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Nora BahamondeOriginally from Ecuador and a proud US citizen, Nora and her husband, Guido, have been in the US since 1990. They have one son, Francisco, who is 29 years old and their daughter, Canela, who is 12 years old and was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few days after she was born. Nora previously worked for companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Science Corporation and Intellectus; all of them government contractors. She was a free-lance interpreter/translator for 5 years and volunteered for the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as an interpreter and for “Team Hope” at the  National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a Case Worker. Currently, Nora is a Federal Government Employee and because of her experience with the Latino Community, Nora’s mission at DSANV is to connect our organization nationally and internationally with the Spanish speaking community and to make sure that our services are available for our Hispanic families as well. Her email is

Casey Craig - Casey Craig is a Senior Managing Partner at Gartner. He is responsible for assisting retail clients with developing information technology strategies, business development, and account management. Previously, Casey was a Senior Manager with Kurt Salmon, Accenture and BearingPoint managing multi-million dollar global IT system implementation projects. After the birth of his son, he founded Eli’s Heart which is a 501c3 organization that helps families with travel expenses associated with medical procedures. Casey has been active in the community raising vital awareness and funds for cancer initiatives in his support Of Movember, Light the Night (LLS) and F5U Cancer. He also is an annual volunteer for Special Olympics. Casey graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from East Carolina University. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Melissa and son, Eli (DS). His email is

David Egan David is the first JP Kennedy Jr. Public Policy Fellow with an intellectual disability. In that role, he served as a staff member for one year on Capitol Hill with the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee and then with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in DC. Currently, he is a CBRE staff employee working as a clerk at the Booz-Allen Distribution Center since 1996. He serves on several Boards at the local, national and international levels. David is a NDSS ambassador, a Special Olympics International Global Messenger and has been involved in Community outreach and advocacy starting in 1999 when he volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games in North Carolina. An athlete himself, he competes and has represented the State of Virginia in leadership roles at the Global Athlete Congress in the Netherlands in the year 2000, in Morocco in 2009, in Greece in 2010 and in LA at World Games in 2015. A recipient of various awards, he received a ”Heroes Award” from the Special Olympics in 2002, a “Voices Award” in 2003 from NDSS. As a leader in advocacy he was presented with the NDSS first Dan Piper Award in 2006 at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Vancouver, Canada and received the 2014 Self Advocate of the Year award. David is a sought after public speaker on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. Many published articles highlight his advocacy and accomplishments. One of his trademarks is his ongoing initiative to promote employment with his initiative on the NDSS #DSWORKS campaign, his leadership in writing the Resource Guide for employers and his testimony at the Senate HELP committee on March 2nd 2011 in Washington DC, and his plea for human rights at the United Nations World Down Syndrome Day in New York City on March 21st, 2012. You can read about David at His email is

Dave Hoffman - Dave has been a resident of Northern Virginia since receiving his B.A. in English from Spring Hill College in the Winter of 1995. He has spent the 21 years since his graduation in the restaurant and hospitality industry and is currently the Founder of 3.21 Management and the Restaurant Operating Partner for Lost Rhino Brewing Company and The Lost Rhino Retreat. He currently resides in Reston with his wife of 14 years, Suzette, and their 3 children, Georgia (11), Peter (7), and Caroline (3,DS). His email is

Kathryn (Katie) Ramchand, President - Katie Ramchand lives with her husband, Nik, and daughter, Lily (DS) in Falls Church, VA. Katie is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee and moved to Washington, DC in 1997 to pursue her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University. She has worked with the Federal government since 2001 as a linguist, analyst, and manager, and currently works in her Agency's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. She volunteered for two years on the Buddy Walk committee, organized DSANV's first orthotic donation program, and will focus efforts on legislative advocacy. Her email is

Dorene Ryder, Treasurer - Dorene is the mother of Jeff, Katie (with DS) and Calina and is married to Paul. She has lived in Northern Virginia since 1994 and now resides in Vienna, VA with her family. She manages research and development programs at Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she has worked for eighteen years. Dorene holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a MS in mechanical engineering from Duke. She joined DSANV following Katie’s birth, and worked with the Buddy Walk team and another parent volunteer to create the first Imagine the PossABILITIES Tent at our walk. Together with two other parent volunteers, Dorene is running The Learning Program in Northern Virginia. The Learning Program, started by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, turns the research findings of Down Syndrome Education International into practical techniques for parents and educators. Her email is

Sean Salins - Sean is a lifelong resident of the Washington, DC Metro area, Sean is a Director at COLAMCO, Inc., a Florida-based information technology provider. Sean has spent over 11 years with COLAMCO in different roles but has served as the Sales & Marketing Director since 2009. Prior to his current position, Sean led an $80M business at Hewlett-Packard in its Federal System Integrator Space. He has a deep network of contacts in the IT industry and plans to leverage those relationships to bring attention to DSANV. Sean is a graduate of Towson University where he holds a B.S. in Mass Communications and lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife Kelly and their three children, Ryan (6), Aiden (4) and Kira (3).His email is

Abel Sussman - Abel is the happy husband of Amy and proud father to Asher. He is a graduate of the State University of New York with degrees in computer science and business administration. Abel is a nationally recognized cybersecurity subject matter expert for the federal government and various information security organizations. He is honored to serve DSANV helping to show that our kids have no limits. In his free time he likes to take Asher swimming, on camping trips, and support local community theater. His email is

Erin Thompson - Erin is a 2010 graduate of George Mason University's LIFE Program for students with developmental disabilities. Erin is currently employed full time at Rosetta Stone in Arlington, Virginia where she assists with reception and administrative duties. Erin is a Buddy Ambassador for Best Buddies Virginia, board member for the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) and a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Erin has become a passionate and accomplished advocate for those with intellectual disabilities. She was awarded the PEATC Virginia Star Icon Award in 2008 for her advocacy work and the 2008 Advocates in Disability Award from the HSC Foundation in Washington, D.C. Her latest accomplishment is the award of both the O.Neill and Tabani Enrichment Fund and the 2009 Dan Piper Award for national recognition of a self-advocate from the NDSS. Her email is

Heather A. Trammell - Heather is the proud wife of Scott (a chemistry researcher) and mother at home to Beth and Marie. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in music performance (percussion) and holds a paralegal certificate from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. In her former professional lives Heather worked as a concert promoter/booking agent, paralegal, file space manager, and legal conflicts specialist. Currently she is honored to serve DSANV and the Northern VA community as the Director of Parent Support. In her "free time" Heather likes to scrapbook and organize things (like closets, file space, etc). Her email is

Charlotte Woodward - Charlotte is honored to be a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia! She was born in Miami, Florida and as a young child lived in Charlottesville (VA) and Cape Elizabeth, Maine before moving to Fairfax (VA). She graduated from Fairfax High School with a standard degree and will graduate from Northern Virginia Community College soon with an associate’s degree. She was born with a heart condition and had four open-heart surgeries when she was young and recently became one of the very few people born with Down syndrome to receive a life-saving heart transplant! Her motto is to always give back to others, and she loves to have bake sales and donate the proceeds to various charities. These fundraising efforts have led to some exciting opportunities to give motivational speeches. She hopes to pursue a career as an author, professional baker, event planner and motivational speaker. She is determined to do her best to help ALL people with special needs! Her email is