Our Staff

Michael BryantMichael Bryant
Director of Website and Information

Michael Bryant is Director of Website and Information for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing the websites, social media efforts and printed materials for Global, and assists with communications and public relations.

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Anca Elena Call
PR and Communications Consultant

Anca Elena Call is the PR and Communications Consultant at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Anca is responsible for Global’s awareness outreach to the general public.

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David Charmatz, Global Down Syndrome Foundation Senior Vice PresidentDavid Charmatz
Senior Vice President

David Charmatz, a multichannel video veteran, is Senior Vice President of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Charmatz oversees marketing, public relations, research and analysis for Global, and his top priorities will be growing the personnel and revenue in order to better serve the needs of people with Down syndrome nationally and internationally.

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Martha Cronen
Project Manager

Martha Cronen is Project Manager at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Martha started at Global as an intern in 2011 working on projects in various departments, including programs, marketing and events.

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Heather Garcia, Director of Health and Wellness Programs, Global Down Syndrome FoundationHeather Garcia
Director of Health & Wellness Programs

Heather Garcia is the Director of Health & Wellness Programs for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She started at Global in 2014 and manages the health and wellness programs serving children and adults with Down syndrome.

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Jill “Kat” Loewen
Intern

Kat is an intern for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She joined Global in 2011 and is responsible for assisting with programs and office administration.

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Karen Mandel
Database Manager

Karen Mandel is the Database Manager for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She is responsible for the oversight of managing the myriad contacts and details that is necessary to run a successful development office.

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Mark SchmidtMark Schmidt
Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Mark Schmidt is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. In that role, Mark oversees accounting, financial reporting, human resources, and IT systems. Mark’s top priorities include ensuring that internal controls continue to safeguard Global’s assets and maintaining the integrity of the organization’s financial information.

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Ashley Twining Sparhawk
Executive Assistant

Ashley Twining Sparhawk is the Executive Assistant to Michelle Sie Whitten. She is responsible for calendar and time management, assisting with event and conference logistics, administering the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants and Adults with Down Syndrome Task Force, and managing incoming calls and emails.

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Stacey-UrbandStacey Urband
Accountant

Stacey Urband joined the Global Down Syndrome Foundation in 2015 as Accountant. She is responsible for full cycle accounting as well as supporting the Senior Director of Operations and Government Affairs.

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Michelle Sie WhittenMichelle Sie Whitten
President and CEO

Michelle Sie Whitten is the President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

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Allie WinterAllie Winter
Health & Wellness Programs Coordinator

Allie Winter is the the Health & Wellness Programs Coordinator for Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She started at Global in 2014 and is responsible for the health and wellness programs serving children and adults with Down syndrome.

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