Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassadors

2011 Global Down Syndrome Ambassador DeOndra Dixon with Rep. Patrick Kennedy

In addition to honoring people with Down syndrome with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award, Global Down Syndrome Foundation is proud to honor individuals with Down syndrome each year as official Ambassadors for the Foundation. Ambassadors and their families work hard to raise awareness for the Foundation’s mission of significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy.  Each Ambassador graces the cover of our Be Beautiful Be Yourself gala invitation and writes his or her own personal story.  The story is featured in the local press and as part of the invitation.  The Ambassador is also featured in a special video our Foundation produces for the marquee fundraising event and depending on the Ambassador’s age, the Ambassador participates as a model in the fashion show.

Ambassadors and their families continue to support the Foundation’s work by representing the foundation at conferences and conventions, raising funds for programs and workshops, participating in press interviews, and advocating for equality and government support.

Meet Caroline Cardenas – 2021 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Caroline Cardenas, and I am 17 years old. I live in Dallas, Texas with my mom, dad, three sisters, and my dog, Luka. My sisters are my best friends: Grace is in college, Emily is going to college this year, and Claire is in high school. They always make time to hang out with me. The whole family loves to play board games, play Wii sports, watch movies, and eat ice cream together!

Read more about Caroline Cardenas.

Meet Walt Snodgrass – 2020 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

Hello, my name is Thomas Walter Snodgrass. I am 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. Everyone calls me “Walt.” That is appropriate because I love going to Walt Disney World.

Read more about Walt Snodgrass.

Meet Charlotte Fonfara-LaRose – 2019 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Charlotte Fonfara-LaRose, but my friends call me Charley. I am a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Annapolis, Maryland!

I have a sister Noelle and a big extended family! My parents, Cathy and Scott, are really fortunate to have me. When I was born, I surprised everyone with an extra chromosome. Despite the somber tone at the hospital, I left there happy and healthy, ready to start my great life.

Read more about Charlotte Fonfara-LaRose.

 CC MullenMeet CC Mullen – 2019 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Caroline “CC” Mullen. I am a bright, happy, determined little tornado who just happens to have Down syndrome! I live in Virginia with my mom, dad, and big sister Amelia. I love to spend time with my family and am lucky to have a lot of them around me! I also like to dance, read books with my mom, and eat!

Read more about CC Mullen.

 Sam LevinMeet Sam Levin – 2018 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

Anyone who knows Sam knows he is one-of-a-kind. He participates in GLOBAL’s Dare to Play Football Camps with Ed McCaffrey, he plays on the Cherry Creek High School Unified basketball, football, lacrosse and track teams. Now he is the 2018 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador.
Read more about Sam Levin.

Meet Frank Stephens – 2018 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

Frank Stephens is an active spokesman for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Virginia. Frank often speaks on how lucky he feels to live in a generation where all of his accomplishments are possible for a man with Down syndrome.
Read more about Frank Stephens.

Marcus SikoraMeet Marcus Sikora – 2017 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

As an author, singer, actor and self-advocate, Marcus Sikora has already accomplished more in his life than most other 26-year-olds. Now he’s gathering yet another accomplishment as the 2017 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Ambassador.
Read more about Marcus Sikora.

Meet Louis Rotella IV – 2016 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

louisLouis “Louie” Rotella IV—the charming boy who inspired his dad to create the celebrated story of acceptanceThe Little King and His Marshmallow Kingdom—will inspire an audience of 1,200 when he takes to the runway as the 2016 Ambassador at Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, November 12.
Read more about Louis Rotella.

Clarissa CapuanoMeet Clarissa Capuano – 2015 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Clarissa Joann Capuano. I am seven years old and live with my Mom & Dad. I have two older brothers Alec & Jesse who are both in college. I love to sing, dance, ride horses, swim, hike and play dress up.
Read more about Clarissa Capuano.

Meet Steven Dulcie – 2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador
Steven Dulcie

Steven brings to anyone who gets to know him Joy with a capital ‘J,’ He loves soccer and baseball and he’s an expert at movies and loves music and dancing.
Read more about Steven Dulcie.

Meet Katherine Felicia Norton – 2014 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador
Katherine Norton

My name is Katherine Felicia Norton. I am 43 years old, and I live in Washington, DC, where my mom, Eleanor Holmes Norton, represents the District of Columbia in Congress. I love to dance, do puzzles and perform in pantomimes at the Art and Drama Therapy Institute and show everyone how capable and fun I am.

Read more about Katherine Felicia Norton.

Meet Cole Rodgers – 2013 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

Cole Rodgers

My name is Cole Rodgers. I am 6 years old. I love music, school and peanut butter. My family is from Eastern Washington State, but most of the time, we live in Washington, D.C.

Read more about Cole.

Meet Samantha Marcia Stevens – 2012 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Samantha Marcia Stevens, and I live just outside Boston with my mommy and daddy. Even though I’m only 6 years old, I’ve filled my life and the lives of everyone I meet with smiles and happiness.

Read more about Samantha.

Meet DeOndra Dixon – 2011 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

A loving tribute to GLOBAL Ambassador DeOndra Dixon

DeOndra was Global’s inaugural Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient and a Global Ambassador since 2011. DeOndra lived in California with her brother, Jamie Foxx, her parents and extended family. DeOndra was very grateful her family for helping her her reach her potential and in turn she helped others with Down syndrome do the same.

Read more about DeOndra.

Meet Alex Sessions – 2011 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Alexander Gregory Sessions, I am 17 years old. I was born January 19, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. I was born with Down syndrome. My parents were very happy when I was born – my brother Bill was 4 and they always wanted two boys. They did not know much about Down syndrome, but soon started educating themselves to make sure they did all they could to help me reach my intellectual and physical potential.

Read more about Alex.

Meet Katherine Vollbracht Winfield – 2010 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Katherine Vollbracht Winfield. I like sparkly lights and giggles. That is because I am only 15 months old! I live in Seattle with my mom, dad and big brother Kirby III. I surprised everyone by arriving 3 weeks early. And I had another big surprise – I was born with Down syndrome.

Read more about Katherine.

Meet Chase Turner Perry – 2009 Global Down Syndrome Foundation Ambassador

My name is Chase Turner Perry. I am three years old and I live in Colorado with my mama, dada and little brother Cooper. I have heard my parents tell the story of the day I was born many times. I was a big surprise. My parents did not know I was a boy and they did not know I had an extra chromosome.

Read more about Chase.