Meet Our Board

Gigi Davidson

Gigi Davidson

President and Founder

Ms. Davidson, President and Founder of FASDC (FASD Communities) is the mother of an adopted son from Russia. Now 29, her son was not diagnosed with FASD until 18 years old. Gigi holds an MBA and was in international banking before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization that provides technology literacy skills to at-risk youth in Hawaii. Gigi’s combined management and financial background, along with her first-hand-knowledge as a parent of a child with prenatal-alcohol exposure, makes her uniquely qualified to lead this bold, new initiative.

Joanne P. Taylor

Joanne P. Taylor

Treasurer

Ms. Taylor, FASDC Treasurer, has held key officer positions in Honolulu on the board of directors of the Association of Apartment owners of the Marco Polo Apartments in Honolulu for almost 30 years. She also serves on the board of directors for the Hawaii chapter of Community Association Institute (CAI) and on CAI’s Legal Action committee. Joanne is a dental hygienist and co-editor for a publication of the Edgecombe County Genealogical Society.

Mark Bartels

Mark Bartels

Board Member

Mr. Bartels studied art at Montana State University. His parents founded the first Farm in the Dell residence for individuals with developmental disabilities in Montana in the 1980’s. He was drawn to working with the disabled and gained expertise in developing community support for them throughout Montana, first as a volunteer and then in 2010 as the Resource Development Officer for the Farm in the Dell Foundation. He has since opened 3 new Farms and works closely with four of the residents living at the Butte, Montana location who have FASD.

Teresa Conboy

Teresa Conboy

Board Member

Ms. Conboy is an advocate for victims of FASD and the mother of two young adults with prenatal alcohol exposure adopted from Russia. She has a BA in Russian Language and Literature from George Washington University and was employed by the U.S. Information Agency and State Department for many years in the former Soviet Union. More recently, Teresa graduated from the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program at Bellevue College. Her son, Nikolai, is a resident at Farm in Dell in Butte.

Gage Davidson

Gage Davidson

Mr. Davidson is a native of Milwaukee, WI and received his BA from Winona State University. He is an associate at Russell Investments with experience in institutional consulting, sales and trading, lending and insurance. In addition, he is an advocate for individuals with FASD and has worked on the organization’s business support campaign. He enjoys public speaking where his experience ranges from small group settings to large corporate seminars.

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller

Board Member

Mr. Miller is a retired CPA from Aon Consulting and a former math adjunct faculty for Robert Morris University. He has tutored and mentored learning disabled grade school, high school, college, and adult students and has been involved with FASD Communities since inception. He has a Masters in Math Education from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University.

Dad Rubin

Dad Rubin

Board Member

Mr. Rubin is the father of two adopted children, one with FASD. David ran his own architectural business in the Chicago area for 15 years before becoming a certified teacher, working primarily with at-risk students. He draws upon both his professional and personal expertise to help other parents of children with FASD.

Joy Sterkel

Joy Sterkel

Board Member

Ms. Sterkel is the Executive Director of The Ranch For Kids, a respite care home for troubled youth in Eureka, Montana. Hundreds of adopted children with FASD have come through her program and her work has been featured in “People” magazine, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Joyce has 35 years of experience in maternal child health as a nurse and a midwife. She is the mother of seven children, including three adopted from Russia who have FASD.

Oleg Valiev

Oleg Valiev

Board Member

Mr. Valiev is a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting. He learned about FASD while living as an exchange student with an adopted teenager diagnosed with FASD disability. He resides in San Francisco and serves Fortune 500 clients across the U.S. He brings experience in business strategy, financial planning, forecasting and analysis, management reporting, social media, and social impact.