Jim Hudson, Executive Director
Jim came on board as our Executive Director in September of 2012. He is a proven nonprofit leader with 27 years of experience in various roles around the country. He is relatively new to the Cincinnati nonprofit community as he recently moved back to town for family reasons a few years ago. He has a wealth of leadership and fund-development experience with a track record of being a mission-focused leader who gets things done, while caring for people along the way. In addition, he has a long history of being connected with individuals and organizations that work with the disabled and their families.
He worked for 16 years with Young Life, including a stint overseeing all of the urban and suburban programs as the Regional Director in Chicago. He served as the Executive Pastor of 2 churches, and also did development work for a community health clinic in California before he moved back to Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Miami University and a Master’s in Leadership from Fuller Seminary. In addition to getting involved in his church, he is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is in the Rotary Club of Cincinnati. Email Jim at email@example.com
Andy Baker, Bookkeeping Assistant
Andy joined the DSAGC team in November 2016 as Bookkeeping Assistant. The focus of this role is to assist the Business Manager with the DSAGC’s day-to-day financial tasks. Andy has a diverse professional background, having served in various roles in the private and public sectors. He brings 25 years’ experience in financial management, customer relations, and project management to DSAGC.
Andy is keenly aware of the invaluable role the DSAGC plays in the Greater Cincinnati Down syndrome community, as he has a nine-year old daughter with Ds. His family has leaned into the talented and caring staff at the DSAGC many times over the years. Andy lives in Glendale with his wife Jen and their daughter Carly and son Quinn. Email Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kerin Caudill, Event Manager
As the Event Manager, Kerin is responsible for planning and implementing our organization’s special events. She will be your main point of contact for the Buddy Walk, Golf Tournament, Holiday Party, Winter Dance, Summer Picnic and much, much more. She’s always available to assist you with your event registrations and to support our families as they raise awareness and funds for our various programs. Kerin also oversees several event committees, so feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning more. Kerin relocated with her family to Cincinnati from New York, where she began her career in the nonprofit sector, specifically event fundraising.
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Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator
Joanie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She worked for the Hamilton County Board of DDS for 5 years as a Service Facilitator assisting individuals with disabilities of all ages. Due to her love for school aged children, she left DDS and accepted a position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a School Intervention Specialist and worked there for over 5 years. She assisted children with various medical conditions/disabilities with school-related issues. Due to the love she has for her niece who has Down syndrome, her respect of the Down syndrome community, and her desire to assist school age individuals with DS, Joanie joined the DSAGC staff in 2014. Email Joanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Ferrara, MS, RN, FNP, Health Outreach Coordinator
Kathleen is a registered nurse close to finishing her family nurse practitioner license. Since the birth of her daughter in 2009, Kathleen has been talking to labor and delivery staff, OB/GYNs, geneticists, social workers, and other health personnel around the Greater Cincinnati area, as both a nurse and a parent, about ways they can help support parents after the birth of an infant with Down syndrome, or after they receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Kathleen uses her position as Health Outreach Coordinator to initiate and maintain solid relationships with key medical professionals, practices, and facilities around Greater Cincinnati. She also was key in DSAGC's proposal, testimonial, and passing of SB 552, the Down Syndrome Pro-Information Law, which mandates that healthcare professionals give up- to- date, accurate information about Down syndrome, such as advancements in health, education, and support.
Kathleen has practiced as a nurse for nearly 15 years in emergency medicine and labor and delivery. Prior to her career as an RN, Kathleen worked as a sound engineer and publicist in the entertainment business. Kathleen feels blessed that her beautiful daughter has come into her life and loves using her professional and personal experience to help parents receive accurate information about how precious their lives with a child with Ds will be. Email Kathleen at email@example.com
Amy Fleming, Development Associate
A native of New York, Amy has worked for non-profits in Boston and Chicago, she recently moved from Chicago where she was the Events and Communications Manager at the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation. At Boston University, Amy worked in the Athletic Development office and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She graduated from Scranton University in PA and has a Masters from Boston University. Amy will work closely with our Development Committee and donors. She will assist in the Annual Fund and hopes to grow the Donor base, so we can continue to support the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome. She and her husband, Andy live in Mariemont with their four children. Her second child, Devin has Down syndrome.
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Jill Frambes, Self-Advocate Intern
Jill graduated from Indian Hill High School. After graduation, she volunteered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. From there, she entered the Project Search program. She worked full time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for 17 years doing 4 different jobs, including cleaning crew, cart stocker for the nurses, working in the ER stocking mats and towels, and finally setting up trays for surgery. Jill enjoys bowling, ballroom dancing and watching Dancing with the Stars and 5 different shows on the Disney channel. She has a large family that she loves hanging out with, including her two nephews.
