– Executive Director
Mac has made a career working in the non-profit sector. Having begun his career teaching at Cherry Creek High school, he
then moved on to The Nature Conservancy (Colorado Field Office) where he was a Major Gift fundraiser. Responsible for
raising gifts of over $50,000, his time at TNC was spent building relationships within Colorado, and also nationally. After the
birth of Guion, his first son, Mac and his wife Rebecca learned that Guion had Down syndrome. Mac decided to leave TNC
due to a heavy travelling schedule to concentrate on learning more about his new son and the world of Down syndrome.
Mac began volunteering for Special Olympics Colorado which eventually led to a paid position as the Director of
Development for that organization. Having been a part of the RMDSA family he was aware that the organization was in the
process of searching for a new Executive Director, so Mac made it known that he had an interest in the position and
formally joined RMDSA as the second Executive Director in February of 2009. Mac has his Bachelor of Science from Pfeiffer
University in North Carolina and his Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University: Peabody College. Mac and his wife
Rebecca have three children; Guion, Hoke, and Rae.
Mary Ann Barwick
– Volunteer Coordinator & Outreach Manager
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.
– 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
Candace Belen joined RMDSA the summer of 2017 as a volunteer. December, 2017 she transitioned into a career with RMDSA as our Spanish Family Liaison 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 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 super human strength.
– Office Assistant
Mark is on pace to get his associate degree at Arapahoe Community College. He has worked with the Dakota Ridge football team for many years, starting as a manager in 2010 and 2011, and serving as a coach from 2012 to present. In addition to working as the office assistant at RMDSA, he is a host at Lucha Cantina, which blends Mexican food with American food. He has also worked at Lily Gulch Park District, Foothills Parks District, and volunteered at Gold Crown Basketball where, as a volunteer leader, Mark discovered a passion for working in children’s athletics.
– MA, SP.ED.
Sally has been working in the field of special education since 2004. She is a licensed Special Education Generalist teacher in the state of Colorado and has her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Sally is currently the Coordinator of Access Programming at the Denver Art Museum. In this position, she oversees access initiatives to make the museum inclusive to all visitors and provides team training in community inclusion and best practice strategies when welcoming visitors with diverse needs. She also mentors interns with disabilities who are interested in the museum field. Her professional interests include curriculum development for 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.
– 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.