We are a group of young people and self-advocates in the Down syndrome community. We assist the main board in the planning and execution of events and hold fundraisers to support the senior board. 

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MEET our TEAM

Junior board
we asked What makes them "unique" 
See their answers in blue ink

I like to catch people off-guard and make them laugh!

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Kyle 

Erickson

Co-President

& Founding Vice-President

My sense of humor makes me unique.  
I like to catch people off guard and make them laugh

Kyle's Team, since 2011.  Graduate of North Shore High School class of 2008.  Employed part-time at First National Bank of L.I.  The Up of Down panelist;  DOWNrightART exhibitions artist, ballroom dancing at Ballroom Legacy, Zumba at ACDS, Special Olympics, golf, swimming,  Self Direction. 

I like to dance!

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Jamie Bernstein

Co-Vice-President

& Founding Secretary

I enjoy dancing!

The J-Team, since 2007.  Senior at Commack High School, graduating in 2022.   Jamie has participated in the DOWNrightART exhibition, and The Up of Down, and enjoys dancing.

I am unique

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Your name here!

Co-Secretary

Vacant

Vacant

I am unique!

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Your name here!

Co-PR Coordinator/Writer

Vacant

Vacant

I enjoy puzzles and am very good at putting them together

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Kellie McAuliffe
 

Co-PR Coordinator/Illustrator

I enjoy puzzles and am very good at putting them together.

Kellies Koalas since 2007.  Attending New Hyde Park Memorial.  Participant in DOWNrightART exhibitions, Rock Your Sock event in 2020, Bowling, Unified Basketball.  

I like to catch people off-guard and make them laugh!

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Your name here!

Co-PR Coordinator/Social Media

Vacant

Vacant

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Lauren

Gomez-Nieto

Co-President

& Founding Vice-Secretary

I am extremely extroverted and enjoy meeting new people.

Alexander's Angels team, since 2007.   Junior at JFK High School, Bellmore, class of 2023.  Member of the Civil Air Patrol.  lacrosse, Choir, Church of St. Jude, National Honor Society.   

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jack mancini

Co-Vice-President

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Hero Up team, since  2015. Attending West Islip High School class of 2022, Honor Roll, Cross Country, Track.

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Calista

rodriguez

Co-Secretary

I am very artistic!

Team Carlani,  since 2008.  JFK High School, graduating 2022.  Softball (2 teams), Plainview Hawks fast pitch FURY  Position: left field, National Art Society 2021, National Honor Society 2021.  

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landon mancini

Co-PR Coordinator/Writer

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Team Hero Up, joined in 2015. Udall Road Middle School 8th grade
Principal’s List, hockey and soccer.

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Carlson

rodriguez

Co-PR Coordinator/Illustrator

I like to help my sister Carlani and I am a good gamer

Team Carlani joined in 2008.  Mattlin Middle School, Plainview, grade: 6. Hawks baseball, right field.   

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PAIGE
Gomez-Nieto

Co-PR Coordinator/Social Media

I was born the day before Alexander's Angels First L.I. Buddy Walk

Alexander's Angels Team, since 2007.  Freshman at JFK High School, Bellmore. Member of Civil Air Patrol, Church of St. Jude, honor society and choir.  

     Advisers:

Cassandra Heiman

Eve Pollack

Eva rodriguez

Past Junior Board Members

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ricardo

gomez-Nieto

Founding President & Tech Adviser

JFK HS, Bellmore, NY, 2018.  Attending University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, ND.

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Lily

Mancini

Founding Vice- President & Co-Editor

West Islip High School, 2019.  Attending SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY.

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Nicole Gomez-Nieto

Founding Co-Editor

Simsbury HS, CT, 2017.   BS Sacred Heart University, CT, 2020, summa cum laude.  Currently enrolled in an MS program at Sacred Heart University.

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carmel McAuliffe

Founding Illustrator

H. F. Carey HS, Franklin Square, NY.   Attending Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY.

Enjoy the slideshow below highlighting some of the events we have organized.