Board of Directors

Gisli Magnusson
Dr. Christopher Emanuel, MD
Jennifer Lee
Julie Steinkamp
Stefanie Harrell
Susan Corse-Adams
Cheriann Cain
Gisli Magnusson
Jeff Leach
Jessica Tiedeberg
Scott Mattson

Our Mission

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to helping create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome.

Vision Statement

We envision a community where all people with Down syndrome are actively included, given opportunities to participate and contribute as valued citizens, and have the choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.

History of DSAJ

In 1989, the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville was founded by a handful of families who recognized the need to have a support group in the Jacksonville community. The focus was, and continues to be, to provide awareness and education and to help individuals with Down syndrome reach their potential. Our association has continued to grow with over 1,500 individuals, families and community members.

Our Staff

Debbie Revels

Executive Director

About Debbie

Debbie Revels is a Jacksonville native and has been married to her husband Dempsey for over 30 years. Debbie is one of the founding members of DSAJ and has been actively involved in since its establishment in 1989. She is a member of the NDSC Partnership Alliance committee and is a NDSS Ambassador. Debbie is currently serving on the Arc Jacksonville steering committee for the future Arc Village Residential community. She is passionate and enthusiatic about serving individuals with Down syndrome. Debbie has always received inspiration and hope from her family and looks forward to the continued progress and achievements for all individuals with Down syndrome.

Jennie Ponder

Operations Manager

About Jennie

Jennie Ponder is the Operations Manager for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. She has been working for the association since 2002. Jennie handles all internal systems including but not limited to database management and fundraising software implementation. She is also responsible for the financial component of the association with regard to accounts payable/receivable and budgeting. Jennie graduated with her degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Desiree Jomant

Program Coordinator

About Desiree

Desiree Jomant is the Program Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. She previously worked part-time coordinating events and socials for our adult group as well as managing the DSAJ Wellness/Fitness program. As a full time employee, Desiree provides our members information on our programs including monthly social events, soccer, cheer/dance, basketball, speakers/presentations and much more. Desiree coordinates the DSAJ Adult Social Group as well as the DSAJ Wellness and Fitness Programs. Desiree first became interested in working with those with developmental disabilities after spending a majority of her summers in Michigan with her Aunt, who happened to be diagnosed with Down syndrome. She has lived in Jacksonville for ten years, and has been working with the DSAJ since 2008. She graduated from the University of North Florida with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education. For the past 5 years, she has taught at the North Florida School of Special Education.