Our Board Members
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.
Mary Jo Corby, Interim Treasurer
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.
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.
Tom Delaplane, Board Chairman
Mr. Delaplane’s distinguished career in consumer packaged goods has spanned almost 40 years.
In late 2007 he co-founded The Boardwalk Group, LLC for which he serves as Chairman.
Until late 2006, Mr. Delaplane was the Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream which manufactures and distributes brands including Dreyer’s, Edy’s, Häagen-Dazs, and Nestlė ice cream products. Mr. Delaplane joined Dreyer’s in 1983 when the company was a regional industry player with $75MM in revenue. In 1986, he became Vice President of Sales and Distribution and led Dreyer’s expansion into the Midwest and Eastern U.S and at that time joined Dreyer’s 6 member Executive Committee. In 1991, he advanced to Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution for the entire U.S.
During his 23 year career with Dreyer’s, Mr. Delaplane had numerous accomplishments. He was responsible for building the only national direct store delivery (DSD) system in the ice cream industry. Today this system employs over 4,000 people and is widely considered one of the premier DSD systems in the consumer packaged goods industry. He also built a world-class selling and general management organization. This team was instrumental in growing Dreyer’s revenue to $2.2B in 2006, a 15.0% CAGR for the period during his tenure leading sales and distribution. In addition, Mr. Delaplane made over 20 brand and distributor acquisitions over the course of his career with Dreyer’s.
In 2002, Dreyer’s and Nestlé S.A. entered into an agreement to merge Dreyer’s operations with Nestlé’s U.S. operations in a deal valued at over $3.2 billion. Mr. Delaplane was one of the two lead negotiators and was instrumental in closing the transaction which involved a year of negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission and the divestiture of various brands and assets belonging to Dreyer’s and Nestlé. From the time Mr. Delaplane began leading sales and distribution in 1986 to the close of the Nestlé deal in 2003, Dreyer’s returned an average of 23.2% per year to shareholders, excluding dividends.
Mr. Delaplane is currently working for Nestlé on special investment and acquisition projects. He also continues to be an advisor on the operations of Dreyer’s.
Prior to joining Dreyer’s, Mr. Delaplane was General Manager in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California for Oroweat Foods Company. He previously held general management positions for Ward Foods in Chicago and Cleveland.
Bio coming soon.
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.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
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.
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.
A new career opportunity brought my family and I to the East Bay in July 2015. Immediately, we sought the services of the Down Syndrome Connection to help support our daughter who was born with Down syndrome in 2011. Through participating in events, we've met many new friends in the community who share in the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs.
Joining the board of the DSCBA is one way I'm hoping to give back and support people (and their families) with Down syndrome. My career as a health insurance broker has given me a unique insight and perspective on the medical needs and challenges living with Down syndrome can present, especially early in life. I'm proud to support an organization helping to educate our medical providers and teachers in the community who provide the love and care people with Down syndrome need.
A job offer with AT&T brought me to the bay area from Toronto, Canada in 1999. I received an Honors MBA from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga CA in 2003. I am a single mom of 2 school-age boys and live in beautiful downtown Danville. In 2015 I made a very rewarding career move to Workday Inc. in Pleasanton CA. I also started my own healthy cookie company in 2013 and continue to have a loyal clientele in the Bay Area. My hobbies include cycling, hiking, wine tasting, painting, and I love watching my boys play sports. I have been involved with DSCBA for 9+ years in various ways including: volunteering at events, donations, and attending the annual Gala. With over 18 years of leadership experience with Program/Project Management, I feel like it’s my time to give back and what better way to do that than being an active board member and helping this amazing organization.