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Brian SkotkoBrian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P., a clinical fellow in genetics at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. He is one of the specialists in the Down Syndrome Program at Children's Hospital Boston. In 2001 he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Brian recently authored major research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new parents. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR’s On Point, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Brian serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council, and the National Down Syndrome Society.

Brian is the proud brother of Alison and Kristin; Kristin has Down syndrome and provides Brian with much of his motivation. Brian and his wife Carrie reside in Boston, Massachusetts.

Julie RoehmJulie Roehm is an innovative marketing communications veteran who has shared her energy, talent and network with Band of Angels since January 2006. She is a marketing consultant with experience in all facets of business strategy and marketing execution. Julie Roehm's experience includes work for automotive, retail, financial services, telecommunications, start-ups, private equity and VC's, media companies and agencies. Julie is a regular contributor to Fox Business News. She is currently employed by SAP as a SVP marketing consultant. She served as SVP of Marketing for Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores and as Director of Marketing Communications for DaimlerChrysler in Auburn Hills.

In 2006, Julie was named Corporate Media Executive of the Year runner-up by the Delaney Report. In 2005, she was featured in Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in the Automotive Industry. Roehm and her husband, Mike, and sons Nick and Luke live in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Sherry ViolaSherry L. Viola, MD received both her BS and MD degrees from Michigan State University. Dr. Viola has been an attending physician at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, since 1987. She is in private practice specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also serves as Medical Director for the Cognitive Retraining Program at that facility. Dr. Viola studied spinal cord rehab at Mary Freebed in Grand Rapids, and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. Sherry lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan with her two sons, Andrew and Nicholas.

Ken ArmstrongKen Armstrong joined the Board in 2007 when he was working with Borders Group as Executive Vice President of U.S. Stores. Upon his departure from Borders, Ken became the owner of Halo Foods LLC in Charleston, SC. He continues to assist in marketing and strategic planning with Band of Angels from his sunny southern locale.

Prior to joining Borders, Ken spent three years as Senior Vice President and Director of Stores for Saks Department Store Group's Parisian division. His progressive career in retail is concentrated in operations.

Ken received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife have three children. Their son, Chris, has Down syndrome.

Advisors to Band of Angels

Jim TaylorJames E. Taylor served a brief time on the Board of AMP, before joining the company in the official capacity of CEO and Vice Chairman in December 2010. Immediately prior to joining AMP, Taylor served as President of the JET group; an automotive consulting company specializing in Brand, Industry and Strategic consulting with a network of experienced automotive executives. Served as CEO of Hummer and led the sale offering and tentative sale of Hummer. The sale was not completed due to buyers’ inability to gain Government approval. Established all the required business processes and culture for a start up company.

Taylor was previously the Cadillac general manager, responsible for the product planning, marketing, promotional and sales activities that significantly contributed to Cadillac’s global renaissance. Taylor graduated from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Taylor and his wife, Sue, live in Rochester, Michigan.

Scott FergusonScott Ferguson is the District Vice President of Macy’s for Valley Fair District California NW region. He began his career with Marshall Field’s in Chicago as a manager and then a buyer. Prior to his current position, Scott was the store manager at Somerset in Troy. Scott graduated from Michigan State in Business Administration. He has extensive Board experience, having served on the board for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is currently on the Board of Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan. Scott and his wife, Nancy, live in Northern California and have three children: Alex, Adam and Madison.

Denise Knobblock-StarrDenise Knobblock-Starr is Chief Administrative Officer for Compuware Corporation. Among her responsibilities are corporate real estate, facilities, and customer service. Denise joined Compuware in 1989, and held positions of increasing responsibility in administration including Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President. She oversaw the construction of the Compuware Headquarters and plays a leading role in bringing services and retail establishments to the building.

Denise serves on a long list of non-profit boards including HAVEN, Hospice Foundation, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Gleaners Food Bank. Denise credits her endurance to two things: a passion for having fun and a knack for finding creative solutions to unique challenges.

She has a degree in business administration from Mercy College of Detroit.


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