Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
Miles Ouren is currently working as an Investment Counselor, for BB&T Investments, and spends his time helping families and businesses with financial planning and investment advice for their future. He has been a licensed Investment Counselor for 5 years, working as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and for BB&T Investments. Miles received his B.B.A. in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 1985 and an M.B.A. in Banking and Financial Institutions, from Sam Houston State University, in 2011. He also completed a certification program in Community Banking from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in 2005. Miles previously served on the Advisory Board for the Prairie View A&M College of Business, the Foundation Board for Junction 505, the Brazos Valley Junior Achievement Board as well as served in a leadership role on his local HOA Board of Directors for several years, and volunteered for various charitable programs including Habitat for Humanity and The Food Bank. A longtime resident of Bryan-College station, Miles is married to Lora Ouren. Together they have three children: Mason, Miller, and Morgan. Miles is a member of Christ United Methodist Church and has served on various committees and in some leadership roles for the Church Administration. He is excited to join DSABV and looks forward to serving on the board.
Darla has been a member of DSABV since the beginning in 2005. Her son Dillon has Down syndrome. Darla is married to Shane and both work for the Kroger Company. She has a personal interest in creating opportunities for our teens and adults to have social and educational opportunities. As a founding member of DSABV she has previously served as board Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Shane is a Special Olympics Coach for Basketball and assistant for Football. They also have three other married children, three beautiful granddaughters along with one handsome grandson. Anyone who has ever met them know all about Dillon and the DSABV.
Sgt. Jason James recently joined the DSABV board and excited to serve. He has been a member of the Bryan Police Department for 20 years. He has worked in numerous areas within the police department including K9 Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, and Public Information Officer. Jason is currently the supervisor over the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, where he strives to reduce crime and the fear of crime. He is highly involved in the community with many organizations throughout the area to help promote their mission. Jason is a member of the Bryan Evening Lions Club and an active volunteer with the Special Olympics. He is a 2014 Jefferson Award winner for his volunteerism in Bryan/College Station. Jason is married to his wife Mandie for over 9 years and they have two sons, who are ages five and seven.
Kristy has been an Aggieland resident since 2001 when she moved here from Houston. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 where she received a degree in Agricultural Economics. She spent three years as a Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher in Bryan, Texas and the next two years teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) and working as a Learning Support Coordinator in South Korea. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is a local Realtor at The Lester Group. Her passion is helping people and she enjoys being a part of any cause that enriches the lives of others. Her blog contains more information.
Anna is currently enrolled in the Project Search program at Scott and White Hospital through CSISD. She enjoys dancing, singing, and hanging out with friends. She is a young, outspoken woman who knows what she wants and works hard to get it. She has been part of DSABV for many years when she was younger and recently moved back to the area. For many years, she has wanted to serve as a self-advocate for DSABV and is very much looking forward to this opportunity.
Brandi Trujillo married to Pete Trujillo has a beautiful blended family with 5 children Amber 24, Jessica 22, Chandler 21, Garrett 18, and Madelyn 15. Brandi grew up very close with her first cousin, Tammy who has Down syndrome. They grew up more like sisters. Brandi has volunteered with Special Olympic, is currently a committee member of Coach Blair Charities, Fun For All Playground and Bryan/College Station Chamber Ambassador. Her daughter Madelyn was a junior coach for The Shining Stars Cheer Team, a special needs cheer team with Powersports Cheer, as well as Applied Aide at CSMS. Brandi enjoys being involved in our community and making a positive impact towards our future.
Randi McAleese was born and raised in Bryan/College Station. I am married to Jeremy McAleese and have two amazing children. Madee, her thirteen year old daughter has Down syndrome. She also has a five year old boy, Jaxson. After living in Fort Worth for almost 10 years, they moved back to B/CS in 2016. They love being back home with family and friends. She is thankful to be part of the wonderful Down syndrome community and brings the needed parent perspective to our board conversations.
Michael Santana is a Christian man first and foremost, a devoted husband to Nichol and dad to three children: Caleb, Michael and Madeline. He is the proud owner of Paramount Painting Services. He enjoys helping people and making a difference in this world. In his spare time he enjoy softball, going to the gym and being active. He is excited to meet everyone and help DSABV grow and reach more families in Brazos Valley.
Michael Martinez is the Director of Operations for M.A.R.C.S. Appliance Repair in Bryan/College Station. He wanted to be part of DSABV because he loves this community and wants to use his connections, time and passion to help build a stronger support network among current and future members, and help build a strong presence in the community. This is his first time to serve on the board of directors for DSABV and he looks forward to meeting everyone and learning more about DSABV members and families.
Eric Roberts, PhD. has worked with people with Down syndrome (and people with many other disabilities) since 2006. He worked as a substitute teacher, High School LIFE Skills teacher, Program Coordinator, Transition Coordinator, and, now, as an Instructional Coordinator for Secondary Special Education in CSISD. Eric aims to not only impact the lives of students but to have a positive impact on the community for the betterment of people with disabilities. Outside of work he loves spending time with his wife and two sons, running, reading, and watching Star Wars movies.
Cy Quackenbush graduated from Texas A&M Kingsville in 2008 with a Business Management degree. He is currently attending Texas A&M College Station pursuing his graduate degree. After graduation in 2008, Cy spent 3 years teaching and coaching at Riviera Kaufer High School and Bryan Collegiate. Quackenbush founded QP Energy Services in 2012, and has since created several other successful oil field service companies. Cy and his wife, Dr. Erin van Schaik, have a deep and passionate commitment to community, as well as the commitment to instill those same values of dedication in their children, Tobin, Cade, and Rooney. Cy grew up with his Aunt Ann, who has Down syndrome. She will be relocating to BCS to live with Cy and his family in the future. The family attended Buddy Walk for the first time in 2018 and is looking forward to helping DSABV grow.