Jean Wiltz, Founder and President
Mom to Aaron
In 2006, another parent and I co-founded TBODS. My son, Aaron, was born in 1976 and was diagnosed with Down syndrome. So, I have years of first-hand knowledge and experiences to share with other parents. In 2009, I retired after 33 years of teaching. Almost 30 of those years were enjoyed as an Infant Development Specialist working with families who has an infant birth to three years of age with a special needs diagnosis. Currently, I have a private practice and am a vendored IDS for our local Regional Center. My vision is for TBODS to provide a comfortable and relaxed environment for parents to share, brag, learn, encourage, develop friendships and gain information from each other.
I truly believe my family has been blessed by having Aaron. He definitely changed who I was becoming, and has made huge impacts on his father, two brothers and all other close friends and relatives. Aaron is God's gift to our family!
Mike Manetti, Vice President
Dad to Max
My name is Mike Manetti and I have been married to the love of my life, Holly, for 4 years. We have been blessed with two children: Our little princess, 3 year old Sofia and our little big guy, Max, who is almost 2. Holly and I became aware that Max would be special about 16 weeks into her pregnancy. Although it was difficult to comprehend at that time I still recall one of my first thoughts was, "He was meant for us and he is going to bring us together with people we probably never would have met otherwise." Here we are 2 years later and that is exactly what we found with TBODS. Wonderful people, loving families, years of experiences, can all be found here with TBODS. We have made lifelong connections with other families and found love and joy that we would never would have known had it not been for Max. I invite anyone to come hang around with our kiddos and experience the world we have come to know because of what we have affectionately come to call the "Smile Chromosome." Take one look at our kiddos and you will know what I mean.
Darlene Nyswonger, Historian
Mom to Aubrey
Hi everyone! My name is Darlene Nyswonger. I have a very precious daughter, Aubrey, who is 2 years old and has Mosaic Down Syndrome. When we first met some of the families in TBODS, we just "clicked" and I feel like I have known them for years. I never would have thought my daughter would be responsible for us being a part of such a wonderful group of families. I am so proud to be serving with this group of officers and for the great families that make up TBODS to preserve the memories of our families together as we raise beautiful children into adulthood.
Barbara Patton, Member at Large
Mom to Angelina
Hi my name is Barbara and this is Angelina. She is 5 years old and the joy of my life. A little about us; I adopted Angelina when she was two years old but she has lived with me all her life. I am a foster parent, a mom. and a trainer for new adoptive and foster parents. I joined TBODS before I adopted Angelina and it was a good place to find information and to share feelings about our special children. I enjoy all of our activities and get-togethers.