Sharon Paredes

Sharon Paredes

Sharon Paredes is graduating Texas A&M University this May of 2019 with her B.B.A in Accounting and a Certificate in Nonprofit and Social Innovation and Internal Audit. Her passion for selfless service has led her to serve many nonprofits throughout her life and she is continuously looking to serve for the greater good! In her spare time she enjoy walks with her dog to enjoy the sunset, spending time with friends and family, volunteering with Project Sunshine, traveling, and crafting DIY projects.

Brianna Moreno

Brianna Moreno

Fundraising and Events Intern

Brianna Moreno is our newest Fundraising and events intern at DSABV. She is a senior communications major from Fort Worth, TX. She is earning her Communication Bachelors of Arts and participating in the Bush School Non Profit Management Certificate this Spring. She is passionate about serving the community and providing individuals an equal opportunity to feel heard. She has been serving the campus community as a student leader for TAMU-UNICEF and the Multicultural Greek Council.

Lily Nguyen

Lily Nguyen

Event and Fundraising Specialist Student Worker

I am a student worker who works as an Event and Fundraising Specialist at DSABV. I help with organizing schedules and plans for events that happen throughout the year. I started working for DSABV during the midst preparation of Gala 2018 as a freshman at TAMU and I love it! I love, love, and love the cause of the Gala, how it spread awareness about people with Down Syndrome, and how the money goes towards our members for classes and camps that my main focus right now is to plan for many, many awesome, fantastic Gala and FUNdraising events in the upcoming years. And yes, I would love to stay with DSABV for many, many more years.

Nicole Onwucheckwa

Nicole Onwucheckwa

Finance/Accounting Support Specialist

Nicole Onwuchekwa has been working as the Finance/Accounting Support Specialist for DSABV since September of 2017. She is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and she’s currently in her Senior year at Texas A&M where she is getting her degree in Economics and Mathematics. Upon graduating, Nicole hopes to further her education by obtaining a Masters in Economics and eventually become a Financial Analyst. Nicole describes her experience at DSABV as a wonderful opportunity to gain work experience with amazing people.

Sydney Barnhart

Sydney Barnhart

Program Coordinator (part-time)

Many of you know Sydney from Young Life Capernaum where she served as volunteer extraordinaire. She knows most of our members and I am glad that Sydney will be joining us as the new part time Program Coordinator.

Sydney brings both passion and  experience in youth development from running a special needs ministry at her home church in San Antonio. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with a focus on Youth Development.

She has hit the ground running this week. Her first goal is to plan and coordinate the summer education program and assist with other programs. With her help, we expect to have summer programming ready to go by the end of March for sign ups in April and May. If you have a child with Down syndrome and are a member of DSABV you can expect emails and/or phone calls from Sydney in the coming weeks. With speech pathology grad school in her future, we do not know exactly how long she’ll be with us, but we are grateful for her help in getting these programs up and running. Welcome aboard Sydney!

Melisa Spradlin

Melisa Spradlin

Executive Director

Melisa’s professional career has taken her many places from Houston to Honduras to Thailand, finally landing in Bryan/ College Station in August 2016. She has 15+ years experience in non-profit environments including education, volunteer management, fundraising and disaster services. After moving to BCS to run DSABV, she met her husband and became a mother. She is eager to create as many opportunities and connections as possible for people with Down syndrome in Brazos Valley.