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
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.
Office Manager & Community Group Coordinator
Leigh, who has a degree in political science from the University of Iowa, has been with the RMDSA team since May of 2015. She is the voice you hear whenever you call the RMDSA main line and she is always excited to greet visitors to our office. She is responsible for updating our social media pages, sending out eblasts, helping out with general administrative tasks, coordinating our quarterly Parents and Schools in Partnership meetings, and serving the dedicated volunteers who run our community groups across the Rocky Mountain Region.
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.
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.