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.

Our 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. 


If you have an idea for a collaborative effort, please email gena@devenio.org.  
We would love to hear what you have to say!

Board of Directors.

Executive Director & Founder- Gena Mitchell

"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."

President- Kathleen Li

"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!

Vice President- Dania Smalletz

"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."

Secretary- Madeleine Willner

"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."

Treasurer- Amy Abdow

"I am honored to be part of an organization that provides opportunities for ALL children.  There is nothing better then seeing the kids faces light up when they get to play soccer on a team with there friends. " 

Board Member At Large- Leslie Morrell

"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." 

Board Member At Large- Erandi Lelwela

"I learned of Devenio when I was searching to be a part of an organization that had an impact on our local community. I am so happy to be in this great team of people and an organization that has so much heart. I had always felt that people with Down syndrome are misunderstood and that most people are afraid to even ask any questions about it. I was one of those people. That’s why the work that Devenio is doing at an individual grass roots level is so important to educate the general public about Down syndrome and all people with disabilities. I hope that I can contribute in some small way to the future success of this group!"