Meet Rock the 21

Beth Freeman, President Beth, a mom of twin daughters with Mosaic Down Syndrome, has lived in the NYC metro area for nearly 11 years - five years in NYC and the last six years in Hoboken, NJ. Originally from the Midwest, her background is in Marketing and Business Administration and she currently works at an engineering firm in NYC. Beth is excited to leverage her professional background and share her experiences raising her twin daughters to help build further social awareness and create a larger network of resources for individuals with DS and their families through Rock the 21.      

Beth Freeman, President

Beth is a mom of twin daughters with Mosaic Down Syndrome, a rare form of DS. Her background is in Marketing and Business Administration, and she currently works as a marketing and business development specialist at an engineering firm in New York City. Beth is excited to leverage her professional background and share her experiences raising her twin daughters to help build social awareness on all types of DS, the abilities and success that individuals with DS have, and create a larger network of resources through Rock the 21.

 

 

Ana High, 1st Vice-President

Ana, a stay-at-home mom to three little boys, moved to Hoboken, NJ in 2007 with her husband, Chris in hopes to make a positive impact in their city by starting Hoboken Grace Community Church.  Little did she know, when her second son was born with Down Syndrome, she would soon be welcomed into a community she had never given a second thought to.  While DS changed many things about their lives, it reinforced their commitment to make a difference in their city.  Her hope is that Rock the 21 will serve as an organization that shines light on the positive lives individuals with DS can live.

 

 

Tara Stauber, 2nd Vice-President 

Other than volunteering with the Special Olympics, Tara didn't know much about Down Syndrome before her daughter was born. Having her first child, and learning about DS at the same time could have been overwhelming, but the support she received from her community was invaluable.  Tara now serves as a local ambassador to new families who are embarking on their journey with DS.  A stay-at-home mom of two, with one on the way, her background is in elementary/special education and finance-marketing.  She hopes Rock the 21 will raise wide-spread awareness about DS and help others be more accepting of people with different abilities.  

Stephanie Dotto, Treasurer

Stephanie’s drive for joining Rock the 21’s board came from her inability to find nonclinical information about Down Syndrome while she and her husband were in the process of adopting their daughter, Alicia. Stephanie has 9 years experience working in the finance industry in various roles focusing on investment banking operations. She will be utilizing her work experience to manage Rock the 21’s finances. Outside of work, she and her husband have volunteered with many organizations including The Hoboken Shelter and Mustard Seed Communities, where they met their daughter. Stephanie is excited to be part of an organization that will bring support to people with DS and their families, like the support she received after meeting her fellow board members.

Teresa Inauen, Secretary

A lifelong resident of Hoboken and graduate of Rutgers University, Teresa has spent the last 15 years working in school systems across New Jersey as a teacher and a behavior therapist for children with special needs, working alongside districts to help build specialized programs. She currently provides therapy and care for two children with Down Syndrome. Teresa looks forward to the opportunity of utilizing her educational and therapy background to provide support, knowledge and resources to individuals with DS as part of Rock the 21.