Meet the DSG Staff
Amy Allison, Executive Director
Lindsey Lipsky, Program Coordinator
Elaine Perilla, Event/Volunteer Coordinator
Whitney Means, Employment Specialist
Ronda Vlasin, Administrative Support
The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. DSG seeks to provide the entire community with information and education to broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.
In 1984, a group of parents whose children had Down syndrome formed the DSG. They envisioned an organized network of resources. This vision has taken the DSG from an emerging grass roots parent movement to a premier nonprofit organization focused on advancements in education, inclusion and acceptance of people with Down syndrome.
DSG currently serves 37 counties in Kansas and Missouri. We provide support to over 1300 individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who serve them.
The Goals of DSG are:
• provide support and resources
• encourage active participation in the community
• foster positive attitudes
• help individuals with Down syndrome reach their full potential
We invite you to explore our programs and services, review our annual report, meet our partners, enjoy our photo gallery and learn about our history. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM. We are also available nights and weekends for members who wish to schedule an appointment.
DSG BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tom Wagstaff, Board President
Wagstaff & Cartmell LLC
Travis Palangi, Vice President
Olathe School District
JoAnn Butaud, Operations Chair
Veronica Manzano, Secretary
Joe Roos, Past Board President
Brian Cowley, Diversity Outreach Chair
Erin Hanavan, Public Awareness Chair
Jennifer Ross, Public Education Chair
Danyel Bischof-Forsyth, Board Member
Doug Crable, Board Member
TFB Group Services LLC
Kelly Chapman, Board Member
Shawnee Mission School District
Moya Peterson, Board Member
KU Medical Center
Are you interested in serving on the Board?
Are you interested in serving on a committee?
Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City
5960 Dearborn Street, Suite 100
Mission, KS 66202