Bob Feiner, Senior Vice President, Dell Technologies
Bob Feiner joined Dell Technologies in 1999 and serves as Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies Global Partner, Education and Fulfillment Services. He leads a global organization that supports Dell Technologies’ customers in more than 140 countries. His team of over 4,000 provides services to customers around the world throughout their life cycle including configuration services, installations and deployments, education services, on-site support, and asset resale and recycling. As the leader of Dell Technologies Global Partner, Education and Fulfillment Services organization, he is responsible for managing a $1B business.
Bob is also the global co-chair for True Ability. True Ability is Dell’s Employee Resource Group for team members impacted by special needs and/or disabilities. In 2015, Bob was recognized as the Springboard Consulting North America Disability Champion of the Year.
His prior experiences at Dell Technologies include leading various field services teams, managing technical support centers and building the first of what would become six global service command centers.
Prior to Dell, Bob was a management consultant in Ernst & Young’s supply chain management practice. He also held a variety of roles in the energy industry. Bob has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas–Austin, 1997 and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University, 1991.
Beth Foraker, Co-Director, UC Davis Redwood SEED (Supported Education to Elevate Diversity) Scholars Program
Beth Foraker is a mom to four children: Jack, Mary Kate, Patrick, and Caroline. Her third child, Patrick, has Down Syndrome. Beth has been an educator for over thirty years and has worked for fifteen years for UC Davis in the School of Education with beginning teachers in their Multiple Subject Credential/Masters Program. She is also the Co-Director of the brand new UC Davis Redwood SEED (Supported Education to Elevate Diversity) Scholars Program - a four-year TPSID funded, residential inclusive college program for students with intellectual disabilities welcoming twelve students in the fall of 2021. She works to build what she calls Continuums of Inclusion: communities that offer preschool through college inclusion so that independent adulthood - inclusive living and inclusive employment - and full belonging are possible.
Dana Halle, Co-Founder, The Learning Program and Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
Dana Halle is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County. She also developed and continues to expand The Learning Program and LP Online, educational platforms which improve academic outcomes for learners with Down syndrome. She currently trains and supports Down syndrome organizations across the nation in their delivery of local educational programming. Dana also provides weekly direct instruction on literacy, math and social skills to students (ages nine through twenty-three) in DSF’s Learning Center in Irvine, California. Dana attended Pomona College, where she earned a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis & Psychology and the University of California, Hastings School of Law, where she earned her J.D. Dana practiced law as a business litigator for ten years before taking time off to parent her three children, the youngest of whom, Nick, has Down syndrome. Soon after Nick’s birth in 1998, Dana began advocating on behalf of children with Down syndrome and their families.
Marcy Mamiya, Development, Stanford University
Marcy Mamiya supports the Director of Major Gifts for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. After several years teaching English in Japan, followed by a stint as a marketing and product manager at a CRM start-up, she landed at Stanford, managing executive-level searches for the Provost and working on the university’s accreditation. She joined Hoover’s Major Gifts team in 2012 and enjoys stewarding the institution’s board members and major donors.
Marcy has been involved with the Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network (SVDSN) since 2004, shortly after the birth of her son. She has served the organization in various roles over the years, but has found her passion in creating programming for self advocates and increasing collaboration with existing community organizations to expand inclusive opportunities. She also serves on the advisory boards for the Stanford Master’s Program in Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling and Sun Camp, a summer day camp for children with Down syndrome and their siblings.
Marcy has a B.A. in English with a concentration on teaching English in Secondary Schools from U.C. Berkeley.
Corrie Merchant, Board Director, Down Syndrome Alabama
Corrie and her husband, Jason, have two children. Their son, George, was born in 2009 and their daughter, Arra, was born in 2011.
Corrie has been a member of Down Syndrome Alabama since 2009. She also serves on Alabama’s Special Education Advocacy Panel (SEAP), Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) and Partners in Policymaking Advisory Panel. She joined the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center Advisory Board with the hope her insights and advocacy will encourage others on their journey. She has a deep appreciation for the many mentors who inspired and supported her.
Corrie is an alum of Auburn University and Troy University. She lives with her family in Trussville, Alabama.
Sean J. Smith, Professor, Special Education, Univ. of Kansas
Sean J. Smith, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. He is also the Past-President of the technology division for the Council for Exceptional Children, Innovations in Special Education Technology (ISET), and member of the Board for the National Down syndrome Congress. Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on innovations and technology solutions to support struggling learners and those with disabilities, particularly interventions aligned with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework. At present, Dr. Smith is the Principal Investigator on a federally funded project exploring the impact of virtual reality on struggling learners in the area of social emotional development. Sean has authored over 100 books and articles, given hundreds of scholarly presentations both nationally and internationally, and serves on various boards for journals, organizations, and parent groups focused on enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. Dr. Smith, with a variety of collaborators, has received and managed over $25 million of external research and development funds. Most importantly, Sean is the father of four children, one having Down syndrome. It is through this work as a father that Sean has sought to apply his knowledge of effective practices with parents, family members, and similar stakeholders as we look to enhance the lives of our children, ALL of our children!
Ana Lucia Villela, Board Director, Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. and Founder, Alana Foundation
Ana Lúcia de Mattos Barretto Villela is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Itaú Unibanco Group since 2018. Ms. Villela has also been an Alternate Member of the Board of Directors of IUPAR – Itaú Unibanco Participações S.A. since 2018; Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (non-executive Member) of Itaúsa S.A. since 2017; Member of the Sustainability Committee (2015 to 2018) of Duratex S.A.; Co-Founder of AlanaLab (Maria Farinha Films, Flow, Jungle Bee) since 2014; Founding President of Alana Foundation since 2012; CEO of Instituto Alana since 2002; Member of the Advisory Board at Instituto Brincante since 2001 and Fellow Ashoka since 2010. She also co-founded the Alana Down Syndrome Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
She has been a Member of the Innovation Board of XPRIZE since 2018. First representative from Latin America on the Innovation Board of XPRIZE, a non-profit organization created by Peter Diamandis, who designs and manages global competitions to encourage the development of new technologies that may help solve some of mankind’s major challenges.
She was a Member of the Advisory Board at Instituto Akatu (2013 to 2017); Member of the Advisory Board at Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) (2015 to 2017) and Member of the Advisory Board at Conectas (2003 to 2018).
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching with major in School Administration and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, both from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, Brazil and took graduate studies in Business Administration from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo, Brazil (incomplete), and postgraduate studies in Administration in the Third Sector from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), São Paulo, Brazil (incomplete).
Patty O'Brien White, Co-founder, Reboot Accel and Co-founder, Lumind Research Down Syndrome Foundation
Patty O’Brien White is Co-founder and COO of ReBoot Accel, a company with a mission to catalyze women to lead lives of impact and influence, and to guide companies to develop cultures where all employees will thrive. She has shared her experiences and best practices from this work in her recent book, The Upside: Better Outcomes When Everyone Plays. Patty coaches senior corporate and nonprofit leaders and has served as guest faculty at the Modern Elder Academy.
Prior to this, Patty spent a decade in strategy and marketing management positions for Hewlett Packard. Much of her tenure there was as part of a job share team, allowing for her own work life balance and inspiring others (including a GM role) to do the same.
Patty and her husband Jim have four children. Their youngest daughter opened their world to include individuals with cognitive challenges and the many who support them, ultimately inspiring them to co-found the LuMind Foundation and initiate work around community housing solutions for adults with IDD (intellectual or developmental disabilities).
Patty holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.