Kandi is the Chief of Staff at NDSS, where she manages all staff members on a day-to-day basis. Working in close coordination with the President & CEO of NDSS, Kandi oversees the success of each department in the organization, with a particular focus on the #DSWORKS® Employment Program. Kandi, along with the rest of the team, is dedicated to the long-term goals, achievements and successes of both NDSS and the Down syndrome community.”
Ashley is the Director of Government Relations. She works with members of Congress and their staff, federal agencies and state and local leaders to help pass legislation that is beneficial to the Down syndrome community.
While spending time in Poland, Ashley accidentally ate cow tongue soup. She does NOT recommend it.
Director of National Inclusive Health and Sports Program Email Michelle
Michelle is the Director of National Inclusive Health & Sports Program, overseeing the National Buddy Walk Program, Athlete Ambassador Program, Charity Racing Teams and Our Healthy Community.
Michelle is passionate about health and fitness, and combines her passion and her advocacy experience in the disability community in making health, an important human right, a priority for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Maeve is the Development Manager at NDSS. She provides research and development the to staff. She strongly believes that excellent research and donor stewardship positively influence the growth of all organizations.
Maeve grew up in Ireland, on the scenic “Ring of Kerry,” but never spotted any leprechauns while living there.
Joshua serves as the Senior Communications Advisor with NDSS working alongside the leadership team and all departments to help compose, refine and ultimately craft compelling messages to tell the stories of the thousands of advocates, families and supporters of NDSS.
Joshua is first in the state of Missouri in the “Hit By Pitch” category.
Vincent has a long track record of executing public policy strategies that produce results. At Capitol Knowledge, he empowers his clients with excellent strategic planning and communications skills, out of the box thinking, and political savvy to help them respond to their government affairs challenges and objectives.
Jessica is the Athlete Ambassador Program Manager managing the Athlete Ambassador Team, Charity Racing and Racing for 3.21 on World Down Syndrome Day. She ensures there are plenty of opportunities and avenues to stay fit and healthy.
Jessica always disliked running and preferred other modes of exercise. However, she has run multiple races, including three half marathons.
Michelle is the Buddy Walk® Program Manager who works with Buddy Walk® organizers to help kick start, maintain and grow Walks across the country. She also helps plan the annual NYC Buddy Walk® and Buddy Walk® Conference.
Michelle was born in Colombia, South America, and is fluent in Spanish!
Charlotte is a Community Outreach Associate at NDSS. She is very passionate about advocating for all individuals with disabilities. She hopes to pursue a career as an author, a professional baker, event planner and motivational speaker. Charlotte is determined to do her best to help ALL people with special needs!
Charlotte wants to be the first individual with Down syndrome to be President!
Assistant Information and Referral Specialist Email Jamie
Jamie is an Assistant Information and Referral Specialist preparing information kits about the needs and abilities of people with Down syndrome. Jamie has also had the opportunity to represent NDSS at the United Nations for the 2016 World Down Syndrome Day.
Jamie is very outdoorsy! He loves Italy and Peanut butter cups!
As the Special Events Assistant, Luke aids in production and distribution of event promotional materials and favors, manages incoming Gala items/packages, provides support to IHS team including New York City Buddy Walk® and other special events. He also assists in the planning, preparation, and presentation of sponsorship and operational logistical meetings.
Luke is 21 and he likes to get hamburgers and french fries, with a soda on the side!
Adrian is an Advocacy Program Assistant for NDSS. Adrian works within the office and on Capitol Hill. Adrian is also a liaison between the Self Advocate Advisory Board and the NDSS staff.
In my spare time, I am a trained peer mentor with Project STIR, a DS-Ambassador from Maryland with the National Down Syndrome Society because an advocate’s job never stops.
Meet a DS-AMBASSADOR®
“Being a part of the 200+ advocates on the hill meeting with elected officials was inspiring and powerful. This example and experience gives us fuel to come back home, roll up our sleeves and get to work.”