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

Say “Hello” to Our NDSS Team

Contact Information:

Telephone: 800-221-4602
Fax: 212-979-2873


Meet our Staff:


Sara Hart Weir, MS


Kandi Pickard
Chief of Staff


Heather Sachs, JD
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy


Rebecca Switalski
Director, National Buddy Walk® Program


Madeline Alemar
Senior Director, Special Events


Vanessa Quick
Director, Programs & Community Outreach


Jawanda Mast
Manager, Grassroots Advocacy


Anita Ford
Manager, National Buddy Walk® Program


Colleen Hatcher
Manager, Social Media


Camille Franco
Manager, #DSWORKS™ Program


Melissa Robertson
Office Manager


Julie Ryan-Silva
Associate, Advocacy & Public Policy


Kjerstin Besser
Information & Referral Specialist


Jamie Dolan
Information & Referral Assistant


Adrian Forsyth
Advocacy Programs Assistant



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

NDSS National Policy Center
718 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20003

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors