Our Staff

Liz Abramsohn
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Senior Manager, Website and Information

Liz Abramsohn is the Senior Manager of Website and Information at Global.  She is responsible for creating and updating website content as well as all Global communication materials including social media, email campaigns, program & event registration and the eNewsletter. Liz works with each department at Global to promote advocacy, news and event related communication.

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Kendall Anderson
Kendall-thumbExecutive Assistant for Development

Kendall Anderson is the Executive Assistant for Development. She is responsible for supporting the development team across a diverse range of projects and initiatives, in areas including market research, database management, report generation, relationship building, and logistics for events, conferences and workshops. Kendall ensures that the development team is fully equipped with the detailed information necessary to strengthen engagement and support for the Down syndrome community.

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Andrea Berard
Assistant Event Planner

Andrea Berard joined Global Down Syndrome Foundation as Special Events Coordinator in 2016 and works on events serving people with Down syndrome, including the quarterly I ♥ You Dance Parties, World Down Syndrome Day Celebration, Global Educational Series, and Courage Classic. Andrea reports to Martha Cronen, Senior Project Manager, and assists in vetting and launching new events at Global.

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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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Martha Cronen
Senior Manager, Special Projects

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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Chelsea HedrickChelsea Hedrick
Health & Wellness Programs Coordinator

Chelsea Hedrick is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Global’s health and wellness programs, which serve children and adults with Down syndrome, include the Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Global’s Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp, the Dare to Play Soccer Camp with Regis University and the Colorado Rapids, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class with the Colorado Ballet, and the Global Down Syndrome Educational Series.

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Senior Manager of Data and Analytics

Mary Lewis is the Senior Manager of Data and Analytics at Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She oversees Global’s database, gift and records processing, reporting, data integrity, donor acknowledgements, and systems support. Mary spent 6 years with the University of Denver Advancement Department as their Director of IT and 2 years with the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver as their Prospect Manager. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a PhD from the University of Wyoming.

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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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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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Taylor Shields
Senior Director – PR & Marketing

As senior director of public relations and marketing Taylor Shields is responsible for raising the awareness for Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s research, medical care, education, and advocacy through earned, digital, and produced media.

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Ashley Twining Sparhawk
Executive Assistant to Michelle Sie Whitten and Grants Coordinator

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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Michelle Sie WhittenMichelle Sie Whitten
President and CEO

Michelle Sie Whitten is the Co-Founder, 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 Winter
Health & Wellness Programs ManagerAllie Winter

Allie Winter is the Health and Wellness Manager for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Global’s health and wellness programs, which serve children and adults with Down syndrome, include the Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Global’s Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp, the Dare to Play Soccer Camp with Regis University and the Colorado Rapids, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class with the Colorado Ballet, and the Global Down Syndrome Educational Series.

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