Staff

Emily Mondschein (Executive Director)

Emily Mondschein is the proud mother of two boys, Samuel and Paul.  Her youngest son, Paul, was born with Down syndrome. She has a master’s degree in education and has spent much of her professional career as an educator.  Emily is the co-founder of two not-for-profits that serve individuals with Down syndrome and is a member and leader on multiple councils, both locally and nationally, that support individuals with disabilities. Emily is passionate about inclusion and ensuring that individuals with Down syndrome are treated with equality and respect in all areas of society.

Julia Diebel (Operations Coordinator)

Board of Directors 

Will Mondschein (President)

A successful thought leader and entrepreneur in the digital space, Will is the Managing Director of FiveOut, a digital design and marketing agency with $40M in annual revenue. He has more than 24 years strategic, technical, operational, sales, marketing, and fiscal management experience with some of the country's most recognizable brands.  Will is the father of two children, one who has Down syndrome.

Rev. Dr. Gregory Hall (Vice President)

Gregory Hall has been a Presbyterian Pastor for 39 years. He has served Clarence Presbyterian since 2001. He has been a long-time Rotarian and served on several town task forces.

Jennifer Zolnowski (Secretary)

Jennifer has 20+ years’ experience in the non-profit world, serving both as employee and volunteer. She worked for Parent Network of WNY for 10 years and at Aspire for three, with positions including parent educator, marketing coordinator and administrative assistant. Jen served as Co-President of the Down Syndrome Parent Group (DSPG) for five years and was a member of the Board of Directors for Danceability for two. Her husband David and she have been married for 24 years and have two children: Patrick who is 23 years old and has Down syndrome and Laura who is 19 years old.

Diane Tiveron (Treasurer)

Diane is the Managing Partner at HoganWillig Law Firm and their Corporate & Business Law Chair.   Her duties include counseling not-for-profit organizations on nonprofit law and governance & obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and 501(c) classifications.  Diane has served on various boards for area NFP’s including the presidency of Amherst Meals on Wheels.

Board Members at Large

Anita Ballow 

Shannon Cercone - Shannon is the Public Affairs Coordinator at GEICO.  She has several years of experience volunteering for different organizations, fundraising and event planning.  She is currently a board member for the United Church Home Society/Senior Wishes.

Debbie Gardiner - Debbie is a retired occupational therapist who worked for the Clarence School District the Occupational Therapy supervisor. Before moving to NY State, she was employed at Children’s Hospital at Stanford, CA and at a school for children with learning disabilities in Bethesda, MD. She has worked with children of various ages and diagnoses.

Brian Gunby - Brian is a Claims Department Manager at GEICO, with responsibilities for staffing, budget and overseeing the operations of a claims department with 400+ associates.  He is a youth sports coach with experience in organizing events, fundraising, etc.

Martha Lamparelli - Martha has a master’s degree in Special Education from Buffalo State College. She retired after 31 years with the Buffalo Public Schools serving as a Special Education Teacher, Coordinator for Agency Students, and CSE Coordinator.  She has served on several boards throughout the WNY, community most recently with Connectlife, VIA (Olmsted Center for Sight) and St. Mark School Board. Martha is a lifelong resident of Buffalo.

Debbie Ross 

Connie Stives - Connie has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Williamsville School District SEPTSA Board and for Bornhava, a non-profit school for children birth to age 5 with disabilities, where she also served as President of the board for one year.  Connie spent six years on the Board of Directors of Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives where she served as President for one year and Vice President of Programming for three.  Connie also served as Board President and member for the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.  Connie and her husband Tim have three sons; the youngest, Jacob, is 19 and has Down syndrome.