Get Involved

DSMIG-USA is successful thanks to volunteers contributing time and expertise, and DSMIG-USA members get more out of their membership when they volunteer. Below, you can find information about all DSMIG-USA committees as well as key contacts for each one.

DSMIG-USA Committees & Workgroups

The Membership Committee serves to support enrollment of new members, maintain information regarding current membership and recruitment of members and any concerns related to member satisfaction. 
Elise Sannar, [email protected]
Angela Lombardo, [email protected]

The Marketing Committee develops strategies to generate interest in and share information about DSMIG-USA and its activities, events, and members. These strategies are implemented using guidelines for marketing efforts (such as promotional materials and Facebook and social media posts) created by the Committee. 
Laura Krohn, [email protected]

The Annual Symposium Committee plans and implements the DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium event including all associated activities that may include the member meeting, welcome reception/poster viewing, BOD and committee meetings, workgroup meetings, clinic support committee meeting, and local provider education event. 
Katie Frank, [email protected]
Maria Stanley, [email protected]

The Clinic Support Committee activities guide and support clinic development, networking, and supports the implementation and management of Down Syndrome Clinics. This committee also plans and implements Annual DSMIG-USA Clinic Support Meetings. 
Mary Stephens, [email protected]

The Education Committee plans, organizes, supports, and implements the DSMIG-USA educational events including Webinar Series and Project ECHO. 
Brian Chicoine, [email protected]

The Adolescent and Adult Health Workgroup is currently working on projects including medical literature reviews, MH/Regression, dementia screening, weight-lifestyle management, and CME activities. 
George Capone, [email protected]

The Therapy Workgroup is a community within DSMIG-USA whose members are therapists and/or educators in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech Therapy. The group has an interest in advancing knowledge regarding best practices as it relates to therapy when treating those with Down syndrome considering commonly seen issues which may respond to therapy interventions at various ages. 
Helen Milligan, [email protected]

The DS-ASD Workgroup discusses how to apply their learnings throughout the year to improving the quality of care for individuals with co-occurring Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder, and what needs to be learned in the next year to advance their understanding of how best to serve the needs of these individuals and their families. 
Lina Patel, [email protected]

The Medical School Curriculum Workgroup addresses the inadequate education provided to medical students through the means of creating a standardized curriculum for medical schools to use. 
Kristie Marble, [email protected]

The Immune Disorders Workgroup is composed of members who are physicians and researchers in the areas of immunology, rheumatology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, neurology, hematology, immunodermatology, and other specialties impacted by the immune dysregulation characteristic of Down syndrome. The group has an interest in advancing knowledge in this field, and making recommendations of best practice as it relates to diagnosis and treatments when treating those Down syndrome affected by various immune disorders. 
Joaquin Espinosa, [email protected]