Christy Gregg, Adult Matters Coordinator
Christy joined the DSAGC in 2011. As the Adult Matters Coordinator, she will provide assistance for adults and their families by offering opportunities for sharing, socializing and learning. Christy graduated from the college of Mount Saint Joseph with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy, and has over 11 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She worked as a program coordinator for supported living and waiver services with adults, and also has experience in recreational based programs. She has a passion and personal connection for her work through her brother, Michael. Christy and her husband live in Colerain and have two daughters, Brooklyn and Aubrey. Email Christy at email@example.com
Amy Iten, Community Groups Coordinator
Before relocating to the Cincinnati area in 2009, Amy contacted the DSAGC to find out about what kind of support the organization may offer and to get contacts at local schools to find a good fit for her then 3 year-old son with Ds. Being more than pleased with the information she received and collected, she and her family - sons Nicholas and Nathan - moved to the area and have enjoyed being a part of the DSAGC community. After a time to get settled-in and a few life changes, she volunteered to coordinate some activities for her local community group and eventually became one of the group's co-leaders. After a year enjoying her volunteering time, she accepted the open DSAGC's Community Groups Coordinator position in May 2015. Amy brings with her the experience of being a Community Groups Co-Leader along with past work experiences in marketing, public relations and client services. She enjoys being a part of the DSAGC staff and supporting the Community Group Leaders in their volunteer efforts to bring families together for all kinds of support. Email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kari Kester, Donor Relations Manager
Kari joined the DSAGC in 2016. As the Donor Relations Manager, she will work to grow both the Celebrating Extraordinary Lives Club and the Legacy Society. Working with the Development Committee, she will cultivate relationships with current and potential donors and provide opportunities for them to see the impact of their contributions. Kari graduated from Northern Arizona University and has her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has more than ten years of nonprofit experience. Her most recent seven years have been in fundraising, including everything from annual campaigns, to grant writing, to donor communication and engagement. Kari and her husband live in West Chester with their two sons. Her youngest son has Down syndrome. She is excited to use her professional experiences and personal passion to support individuals with Down syndrome. Email Kari at email@example.com.
Brianna Reising, Program Assistant
Brianna Reising is a 2015 graduate of Northwood University, in Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. She also spent time in various service clubs that sparked her interest in the nonprofit industry. She has a desire to combine her business degree with her love for philanthropy. Her role at the Down Syndrome Association is our Program Assistant, planning events and providing resources for our Adult Matters. She also leads the Advocates in Action program, designed to get self-advocates engaged in the community. Her role is in collaboration with AmeriCorps’ Public Allies Cincinnati program where she trains to strengthen her skills in the nonprofit sector and is part of a large scale service project in Newport. Brianna resides in Union Township with her daughter, Victoria. Email Brianna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amie Smith, Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator, Amie will be your first point of contact when you call the DSAGC. Serving as a support member to the whole staff, coordinating all office assignments, processing donations and working in the database will be most of what she does. Amie graduated from UC with a degree in Communication and has 10+ years’ experience working in an administrative and development capacity. Email Amie at email@example.com
Lisa Steele, Business Manager
Lisa has been with the DSAGC since 1992. Through the years, she has worked as Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator. For the past few years, she has had various administrative and financial responsibilities as the Business Manager. Lisa also brings experience as the mother of a child with developmental delays and share the same joys and challenges as many of our parents. Email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Tilow, Grant Coordinator
As the Grant Coordinator, Sally is responsible for researching, writing, and submitting grant proposals to area foundations and corporations. These funds help support the programs and services that we provide. She has been on staff since 2000 and she says she is honored to be able to work with the many wonderful families in our organization. Her background is in special education and she has an M.ED from University of Cincinnati. She and her husband live in Hyde Park. Email Sally at email@example.com
Krissy Vinson, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
As the Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Krissy is responsible for creating and editing all content on the DSAGC website, social media platforms and Ds Press. She oversees the overall marketing objectives of the organization and strives to promote the DSAGC through various media outlets. In addition, she recruits, trains and manages over 700 volunteers each year. She graduated in 2011 from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, a minor in Electronic Media Broadcasting and an area of concentration in Marketing. Prior to joining the staff in 2012, Krissy volunteered at the DSAGC because she has a family connection to Down syndrome. She lives in Southgate, Kentucky with her husband and son, Ben. Email Krissy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jena Wells, Early Matters Coordinator
Jena has a degree in Family Community Services. Prior to working for the DSAGC, Jena worked for Every Child Succeeds completing home visits to promote positive parent-child interaction, healthy child development and family self-sufficiency. Jena and her husband, Mark live in West Chester with their four boys: Steven, Jordan, Ashton with Ds and Kieran. Since Ashton was born, she has felt the need to help her community, and this position within the DSAGC came at a perfect time. Email Jena at email@example.com