Darnell Calhoun grew up in Lebanon, Kentucky. Her parents Mary Lou and Amos Washington were also born and raised in Lebanon, Kentucky. She is the youngest of three girls. Calhoun moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she and her family resided for several years. She has three sons Ernest (deceased), James and Ronald (Ronny). Ronny, the youngest son, was born with Down syndrome. Determining she wanted something different out of life, Calhoun relocated to Los Angeles, California. She obtained a certificate in office administration from Long Beach State College in California. She worked for a number of prominent companies in California, including Southern California Edison, Disneyland and Yamaha Corporation. Calhoun spent 18 years with the Boeing Company. It was in her 18th year with Boeing that she decided to head back south to be closer to her family. She and her son Ronny, now 43 and highly functional, reside in Louisville, Kentucky, where she works part time in the office of Wetterer and Clare, attorneys at law.
Angel Chichester is a 2001 graduate of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) with a BS in marketing. She found her niche in marketing as a member and later interim director of the Student Activities Programming Board at NKU. Angel earned her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006. She has expanded her marketing knowledge through internships, mortgage sales, theatre marketing, insurance, and banking. Her interest in the community of those with intellectual disabilities began at Exceptional Teens and Adults (ETA) Teen Center as the marketing and funds development director. Currently, Angel is the Assistant for the FACE program with National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). She is expanding her knowledge of grant writing. Angel also manages the social media and marketing campaigns for her church and a local theatre company. Angel is excited to be a member of the board of directors for the SAT Foundation and participates on the communications committee.
Shelly Durbin has lived in Louisville all of her 55 years. She Graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters in Special Education. Shelly went on to teach for 29 years in Jefferson County as a Special Education teacher, department head, and KTIP resource instructor. Shelly retired from Jefferson County to work as the Adult Developmental Academy director at Down Syndrome of Louisville. Shelly worked in the academy for five years before she was promoted to Executive Director of waiver service and compliance. She now oversees and supports all programs for participants and families at Down syndrome that are waiver based. Shelly has two sons, two daughter-in-laws and her first beautiful granddaughter. She has been married for 33 years to her husband Pat. Shelly enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics, walking her dog Hunter, and reading in her spare time.
Dr. Felissa Goldstein, M.D. joined the Lee Specialty Clinic as Medical Director and psychiatrist in 2016. She specializes in treating patients with developmental disabilities and complex medical issues. Dr. Goldstein serves on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Pschiatry Telepsychiatry Committee. The committee is developing the standard of care and educates providers on pediatric telemental healthcare. Dr. Goldstein received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Goucher College in Baltimore MD. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio. She did her general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She is board certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry.
Rita Frederick grew up in Louisville Kentucky and has been working in the healthcare industry for 20 years. Rita has been married for 14 years to her husband Nate and has three children DeAndre, Damarcus and Kennedy. Damarcus, now 23, was born with Down syndrome and is highly functional. Damarcus currently attends Down Syndrome of Louisville adult development academy. In her spare time, Rita enjoys volunteering, reading, travel and, most importantly, spending time with family.
Lisa J. Houston has spent her adult years in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning with Sullivan College. A majority of her working years were spent with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is president of LJH Infinity Realtors, Inc., and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Spalding University. While at Spalding, Houston received the Mother Catherine Spalding Service Award and the Louise Kannapell Award in Social Sciences and Humanities. She recently served on the board of the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Louisville Metro Government, and is a current board member of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. Houston believes in giving back by supporting local charities and fair housing initiatives. She assists with humanitarian efforts in developing countries like Haiti. These trips allow her the opportunity for travel study education while developing relationships worldwide. Houston is the sister of Sylvia Ann Thornton, for whom SAT Foundation is named. Because of this relationship, Houston is committed to investing time in the Down syndrome community. She enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics and reading. She also is an avid runner. The greatest joy in Houston’s life is her son, Price.
Rebel M. Lee has been practicing law since 1996. She joined Eddins Domine Law Group in January 2009. Before that, she practiced for several years as a solo attorney, primarily doing real estate closings and estate planning. Lee attended Western Kentucky University where she graduated in 1989, cum laude, with a BA in psychology. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1996. Her practice areas include real estate transactions, business formations, estate planning and elder law. Lee is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. She is an active member and volunteer at her church as well as with other civic groups in the Louisville area. A Louisville native, Lee currently resides in the east end of town with her husband and two sons.
Kapauner Lewis was born to Harold and Pleasant (nee Jones) Lewis in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1958. Lewis attended both parochial and public schools in Richland County, South Carolina. She graduated in 1974 from high school at the age of 15 as valedictorian of her class. She attended Spelman College, then transferred to the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1978 cum laude with a BS in biology. She graduated from Duke University Medical School, completed her residency in anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis, then completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology/critical care. While in St. Louis, she married Charles Prince, an internal medicine resident. Following her training, she took a position at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida. In 1987, Dr. Lewis joined the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She remained in this position until 2002 when she embarked on private practice in Louisville. Dr. Lewis and her husband have a son and daughter. She served on the board of the Louisville Zoo for nine years. For three of those years, Dr. Lewis was chairman of the education and conservation committee. In her spare time, she likes to travel, read good books, and play the piano.
Maureen Shoemaker is a mortgage loan officer at Citizens Union Bank. She, with her husband and two children, live in Middletown where they enjoy being a part of the community. Shoemaker has been in mortgage lending for 15 years and has experience in all areas of the business. In 2013, she was recognized as a top-leading lender by Kentucky Housing Corporation. Maureen is an active PTA member at Hite Elementary, where she served as treasurer for three years. She is now the PTA’s membership chair. She also volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In her free time, Shoemaker enjoys watching her children compete in sports and going to Louisville Bats games.