Mary Ann Barwick
– Executive Director
Mary Ann came on as a part-time bookkeeper in 2009 and began her full-time career with RMDSA in August of 2011. She and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two sons, Justin and Zachary. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and began her professional career in financial services until taking time off to raise her children.
In addition to serving as our bookkeeper, Mary Ann plans and organizes all of RMDSA’s events, including major annual undertakings such as the Step Up Walk, the Tee Up Golf Tournament, and the Holiday Party; visits doctors, nurses and midwives all over the region to provide training, medical updates, and information about our services; trains and coordinates our volunteers, and oversees our Young Professionals Board. She is delighted to work with the families and
the staff at RMDSA.
– Volunteer Coordinator & Event Manager
Megan joined RMDSA in 2016 as a member of the Young Professionals Board. Prior to joining the RMDSA staff, Megan worked as an Event Planner for Epicurean Catering and then as an Assistant Teacher and Development Coordinator at The Rise School of Denver.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication in the Spring of 2014 from The University of Colorado Boulder. Megan’s passion for the disability community began as a Swim Coach for Special Olympics Colorado over a decade ago. Megan plans and organizes all of RMDSA’s events, including major annual undertakings such as the Tee Up Golf Tournament, the Step Up Walk, and the Holiday Party; trains and coordinates our volunteers, and oversees our Young Professionals Board. Megan is proud to work with the families and staff of RMDSA
– Family Programs Manager & Community Group Leader
Meg was Secretary for the RMDSA Board of Directors until she came onboard with RMDSA as staff in February of 2016. She has a business degree from Western International University, and before signing on as our Family Programs Manager, she ran her own insurance agency for seven years. Meg has two children: Madison and Austin. When Meg and her husband first learned that Austin has Down syndrome, she immediately signed on as a First Call and office volunteer for RMDSA.
As Family Program Manager, Meg is in charge of our First Call program, serving as the primary point of contact for new and expecting families. She also helps connect families who are new to the area to resources, trains our First Call volunteers, and meets with families whose children have extended stays in metro area hospitals.
Candace Belen Morales
– Office Manager & Spanish Family Coordinator
Candace Belen joined RMDSA the summer of 2017 as a volunteer. December 2017 she transitioned into a career with RMDSA as our Spanish Family Coordinator and added Office Manager to her title June of 2018. Belen’s sister Angelita has Down syndrome and is the reason she chose a career at RMDSA.
Belen is the First Call Program Coordinator, serving as primary point of contact for new and expecting Spanish speaking families. Belen also coordinates and attends Cromosoma del Amor community group meetings while offering support and resources for Spanish speaking families across the Rocky Mountain region. Belen is passionate about finding resources and supporting families who have children with Down syndrome. Growing up, she watched her family struggle to find resources for her sister with Ds and hopes she can provide a better experience for the families RMDSA serves. Belen’s sister Angelita is her best friend with superhuman strength.
-Education Program Manager
Ben is joining RMDSA as the new Education Program Manager. He will be the primary point of contact for all of our education services including IEP consultations, Higher Visions for Education programs, as well as expanding education outcomes for families with Down Syndrome.
Ben has worked in the disability community for over four years and is passionate about providing students, families and schools with the right tools to make sure students with Down Syndrome thrive in their educational environment. Before joining RMDSA, Ben worked as Project Manager for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) and as Field Coordinator for All Hands & Hearts. Ben holds a B.S. in Marketing and Multinational Business from Florida State University and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Edinburgh.
Western Slope Office
-HVE Instructor – MA, SP.ED.
Sally is the Program Coordinator and co-instructor of our Higher Visions for Education program. She has been working in the field of special education since 2004 and has been with RMDSA for 5 years. She is a licensed Special Education Generalist teacher in the state of Colorado and has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her professional interests include curriculum development for the acquisition of life skills, strategy development for community inclusion and independence, job coaching, applied behavior analysis and data collection, health and wellness, technology training and universal design. Sally lives in Castle Rock with her husband, two young children, and rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys trail running and reading.
– HVE Instructor – MA, LPC.
Scott specializes in education and cognitive behavioral therapy for people with intellectual disabilities through an active psychotherapy practice. Scott leads groups and classes on a variety of topics including social skills, relationships and sexuality, and anger management. He also facilitates staff trainings related to mental health issues in people with intellectual disabilities. Scott co-leads the Higher Visions for Education program. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and he is on the Human Rights Committee for Adams County.
– HVE Lead Instructor
Rosie specializes in behavior analysis for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities through ABA therapy. Rosie co-leads the Higher Visions for Education program at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Clinical Rehabilitation from California State University, Fullerton and is receiving her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) certification from Florida Institute of Technology.
– HVE Instructor
Sara Myers is our Higher Visions for Education co-instructor at the Colorado State University campus. She has spent her career working with people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and providing behavioral support. She studied Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Colorado in 2014. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, going to concerts and exploring Colorado.
– HVE Instructor – M.Ed
Linda has been working in the education field for nearly 30 years. She worked as an Early Intervention Coordinator and Playgroup Director at The Resource Exchange as well as a Vocational Instructor for adults with disabilities with the UCCS Self-Determination Project while completing her graduate work. Linda has worked as a preschool teacher, special education teacher for students 5-21 years, and transition coordinator in Colorado Springs school districts. Later, Linda joined the Colorado Department of Education as a Secondary Transition Specialist then Supervisor for the Secondary Transition and Results Driven Accountability Team.
Her work encompassed statewide IEP monitoring and special education training in addition to working with national partners to lead federal efforts in special education practices and policies. Linda has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Great Falls, Montana, as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Linda and her husband Robert reside in Black Forest, Colorado and have two sons and two granddaughters.
– HVE Instructor
Sara has a background in elementary education and disability services for higher education. Sara received her Bachelors in Sociology and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Masters in Higher Education from Saint Louis University. She has a passion for teaching, working with students, and the outdoors. Sara currently serves as the Assistant Director for Accessibility Resources at Colorado College. She also began co-teaching the Higher Visions for Education course at Colorado College in Colorado Springs in the fall of 2019.