Our Mission

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to helping create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome.

Vision Statement

We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome are actively included, given opportunities to participate and contribute as valued citizens, and have the choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.

History of DSAJ

In 1989, the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville was founded by a handful of families who recognized the need to have a support group in the Jacksonville community. The focus was, and continues to be, to provide awareness and education and to help individuals with Down syndrome reach their potential. Our association has continued to grow with over 1,500 individuals, families and community members.

DSAJ Board of Directors

Stephanie Kearney

Board President: Stephanie Kearney currently serves as Board President. Stephanie is an active member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Junior League of Jacksonville. She began her term in August of 2014.

Dr. Christopher Emanuel, MD

Chris serves as a Board Certified Pediatrician in the Jacksonville community.

Jennifer Lee

Community Member: Jennifer works for Fidelity National Title Group and has served as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.

Julie Steinkamp

Parent Advocate: Julie has been an active member of the DSAJ for many years. She is employed by the North Florida School of Special Education. Julie previously served as the marketing chairperson for the DSAJ. She is the mother to a son with Down syndrome.

Jeff Leach

Finance Committee: Previously served as Board President of DSAJ; Employed by Web.com as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Jeff is an active member of the DSAJ for many years and is the father of a daughter with Down syndrome.

Susan Corse-Adams

Past Board President: Recently served as Board President. Currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for CEIDD (Florida Coalition for the Education of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Inc.) Serves on the Steering Committee for the Arc Jacksonville On-Campus Transition Program @ UNF. Susan is the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome.

Cheriann Cain

Community Member: Employed by Timus Inc. as a Project Manager. Cheriann has been actively involved with the DSAJ for many years. Currently serves as Buddy Walk Carnival Chairperson.

Stefanie Harrell

Board Secretary: Stefanie is employed by Bank of America and has been an active member of the association for many years. She began her term in February of 2014.

Gisli Magnusson

Parent Advocate: Gisli serves as the Policy liaison for DSAJ. His term on the board began April 2012. He is employed by Southeast Corporate Federal Credit Union as a Sales Strategist. He is the father to a daughter with Down syndrome.

Scott Mattson

Finance Committee: Scott is a Certified Public Accountant working for the LBA Group. Scott is the father of a son with Down syndrome.

Jessica Tiedeberg

Finance Committee: Jessica earned her degrees in Finance and Political Science and is the mother of a son with Down syndrome.