karenKaren Bailey, President

Karen is the mother of Alyssa, an adult with Down syndrome, who lives independently in a condo with support. Karen has been in the education field for 27 years, both as a teacher and administrator. She has been a fierce advocate for people with Down syndrome since Alyssa’s birth in 1990 and continues to be active on a state and national level with disability advocacy organizations. Karen in the mother of two other adult children, both of whom are in college and are very active in Alyssa’s life. Karen lives in Missoula with her husband, Nick. Contact Karen: karen@mtdsa.org

philPhilip L. Yasenak, Vice President

Philip is a CPA at Wipfli LLP in Missoula Montana. He is a retired Army Veteran who served in Iraq. Philip has a 6 year old son who has Down syndrome and has always wanted a better connection with the Down syndrome community. He is passionate about helping parents and the community understand the disability and he has a desire to reach out to help these children. Philip wants to see these children succeed in all areas and he is willing to go above and beyond to make sure his son and other individuals with Down syndrome get everything possible to make their lives easier. Contact Philip: philip@mtdsa.org

Rachelle Professional PictureRachelle Stone, Treasurer

Rachelle is a CPA at Wipfli LLP in Missoula, Montana. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounting as well as her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Montana. She has over six years of accounting experience and is excited to use her skills to contribute to the MTDSA and serving those with Down Syndrome. Rachelle grew up in Missoula and was raised with an avid love for her community and all things Montana. Outside of work, Rachelle enjoys attending Griz football and basketball games, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her dog, family, and friends. Contact Rachelle: rachelle@mtdsa.org

Alyssa

Alyssa (far right) with her friend Keough (center) and sister Kayla (far left)

Alyssa Martin, Board Member

Alyssa is 24 years old and has a 22 year old brother, Wes and a 20 year old sister, Kayla. Alyssa currently works at Fuddrucker’s in Missoula. She lives by herself in a condo about a half mile from her Mom’s house. She rides her bike to work and works out at the YMCA with her friend, Sarah, every day. Alyssa is a Special Olympic athlete, competing in track, bowling, basketball, and skiing. She is also a Global Messenger for Special Olympics. Since February 1 of 2015, Alyssa has worked very hard to lose over 45 pounds and is determined to live and model a healthy lifestyle for others with Down syndrome.
Alyssa is a HUGE Taylor Swift fan! Contact Alyssa: alyssa@mtdsa.org

jessieJessie Crowley, Community Outreach Coordinator

Jessie is the owner of 5 Crow Photo, mother of 3 beautiful children, and wife to Austin. While she holds a strong passion for photography, her true love is her family, and she strives to make her priorities reflect that. Jessie and Austin’s children range in the ages of 14 to 5. She and her husband decided to have their second child when they were 26 years old and were blessed with their son, Jacob, who was born with Down syndrome. While they were faced with a great deal of challenges that can come with raising a child with Down syndrome, Jessie and her husband have always been Jacob’s greatest advocates. When presented the opportunity to be a member of the Montana Down Syndrome Association Jessie knew she wanted to be involved without question. She is thrilled to have a chance to make a difference, help build a brighter future, and to see what tommorow holds for Montana’s involvement with this cause. A personal goal of hers is involving art and self awareness to help inclusion and celebration of differences in all individuals. Contact Jessie: jessie@mtdsa.org

katie_seamanKatie Seaman, Secretary

Katie is a native Missoulian who graduated from Hellgate High School and attended both University of
Montana and Montana State University earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a certificate in
forensic science. Katie spends her days selling beer and wine around Missoula’s restaurants and casinos
for Summit Beverage, where she has worked for almost 6 years. She had multiple classmates at a young
age with Down syndrome, and the lasting impression they left on her is what inspired her to become
involved with MTDSA. She looks forward to using her connections to all sorts of people throughout the
community to bring attention to the cause. Katie spends her free time with her family and friends
attending Grizzly athletic events, going to concerts, playing volleyball, softball and golf and is a regular
platelet donor for the Missoula Red Cross. Contact Katie: kseaman@summitbeverage.com