Our Board Members
Tom Delaplane, Board Chairman
Tom Delaplane has been an executive in the consumer package goods industry for more than forty years. For twenty of those years, he was the executive vice president of sales and distribution for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. After a twenty-four year career with Dreyer’s, Tom retired and then co-founded The Boardwalk Management Group, LLC for which he now serves as chairman. Tom is the proud grandparent (“Poppy”) to his five granddaughters. “My objective as a board member is to give back, support and help make a difference for the DSCBA. This organization has been so instrumental in providing support and helping our family to guide Leah, my seven-year-old granddaughter who has Down syndrome, on her journey.”
Kendra Quintella, Secretary
My husband and I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to be closer to our family. I worked for eight years as a paralegal in family law and corporate law before becoming a full-time mother of three daughters. Our youngest daughter, Leah, was born with Down syndrome in 2008, and without the support of the Down Syndrome Connection, we would have been lost. I wanted to serve as a board member because I want to make a contribution to an incredible organization staffed by caring people who believe in my daughter as much as I do.
Ryan Prindiville, Treasurer
My wife and I moved back to the Bay Area from Southern California in 2008. We are raising our two children here in the East Bay, and have seen the good work and positive impact that DSCBA has made on the local community through friends and family. We also believe it is important be engaged in making our community a better place for all members of society, and have been engaged in our schools, coaching sports, and in scouting. The opportunity to apply my professional experience, network and education to help DSCBA achieve its mission is an honor. I have worked in management consulting and technology for over eighteen years. I currently lead management consulting at Armanino LLP. I completed my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Southern California, and Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
My family and I found the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area in April of 2013 and were immediately impressed by the resources provided. We wished we had found them much sooner for our daughter who is now four years of age. I joined the board so I could pay it forward and give back to the community who helped our daughter, and to ensure that all parents and those born with Down syndrome, be it friends or family, know that there is help and resources available, such as counseling, education, guidance, training, community support, and so much more.
I have had a passion for education for as long as I can remember. In high school and college I worked with children with learning differences; I’ve tutored in kids in underprivileged schools, and I volunteered in our three sons’ classrooms and on their sports teams for eighteen years! I see the emphasis on education in every facet of the DSCBA: educating the parents, educating the students, educating the community and educating the educators! I’m grateful to be serving on the DSCBA board, and I’m grateful to be broadening my education.
Martha is one of the cofounders of the Down Syndrome Connection and the proud mother of four boys, the youngest one born with Down syndrome. She continues to facilitate the Grandparent Group and loves to be involved in the DSCBA by serving as a board member. She has a passion for golf and life in general.
I’ve always had a passion for the health and wellbeing of our community. The quality of life for each individual in the community reflects on us as a community. I believe we must be committed to making sure everyone has the best quality life possible and be able to live to their fullest potential. I hope to bring this passion to the DSCBA board. I was so excited when the opportunity to serve presented itself. I had been looking for a way to give back now that my family is grown and off beginning their own lives.
I’ve been a registered nurse for thirty-six years. I started my career working in critical care in San Francisco during the AIDS epidemic. I learned a lot about the importance of community during that difficult and scary time in our history. As my family grew I needed to make accommodations in my career, so I shifted my focus to outpatient surgery closer to home. Once my two boys were grown, I moved to a more challenging career working in hospital quality management, which I’ve been doing for the past twelve years at John Muir Health. I oversee physician and surgeon’s quality of care for the two acute hospitals and the network. My husband and I both work full time, but in our spare time we love to travel and entertain.
Mary Jo Corby
Meet Mary Jo
I worked for a Bay Area company for close to thirty years and had the very good fortune to retire early. After a couple of years of getting the “to do” list done, it became very clear to me that I was not a person who could be a stay-at-home retiree. I needed to get out and find new opportunities and my goal was to get involved with organizations where I could give back to the community that has been so good to me and to keep learning. In 2013, I became a Master Gardener. Being a Master Gardener helps feed my love for outdoors and working in the soil. Another love that I have is children and their amazing abilities to learn. I have two grandchildren, and I can hardly keep up with their thirst for knowledge. The opportunity at the DSCBA came along recently through a chance meeting with a friend. I have thought for the last few years that I wanted to get involved with children and education in some way, and I saw this chance meeting as my next opportunity to grow and learn while hopefully also providing support to the DSCBA board.
Bio coming soon.
After over 40 years in retail, and recently retiring from Nordstrom, I've been honored to continue my involvement with the Down Syndrome Connection that began in 2009 with the Gala. Born and raised in Northern California, my home has been in Danville for the past 25 years with my husband and son. Today my spare time is spent gardening, traveling, helping with my husband's business and with family. I look forward to working with DSCBA as a Board Member and champion of this worthy organization and its tremendous impact on the community.