CO-President & Fundraising co-chair
Allie McCann is formerly a cardiac nurse at Breckinridge Hospital and Austin Heart, who also spent time as a legal nurse consultant for Clark, Thomas and Winters (CTW). She is now a full-time mother of three, and an avid athlete competing in numerous running and cycling events across Central Texas. She is a member of Dell Children’s Medical Trust and has published a children’s book, Stella and the Little Tree, to fund Down syndrome medical research.
Kyle Henry was introduced to DSACT through the new parent outreach program when his daughter was born with Down syndrome in 2006. He says the outreach provided an understanding voice and more importantly an inspiration for the opportunities ahead. Kyle joined the board in 2016 to help continue creating new opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome. He is the Director of Corporate Financial Planning at Advanced Micro Devices and enjoys spending time at his family's farm outside of Fredericksburg.
Nicholas Carlin is the proud father of 2 boys, Jean Pablo “Pablo” and Marco. Pablo has Down Syndrome, attends Casis Elementary School and participates in several great DSACT classes and events. Nicholas is a local CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with Ameriprise Financial helping families work towards their goals by managing all aspects of their financial lives. He has a special focus and passion around advising families that are also dealing with the concerns and uncertainties that having a child with special needs can create.
Secretary & Public Relations Chair
Liz Jones-Dilworth is a Vice President at JDI, a boutique marketing agency that focuses on science and technology. At JDI, she oversees company finances, team development, recruitment, and culture. In addition to serving on the board of directors for DSACT, Liz is on the programming committee for Culturati Summit, a conference where leaders study culture building.
Kristin Steen has been a member of DSACT since 2010, when her son was born with Down syndrome. She is a former product manager and partnership specialist for both small and large technology organizations. She is the creator of FlashCards by Me, an iOS app that focused on building speech and language skills in visual learners. Kristin is the mother of two children, and enjoys running and reading. She joined the DSACT Board in 2016 to help improve the educational journey of all individuals with Down syndrome.
Suzanne Shepherd is the mother of three boys – Connor, Kevin, and Jack, who has Down syndrome. She is married to Carl Shepherd, co-founder of Homeaway. Suzanne is also the former Director of Legal Services for the Seton Family of Hospitals. Suzanne has been Co-Chair of the DSACT Healthcare Committee since 2008. She coordinates presentations to healthcare providers to improve the way the diagnosis of Down syndrome is presented to new parents. As part of this initiative, Suzanne scripted “Down Syndrome in the 21st Century.” She was born in New Jersey and is actually proud of that. Having married a native Texan, however, she’s lived in Austin since 1983 and calls Austin home.
In 2015, Carl and Suzanne Shepherd were recognized as Lifetime Trustees of DSACT.
Social Committee Chair
Tracey Cantu lives in Austin and has been on the DSACT Board since 2013. Tracey works full time as an Event Logistics Manager with George P. Johnson Experience Marketing on the IBM, North America account. Tracy is married to Felipe Cantu and together have a son Benjamin, born with Down syndrome in April 2011. Tracey is currently volunteering her time as Co-Chair of the Social Committee.
Kim Kann is the mother of three children, Nicholas, Stella, and Dash, who has Down syndrome. Kim is originally from NJ, with a background in pharmaceutical sales. She has been a member of DSACT since 2013. She is a special education campus parent coordinator and Sunshine committee member for Rooster Springs Elementary. She also serves on the board for the Tiger Reading Foundation as well as being the campus contact for the elementary school. She enjoys traveling, reading, volunteering, Austin restaurants, and advocating about Down syndrome awareness.
baby talk and new parent coordinator
Sara Dodd is the mother of two beautiful children - Caroline, and Brian, who has Down syndrome. She and her husband are small business owners who grew up in Austin. Sara graduated from TCU with an elementary teaching degree and taught 4th grade, with a few years in a special education/co-teach classroom. She enjoys traveling, raising her family, and reaching out to and supporting new families who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis.
Yulanda Young-Shaw is a former New York City Police Officer and US Soldier. She held the military occupational specialty of a 92Y, Army Unit Supply Specialist and is also a disabled US Army Veteran who was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX. She is the mother of Yasenia Young, a 19-year-old college student who is studying Business Management. Yulanda has a long history of humanitarian and community volunteer work to include DSACT, CASA, Meals on Wheels, PACT, The American Red Cross, and Selfless Samaritans. She enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. In her downtime, she enjoys watching Seinfeld and listening to Billy Joel.
Corra Dunigan is a former prosecutor who spent several years focusing on crimes against children. She now works for the Texas Workforce Commission in the Office of General Counsel, serving as a litigation attorney. She is the mother of two boys: Declan, age 4, and Breccan, age 2, who has Down syndrome. She moved from Denver to Austin six years ago and is proud to call Austin her home. She joined the DSACT board of directors to work with healthcare providers to improve the manner in which a Down syndrome diagnosis is presented to new parents.
Adult social chair
Marshall Eudy serves as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Mood Media, a commercial music and digital media services company headquartered in Austin. His younger sister, Gracie, has Down syndrome and lives in her own apartment in the Austin community. He is involved with DSACT’s adult social activities and is passionate about increasing opportunities for adults with special needs.