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The NWDSA’s new development chair

The NWDSA’s new development chair

The NWDSA is excited to introduce Amy Geoffroy as our new development chair. Amy and her husband Kevin have two girls, a cat and a dog. Emily is a seventh grader at Beaumont Middle School, and Abigail, who has Down syndrome, is a third grader at Alameda Elementary School. The Geoffroys moved to Portland two years ago, taking advantage of a new job opportunity for Kevin in healthcare IT management to get away from hectic New Jersey in favor of a more sustainable lifestyle in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They live in Northeast Portland and love the walkability and community feel of their Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood. The entire family is happy with the move, and the girls are well ensconced in their school and neighborhood community activities. Emily plays clarinet and saxophone in jazz band, acolytes at St Michael’s and All Angels, and is an avid vegan baker. Abigail is fully included in the general education third grade at Alameda, and she keeps busy and active with both ballet and cheerleading.

Amy has been involved as a leader in the Down syndrome and inclusive education communities since Abigail’s birth. In New Jersey, she served as president of Network21: Supporting Families with Down Syndrome and as an advisory board member of New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. She supports women with prenatal diagnoses both in person and online through Down Syndrome Pregnancy, Inc. and the BabyCenter DSP board. Amy has worked professionally in non-profit development for four years, first as development associate at Rutgers University and currently as development coordinator for the Oregon Area Jewish Committee, a social justice and human rights organization. She has also worked in event management and nonprofit administration. Amy is excited to put her energy and skills to use on behalf of NWDSA and the families we serve, and we are excited to have her with us!

Amy is joined on the Development Board by:

  • Sherry and Brett Kucera

  • Terry Costello

  • Mikki Keller

  • Melanie Fallis

  • Kristian Burch

  • Jennifer Muir

  • Becky Adelman

  • Suzanne Goddyn

Together they will work on fundraising, grant writing, special events and community messaging. If you are interested in supporting this work or know of connections that may be useful, please contact Amy at the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center, 503-238-0522