Katie Perez just completed her sophomore year at Rutgers University where she studied psychology and statistics. She is coming home to attend the University of Maryland in the fall. Katie has been volunteering for the Focus Foundation since 2008. Her involvement includes helping with the annual 49ers Conference each year and assists in collecting and entering data from the conference. She assists in planning the Child Care Day for 49ers Conferences by researching and organizing activities for all the children of varying ages and helps families during the multidisciplinary clinic. Katie hopes to continue gaining experience with clinical research and working with families of children who have special needs. She facilitates in increasing awareness and early detection of rare chromosomal variations and The Focus Foundation.