Meet Our Board
Dr. James Wesley Sublett
Family Allergy & Asthma
A Louisville native, J. Wesley “Wes” Sublett, M.D., MPH, joined Family Allergy and Asthma in 2011. Dr. Wes Sublett is a graduate of Transylvania University (BA), St. Louis University (MPH) and the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Board certified in both Pediatrics and Allergy & Immunology, Dr. Wes completed his Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Louisville – Kosair Children’s Hospital. He then went on to complete his Fellowship in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at the University of Cincinnati. He played a crucial role in getting a Kentucky House Bill passed that allows schools to purchase and store epinephrine auto-injectors and use them on children who fall into a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Dr. Wes was present when Governor Beshear signed the bill into law in 2013. In addition, Dr. Wes is the Research Director of the Family Allergy & Asthma Research Institute.
Revenue Cycle Management
Top Shelf Lobby, LLC
Contrary to most people’s attitudes towards sausage and lawmaking, Danny Slaton has a deep appreciation for the process of making both. Danny has been in government relations since 2004, after a culinary arts career in fine French cooking. He represents clients before both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Commonwealth. His love of public policy makes him an asset to his clients, bringing in-depth analysis and attention to detail to our advocacy work. Danny’s focus is primarily on 1st Amendment issues for the media, health care, and education.
DSL is important to me because when my daughter with Down syndrome was born, DSL wrapped a warm blanket of hope around our entire family. At a time when everything was new and uncertain, the staff, the members, and the families of DSL showed us that the future was bright for our little girl. DSL is a regional institution born of love and compassion, and if organizations were like DSL in that way, the world would be a much better place.
Dr. Harish Chandan
Dr. Harish C. Chandan is Professor of Business at Argosy University, Atlanta. He was interim chair of the business program in 2011. He received President’s award for excellence in teaching in 2007, 2008 and 2009. His teaching philosophy is grounded in the learner needs and life-long learning. His research interests include research methods, leadership, marketing, and organizational behavior. He has published 20 peer-reviewed articles in business journals and five chapters in business reference books.
Dr. Chandan has presented conference papers at Academy of Management, International Academy of Business and Management, Southeast Association of Information Systems, and Academy of International Business. Prior to joining Argosy, Dr. Chandan managed optical fiber and cable product qualification laboratories for Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories. During his career with Lucent, he had 40 technical publications, a chapter in a book and five patents.
Mary Beth Norton
Family Scholar House
Mary Beth is currently employed at Family Scholar House as the Donor Relationships Specialist. In this position, she facilitates good relationships with donors of Family Scholar House and provides support for donor acknowledgements and events. She also works along side the CEO and the bookkeeper; helping organize and prepare donations, invoices and accompanying documentation.
Before getting into the nonprofit world, Mary Beth was the Director of Operations for University of Louisville Women’s Basketball. While she misses working in Athletics, she loves having the time to help coach her two ‘bonus’ daughters in basketball and softball. Mary Beth enjoys golfing with her husband, Scott, spending time with family and is passionate about spreading awareness about her son, Allen and other individuals with Down syndrome.
DSL is important to me because it makes an endless amount of opportunities available to all individuals with Down syndrome, including my son Allen. DSL inspires and educates so many people and helps me as a parent see that the possibilities of success, whether educationally or professionally, are possible for my child. I am so excited to see DSL grow and know that big things are in store!
Greater Clark County Schools Educational Foundation
I serve as the Executive Director for GCCS Educational Foundation. Our Foundation is all about giving back to our students, our teachers, and our schools!
Sponsorship Sales Manager
Kentucky Derby Festival
Jayme Perez has been in sales and marketing for over 20 years. She has a digital marketing background previously working for major newspaper companies and TV stations. Jayme is currently a Sponsorship Sales Manager with the Kentucky Derby Festival. For the past five years, she has been responsible for creating customized sponsorship, experiences and branding opportunities to support the communities largest civic event during the spring time in Kentucky.
Jayme is true people person and loves being involved in the community. She has a passion for our Military and previously be involved with Active Hero’s. She created and organized the Military Makeover campaign, which partnered with many organizations to give back to our military families locally. In the three years of being involved with this outreach effort, she organized and was hands on helping to provide over 15 military families with new room makeovers in the local community.
I remember sitting in front of the TV watching Jerry Lewis Telethon every year. Watching it day in an day out and getting my parents to donate to help and running around the neighborhood to raise money to donate to the telethon. That same passion has been with me over the years and is what has drawn me to Down Syndrome of Louisville. I have always had a passion for getting involved with Down Syndrome of Louisville. When I had the opportunity to get involved I was so excited. I cant wait to get involved and celebrate these amazing individuals and their families.
Career Pathway Coach
Kentucky Youth Career Center
I aspire to not make a living but to make a difference. I am a strategic professional experienced in impacting business direction with successful leadership decisions, key planning development, and implementation. I have experience in the mental health and behavior field.
Currently I serve as a career coach for individuals between the ages of 16-24 years old who are reentering society from being incarcerated. I actively teach vital life skills and provide critical resources that allow them to rebuild their lives for the better. In addition I work toward serving individuals who are mostly in under served neighborhoods become financially literate through education, empowerment, and building better habits.
I live with my mother and step-father. My father and step-mother live in Florida. I have two younger brothers, Dennis and Kyle. Dennis is married to Whitney, and I love having and being a sister-in-law. I graduated from North Oldham High School in Oldham County and I am also a graduate graduate of the DSL Connections Program through JCTC. I love to participate in Special Olympics through softball, basketball and flag football. I am currently working for Mission BBQ where I work in the dining area cleaning tables and greeting customers. I love being part of the DSL family and am honored to be part of Board this year as a self-advocate representative.
DSL is important to me because it makes me happy to be with my friends and the staff. I like that DSL provides class to help me in reading and math. I love that we get to participate in electives like Healthy Moment, Cooking, Music Therapy, and Book Club. DSL is important to me because we get to go out into the community for social and service orientated activities like going to the movies, shopping, field trips and Meals on Wheels. DSL is like a family to me.
Julie Torzewski, MSBC, is passionate about making the world a better place. Her passion is reflected at Down Syndrome of Louisville, where she became the organization’s Executive Director in January 2019. Julie brought sixteen years of experience in non-profit fundraising, cultivating donor relationships, strategic planning, building partnerships, creating fundraising groups, developing staff, and managing multiple major events and campaigns to this leadership position.
She began her non-profit career in 2003 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where she managed the hospital’s largest single fundraiser. Julie further developed her skills and achieved fundraising goals at Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation, Metro United Way and Baptist Hospital Foundation. In 2014, Julie became a Certified Fundraising Executive. She shares her personal life with her husband, who is an educator, three awesome children, a 20 year old rescue cat and new Weimaraner puppy.