KIIDS Executive Board
Dria lives with her husband, Jerry, and two daughters, Elsa (12) and Julianna (10). Originally from Philly, Dria and her family lived in California for many years, before moving back to the East coast in 2011. After settling in South Jersey, they were grateful to learn about KIIDS and meet other families in our local Ds community. Dria is interested in legislative and educational advocacy and is excited to serve as Co-Chair this year. Juls likes meeting new friends through KIIDS and keeps busy with horseback riding and Special Olympics ice skating.
Terri resides with her husband John and their three sons, Ryan (21), Andrew (18) and Michael (16). When Michael was born, there was not much support in the area for babies and younger children so she and a few other moms started KIIDS and she has served on the board in various positions throughout the years. Michael loves going to the KIIDS events and enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Stacie lives with her husband, John, and three children, Sophia (8 with Ds), Ella (6), and Johnny (4). She and her family keep busy with multiple dance classes, various sports, and school activities year round for all of three children. Stacie has previously served terms on the KIIDS Board as Co-Chair as well as Fundraising Coordinator.
Maria is part of the Covello Crew of Nick, Maria, Nicholas (14) and Anthony (12) and has served as KIIDS Secretary since 2011. As soon as we knew through prenatal testing that Anthony would have Down syndrome in 2005, we contacted KIIDS right away. So, Anthony was a member of KIIDS before he was even born, and our family has been involved with KIIDS ever since. KIIDS has been a constant source of support, information and socialization for Anthony, and also to our entire family. Through KIIDS we have made connections and friendships with others who are in the “same boat” as us; with those who understand what it is like to have and raise a loved one with Ds. Maria is the. KIIDS has also encouraged us to have Anthony try and be successful other groups in the community, like challenger league soccer, special needs dance, and challenger baseball. KIIDS continues to be a blessing to all of us. We are very fortunate to have KIIDS be such an important part of our lives. I am grateful to be a part of KIIDS.
Suzanne lives with husband Reed and two girls Maddie (18) and Eve (13). Suzanne joined KIIDS immediately when Eve was born to get information on best practices for Eve and is so grateful KIIDS. Eve really enjoys seeing all of her friends at the social events!
Angela has been a KIIDS member for nine years. Angela served on the board as Secretary and 2 terms as Co-Chair. She has three children, Justin (23), Janae (13) and Geeanna (9). Angela found out prenatally that Gee had Down syndrome. The KIIDS Outreach Coordinator at the time reached out to her family and invited them over for dinner. The bonds that were formed that day are unmeasurable and the friendships that have been made make the journey so much brighter.
Amy lives with her husband and 7 children and two grandchildren. Their youngest Manny is 6 and has Down syndrome. Amy is looking forward to continuing her position as Outreach Coordinator for KIIDS and meeting new families who are on this wonderful journey.
Elaine resides with her husband Anthony, and four kids, Giovanna (14), Anthony (12), Sofia (10), and Rosie (9). She has been a pediatric nurse for 19 years and wanted to take on this position because she had such great support by the members of KIIDS when her family learned of Rosie’s diagnosis through prenatal testing. She could not have gotten through that tough time without this group and hopes that she can provide that same support to other families. Rosie has since become the joy and love of their lives and heart of her family!
Kristen lives with her husband Dave and their two boys, Desmond (3) and Miles (1). She first learned about KIIDS from Desmond’s wonderful NICU nurse shortly after his birth diagnosis of Down syndrome. Following that supportive experience and her subsequent warm welcome into the group she decided that someday she would do everything she could to support families new to the Down syndrome community in the area. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to do so and looking forward to working with familiar and new families.