Who We Are

Board Members

William E. Halle

Co-Founder/President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)

  • Partner, O'Neil LLP (1997 to present)
  • Board Member/Vice President, Down Syndrome Education USA (2008 to 2012)
  • Board Member, National Down Syndrome Society (2004 to 2010)
  • Co-Chair, Down Syndrome Coalition of California (formed 2008)
  • Board Member, Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (1999 to 2007)
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

Dana L. Halle
Co-Founder/Executive Director, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)

  • Developer and Lead Instructor, The Learning Program (2004 to present)
  • Board Member, National Down Syndrome Congress (2014 to present), the NDSC provides information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and works to create a national climate in which all people recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.Board Member/Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Education and Outreach, Down Syndrome Education USA (May 2008 to present)
  • Member, DSEI's Science, Research and Practice Advisory Board (2007 to present)
  • Board Member, Project Independence (2003-2009, 2010-present), PI has worked since 1977 to promote the community integration of persons with developmental disabilities and to create services which expand their opportunities for personal freedom and choice
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1988

Jenith A. Mishne

Board Member/Vice President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2001 to present)

  • Director, Educational Technology, Newport Mesa Unified School District (2010 to present)
  • Teacher, Newport Mesa Unified School District (1997 to 2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Masters of Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University (2009 to present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Masters of Teaching, University of California, Irvine (2012 t0 present)
  • Advisory Board Member for The Learning Program (2004 to present)
  • Ed.D. Educational Technology (2012)
  • M.S. Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (2000)
  • Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (1997)

Timothy Elliott

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)

  • Partner, The Lowenbaum Partnership, LLC
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

David M. Giunta 

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)

  • Founder, BlackPlum Properties, LLC. 

Brian H. Hanel

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)

  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, Foxdale Properties, LLC.
  • MBA, University of California, Irvine, 1987

Kevin S. Kendall

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2008 to present)

  • In-House Business and Legal Affairs Counsel, CBS College Sports Network and CBS Interactive Inc.
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990

Nicki Presby

Board Member, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County (2015 to present)

  • Educational Specialist, Sky Mountain Charter School (2013 to present)
  • Member, Empowered Educator Core Committee (2014 to present)
  • Member, Learning Program Advisory Board (2013 to present)
  • Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer, Learning Program Children's Classroom (2008 to 2013)
  • Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District (1996 to 2013)
  • Clear Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (2004)
  • Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (1996)
  • M.A. Education (1994)

Learning Program Advisory Board Members

Sue Buckley OBE, BA (Hons), CPsychol, AFBPsS

Emeritus Professor, Developmental Disability and Psychology at University of Portsmouth, UK; Director of Science and Research and Chief Scientist, Down Syndrome Education International Vice President Down Syndrome Education USA 

Penny Collins, Ph. D.

Professor of Education

University of California, Irvine

 

Kim Courtney-Bowman MA, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

 

Susan Leonard-Giesen

Lecturer, California State University Long Beach

Special Education Credential Program

 

Patricia Oelwein

Special Education Consultant

Author, Teaching Reading to Children With Down Syndrome

 

Jenith Mishne, Ed.D.

Director, Educational Technology, Newport-Mesa Unified School District

 

Linda Tyson MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

 

Mark Warschauer, Ph. D.

Professor of Education

University of California, Irvine

 

Nicki Presby, M.Ed 

Teacher, LP Children's Classroom 2008-2013