Our Team

 The DSAA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of Officers and Directors.

Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected by the general membership at the annual meeting held in December each year.

Directors are appointed by the Officers and oversee major activities (Education, Support, Advocacy, Awareness, and Fundraising). The Board meets at least six times a year.

 

Volunteers

The DSAA has hundreds of dedicated volunteers who help run its programs, social activities and educational seminars, assist with fundraising events, participate in advocacy efforts, speak to local groups, run community-based support groups, provide photography services and raise awareness through our website, newsletter and social media. If you'd like to volunteer, let us know

 

Staff

The organization has one staff member who oversee the day-to-day operations:

  • Vanessa Champlin, Executive Director and sister of an adult with Down syndrome

 

Officers 

President: John Ducat, DLA Piper

Vice President: Todd Hartle, Self-employed

Secretary: Jennifer Sheran, Cox Automotive, Inc. 

 

General Board

Edward Bradley, Nobility Capital  Group

Josh Greenbaum, Emory University

Justin Ladner, Southern Company

Lisa Newbern, Emory University

Claire Wallace, AutoTrader

Bess Weinberger, Self-Advocate