The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
8 E 41st Street, 8th Floor
New York New York 10017

Board of Directors

The National Down Syndrome Society is guided by a Board of Directors who represent a broad range of expertise and experience. Our advisory boards comprise internationally recognized professionals who are leaders in their fields.


Sara Weir

Board of Directors

Elizabeth F. Goodwin, Founder
CAPT Robert P. Taishoff USN (ret), Chairman
F. Gordon Spoor, CPA, PFS, CGMA, Vice Chairman
Tiffany Barfield, Secretary
Ben Wright, Treasurer

Amy G. Allyn
Peter Amadeo
Herve Bonnet
Chris Brooks
Paul Brunswick
Janet Slaughter Eissenstat
Steve Freeman
Sean Fromm
Charles H. Gerhardt, III, JD, National Government Affairs Chair
Rick Kosmalski, Buddy Walk® Chair
Honorable Jim Nussle
Roger Reeves, PhD
Patti Saylor
Charles Symington
Kimberly Templeton, JD, Development Committee Chair
Erin Thompson
Laurie Walters
Tim Wilbricht
Sara C. Wolff

Self-Advocate Advisory Board

Mitchell Levitz, Co-Chair
Sara C. Wolff, 

Craig Blackburn
Jason Hamilton
Tavrick Lawless
Kayla McKeon
Essie Pederson
Mia Peterson
Anita Raghavan
Erin Thompson

Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board

Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS, Co-Chair
Stephanie L. Sherman, PhD, Co-Chair

George T. Capone, MD
Kenneth P. Cheng, MD
Jessica DeBord, DDS
Terry Hassold, PhD
Priya Kishnani, MD
Julie R. Korenberg, PhD, MD
Ira T. Lott, MD
Philip Mattheis, MD
Joan Guthrie Medlen, RD
William C. Mobley, MD, PhD
Paul Moore, MD
William Motley, MD, MS
Lynn Nadel, PhD
Bonnie Patterson, MD
David Patterson, PhD
Roger H. Reeves, PhD
Nancy J. Roizen, MD
Romney L. Snyder-Croft, LCSW, ACSW
Leslie Walker-Hirsch, MEd, FAAIDD
Patricia C. Winders, PT

National Government Affairs Committee

Charles H. Gerhardt, III, JD, Chair

John Ariale
Ann Cammack
Teddy Eynon, JD
Honorable Jim Nussle
Vince Randazzo
Charles Symington
Kimberly Templeton
Kandi Terry

Education Advisory Board

Mark Alter
Douglas Biklen
Joyce Clark
Sandi Cole
Patricia Guard
Susan Brody Hasazi
Thomas Hehir
David Mank
Michael L. Remus
David Rose
Ed Sontag
Martha L. Thurlow

Honorary Board of Governors

Thomas J. O'Neill, Chair

Emily Perl Kingsley
Arden G. Moulton

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