John currently serves as a © DS-Ambassador (volunteer) for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.
Jennifer is a seasoned financial advisor with over 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Treasurer / Director of Advocacy
Yani is a passionate advocate for the Down syndrome community, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education
Chris’ 30-year career experiences have provided him the privilege of working in several locations across multiple cultures including North/South America, Europe and Africa. He is excited to be a member of the board and enthusiastic about spreading the news about this great cause.
Eric is a veteran communication specialist with over 25 years of experience with international and national brands. He is a former U.S. Marine and has served for 19 years as a Managing Partner of Tampa-based marketing consulting firm HCP Associates. He is very involved in the Tampa Bay Community and in addition to 21 & Change, he serves on numerous non-profit boards.
Samara Sodos is a public relations specialist after a spirited career in broadcast journalism. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has spent the last 20 years in the Tampa Bay area and is a proud and active member of our community. She is honored to be a part of the board and looks forward to effecting change.
Carlos is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. President of Milorian Consulting, he is a former minority owner and VP of one of the largest Publishing Companies in the US, majority owned by private equity firm ABRY in Boston. He has also served as a board member of the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has been active as an Autism advocate and mentor to student-athletes in the Bay area for over 10 years.
Dennis Meyers is General Counsel at World Wide Medical Services, Inc. a Tampa-based national home medical equipment and supply company. His legal background is in commercial litigation, health law, insurance defense, worker’s compensation, and intellectual property. Dennis earned his B.A. in International Politics from Penn State University and his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law.
Sylvia F. Diehl
Advisor – Inclusive Education
Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has recently retired from the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Communication Sciences in Tampa, Florida.