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Northwest Down Syndrome Association Announces New Executive Director

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is pleased to announce that Angela Jarvis-Holland has been appointed Executive Director, effective September 1, 2008. Ms. Jarvis-Holland has served on the Board of Directors of the NWDSA since 2002, and has been a driving force behind a variety of innovative projects. She most recently served as the Chair of Education and Advocacy.Ms. Jarvis-Holland brings to her new role as Executive Director many years of experience in leadership roles within the social services community. In her native England, Ms. Jarvis-Holland worked for several years as a public health nurse and community educator, and directed programs working with at-risk teens. After moving to the United States in 1992, she worked in social services for a number of years, including at the Parry Center and later at the Kelly Community House, where she directed a literacy based school and family support project.

In addition to her leadership experience, Ms. Jarvis-Holland holds several degrees, including a nursing degree, a double major in sociology and psychology, and a vocational master’s degree in youth and community studies and non-profit management. She has established an extensive network in the disability and healthcare community around the Northwest, and completed the Oregon Partners in Policy Making training in 2004.

While with the NWDSA, Ms. Jarvis-Holland developed the Reciprocal Learning Community, a parent-professional education project, and co-founded the All Born “In” inclusion conference. Ms. Jarvis-Holland lives in Southeast Portland with her husband and their two sons, Quinn, 14 and Daniel, 9. She has said that her two sons, and the desire to give them equal opportunities to live a rich, full life, have provided her with the inspiration to dedicate herself to advocacy work. As the NWDSA continues to grow and expand, it is exciting to be able to offer this position to such a highly qualified individual who has a proven track record as an advocate for all children and families.

NWDSA Board of Directors