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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”

In Memory of 2 Beloved Staff Members

Peggy & Tim NemecPeggy Nemec

Peggy joined the NADS board of directors in 1979 – her son, Tim, was born with Down syndrome in 1978. Peggy was in our first training program for Parent Support Volunteers and she served on the board of directors until 1984 when she joined the NADS staff as our Office Coordinator. Peggy was also our Family Support Coordinator and in that role she was a source of strength and support to hundreds of NADS families. Peggy was loved by many and she worked faithfully for NADS until her death in September 2004.

Angie and LindaLinda Picchi

Linda’s daughter, Angie, was born in 1980 and she took our Public Speaker Training Course in 1986.  She joined the NADS staff in 1989 as Program Coordinator. In that capacity she expanded our Hospital Education Program and she provided hundreds and hundreds of hospital in-service programs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Linda also worked with college, high school and elementary school students – providing them with valuable information and insights.  Linda also provided wonderfully sensitive support to many parents throughout the years.

Linda worked with much dedication for NADS until the summer of 2010 and we were devastated when she died in December 2010.

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