Community Ambassador Program 

Launched in 2017, this program aims to spread awareness about Duchenne and the programs and services that Jett Foundation provides, through community ambassadors (moms, dads, grandparents, and siblings) who are already familiar with the Duchenne landscape. 

These ambassadors are Jett Foundation’s extra ears, eyes, and voices in the Duchenne community. They are advocates, educational resources, and pillars of emotional support. 

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Meet Our Ambassadors
They are available to speak over email, in phone, or in person at a variety of venues and conferences throughout the year. If you would like us to connect you with an ambassador, please fill out the get support form below or reach out directly to them at their Jett Foundation email.

Laura McRitchie | Virginia Community Ambassador
Laura is a nurse and an independent Skincare Consultant for Rodan+Fields. She is also mom to three children, including Noah, her 20-year-old son impacted by Duchenne. Laura and Noah are best friends; they enjoy studying history, geography, weather, music, and watching sports together. She became a community ambassador to be proactive, to educate so many who have never heard of DMD, and to positively advocate for her son. Email her at ambassadorlaura@jettfoundation.org.

Jillian Moore | New Hampshire Community Ambassador
Jillian is a mom to two and Duchenne activist. Her youngest child, Aiden, is 7 and was diagnosed with DMD at the age of 3. Jillian became a community ambassador to educate and raise awareness for Duchenne. But, mostly to help others going through the same challenges her family is. She believes no one should ever feel alone in this experience. Email her at ambassadorjillian@jettfoundation.org.

Melissa Mogensen | Arizona Community Ambassador
Melissa is mom to three and eager to make a difference. Her two sons, Mason (8) and Jaxton (5), were recently diagnosed with Duchenne. Since her sons’ diagnosis, she had been feeling as she was “on her own,” and became an ambassador to help build a supportive, active community in her area. Email her at ambassadormelissa@jettfoundation.org.

Rachael Miranda | Rhode Island Community Ambassador
Rachael is wife to John and mom to two young men, James and Brandon, who are both impacted by Duchenne. Together, they love spending time together both in their community and at home watching their favorite movies. She encourages families to share all of the hard and happy moments with each other, keeping laughter in their lives. She says that each day with her sons is a gift and what they, and other individuals in similar situations, whom they have meet help bring a sense of meaningfulness and purpose to life. As an ambassador, she hopes to support Jett Foundation and the Duchenne community in anyway that she can. Email her at ambassadorrachael@jettfoundation.org.

Jessica Rownd | Louisiana Community Ambassador
Jessica is married has been married to her high school sweetheart for 14 years and together they have to sons, Wyatt and Wynston. Wyatt (12) is impacted by Duchenne. She encourages other families to not focus on the future, but instead, to make sure to live everyday and take time to be in the moment. As an ambassador, she is looking forward to networking and helping families get involved and find the information they need to make the right decisions for their children. Email her at ambassadorjessica@jettfoundation.org.

Karen Stahler | Michigan Community Ambassador
Karen is a retired American History teacher and grandmother to Noah, a 20-year-old living with Duchenne. Karen founded Noah’s Feat, a website to spread awareness and raise funds for Duchenne research shortly after her grandson’s diagnosis. She has hosted wheelchair basketball games and a fishing tournament. She also started HopeStrokes, spreading awareness and challenging herself to swim a mile each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in honor of a Duchenne warrior. Email her at ambassadorkaren@jettfoundation.org.

Mari Sanders | Wisconsin Community Ambassador
Mari is a mother and grandmother working in education. When her grandson was first diagnosed with Duchenne, her family felt alone until they began their education journey, learning about research and treatments. Mari wants to be actively involved in this learning process for other families. As an ambassador, her goal is to help families learn to ask the questions they need to and help guide them toward the right answers. Email her at ambassadormari@jettfoundation.org.

