Meet the Board

President, Brandon Tilus
Joined the board: 2019
Vice President, Open Position
Treasurer, 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.
Secretary, Open Position
Medical Outreach, Jessica Osmanson
Joined the board: 2020
Activities, Adayanaa Jamyanbaatar
Buddy Walk Co-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.
Buddy Walk Co-Director, Nichole Tschetter
Buddy Walk Sponsorship Coordinator, David Raymond
Joined the board: 2020
Regional Conference Director, Open Position
The New Directions Board meets once a month on a weekday evening for approximately 90 minutes for discussion, and to conduct organizational business. All Board Members are volunteers who donate their time and talents to serve our membership.

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