Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rori Brownlow graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 and has pursued philanthropy for most of her career. A native of Reno, Nevada, Rori worked for several years as the Director of Wish Granting for the Make a Wish Foundation, and later transitioned into a fund-raising role for Catholic Charities and their basic needs programs. Eager to get back to Aggieland, Rori, her husband Will and their three children moved back in 2015. For the past 4 years, Rori has been blessed to work for the Texas A&M Foundation. She served 2 years on the Executive Staff, serving as the Assistant to the Vice President of Development Support and since then proudly serves on the Development Team for the Texas A&M University, fund-raising for the Fighting Texas Aggie, Corps of Cadets. In her role she supports donors’ requests to make meaningful gifts, she also oversees stewardship activities and the marketing and communication strategy for the Corps Development team. Connecting people’s passions with meaningful gifts of impact is something she is incredibly passionate about. She enjoys spending time with her family on their little farm, working with students, and being the best mom she can be. She is excited to help DSABV in whatever capacity her service is needed.
Tim Douglas is on a mission to help business owners GET A VOICE and SAY IT LOUD. When he was a young man, he fancied himself a creative force unleashed to find and capture beauty wherever he could discover it. He traveled the world and developed skills as a photographer. As the years rolled by, he slowly built a production team around him, and they were off to the races! He kept noticing that no matter how much great content they delivered to clients, it never seemed to deploy correctly. Most of their clients were too busy actually running their businesses to develop their brand effectively. Tim and his team started helping businesses with their brand identities, copy, websites, and graphic design. In 2018, they built a sister company (High Octane Marketing) to push brands faster and faster, louder and louder. Eventually, he had to set my camera down, but he couldn’t let go of all that surging/pumping creativity! Even today, on a slower Thursday afternoon maybe, you might catch him on location adjusting lights or aperture settings. He has grown older – but he’s not dead yet! He still loves creating and building a team of young professionals who do fantastic work that delights their clients. It’s an honor for him to build brands and build people. He is the luckiest guy on the planet, and he practices his thankfuls every day. It’s part of their shop’s daily routine.
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.