Patricia Hanna founded CADS in 2009, just a couple of years after her son Benjamin was born with Down syndrome. CADS started as a support group for about a dozen families and now 7 years later serves over 120 families in nine different counties in middle Tennessee and Kentucky. Patricia recognized that involvement in the community is necessary to design the types of support individuals with Down syndrome require for positive social, academic and vocational outcomes. CADS has taken the initiative to fill an important need in nine counties in Tennessee and Kentucky for innovative and collaborative activities that support all individuals with disabilities.
Patricia completed her education in Morecambe, England. She has also received a Presidential award for her volunteer efforts in 2014. Patricia was also recognized from her employer as Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and praised for her continued service within her community. Patricia is a member of the Montgomery County Health Council as a committee member since 2011 and the Nashville Habitat Women’s Build committee since 2010. Since 2014, Patricia has served on the Northwest High School Science Academy’s Health Council.
Patricia’s passion and drive is to make sure that her son and all individuals with Down syndrome are afforded every opportunity to excel in life and within their community.
Holly McDonald is a Licensed Mortgage Loan Processor at Franklin American Mortgage Company. Having a special education teacher as a mother and a first cousin with down syndrome, special needs has always been a focus in her family. When her niece Meadow was born with Down Syndrome in 2009, special needs took more of a spotlight. After watching Meadow battle and beat leukemia in 2011-12, she was recruited by her sister and a few other parents to form the Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome. She has been an active board member ever since! Holly is married and has two children.
Emily Medvecky is a Business Loan Officer at Altra Federal Credit Union with over 15 years of financial services experience rooted in business banking. She is knowledgeable of small business lending and commercial real estate lending in her hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee. Emily enthusiastically joined the Board of CADS in 2012, driven by the desire to help provide support and opportunities to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Her brother, Will, was born with Down syndrome in 1997, at a time when support for early intervention and social awareness was not readily available. In addition to CADS, she has served as an executive board member for the Junior Auxiliary, is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville, and was a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Emily earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Austin Peay State University and her diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She resides in Clarksville with her husband and two daughters.
Past Board Chair
Lily Wellington is a proud wife and mother of two girls, Kylie, 17 and Meadow, age 9. She is a CPA and works for A.O.Smith Water Products in Ashland City. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Business. She has been on the board of the Clarksville Association for Down syndrome since its inception in 2012 and has served 2 years as president. She is currently a board member of the Cheatham County Kids, an organization supporting families of children with any type of disability or challenge. She is also a member of the Ashland City Civitan Club. Lily is proud to be involved in these organizations that value awareness and education in the community for individuals with special needs. She has volunteered to lead CADS-sponsored programs at the Crow Center and loves working with the children.
Sandra Mayo is a mother to her 9 year old son Caden who has Down syndrome. She is a stay-at-home mother. She earned a BA in Psychology from Whittier College in California and has also earned a MAT from APSU. She participated in the transition of CADS from a support group into a non-profit organization and hasserved on the Board of CADS since its inception in 2011. Sandra participated in the VAP (Volunteer Advocacy Program) offered through the Kennedy Center at Vanderbilt and volunteers her advocacy services to CADS families. She provides assistance to families as they navigate through the IEP process (Individual Education Plan) with the public school system. Sandra chose to become involved in CADS to help educate others and build a better future for her son and other individuals with special needs.
Hollie Dueker is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Austin Peay State University, as well as an early childhood music educator. She has two children, Avery - 11 and Troy - 9. She has been a supporter of Clarksville Association Down Syndrome, Inc. since 2010, and has served on the board since 2013. She could not be prouder of the difference we are making in the community, and can't wait to see what the future holds!
O’Neal Wiggins, a Georgia native, has proudly called Clarksville home for 30 years.
After retiring from the United States Army, serving over 23 years, O’Neal worked as a contractor on Fort Campbell, KY. Wiggins was compelled by his elderly father to birth Wiggins Medical Transit, a non-emergency wheelchair & ambulatory service company in the community in 2012. His vision was to serve senior citizens but Wiggins quickly learned there was a larger population of citizens with disabilities who needed the assistance of Wiggins Medical Transit. Wiggins is an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves yet need medical and occupational therapy.
Wiggins serves on the advisory board for the Clarksville, TN Rehabilitation Center. The TRC is a center, which collaborates with local employers to employ citizens who have disabilities, providing a comprehensive training program and educational services to help them become employable. One of his highest honors is serving on the Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome Board and working with the community to integrate services that uplift those impacted and their families.
Wiggins holds his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, serves on the Leadership Team at his church, and is an upstanding husband to Kimberly Bond Wiggins. Wiggins is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and still serves as an active alumni member.
Wiggins serves behind the scenes to support many causes that help uplift and sustain those in need.
Meet The Board
Committed to the Mission
Past Board Chair
My name is Paul Lobianco and I am a board member of CADS. I was born in Memphis, TN in 1964. I have lived in Clarksville since 2002. I have two sons, Dominic, age 24, who is a graduate of University of Tennessee, and Zach, age 12, middle school student here in Clarksville.
I have worked with CADS over the years and helped to involve my employees and family in the events and fundraising.
I am also a local business owner of Sango Pool and Spa.
My name is Ann Brown. I am was born in Charleston, South Carolina. I reside in Clarksville, Tennessee approximately 20 minutes from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I work as a Program Coordinator for Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program. I am a veteran and served in the military for 6 years as a 42A, Human Resource and a couple of months as an 88M, Vehicle Operator. Although my time was short in the military I earned the rank of CPL and Sergeant (E5) before my discharge. The Army gave me the pleasure of residing in Fort Jackson, SC, Fort Riley, KS, Fort Polk, LA, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Wiesbaden, Germany and fourteen months served in Iraq. The military life was an experience worth having.
I have two Bachelor degrees, majored in Social Work and Management and Organizational Development. Currently, I am 4 courses away from completing my Masters in Human Service Counseling. I serve on various committees on-post and the surrounding community. I am passionate about helping and spreading awareness about our veterans, homeless (the forgotten) and the special needs population. However, I do my best to help just about anyone in need.
I have worked in a Safe House (Domestic Violence shelter), a Level 3 facility for children age 8-18 with Mental Disorders/Diagnosis and I currently work with individual that have a special needs. This career field has taught me so much and I wouldn’t change my experiences for anything.
I am Vicki (Harris) Hildreth and am so proud to be a new member of the CADS family!
I was born and raised in Clarksville. I am a retired special education teacher and am married to Doug Hildreth. We have 3 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Our daughter, Kelly, lives in Colorado with her son, Noah. Josh lives in the Washington, DC area with his lovely family. Our youngest, Katie, lives at home with her dad and me. Katie is a 31 year old young lady with Down Syndrome. She works at Chick-Fil-A and volunteers at Tennova Healthcare and Northeast Elementary School.
I hope to bring a voice to the needs of the adult population in the Down Syndrome community. They could benefit from social events and activities.
I am looking forward to being more involved in our community, to meeting new people and to help enrich the lives of our beautiful Down Syndrome citizens!
Hi! My name is Bo Kitchen. I am a proud board member of CADS. I am also a lifelong resident of Clarksville, having lived here for 42 years. I work at UPS and have been there for 24 years. I was introduced to CADS through my involvement with Kiwanis, another local community organization that allows me to work with and raise funds for the children in our community. I am married to Katie, and have an 11 year old daughter named Madison. I enjoy working with children, they have a special place in my heart.