Brooke Levey comes to the DSNMC with an incredible amount of enthusiasm. She is committed to helping individuals with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to live in communities where they are fully included, valued and welcomed. An educator by training, Brooke has over 20 years of experience teaching and leading environmental education programs. During her tenure at the University of Nebraska, she was responsible for planning, growing and implementing all aspects of two statewide affiliates for two international education programs focusing on science and the environment. Her duties included budgeting, fundraising, workshop development and facilitation, conference and event planning, volunteer management and grant writing and administration.
Brooke is actively involved in the Montgomery County Public School system, both as a parent and as a substitute teacher. Additionally, she works from home where she has a conservation and environmental education consulting business.
Brooke’s greatest strength is bringing people together to set and accomplish goals. She has extensive experience working with diverse groups of people and institutions and building partnerships. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Education from Lesley University. She and her husband, Mark Humpert, have three children (the youngest has Down syndrome); Noah (17), Sam (13) and Helen (11).
Interim Program & Events Coordinator
Opal Foster brings years of experience in the disability community to the table. She has been an integral part of the Prince George’s County PODS (Parents of Children with Down syndrome) Planning Community as their Communications Specialist. In this capacity, she designed the PODS logo, has created presentation and promotional graphics, updated their website, set up email/social media campaigns and managed their list serve.
When employed at American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC, she served as the Vice President of AccessAIR, an employee resource group (ERG) that promotes a work environment that is inclusive of people with disabilities, their families, and the communities that AIR serves. In that capacity, she helped planned corporate wide events, designed the AccessAIR logo, worked with other ERGs to plan joint events and served on a subcommittee that helped make meetings more accessible throughout the organization.
Her proudest accomplishment to date is raising her son Jeremiah, a wonderfully enabled son with DS. Jeremiah is an energetic 13-year-old that enjoys music, art and soccer. He has interests in cooking and wants to be a chef and to be ‘famous’ one day.
Opal and her son Jeremiah were featured on both CNN’s New Day and ABC News Live as one of the families that was impacted by the COVID crisis. Opal attributes her resilience and tenacity to her faith and positive outlook for better days ahead.