Meet the Board

President, Brandon Tilus

Joined the board: 2019

Vice President, Barrett Kaufman
My wife Jenni and I have three children: Viola (6 1/2), Sullivan (3 1/2), and Georgette (6 months, w/DS). 
I am a pricing and analytics manager for Paradigm Corp. Paradigm offers nurse case management services for workers compensation injuries. 
I enjoy pheasant hunting with my dog, fishing, spending time with my family, and Kansas City Royals baseball games.
I joined the board in 2022 to help serve and learn from the Down Symdrome community.
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, Laura Hanson

My husband, Tony, and I have four kids – Liz, Kadence, Eli, and Mara (w/DS). I am a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and owner of Your Nurtured Baby. We are avid campers (semi-backcountry) and keep busy with our kids’ activities and traveling.

I enjoy being a part of the board because it has provided me with opportunities to meet and serve others in the Down syndrome community.

Joined the board: 2021

Medical Outreach,Christopher DeBoer

Joined the board: 2022

Activities, Open Position
Buddy Walk Co-Director, Open Position
Buddy Walk Co-Director, Open Position
Buddy Walk Sponsorship Coordinator, Open Position
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.

Are you interested in serving on the board? We’d love to hear from you. Please complete the form below.