Our Staff

Kayla Albrechtson, MPHKayla Roberts, MPH
Senior Database Coordinator

As Senior Database Coordinator, Kayla maintains the integrity of data inputs of GLOBAL’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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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
Down Syndrome World™ Content Manager

Rejena Carmichael is the Content Manager for Down Syndrome World™, the award-winning magazine published by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL). Rejena manages the magazine’s high-quality content, distribution, data organization, cross marketing and promotion, and advertising.

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Benjamin Enyart
Senior Communications Coordinator

Benjamin Enyart is the Senior Communications Coordinator for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL). He manages GLOBAL’s social media accounts and is responsible for creating the monthly eNewsletter.

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Bryn Gelaro

Bryn Gelaro, LSW
Senior Director of Adult Initiatives & Special Projects

Bryn Gelaro is a Licensed Social Worker with a background in behavioral health for adults with adults with Down syndrome. Her work includes furthering GLOBAL’s adult care initiatives, serving as an executive committee member and co-author of GLOBAL’s Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, and managing the development and operations of GLOBAL’s efforts to open a World Class Medical Clinic for adults with Down syndrome.

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Chelsea Jones
Community Development Logistics Senior Coordinator

As part of GLOBAL’s Community Development Team Chelsea plans logistics for special events, including conferences, I ♥ You Dance Parties, and the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. She also leads GLOBAL’s Health and Wellness programs (Football, Cheer, Tennis, Soccer and Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance), working with families and volunteers to promote fun engaging social activities in a safe and inclusive environment.

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Lillyann Karsh-Lombardo
Education Center Coordinator

Lillyann is the Education Center Coordinator for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Lillyann is excited about creating and launching all-new programs for individuals with Down syndrome at the Education Center, including a Computer Skills program and Cooking and Nutrition program. She also helps organize meetings and collaborations at the Education Center. Lillyann loves planning and forming relationships with individuals with Down syndrome and organizations that value improving lives of those who are differently abled.

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Jill “Kat” Loewen
Office Assistant

Kat is an Office Assistant 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
Database Senior Manager

As Database Senior Manager, Cait maintains the integrity of all data inputs/outputs of GLOBAL’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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Ben McPherson
Database Coordinator

As a Database Coordinator at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Ben works with all donations, event registrations, and gift acknowledgements. He also helps maintain the accuracy and timely entry of data in GLOBAL’s Raiser’s Edge database.

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Katie ReddingtonKatie Reddington
Community Development Senior Manager

As Community Development Senior Manager, Katie supports the revenue and engagement goals for GLOBAL’s many programs and events, including GLOBAL’s award-winning Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.

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Ashley Sparhawk
Executive Assistant & Grants Program Manager

Ashley Sparhawk is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and GLOBAL’s Grants Program Manager. She is responsible for assisting with multiple tasks and multi-faceted projects, including but not limited to calendar and time management, overseeing event and travel logistics, managing talent and donor relationships, and establishing and implementing processes and protocols for all staff. Ashley also manages GLOBAL’s three annual grantmaking programs which provide much-needed funding to local Down syndrome organizations, the GLOBAL Educational Grants, Self-Advocate Employment Initiative Grants, and the COVID-19 Emergency Relief GLOBAL 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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Michelle Sie WhittenMichelle Sie Whitten
President & CEO

Michelle Sie Whitten is the President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL). She co-founded the organization in 2009, after giving birth to her daughter Sophia, who has Down syndrome. GLOBAL is the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome.

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