Bruce Ward | Arkansas Community Ambassador
Bruce and his wife, Rana, have two children, Emma and Gavin. Gavin (9) loves geography and history and is living with Duchenne. Bruce says he became an ambassador because Duchenne patients in his state have huge needs for help beyond what the medical community can provide. He hopes that he can help with that need. He encourages other families to fight for their sons’ futures but make sure that they have lived and been loved regardless of the outcome. Email him at ambassadorbruce@jettfoundation.org.

Blake Baroskie | Florida Community Ambassador Blake is mom to three, and her son, Will (11), is living with Duchenne. She says her family has made a conscious decision to live WITH the disease and not BY the disease. She became a Community Ambassador to help advocate and build community as they fight Duchenne. Blake also wants to help new families and families that don’t have a lot of support or aren’t engaged to feel connected. Email her at ambassadorblake@jettfoundation.org.

Maria Davila | Connecticut Community AmbassadorMaria is mom to two boys, Elijah and Noah, and wife to Rafael. She works as a Secretary in Special Education in their local school system. Elijah (15) is living with Duchenne but doesn’t let that stop him from living life to the fullest. Together, they love to travel, watch movies and historical documentaries, and play board games. Maria became an ambassador to do her part in helping other families at all stages that are going through what her son and family are going through. She is excited to meet other families and build strong relationships in the community. Email her at ambassadormaria@jettfoundation.org.

Staci DiRicco | New Hampshire Community AmbassadorStaci is a licensed nursing assistant and mother of two highly involved in her community. Her youngest son, Rick (3), is living with Duchenne. Staci became a community ambassador because she wants to share what she has learned by having Duchenne as a part of my life. She wants to be someone else’s support person and champion. Email her at ambassadorstaci@jettfoundation.org.

Dana Edwards | New Jersey Community AmbassadorDana is mom to six children and married 25 years to her husband Brian. Their son, Tanner (14), is impacted by Duchenne and daughter, Danielle is a DMD advocate and Jett Foundation team member. Dana became a community ambassador so that she could give other moms the hope that her family never got. She say no matter what life throws your way, you should always have hope. She also enjoys meeting and helping families to get their children into the best centers of care. Email her at ambassadordana@jettfoundation.org

Amanda Guth | Maryland Community AmbassadorAmanda first became involved in the community as a counselor for MDA Summer Camp in New Jersey. Through that experience, the campers she has gotten to know have become her family and have shaped her perspective on life and happiness. It also inspired her to become more deeply involved through the Jett Foundation community ambassador program and continue to fight DMD and empower families along the way. Email her at ambassadoramanda@jettfoundation.org.

Perlita Hains | Pennsylvania Community AmbassadorPerlita is a marketing consultant and mom to three including Levi, her funny and quirky 12-year-old living with Duchenne. She first became involved with Jett Foundation because she wanted to be a central part of the grassroots efforts to help families impacted by DMD. The families she has met along her journey keep her hopeful and positive. Perlita has been very involved in many community events and conferences, but she keeps coming back to Jett because it is where she feels most at home, supported, appreciated, and loved. Email her at ambassadorperlita@jettfoundation.org.

Emily Houston | Washington Community AmbassadorEmily works as a Sales Manager at her local Toyota Dealership while pursuing a degree in event planning.  She has been involved with Jett Foundation through Camp Promise for about five years. Her time devoted to camp for a week each summer sparked her passion for serving the neuromuscular disease community in a deeper way. Finding the ambassador program has allowed her to dig her roots deeper, to better serve campers, their families, and anyone else that is affected by muscular dystrophy. Email her at ambassadoremily@jettfoundation.org.

Diana Johnson | Connecticut Community AmbassadorDiana is a human resources professional and mom to three young children. Her oldest son, Jordan (4), was recently diagnosed with Duchenne. Together, Jordan and Diana love aquatic therapy, movies, making homemade pizza, and painting. Diana became a community ambassador to help other families and stay informed of the latest treatments and research available. Email her at ambassadordiana@jettfoundation.org.