Jennifer comes to DSACT with many years of leadership experience in nonprofits, from grassroots to national organizations. These organizations all had something in common: wonderful missions. It was the DSACT mission that attracted Jennifer to join the DSACT team. Most recently Jennifer was Chief Executive Officer of Literacy Texas, the statewide adult literacy coalition. Jennifer has specific expertise in governance, strategic planning, and fundraising. A long time (south) Austinite, she enjoys painting, reading, and traveling.
Peggy joined DSACT in August 2014 as Education Manager, having retired from Round Rock ISD after 22 years of service as a Functional Academic Teacher, Functional Academic and Life Skills Lead Specialist, member of the Transition Team and a district Support Specialist. She is excited about the opportunities to provide parents and teachers with current research based knowledge and tools to develop independent, fulfilling lives for individuals with Down syndrome. Parents, teachers, the DSACT Board and the community working together are guaranteed to make a difference in the future of individuals.
Peggy has two grown married children, Michelle and Kurt, and one grandchild, Noah. She enjoys time with Noah, walking, traveling, and gathering with friends for cards and games.
Outreach and operations manager
Laura joined the DSACT team in April 2017. Laura holds a bachelors degree from Penn State University and a masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She previously coordinated grants, volunteers, and community relations with a local children’s mental health organization and was most recently a case manager with for children with special health care needs for 7 years. Laura currently oversees DSACT’s New Parent Program, medical and community outreach, is a members of Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA)’s Family Support Leadership Circle and chair of DSAIA’s Online Training committee.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys being outside, working out, trying to get rid of a black thumb in her garden, and indulging in a guilty pleasure of "Law and Order."
programs and events Manager
Asha joined DSACT in January 2018. Originally from a small town in Georgia, Asha holds a bachelors degree in Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration. Asha got her start in the nonprofit world doing recreational programming and special events for a summer camp that served individuals with disabilities. She is thrilled to be a part of the DSACT team and honored that she gets to continue serving the disability community.
Asha is the proud dog mom to a beagle/dachshund mix named Shayna. She also loves to blog, do yoga, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and try out new gluten-free recipes.
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