Willows Way Welcomes New Members Ryan Strecker and Mayur Thulasidas to its Board of Directors
(St. Charles, MO, May 22, 2018) Willows Way, an organization based in St. Charles, MO that provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently added two new members to its Board of Directors - Ryan Strecker of St. Peters, MO and Mayur Thulasidas of Creve Coeur, MO.
Strecker, an Account Executive at GuidePoint Security, was introduced to Willows Way by current board Vice President Kirby Cole. Strecker has also been personally affected by a family member with I/DD and wanted to use his personal experience to improve the lives of others.
"My four-year-old son Liam has Down Syndrome. He has had an amazing, positive effect on my family's life. He has shown us the true meaning of love and joy," he said. "There are many private and public support organizations to help people with disabilities when they are young. I wanted to help support and grow an organization that helps adults with disabilities lead fulfilling lives and focuses on building relationships and achieving independence."
Thulasidas, a VP Business Banking Officer with U.S. Bank, said he was looking to make volunteerism a greater part of his life when he was introduced to Willows Way by current Board Member Brian Brooks.
"I have volunteered short-term in the past with organizations that assist people with developmental disabilities," said Thulasidas. "I am hoping to make it a more recurring theme in my life. The fulfillment one gets to see individuals visibly make progress is most important to me."
Thulasidas said he plans to use his six years of banking industry experience to assist Willows Way with its overall financial strategy.
"Willows Way happily welcomes Ryan and Mayur to our volunteer Board of Directors. They both add a tremendous amount of value to our organization, and we are looking forward to working with them in fulfilling our mission to empower individuals with disabilities to live a life beyond limits through personalized support and community engagement," said Willows Way Executive Director Joy Steele.
For more information about Willows Way's Board of Directors, visit www.willowsway.org/about-us/board-of-directors.
About Willows Way
Willows Way promotes independence and personal growth for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through a variety of social-service programs. These include: Realities, which provides up to eight hours of individualized services per week; Individualized Supported Living, which provides up to 24-hour-a-day support to allow individuals to live independently based on their needs and goals; Reaching Independence Through Social Engagement (RISE), which offers participants daily structured activities designed to promote social networking, community involvement, volunteerism and physical activities; Individualized Skills Development/Community Integration, which offers services to build independent living skills while developing friendships and community connections; and Project HEART, which provides stimulating, person-centered health education classes, skills training and resource information. For more information about Willows Way, visit willowsway.org or call 636-947-6591.