Our Organization

History

The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) was formed in 1985 by six couples who had children with Down syndrome. Their original aim was to provide support and share knowledge with other families.  Through the years, the goals of the Association have broadened to encompass advocacy, public awareness and the distribution of information relevant to Down syndrome.

Mission

The mission of the Association is to be a resource and advocacy organization promoting public awareness and supporting lifelong opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Who We Serve

The DSAWM serves twelve counties in West Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa and Van Buren. Our membership is comprised of nearly 300 individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We also service community partners, e.g., medical professionals, educators, therapists, disability organizations, etc.

Anyone who wishes to join the Association may become a member; however, only those living in the aforementioned counties receive full access to DSAWM programs and services.

Values

Empowerment – We provide resources, opportunities and knowledge in order to empower our members to realize their potential in life.

Service – We communicate with, and on behalf of, our members to provide resources and information based on individual needs.

Healthy Lifestyle – We promote healthy life choices and lifelong learning.

Inclusion – We strive to treat all people fairly and look for ways to connect our members with the community-at-large.

Continuous Improvement – We recognize that as times change, so do the needs of our members.  We never stop asking, “How can we be better?”

leadership

staff

Executive Director
Jennifer Richards
director@dsawm.org

board of directors

President
Tom Hackett, JD, MBA

tghackett@aol.com

Vice President
Brad Rivard, MBA, RRT

Treasurer
Sean Igoe, CPA

Secretary
Roshelle Seals

members-at-large
Jill Fouch
Maggie McPhee, SHRM-CP, PHR
Maria Nykerk
Maureen O’Brien, JD
Roshelle Seals
Nancy Spanski
Michael Wolff, PSYD, ABPDN
David Wood, CPA

 

Traductora de español

Diane Estrella
616-401-1824
naundiane@hotmail.com
Monica Matomoros
231-670-5558
monnycka@yahoo.com

 

Dads Co-coordinators

Jim Leach & Aaron Weisenborn
dads@dsawm.org

 

Tax Information

The DSAWM will make available for public inspection the last three years of its tax documents, including Internal Revenue Service Forms 990 and 990-T (if applicable). Copies will be provided within 30 days of the request. The requestor may be charged a reasonable fee for the cost of copying and postage.