Director, Office Administration
Ashley manages the office and is here to assist you with donation or program registration questions. She joined DSAMn at the end of 2021. She has a background in business communications, focusing on project management and enjoys helping nonprofits meet their goals by handling the details. When she is not at DSAMn, she volunteers with a number of other groups and causes that are near to her heart. Ashley lives in St. Paul with her husband and two children.
Breanna joined DSAMn after graduating from Rasmussen College with a degree in health and wellness. She lives in Minneapolis with her elementary school aged son who has Down syndrome.
Kelly holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and is a licensed K-8 teacher. Before joining the Family Connector team at DSAMn, she taught fifth grade for twelve years in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Kelly lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. Her youngest daughter, Nola, has Down syndrome.
Southeastern Regional Coordinator
Heidi serves as one of DSAMn's Regional Coordinators as well as the Rochester Area Parent Group Facilitator. In addition to her role at DSAMn, Heidi is a Senior Loan Officer with Mayo's Employee Credit Union and the leader of the Rochester Area Parent Group. She and her husband live in Rochester and have two children. Their youngest, Josie, has Down syndrome.
Director, New Parent & Medical Outreach Programs
Tracy provides ongoing support for new and expectant parents and leads our medical outreach programs. Prior to joining DSAMn, Tracy spent 14 years teaching special education and was involved with the start-up and facilitation of the Roseville Area Parent Group. Tracy and her husband, Steve, have four children; their second child, Will, has Down syndrome.
Family Connector & Coordinator, Transition To Adulthood Program
Danyel joins DSAMn with the background and passion to serve as a Family Connector with a specialty in serving families with loved ones with Down syndrome between the ages of 16 and 22 as they transition to adulthood. She has been both a volunteer and staff member in various roles in service to multiple populations through advocacy, counseling, education and support. She is the mom to three adult children, including Tony who has Down syndrome.
Family Connector & Associate Director, Family Connector Program
Lauren comes to DSAMn with a background in education. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and is licensed to teach Spanish and ESL. She has played a vital role in shaping the Family Connector Program at DSAMn since it began in 2020. She is passionate about helping families navigate complex systems and access supports and services. She is also focused on connecting with Spanish speaking families within the Ds community. Lauren has three children and her youngest daughter, Hollis, has Down syndrome.
Jennifer facilitates DSAMn's self-advocate cooking class and coordinates our iCan Bike program each summer. She hold a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education & Masters of Arts in Special Education and is the culinary instructor at Richfield High School.
Director, Family Connector Program
Ashley is here to provide ongoing support for individuals with Down syndrome and their families as build connections with providers and community partners as DSAMn’s Family Connector Program. Prior to joining DSAMn, Ashley was a long time volunteer as the Minneapolis/West Metro Parent Group facilitator and was the founding program manager of GiGi’s Playhouse – Twin Cities. She is a licensed early childhood and elementary school teacher. Ashley lives with her husband and two boys in Minneapolis. Her oldest, Oliver, was born with Down syndrome.
Shelby facilitates DSAMn's Improvaneer program and supports Lizz with the Saturday Performing Arts Group program. As a facilitator Shelby listens to students' interests and passions and helps facilitate their unique voices being at full volume on stage. Shelby is a trans non-binary artist and theater maker who has been living and working in the Twin Cities for the last decade. They are the co-founder of WeAreMarried performance group; a pro-labor art business that strives to create sustainable employment and build thriving communities for and with artists in the Twin Cities.
Family Connector & Northern Minnesota Regional Coordinator
Hana is joining DSAMn as a transplant from Wyoming. She has a degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and has worked as a SLPA and as a DD Waiver Case Manager. Hana is excited to explore Minnesota and enjoy all of the outdoor recreation the state has to offer. She lives in Duluth with her husband and three young children. Her middle child, Etta, has Down syndrome.
Associate Director, New Parent Program
Kassi provides support to our new families and manages our early intervention outreach work. Kassi also helps lead DSAMn's DEI initiatives as a member of our employee-led DEI Council as well as leads Multicultural Group Events. Prior to joining DSAMn, Kassi worked as an Early Childhood Special Education Birth-2 Teacher for 11 years. She has experience with home visiting, caregiver coaching, service coordination, special education paperwork, and evaluation and assessment. Kassi is an advocate for individuals with disabilities, mental health, and antiracism work.
Director, Parent Groups
Erin helps manage and coordinate our statewide parent groups. Prior to joining DSAMn's staff, Erin was a long time volunteer as a facilitator of our South of the River Parent Group. In addition to her work with parent groups, she runs DSAMn's social media and helps lead DSAMn's DEI initiatives as a member of our employee-led DEI Council. She lives in Lakeville with her three sons. Her youngest son, Ronin, was born with Down syndrome.
Director, Performing Arts Programs
Lizz coordinates all of DSAMn's teen and adult programs including physical comedy, puppetry, movement, and devised theater. Lizz is a theater-maker, director, musician, and educator based in the Twin Cities. As a truly multi-disciplinary artist, they have experience performing and directing opera, puppetry, experimental theater and more. When working with self-advocates at DSAMn, Lizz encourages as many artist-led creation classes and performances as possible.