Ruth D¡¦Silva graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Mathematics. In her professional career, she has been a Systems Analyst, Software Programmer, Systems Programmer and served as Liaison with clients. She currently holds the position of Director of Software Sciences and manages a group of programmers and engineers as well as liaising with clients. She specializes in User Interfaces and is involved in the development of Mon Ami„§ƒz a caregiver's support tool. A dedicated mother, she was also family caregiver to both parents. She continues as family caregiver to her youngest son, who was born with Down Syndrome and has Methotrexate-Induced Leukoencephalopathy. As a result of extensive neurological damage he is mentally challenged, blind, and cannot speak. Her interests include nutrition, fitness, cooking, researching alternative methods of fighting cancer, and music. She lives with her husband and 2 sons in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.