The Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western Massachusetts was started in September 1999 by parents who had a common interest in sharing information and resources in caring for their children. The group provides information about family support, resources, parent training, and social opportunities.
Launa Kazeriod joined the board in 2014 as the First Call Coordinator. In 2016 she was elected President of the DSRG. She and her husband Jay (treasurer) reside in Chicopee with their two daughters, Jordyn (6) and Chelsea (4) who happens to have Down syndrome. Launa is a people person! She loves to meet and support the families in the Down Syndrome community. Launa has attended several national conferences pertaining to Down Syndrome and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to resources. It is her hope to grow the DSRG to include events and support for families and people with Down syndrome of all ages.
Tim lives in Indian Orchard with his wife, Nadine, a teacher at Kiley Middle School, and sons Joseph (7) and Caleb (5). Currently a stay at home dad, Tim previously spent 14 years as an Army Officer. The Ferbers became involved with the Down Syndrome Group in 2013 and want to continue its efforts at support, education and community.
Jen Stavely joined the DSRGWM to say “Thank You” to previous board members, and to belong to a dynamic group that reaches out to individuals and families, with open minds and open hearts. The previous board members have all been so kind and helpful to me, and I hope to do the same during my membership. I would like to think whether someone just had a baby diagnosed with down syndrome, or if someone is looking for services or events, or if someone just has a “lost in the woods” feeling, and needs some genuine caring, support, and sharing of experiences. I am confident that this year’s board will work hard to provide lots of learning opportunities, community building, and fun!
Jennifer Johnson is the mother of a 4 year old son Benjamin with down syndrome and her reason for joining the board. She would like to give back to an organization that has done so much for her family. Making sure every family has the support and knowledge they need is so important. She brings experience in organization skills, computer/internet knowledge and event planning to the board.
Jay Kazeriod is the father of Jordyn and Chelsea. Jay and his wife Launa (President) were told Chelsea had Down syndrome after her birth. Jay made the decision to join the board to give back to the organization that helped support his family in their time of need. Jay has his MBA and 20+ years of accounting experience that he brings to the DSRG Board as the Treasurer.
Maria Santiago joined the board in 2013. She is a dedicated mother to daughter, Destiny, and son, Marcus, who is almost 9 and was born with down syndrome. She has 30 years experience in retail business and office management. I joined the board so that I can help continue to generate awareness, inclusion and acceptance to all individuals with down syndrome.
Linda LaPointe attended her first DSRG event when her daughter was 3 years old. It was a summer picnic and it was cold and raining. Despite the weather, the DSRG families embraced “Jac” Jacqueline Grace Boucher and made us feel like our move back to Massachusetts was the right one. Fast forward 12 years and she is wants to support the DSRG mission by finding ways to reach families of teens and adults with Down syndrome in a way that is meaningful for them. She would love to hear from your family about what your teen or adult needs and wants that could possibly be supported by the DSRG.