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
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.
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.
Dan Ensminger, Co-Treasurer
My wife Teri and I have been blessed with two lovely Daughters who continue to provide joy and happiness and make me proud every day of their lives. Our youngest daughter Mallory was born in 1987 with Cerebral Palsy leading us to a life of working with her one-on one, seeing her through the many challenges, and being her advocate in every aspect of her life. Having a child with Special Needs has made us stronger as we have worked with various agencies in our area to get her the care and assistance she needs to become the productive member of society that she is today. She continues to make us proud, recently receiving a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. Seeing what our Daughter with all of her challenges can accomplish has inspired me to become more involved in the organizations that help and guide these truly special individuals. Joining the Board of DSCBA gives me the opportunity to share my experiences and become part of that guidance, building more inspirational stories like my Daughter’s. As my 33 year career winds down this opportunity just felt like a perfect fit. I look forward to making a difference for DSCBA and more importantly for all of our clients.
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.
Jonas (Kriks) Kriksciunus
My wife and I have enjoyed the Bay Area for over ten years. We were introduced to the DSCBA in 2010 and were impressed with the leadership team. Our family has grown with the Connection and during this time we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with some of the best educators, service providers, and advocates. I have worked in Information Technology for the last 20 years and lead an IS team in San Francisco. I completed my degrees in Communications and Accounting in Northern California. As our family grows older, I hope to give back some of the guidance we were fortunate to get. I'm proud to be part of an organization focused on awareness and achieving the goals of academic and social success.
Steven Pugsley, Co-Treasurer
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.
Krista Veri, Secretary
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.
My wife and I moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, NY, in August 2014. Having played collegiate athletics and worked in sports my entire career, I have enjoyed various opportunities to engage with kids with Down Syndrome, as well as their families and friends. These experiences always impacted me in unique ways due to the love and inspiration generated by this special community. I sought out the DSCBA as a way to make an impact and build new friends. I feel privileged to leverage my professional experience, network and education to help DSCBA reach its objectives. I currently work for the Pac-12 Conference and oversee its international strategy. I completed my MBA at UCLA Anderson and Bachelor's Degree at Princeton University. My wife, Kate, and I have a young boy, Shep, and we love the diverse and wonderful surroundings of Oakland and the Bay Area.