President & Buddy Walk Director
- Carin Griffith
My husband Jeremy and I live in Sioux Falls (Brandon Valley School District) and have 4 children. Jordyn is 22 and a Senior at Augustana College, majoring in Exercise Science. Rylee is 13 years old and in 7th grade (a lover of music, singing and dancing!) Carter is 9 and in 4th grade (always creating with his Legos) and Harper is 4, goes to preschool, and is my little sidekick! I’ve been involved in New Directions since Rylee was a baby, and love the connections I make with other families!
Vice President/Activities Director
- Kylie Hodge
Rasheed and I live in Brandon, SD and have 5 children. Brittany is a freshman at USD. Rasheed Jr. is 15, Dreavin is 11, Keanin is 8 and Zeadin is 3. I am a medical laboratory technician and run a satellite clinic for Avera. I love planning events for all our families and being able to get people together.
- Ben Bouza
My wife, Emma, and I have two girls Norah (7) and Ruby (5 w/ Ds). I am a high school math teacher and the Athletic Director at West Sioux High School in Hawarden, IA. This is my second year serving as treasurer for New Directions. I enjoy being part of the board because it allows me to take on an active role in our group. Emma and I have also enjoyed attending the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention as a family the last 4 years. It has been a great opportunity for us to learn and meet people in the Down syndrome community.
- Carrie Roberts
My name is Carrie Roberts. I'm originally from the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. My husband, Darrin, is from Washington state. We've lived a little all over--Utah, Missouri, Nebraska, Mississippi, Iowa, Illinois and life has just recently brought us to Brandon, SD. We are excited to be here and to get to call South Dakota our home. We have four children--two boys (ages 12 and 10) and two girls (ages 7 and 3). Our oldest daughter, Anna, changed our lives when we found out prenatally that she would have Down syndrome. We are so very grateful to have her and feel blessed to be part of the Down syndrome family. In all of our moves, it has been amazing to have this incredible network and support that makes the Down syndrome community thrive. As for me personally, I have a background in Social Work and I used to work with children and teenagers with mental health problems. Nowadays, though, I am a stay-at-home mom with a hobby-job of teaching a cardio-dance-fitness class called WERQ. There is nothing quite like turning up the music, turning off the world, and dancing your stress away! As a family, we love to be outdoors--camping, swimming, playing football, and having backyard barbecues. We travel as much as we possibly can; most of our children have already visited more than 30 states! I firmly believe you can find beauty everywhere and I want to see it all with my family. I look forward to getting to know each of you and advocating for our friends and family members with Down syndrome!
Medical Outreach Director
- Kimberly Van Beek
My husband Scott and I have 4 children: Two girls, Savannah (age 9), Joeli (age 7) and two boys, Jameson (age 5 w/Ds) and Bowdrie (age 4 months.) We live in Inwood Iowa, which is about 25 miles SE of Sioux Falls. For the past 3 years, I have worked part-time at Fellowship Village in Inwood as an Activity Assistant. Before this time, I worked in the medical field as a Radiologic Technologist at the Orthopedic Institute. Scott is the feedlot manager at Fairview Feeders, a 3500 head beef cattle operation that he, his dad and two brothers own. As a family we love to go for walks, ride bikes and pretty much spend as much time as we can outdoors. In the summer months, feel free to come visit us as we live next door to the Inwood Aquatic Center and love to go swimming every chance we get! This is my 2nd year as Medical Outreach Director and have enjoyed this past year having a more active role in New Directions.
Buddy Walk Co Director
- Amanda Bork
I am a Kindergarten Teacher in the Sioux Falls School District and my husband, Maxx, is a Trust Officer. In this picture, you will see the biggest supporters I have in my life. My parents (Joel and Allyson) taught us how to be accepting, kind and to be involved in the community. My sister, Hailey, brings a smile to our faces EVERY DAY. My brother, Matthew, is a senior at the University of Minnesota, following his heart and is one of Hailey's biggest fans (next to Maxx). My family has been a part of New Directions since Hailey was born and ND has had such a positive impact on our family and many others that I had to jump at the opportunity to join the board of this amazing organization!
Buddy Walk Director
- Laura McNaughton
I currently serve as the Chief of Staff in the President’s office at the University of South Dakota and recently received a master’s degree in Social Work. I am so excited to serve on the New Directions Board as the Director of the Buddy Walk. My niece Violet, in the picture above, brightens our family every day. She is a busy three year old who loves to dance. I look forward to meeting other families who have been touched by Down syndrome and sharing my talents with this community.
Regional Conference Director
- Kris Pappas
My name is Kris Pappas. My husband, Brett and I live in Brandon, SD. I have a 14 year old step-daughter, Carson, a 9 year old daughter, Haley and 3 years ago in August, Miss Abigail (Abbi) blessed our lives! I am a special education teacher in the Brandon School District and Brett works at the Flandreau Indian School. Abbi’s diagnosis was prenatal. Although our journey is really just starting with Abbi, it’s already been a roller coaster ride, as well as a blessing. We couldn’t picture our lives without her! I am excited to be part of New Directions and look forward to getting to know you!