Staff

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 jimh@dsagc.com


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.  
Email Kerin at kerin@dsagc.com

 

Kathleen Ferrara, Health Outreach Coordinator

Kathleen is a registered nurse in pursuit of her advanced practice degree to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Since the birth of her daughter, Kathryn, Kathleen has been talking to labor and delivery staff around the Greater Cincinnati area, as both a nurse and a parent, about ways the nursing staff can help support parents after the birth of an infant with Down syndrome. Kathleen will use her position to initiate and maintain solid relationships with key medical professionals, practices, and facilities around Greater Cincinnati. Kathleen has practiced as a nurse for 10 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 is anxious to use her professional and personal experience to help parents have a positive experience at the birth of their child. Kathleen will continue to run the 'Single Parent's Community Group' for the DSAGC. Email Kathleen at kathleenf@dsagc.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 Hyde Park with their three children.
Email Amy at amy@dsagc.com
 

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 christy@dsagc.com
 

Krissy Groh, 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 500 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.  Email Krissy at krissyg@dsagc.com
 

Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator

Joanie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to her graduation, her niece, Payton, was born with Down syndrome. This not only positively changed Joanie’s life, but it also transformed her focus for future vocational aspirations. She worked for the Hamilton County Board of DDS for approximately 5 years as a Service Facilitator. 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. Since the birth of her niece 12 years ago, Joanie has had a strong desire to work with children with Down syndrome. She is excited to accept the School Age Matters Coordinator position and she looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.  Email Joanie at joanie@dsagc.com


Patrice McHale, Program Support Assistant

Patrice works two days a week in the office and sometimes goes to schools and businesses to talk about Down syndrome.  She helps the staff with various tasks and leads the Advocates in Action group, which is a program for adults with Down syndrome to volunteer in the community.  Patrice graduated from Anderson High School in 1991. Her first job was at the public library where she worked for 14 years. Patrice recently moved into her own apartment in Anderson, OH. Email Patrice at patrice@dsagc.com
 

Martha Ostendarp, Early Matters Coordinator

Martha spent 25 years as a preschool teacher before joining the DSAGC staff in 2005. She was inspired to co-found the Grandparent Group just shortly after her third grandchild was born with Down syndrome. As the Early Matters Coordinator, Martha provides support for children and their families ages birth to five.  She also supports expectant parents that have a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Martha oversees the workshops, therapies, educational sessions, new parent dinners and much more!  She lives in West Chester with her husband, Ron.  
Email Martha at martha@dsagc.com
 

Amie Smith, Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant, 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 amies@dsagc.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 lisa@dsagc.com


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 sally@dsagc.com


Jena Wells, Community Groups Coordinator

As the Community Groups Coordinator, Jena will be supporting the community group leaders who have volunteered their time to help meet the varied and unique needs of the DSAGC community.  She 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 jenaw@dsagc.com