Our Staff

Anca Elena Call
PR & 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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Rejena Carmichael
Marketing Communications Manager

Rejena Carmichael is the Marketing Communications Manager at Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Rejena works with Global’s departments to effectively communicate Global’s accomplishments, promote fundraising events and opportunities, and tell touching constituent stories to help meet our financial and humanitarian goals.

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Mackenzie Cecil
Community Development Logistics Coordinator

Mackenzie Cecil assists with coordinating health and wellness programs serving children and adults with Down syndrome, including Global’s Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Dare to Cheer Camp with the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, the Dare to Play Soccer Camp with Regis University and the Colorado Rapids, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Class with the Colorado Ballet, the Dare to Play Tennis with Gates Tennis Center, Dare to Play Football with the CU Buffs and Dare to Cheer with the CU Buffs.

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Martha Keele
Senior Director of Community Development & Government Affairs

As the Sr. Director of Events and Government Affairs for Global, Martha Keele is responsible for raising crucial funds to support research, medical care, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome.

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Bryn Gelaro

Bryn Gelaro
Director of Adult Initiatives & Special Projects

Bryn Gelaro, a social worker with a passion for behavioral health of adults with Down syndrome, was a consultant for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation from 2015 to 2017 before Director of of Adult Initiatives and Special Projects.  Her work includes furthering Global’s adult care initiatives, including serving as an executive committee member and co-author of the Adult Medical Health Care Guideline update and supporting Global’s efforts to open a World Class Medical Clinic for adults with Down syndrome.

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Jessica Haddix

Jessica Haddix
Community Development Manager

As part of Global’s Events Team Jessica Haddix manages special events serving people with Down syndrome, including I ♥ You Dance Parties, World Down Syndrome Day Celebration, Webinar Series, and the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. She also oversees conference logistics including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Research and Medical Care Roundtable. Jessica reports to Martha Cronen, Senior Director of Events & Government Affairs, and assists in vetting and launching new Global events.

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Jamie HJamie Heslin
Director of Development Systems & Data

As the Director of Development Systems & Data, Jamie oversees the database team and all development software for Global, designing and refining reports, systems and data protocols to ensure data integrity, structure and efficiency.

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Stacy HutchcraftStacy Hutchcraft
Senior Accountant

Stacy serves Global as the Senior Accountant. She is responsible for handling the day-to-day accounting and HR tasks that keep the back office running smoothly; and works with Global’s CFO to provide valuable financial reporting to colleagues and leadership in the organization.

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Jill “Kat” Loewen

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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Cait McGrathMcGrath
Senior Database Coordinator

As Senior Database Coordinator, Cait maintains the integrity of all data inputs/outputs of Global Down Syndrome’s Raiser’s Edge database by utilizing and communicating best practice protocols for data entry, data extraction and reporting.

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Dennis E. McGuire, LCSW, Ph.D.McGuire
Senior Consultant, Adult Initiatives

Dennis McGuire, LCSW, Ph.D. is Global’s Senior Consultant specializing in adult initiatives. In this role he facilitates the best possible programs and services for teens and adults with Down syndrome. This includes the development of a world class multidisciplinary clinic serving this population and co-facilitating the Adult Medical Care Guidelines initiative. 

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Stephanie MeyersStephanie
Senior Coordinator of Membership & Community Development

As the Events and Membership Coordinator for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Stephanie oversees event and conference logistics while assisting our Global members. 

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Jon PettitJon
Manager of Digital Marketing

Jon serves Global as Manager of Digital Marketing. He oversees Global’s website, digital communications, and works with PR to ensure Global’s mission is reaching the masses in style.  

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Katie ReddingtonKatie Reddington
Community Development Coordinator

As Sponsorship Coordinator, Katie works to support revenue and engagement goals for Global’s events and Health and Wellness Programs.

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Kayla Roberts, MPHKayla Roberts, MPH
Database Coordinator

As Database Coordinator, Kayla maintains the integrity of data inputs of Global Down Syndrome’s Raiser’s Edge database by utilizing and communicating best practice protocols for data entry, data extraction and reporting. Kayla works with all donations, registrations, and acknowledgements.

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Ashley Twining Sparhawk
Executive Assistant & Grants Coordinator

Ashley Sparhawk is the Executive Assistant to Michelle Sie Whitten and Global’s Grants Coordinator. She is responsible for assisting with multiple tasks and multi-faceted projects, including but not limited to calendar and time management, overseeing event and conference logistics, and assisting with Global’s membership program. Ashley also manages Global’s two grantmaking programs for local Down syndrome organizations, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants and the Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants.

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Richard WaysdorfWaysdorf
Legal Consultant

Richard is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Foundation, negotiating and drafting agreements, and advising on a wide range of legal and policy issues.  He oversees outside counsel in specialties including government relations, intellectual property, biomedical research, and not-for-profit operations.

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Vonda WestlakeVonda Westlake
Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Vonda Westlake supports Global’s digital and online presence in all areas of work – including research, medical care, government advocacy, fundraising & events, health & wellness programs, and special initiatives.

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Michelle Sie WhittenMichelle Sie Whitten
President & CEO

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

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