Our Team

Toni Mullee
Executive Director

e: toni@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Leslie Burke
Development Director

Leslie is responsible for grant writing, special event sponsorships, third party fundraisers & matching gifts.

e: leslieb@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Denise Cirino
Director of Teen & Adult Engagement & Adult Engagement

Denise can help you with transitioning from high school to adult issues such as guardianship, Social Security, Medicaid and Employment.

e: denise@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Carrie Linden
Office Assistant

Carrie does data entry, helps with special events, and assists with many office tasks. She has represented individuals with Down syndrome on many occasions and this is an important aspect of her work at DSANEO. She is passionate in her knowledge that individuals with disabilities contribute fully to their communities, families and workplaces.

Gina Mitchner
Educational Director

e: gina@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Debbie Picker
Healthy Aging Support Coordinator

Debbie provides families with  helpful resources to enable our adults with Down syndrome to thrive.  This includes information regarding housing, mental and physical health, social engagement, benefit programs and avenues to foster independence in our loved ones.  

e: debbie@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Maria Sivertson
Director of Community Relations

Maria develops support for DSANEO through community outreach, corporate giving, marketing initiatives, digital media, and special events. She cultivates positive relationships and vital partnerships with the local and virtual community.  Maria is the host of Something Extra, DSANEO's monthly television show. She is also a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce.

e: maria@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Barb Waddle
Special Events Coordinator

Barb is responsible for the success of our two annual major fundraising events, the Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk and the Sunburst Gala. Barb works with staff and volunteers to plan, coordinate, and execute all aspects of these events. She also plans our annual holiday party for DSANEO families. 

e: barbw@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Dr. Laura Cifra-Bean
Medical Outreach Director

Dr. Cifra-Bean is responsible for outreach to the medical community in Northeast Ohio on behalf of DSANEO. She works with our Medical Advisory Board, guest lectures to students of health care professions, reviews research studies submitted to DSANEO prior to recruitment of families, and conducts webinars to inform families of important topics to address the medical needs of family members with Down syndrome.

e: lcifra-bean@dsaneo.org
p: 216.447.8763

Cori Thomas
New Parent Support Coordinator
Cori is supporting families with children ages 0-3 in our community. Contact Cori at 216.447.8763 or cori@dsaneo.org
Melissa Khorana
Early Childhood Family Support Coordinator
Melissa will be supporting families with children ages 3-5 in our community. Contact Melissa at 216.447.8763 or melissa@dsaneo.org