Heather is the co-founder and current board member of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network, a national nonprofit that supports families with a Down syndrome diagnosis. As an advocate, Heather was integral in the passing of the Prenatal Trisomy Awareness Act which requires physicians to provide accurate information following a Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 21 diagnosis. She is the controller for a publishing company and is mom to three girls; her youngest, Izzy, has Down syndrome.
Stephanie a single mother of two children; her youngest has Down syndrome. She is passionate about extending support to all families, especially single-parent families, and strives to educate doctors to offer empathy to patients by sharing information with neutrality, resources and hope. Stephanie has been a psychotherapist in private practice in the field of addiction and mental health for 20 years. She loves spending lazy weekends with her kids and their 130-pound Great Pyrenees, going to movies, yoga, trying new restaurants and writing.
Abigail lives in Brooklyn Center with her parents, and has 8 siblings. She is actively engaged in activities with her peers with disabilities in church and elsewhere and enjoys reading, crafts, cooking and her work at Panera Bread. She loves being on the board of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota because she likes contributing ideas for activities and direction from the perspective of a self-advocate.
Cathy Erickson, DNP, RN
Cathy has a clinical doctorate in Nursing, specializing in serving children with special health care needs, with a focus on transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. She recently retired having served in a number of healthcare roles throughout her career, including advocate, case manager, consultant and NICU leader. She is a former member of Jack’s Basket Board of Directors and the Leadership Board of the American Lung Association in MN. Maggie, her adult daughter with Down syndrome, shares her commitment in serving as a fierce advocate and community leader.
Melanie has dedicated her life and career to supporting individuals with disabilities and mental health needs as a sibling, school counselor and business owner. She has worked with children and teens to find success and joy in the midst of life’s challenges. When she’s not at an Indie concert, you can find Melanie reading or spending time in nature. Melanie is honored to be on the board of directors at DSAMN as the organization’s mission and work has a significant positive impact for Minnesota.
Christine is the founder of On Track MN and Potty Train MN, specialty consulting firms that provide consultation and training to individuals of all ages and their families. Offering more than twenty year of experience in behavior intervention and disability services, Christine has extensive training in Behavior Analysis and has worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of individuals including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome. For the last six years, she and her husband have been live-in caretakers for two adults with Down Syndrome.
Cora Holland-Koller recently relocated back to Minnesota after living in St. Louis, Missouri for almost eight years where she and her husband, Damien Holler, were active with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. Cora is the Loan Agency Transaction Team Manager at SRS Acquiom, a financial services firm. She has two children; her youngest has Down syndrome.
Anastasia Ketko, MD
Anastasia is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist with MN Neonatal Physicians and is the medical director of the MN Neonatal Physicians Follow-Up Program, which provides neurodevelopmental support for at-risk infants and toddlers. Dr. Ketko and her medical team are strong advocates for individuals with Down syndrome, and she strives to heighten awareness of needed medical care and optimization of neurodevelopmental services to support healthy living for all. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Karen recently retired from US Bank after 25 years, most recently serving as Vice President and Operations Manager of the Account Analysis & Billing Department. Karen has volunteered for her church, Kiwanis, and Camp Odayin, plus has enjoyed a variety of volunteer roles with DSAMN. Karen lives in Saint Paul with her husband Mark and sons Connor and Jacob, who was born with Down syndrome. In her free time, she enjoys yoga flow, watching movies and spending time with family.
Toni is married and has one son, Matthew, who has Down syndrome and is the light of her life. Since Matthew’s birth, she has been passionate about advocating for those with special needs, volunteering on committees such as school district's Special Education Advisory Council, the Gillette Specialty Healthcare Clinic’s Family Advisory Council and Family Voices of MN Parent to Parent program, plus is active in the Disability Public Policy initiatives.
Gina has a diverse background as an advocate, community leader, and personal trainer. She is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and is passionate about speaking to the opportunities and challenges that outdated laws present for individuals with disabilities. Gina is the mom to three; her middle child, Gunnar, has Down syndrome.
Teddy was born and raised in Minnesota and proudly graduated from Orono High School in 2009, where he was a manager for the football, hockey and baseball teams. He enjoys living in his own home with his roommate of six years in Wayzata along with his house parents, and his jobs at General Mills and Life Time Fitness. During his free time, Teddy is found singing and dancing to his favorite music, cheering for his favorite Minnesota sports teams, or playing flag football and basketball with Special Olympics, in addition to tennis and snowboarding.
Heidi Berry Sturman
Heidi Berry Sturman is a mother of three active girls; her eldest is a young adult with Down syndrome. Employed in finance by a biomedical device company, she is a passionate fan of Wayzata‘s Lakers, Blues Top Soccer, the MN Vortex Fastpitch and Wayzata Fastpitch Softball teams.
Christopher is a Logistics Manager with General Mills. He and his wife, Brittany, are parents to Weston, age 1, who has Down syndrome. In the summer, you'll find him and his family up at their cabin or on the lakes of Minnesota.