consultant, Special Projects 

Lauren Halle   

Educational Facilitator, Student Programming
Consultant, Special Projects 

Volunteers

Special thanks to our dedicated and amazing group of volunteers, including AJ, Brian, Caitlin D, Caitlin S, Dani, Danielle, Garrett, John, Lorna, Macy, Maddie, Marcy, Nathon and Scotney. Your generous donations of time enables us to better serve all of our students!

A giant thank you to Ryan McCarter for sharing his yoga expertise with our students and helping each week with balance, flexibility, and strength!

Learning Program Advisory Board Members

Sue Buckley OBE, BA (Hons), CPsychol, AFBPsS

Director of Science and Research, Down Syndrome Education International

Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disability, University of Portsmouth, UK

Jenith Mishne, Ed.D.

See Credentials Above

Susan Leonard-Giesen

Lecturer, California State University Long Beach
Special Education Credential Program

Linda Tyson MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Nicki Presby, M.Ed 

See Credentials Above

Kim Courtney-Bowman MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Mark Warschauer, Ph. D.

Professor of Education
University of California, Irvine