Erin Suelmann

Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis 

Erin Suelmann is the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL) which serves, supports, and celebrates the lives of nearly 2,000 individuals with Down syndrome and their families, through every stage of life. Erin received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado, and her master’s degrees in anthropology and in public health from the University of Arizona.  She began her journey at the DSAGSL in 2012 as Director of Programs and Services and was promoted to Executive Director in 2016. Prior to her position at the DSAGSL, Erin served as Director of Programs at Immunize Colorado, a state-wide public health organization promoting the safety and importance of vaccinations. Prior to that position, she served as a case manager and educator for Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services in Tucson.

In addition to loving her leadership position at the DSAGSL, Erin has been proud to serve on several nonprofit boards of directors and committees over the years. She currently serves on the Gateway Coalition of Service Providers Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. She formerly served as the chair of the St. Louis County Coalition of Service Providers Legislative Committee, as Secretary and Vice President of Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, as President of Discovery Children’s Center, and as Membership Chair at the Colorado Association of Public Health.

She moved home to St. Louis in 2012 where she now resides with her husband and two young daughters. Her passion for the disability field comes from her life with her brother, Andrew, who happens to have Down syndrome and who now lives just a few houses away always looking to have fun! Erin is thrilled to now serve on the GLOBAL Membership Advisory Board and is excited to help GLOBAL and other DSAs advance their missions.