President – Melanie Sarro
Melanie Sarro has been married to Rick Sarro for 12 years with their two handsome boys, Zachary and Carter. They have been living in Lake Charles for the past 20 years. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from LSUS and a BS in Occupational Therapy from LSU MC in Shreveport. She has experience with working with individuals across their lifespan. She has always had a passion to work with children, however; it wasn’t until her son Carter was born with Down syndrome that she began working in the field of pediatrics. She is an Occupational therapist for the Cameron Parish school system and provides services to many children with Down syndrome through Early Steps. She joined the Up4Downs board eight years ago and succeeded the former president and founder. She threw herself in head first into the Down syndrome community so that she could further educate herself but then it became evident that she needed to be here to help others navigate this journey. Melanie’s biggest passion is helping to change perceptions, promote awareness, and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome.
Vice President – Glen Greathouse
He has been married to Merna Greathouse for 40 years and has raised five children. Their youngest child is Seth Greathouse. Seth is a proud citizen of the Lake Charles area with Down syndrome. Glen and his entire family enjoy running a cattle farm in their spare time. My passion as a board member is helping others accomplish their goals and understand they are created as “one of a kind.” I find it gratifying to see the happiness, smiles, and pride that people with disabilities have in completing a task. Working with non-profits like Up4Downs and Special Olympics of South West Louisiana is an awesome experience. God has blessed me with so much and there is nothing more I would want than to give back to benefit others.
Social Coordinator – William Daigle
He was born and raised in Cameron Parish and is a lifelong member of the Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) community. He is married to Anna Poe Daigle, and they have a nine year old daughter, Ainsley Grace. William serves as a proud member of the Up4Downs board because his grandparents instilled in him to always give back to the community where possible. As a board member he strives to help increase the acceptance, independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities in and around SWLA.
Public Relations Coordinator – Stephanie Post
Stephanie Post has worked in Early Intervention for approximately 15 years which led her to my work with Up4Downs of SWLA. While working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, I have found that I enjoy supporting others in becoming full and active members of our community. In addition to my work and participating as a board member for Up4Downs, I am a violinist, and the mother of three children.
Education Coordinator – Ann Boudreaux
Ann Boudreaux and her husband David, live in Sulphur LA with their three daughters. Their middle daughter Logan, has Down syndrome. Besides volunteering as a board member of Up4downs of SWLA, she is involved with the Maplewood Hollywood Lions Club and Awesome Association in Sulphur. Ann is looking forward to serving the community through Up4downs of SWLA.
Development Coordinator – Mike Gray
Mike and his wife Lindsey are proud parents of two very special young boys. Zander was born with Down syndrome, and Derek was born blind with cerebral palsy. Ever since my son was born, it has been my passion to give him every opportunity to have an awesome life. Every child regardless of their disability deserves the chance to embrace the world. I chose this non-profit work to help others know that life doesn’t stop after having a child with Down syndrome, it becomes the greatest lifelong adventure you could ever ask for. One of my favorite things to do is to dress up like a super hero. Zander calls me iron man, because he knows I will stand strong by his side. I have always treated Zander as a person not a disability. His progress has been life changing and continues to be my driving force to serve others.