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Lindsey Garcia - Executive Director - Lindsey became a member of the 22q community on the day of her 20 week ultrasound. It was then that she discovered her son, Cohen, would be born with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Rather than become bogged down by the diagnosis, Lindsey took the opportunity to educate herself about the syndrome as much as possible, and immediately connected with other members of the community. She has been someone that other 22q parents turn to for support and advice, as well as a vocal advocate for 22q awareness.
Lindsey received her Bachlor of Education from San Diego State University. She has more than 8 years of primary grade teaching experience, and is well versed in Individualized Education Plans (or IEPs). She has led more than a dozen students through IEPs and made accomodations to meet all of their learning needs. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children, Isla and Cohen. She is a foodie, obsessed with reading cookbooks, and has an unrivaled sweet tooth.
Ryan Garcia - Vice President/Director - Since 2012, Ryan has made it his personal mission to use random acts of kindness to make the world a better place. After learning of his son Cohen's 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome diagnosis in 2013, the mission focused on using the platform created by 366 Random Acts/State of Kind to raise awareness for 22q! Ryan has previously partnered with The Dempster Family Foundation on a number of fundraising and awareness events, and has been an active member of the 22q community.
Ryan is a graduate of Indiana University, and has nearly 10 years of sales and sales management experience at startups and Fortune 500 companies. He recently moved with his wife and two children from Chicago to the Bay Area in California. Ryan's non-kindness/22q interests range from spending time with family to watching sports/WWE wrestling to laughing at internet memes.
Katie Chiet - Secretary/Director - Katie’s involvement with the 22q community began in 2014 when her son, Chase, was diagnosed with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Prior to joining The 22q Family Foundation, Katie founded We Run 22q, a running team dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the disorder; the 2015 team raised over $23,000 for the Dempster Family Foundation!
She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education with a specialization in health promotion and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, both from the University of Florida (go Gators!). Katie, her husband John, and their two boys, Chase and new brother Ian, live in South Florida. In between her work as a stay-at-home-mom and her role in the Foundation, she works part-time as a PT in her local community hospital. Katie enjoys running, swimming, and biking (someday it will all come together in triathlon form), spending time with her friends and family, and baking.