Staff

Jim Hudson, Executive Director

Jim has been the Executive Director of the DSAGC since 2012.  The DSAGC is one of the larger Ds affiliates in the country.  Jim is a proven nonprofit leader with decades of experience in various roles around the country.  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, Jim has a long history of being connected with individuals and organizations that work with the people with disabilities and their families.  He has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Miami University and a Master’s in Leadership from Fuller Seminary.  In addition, Jim was Chapter President the Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2018, is on the Board of Director for the Leadership Council for Nonprofits and serves on the Membership Advisory Team for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.  During his tenure with the DSAGC, we were honored with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chapter's Business Award for Nonprofit of the Year (1-34 employees) in 2015 and Jim was one of Pillar Award winners as Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year in 2020.  Jim and his wife, Jennifer live in Oakley with their way-too spoiled dog, “Oakley.” Email Jim



Andy Baker, Bookkeeping Assistant
As the Bookkeeping Assistant, Andy assists the Business Manager with the DSAGC’s day-to-day financial tasks. He has a diverse professional background having served in various roles in the private and public sectors. Andy brings over 25 years of experience in financial management, customer relations, and project management. 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



Kerin Caudill, Event Manager
As the Event Manager for the DSAGC, Kerin is a member of the Development Team and plans the organization’s major fundraising events (the Buddy Walk and the Dave Lapham & Ken Anderson Charitable Golf Outing) as well as other projects within the organization. She has worked in the nonprofit sector as a development professional for over 20 years, specifically event marketing and fundraising. Prior to joining the DSAGC staff in 2011, Kerin worked for Sesame Workshop, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation prior to relocating to Cincinnati from New York City. Kerin lives Anderson Township with her husband two children. Email Kerin
 

Emma Daniels, Adult Engagement Coordinator

As the Adult Matter’s Engagement Coordinator, Emma Daniels is responsible for Social Clubs, finding and training Peer Partners, getting new groups together and helping the Peer Partners to make sure their club is a success, helping plan and implementing the Independent Living and O.W.N Day retreats as well as assisting the Adult Matters Coordinator with anything else needed. Emma Daniels holds a BA in Public Relations, a minor in Organizational Leadership and a focus in Women’s Gender Studies from Northern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the DSAGC staff team in 2017, Emma worked at Jason’s Connection a local non-profit, as well as helped start the Best Buddies program at NKU pairing NKU students with individuals who are a part of the DSAGC in one-to-one friendships, this is how she met her friend Kelsey and got involved at the DSAGC in 2010. She has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Emma lives in Fort Thomas with her husband Jason and their three kids, Adelyn, Lorelei, Carson, and their cat Frank. Because of Best Buddies Emma has personal passion and connection to Down syndrome through her friend Kelsey, they have been friends since 2010. Email Emma


Joanie Elfers, School Age Matters Coordinator

As the School Age Matters Coordinator, Joanie attends school meetings and assists with IEPs, behavior plans, and other school related matters. She also does “peer presentations” to students and teachers to expand the school’s knowledge of Down syndrome. In addition, she plans educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for school-age children and teens throughout the year. Prior to joining the DSAGC staff team in 2014, she worked for worked for Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services as a Service Facilitator then transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a School Intervention Specialist. She assisted children with various disabilities and medical conditions with their transition back-to-school after their hospitalization.  Joanie has a personal passion and connection to Down syndrome through her niece, Payton Schroeder, was born in February of 2002.  At the age of 7, she was also diagnosed with Autism. Email Joanie


Amy Fleming, Development Associate 

As the Development Assistant, Amy is responsible for managing our World Down Syndrome Day 5K, Summer Picnic, and Holiday Party as well as the Annual Appeal and other projects throughout the year which engage our families and donors. Prior to joining the DSAGC staff team, she worked as the Events and Communications Manager at the Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation in Chicago. She graduated from Scranton University in PA and has a Masters from Boston University. She and her husband, Andy live in Mariemont with their four children.  Her second child, Devin, has Down syndrome. Email Amy

 

Christy Gregg, Adult Matters Coordinator

As the Adult Matters Coordinator, she provides assistance for adults and their families by offering support, resources, and program 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 16 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining the staff in 2011, 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
 

Amy Iten, Volunteer Coordinator

As the DSAGC Volunteer Coordinator, Amy is responsible for recruiting, training and managing over 700 volunteers each year.  In addition, she directly supports the volunteers who lead our many community groups.  Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Prior to joining the staff in 2015, she volunteered as a DSAGC Community Group Leader connecting families like hers who have a loved one with Down syndrome.   Email Amy
 

Kari Kester, Donor Relations Manager

As the Donor Relations Manager, Kari works to grow both the Celebrating Extraordinary Lives Club and the Legacy Society. Working with the Development Committee, she cultivates relationships with current and potential donors and provides 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 15 years of nonprofit experience. Her most recent ten 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

 

Amie Lefebvre, 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 15+ years’ experience working in an administrative and development capacity. She lives in Maderia with her husband and girls.  Email Amie
 

Maggie Ranz, Early Matters Coordinator
As the Early Matters Coordinator, Maggie is responsible for providing support, resources, programs, and connection opportunities to our youngest families. She will also provide much needed outreach to local health professionals who deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Prior to becoming the Early Matters Coordinator, Maggie worked for University’s Medical Center and then for the James Cancer Hospital. In addition, she started out her career at the DSAGC as our Outreach Coordinator where she spent countless hours connecting with local health professionals, schools, employers, and legislators to make sure our community is an inclusive one. Maggie is a native of Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. She has been connected to the Down syndrome community since 2016 when her friend Lindsey’s son, Owen, was born with Down syndrome. Maggie lives on the west side of town with her husband and two children.Email Maggie
 

Rachel Rickerd, Intern

Rachel graduated from Princeton High School. In addition to interning at the DSAGC, Rachel works at McDonald’s. There, she cleans trays, tables, and chairs and stocks ketchup and straws. Rachel loves bowling and having fun with her friends and family. Rachel has one younger sister, Olivia. She lives in Springdale with her parents and her dog, Jien. Email Rachel 

 

Lisa Steele, Business Manager
As the Business Manager, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day and big picture finances as well as our Community Participation Fund (scholarships). This position helps provide the foundation and building blocks necessary to support the staff members as they work to achieve their organizational goals. Lisa joined the DSAGC staff team in 1992 as Administrative Assistant and held many different positions within the organization. She lives in Kennedy Heights with her husband and daughter, Becca. She is a mother of a daughter with a developmental disability and shares the same joys and challenges as many of our families.  Email Lisa


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. Her background is in special education with a M.ED from the University of Cincinnati. She and her husband live in Hyde Park.  Email Sally
 

 

Krissy Vinson, Communications Coordinator

As the 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. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Northern Kentucky University.  Prior to joining the staff in 2012, Krissy volunteered at the DSAGC because she has a family connection to Down syndrome. She lives in Northern KY with her husband and children. Email Krissy

 

Maddy Wong, Intern

Maddy graduated from Anderson High School in 2013. In addition to interning at the DSAGC, Maddy volunteers at the Christ Hospital (Mt Auburn), where she scans and laminates paperwork for upcoming volunteers and events. She also volunteers at the Anderson Branch  Library, where she puts away books, magazines, and movies, and organizes the Teen and Children’s sections. Maddy loves to read fantasy and sci-fi books, hike, and hang out with friends. She has 2 sisters and 1 brother-in-law. She has two cats named Murphy and Evie. She is an independent speaker and helps take care of her family. Email Maddy