Announcement to DSAIA Membership

Fri, September 20, 2019 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Valued DSAIA Affiliate Members,

After more than 9 years, Executive Director, Deanna Tharpe has decided to move on from the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action and will step down as of September 20, 2019.

Under Tharpe’s leadership the organization has grown into a national, respected resource for the Down syndrome leadership community.  “Deanna’s passion has produced growth and progress both for the organization and the community at-large.” said DSAIA Board President, Lauren Camp.

“It has been a privilege to serve DSAIA.” Tharpe said. “This organization continues to lead the way in the Down syndrome affiliate community due to the dedication of the Board and the wisdom of our membership.”

Tharpe will be joining the executive team of Global Down Syndrome Foundation as their Senior Membership Consultant. She is looking forward to continuing to serve the Down syndrome community in her new role. Tharpe will remain in a strategic advisory role with DSAIA for the next few months of transition. The DSAIA Board looks forward to working with Deanna through our strong and long-time relationship with Global.

The DSAIA Board of Directors is excited to welcome Amy Van Bergen into the role as interim executive director. She will help us reach our membership and conference goals and brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to DSAIA. Amy has a vast amount of experience within Down syndrome and nonprofit organizations of all sizes. She is a native to Florida and happens to have a son with Down syndrome.

DSAIA’s first priority is and will always be serving our membership, and through you, the Down syndrome community. During this period of having an interim director, the DSAIA Board will also be analyzing the organization’s current structure, mission and strategy.  We will look to you for feedback about why DSAIA is important and how we can strengthen programming to serve your ever-changing needs.  We invite you to join us for a Town Hall Zoom Meeting on Monday, September 23rd at 6:30pm Central Time. This will be an opportunity for members to ask questions, share input and engage with the DSAIA Board of Directors. If you are unable to attend, but would like to speak with our board President, Lauren Camp, please email or call 302-757-2303.

Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is dedicated to helping our members develop organizational capacity. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando for another amazing conference and hope to hear from you at the meeting on Monday. Thank you for all you do!

Join the Town Hall Zoom Meeting on Monday, September 23rd at 6:30PM CT via this link HERE.  Let’s discuss: What is the biggest benefit to your organization from being DSAIA members? What do you want more of? How can we improve and better serve you?

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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