Mission

Devenio, inc. inspires community building through partnerships that provide lifelong opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.  We create and facilitate collaborative projects, programs and events directed at education, awareness and increasing availability of experiences.  By leveraging resources and working together, we aim to benefit the disability community as well as the greater communities in which we live. 

Why "devenio"?

Devenio is a Latin word meaning "to come to, to arrive at, to reach".  What better way to describe what we do?  Located in the DC Metro area, Devenio, Inc. works with local and national disability groups to connect to their communities and build an inspired community together.  We work with these groups to reach the full potential both for the organization, its members and its community.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF


Gena Mitchell, Executive Director & Founder 

"I wouldn't change my daughter for the world, but I would change the world for her.  Devenio allows me the opportunity to do so- one race, one soccer practice and one dance class at a time."


Kathleen Li,
President

"It is so rewarding to be a part of Devenio's unique mission of community building.  My entire family has grown from the experiences, and had a lot of fun doing it!


Dania Smalletz,
Vice President

"Helping to create inclusive communities and the associated opportunities for learning, connection, and enrichment for all, inspires me and is what makes me thrilled to be a part of Devenio."


Madeleine Willner,
Secretary

"I attribute much of my development of teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills to my years of playing soccer. I share in Devenio’s passion to create the same fun, inclusive learning opportunities for the disabilities community."


Juliana Mitrojorgji,
Treasurer

"I am dedicated to serving organizations with powerful missions of helping the disability community using my 13 years of considerable cross-functional experience across multiple business environments in both the private and public accounting sectors. I want to set an example for my two daughters and teach them the importance of volunteering and helping communities in need not only through monetary means but also through service."


Leslie Morrell,
Board Member

"Bringing communities together to create fun and memorable experiences for everyone is why I love being a part of Devenio. I value being a part of an organization that creates limitless experiences for all people with differences." 


Michael Stanisich,
Board Member

"The community based mission of inclusion is what draws me to Devenio. I consider it an honor to play a small role in assisting the organization's goal to provide opportunities and eliminate barriers for beneficiaries who are oftentimes under-served." 


Divya, Gadre


Shannan Winkler