About DSAT

The Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee, Inc. (“DSAT“) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families since 2004.  We offer support to our members through the promotion of acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness, while also helping to ensure that individuals with Down Syndrome have the opportunity to realize their full-potential as members of our community.

We continue to grow today and promote statewide public awareness of Down syndrome and to be a source of information and support to families in Florida’s Capitol City, North Florida and South Georgia.

2017 Board of Directors

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Amber Davis Williams
President

Amber is lifelong resident of the Florida Panhandle and became involved with DSAT in 2012. When Amber and her husband, Bill, decided to grow their family in 2013, they were inspired by their son, Will, to pursue special needs adoption. In July of 2014 they welcomed home Hamilton and Cadman, making them the proud parents of now three boys with Down syndrome. Amber and her husband have a consulting company where she continues to work part-time from home while caring for their two young sons. Amber completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at Hawaii Pacific University and over the last 15 years has worked with non-profits in multiple capacities.  Amber joined the board in 2014 and has served as President since 2015.

Stacey Kolka

Stacey Kolka
Treasurer

Stacey began involvement with DSAT in 2002 when her son Kason was born and assisted with the tax exempt application for DSAT to become a 501(c)3.  In 2012, she took over as treasurer of the association.  Stacey is a native of Tallahassee and together with her husband, Kevin, has 4 children, Kayla, Karson, Kade, and Kason.  Stacey continues to work part time as a Senior Manager in the Tax Services Department of a regional CPA firm.  Stacey’s primary goal as a director is for DSAT  to continue to grow and reach out to surrounding communities and increase awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down Syndrome, while also partnering with the parents and caregivers to provide much needed support, encouragement and resources.

Danielle Tharpe

Danielle Tharpe
Programs Chair

Danielle has lived in Tallahassee for almost 30 years. She received a Bachelors degree and Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University. She is the mother of two boys – T.J. and Trace. She has been involved with DSAT since T.J. was a toddler. She has served on the board of DSAT for numerous years and is currently the Program Chair.

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Jane Brooks Snyder
Fundraising Chair

 Jane recently relocated to Tallahassee with her husband, Jeffery, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Capital Regional Medical Center.  Jane has a BS from Auburn University and a MBA from Nova/Southeastern University.  She taught Math for the last 4 years at Santa Fe College and served on multiple civic and educational boards in Gainesville, where she lived for the last 26 years.  Jane has 3 daughters.

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Alison Fendle
Membership Outreach Chair

Alison became involved with DSAT after her daughter, Iona, was born in 2014, joining big sister Audrey. Something that helped Alison at that time was talking to and meeting with other families in the Down syndrome community. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. Alison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a focus on maternal and infant mental health, a background that serves her well in her role as Membership Outreach Chair.

DSAT Staff

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Dana Rainey
Executive Director 

Dana Rainey is a graduate of Auburn University. She currently resides in Thomasville, GA with her husband, Paul, and children Margo (14) and William (12). Dana is a former school teacher and PTA president. Her experience in the classroom, volunteer service and fundraising all contribute to her success as Executive Director. Dana is an active member of Thomasville First United Methodist Church, a counselor for the Thomasville Crisis Pregnancy Center and enjoys playing tennis in her spare time.