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Lavanya Guhan
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My name is Lavanya Guhan, and I am a 3rd year student at Bellevue College in the Seattle, Washington area. I have been part of the NACD community for a very long time. I was a client from the ages of 3 to 12 years. I also have fond memories of living in Utah and hanging out at the office … Read More

Teodora Pop, M.A.
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Teo has worked with children since high school. She volunteered in several organizations that worked with children who had a range of disabilities and has been teaching in various capacities for 14 years. She received a BA and then an MA in Painting and Child Education, with the intention of becoming an art therapist and practicing in the United States. … Read More

Pam Cook
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Hi, I’m Pam Cook and I moved back to Utah from Washington State in 2006, when I started working for NACD part time. I now do all the scheduling for NACD.   Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, the wonderful part about my job is all the awesome, dedicated families that I get to talk to on a daily basis and of course … Read More

Jennifer Virgin
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Jennifer has been a mainstay at NACD for the past 30 years. From the early years of working out of Bob’s basement, to housing the office in her own home, to working in the various office locations in Ogden, she has taught program implementation to families, ran the office and been Bob’s right-hand woman all along the way. She currently serves … Read More

Dr. Jifunza Wright, M.D.
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Marta Palmes
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Marta Palmes is from Barcelona and has lived and worked in Spain, England, and the United States. She holds degrees in management and education. After pursuing careers in tourism, banking, and executive education, she found her personal and professional passion—child development—when her first daughter, Arianna, was born with an extra chromosome that impacts the way in which she learns and … Read More

Sunette Payne
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Sunette graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa as the valedictorian of her class. In the United States, she worked in the rehabilitation field for over 10 years, with her focus being brain injury and stroke victims. She fulfilled her role as Brain injury team leader and later as OT team … Read More

Kay Ishak
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I discovered NACD in 2011 when I was exploring how to help my three boys love to learn. I knew school just wasn’t cutting it for them, especially one of the twins. He would always be away somewhere and would spark up when something became of interest. I could get some things from him, but then other times he just … Read More

BJ Owen-Tubbs
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BJ Owen-Tubbs graduated in 1980 from West Chester University with a B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Counseling. Her graduate studies were in Elementary Education, with a focus in Human Development. She taught preschool for more than 13 years in West Chester. BJ began working and training in the North Regional office in West Chester, PA with … Read More

Glenda Girazian
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Glenda’s journey with NACD began in 1984 when her firstborn son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. After four months of hearing the “professionals” paint a bleak picture, she was devastated, confused and desperate for some encouraging words. When Brandon was 4 months old, she was made aware of a conference on Down syndrome at the Disneyland Hotel conducted by an … Read More

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