Board Members

Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network is composed of a board to help guide its mission.  If you would like to be part of the board or board meetings, please email or call/text 505-382-5061


2019 Board Members:

Jason Candelaria - President

Lori Fierro

Carmen Garcia

Jordan Debrine

Jeannine Miller Barreras

Betty Glover


Tim Harris

Tianna Habersham

And those listed below:

Laurie Magovern

Laurie started with the RGDSN board in 2016. . She has an 8 year old daughter with Down syndrome and a 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter.

Lauren Holguin

My name is Lauren Holguin. This is my first year on the board. I am a full time mom to a 3 year old son Josiah with down syndrome and a 1 year old daughter Eliana. I also will be the coordinator for the 7 and under playgroup.


Katelynn Fruge

This is Katelynn's second year on the board of directors for RGDSN. She has helped in previous years with non-profit organizations and has been very succesful in fundraising. She hopes that her passion and enterprising personality will help in the continued growth of the network. She has a 6 year old son with Down syndrome, and a 3 year old daughter. She is the Vice-President of the 2019 Board


Christine Habersham


Melissa Lopez

this will be my second year on the board. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to three kiddos: a 12-year-old Daughter, nine-year-old son and a three-year-old son with Down syndrome. My husband is also an active member with RGDSN. I am currently in process of becoming an IEP coach and have previously worked in government contacting at both DCMA and LANL.

Billy Thiebaut - Program Coordinator

Since April of 2016, Billy has been helping to coordinate programs for RGDSN.   He is an educator and coach in Albuquerque Public Schools.  He has a 9 year old daughter with Down syndrome and a 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter.