Vanessa Vogel-Farley, Executive Director

Vanessa grew up on a family dairy farm in rural Wisconsin; she then went on to college at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she studied Chemistry, Biology and French.  While there she joined a research lab at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. This experience got her interested in the processes associated with brain development during the neonatal period into adolescence and that factors that can affect normal development.   She was the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Division of Developmental Medicine Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital, working on collaborations with scientists from MIT and Harvard examining several clinical populations, including autism.   She also served as Director of Operations of ACEing Autism from 2008 through 2015.  She is married and the mother of 3 young boys (Oliver, Thatcher and Carter) who keep her very busy in her "spare" time.  


Andrea Worthen, Adminstrator

I am so honored and encouraged to be a part of Dup15q Alliance.  I will  be assisting the alliance with many of the day to day functions that  support our great and dedicated team.  I was brought on by Vanessa Vogel-Farley after years of parenting close by each other with a mutual admiration for compassion and hard work.  I have a background in communications and have spent many years in the Real Estate industry.  I am married with a 12 year old daughter and a 7 year old son, we live in Highland Park IL.  I truly am moved by the families that are a part of Dup15q Alliance and I enjoy assisting and supporting all of you!



Alexandra Wendt, Fundraising and Development

Alexandra is a development consultant for DUP15q Alliance. With more than 10 years in the non-profit sector, Alexandra brings passion and experience to each of her clients. Her expertise with fund development, major gifts, benefactor relations, marketing campaigns and project management helps her client achieve long term success.  Alexandra received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. She has had the privilege of consulting for many amazing non-profits including the American Red Cross of Chicago, The United Service Organization and the Mayo Clinic.




Adrienne Felterman, Accounting

Adrienne lives in Houston, TX with her husband and four children. Her second child, Charles,  has Dup 15q syndrome. She is a CPA with a bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Louisiana State University. Adrienne has experiencing auditing not for profit organizations. She enjoys volunteering with the Alliance and knows first hand the positive impact the Alliance has on Dup 15q families all over the world.