Jeff Leach

Interim Board President: Previously served as Board President of DSAJ, Jeff is employed by Web.com as Senior VP Business Development. Jeff began his term in 2005. Jeff is an active participant in many local charity events. Jeff resides in Jacksonville, FL and has a daughter with Down syndrome. 

Susan Corse-Adams

Parent Advocate: Currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for CEIDD (Florida Coalition for The Education of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Inc.) Susan serves on the Steering Committee for the Arc Jacksonville On-Campus Transition Program @ UNF. Current community involvement focuses on the OCT Program at UNF. Resides in Atlantic Beach, FL and has a daughter with Down syndrome. 

Cheriann Cain

Treasurer: Employed by Timus Inc. – Project Manager. Cheriann has been actively involved with the DSAJ for many years. Currently serves as Buddy Walk Carnival Coordinator. Cheriann resides in Jacksonville, FL. 

Stefanie Harrell

Board Secretary: Employed by Bank of America, Stefanie has been an active member of the association for the past 13 years. She began her term in February of 2014. She resides in Orange Park, FL 

Julie Steinkamp

Parent Advocate:  Julie serves as the committee chair for the St. Vincent’s Red Rose Ball and as a board member for Hope Therapy. Her term began in April 2012. Julie serves on various committees and boards in the community. She resides in Jacksonville, FL and has a son with Down syndrome. 

Dr. Christopher Emanuel, MD

Chris serves as a Board Certified Pediatrician in the Jacksonville community. He has served on the DSAJ Board since 2014. Chris resides in Jacksonville, FL. 

Stephanie Westerman

Marketing: Stephanie began serving on the DSAJ Board in September of 2017. She is employed by Florida Blue. Stephanie resides in Jacksonville, FL and has a daughter with Down syndrome. 

Kimberly Wait

Kimberly joined the DSAJ board in 2018. She is employed by The Bolles School as the Executive Assistant. She will act as a community liaison for the DSAJ. Kimberly resides in Jacksonville, FL. 

Katie Young

Katie joined the DSAJ board in 2018 as a community liaison. She is employed fulltime and resides in Palencia in Saint John’s County. 

Jennifer Fry

 Jennifer joined the DSAJ board in 2018 as a corporate liaison. She is employed by CSX Transportation and resides in Jacksonville, FL and has a brother with Down syndrome. 

Gisli Magnusson

Gisli rejoined the DSAJ board in 2018 after a brief LOA. Gisli is employed by Corporate America Credit Union. Gisli resides in Jacksonville, FL and has a daughter with Down syndrome. 

Bradley W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Bradley joined the DSAJ board in 2018. He is employed as an Exceptional Education Specialist. Bradley resides in Jacksonville, FL. 

Kristen DeSmidt

Kristen joined the DSAJ board in 2018. She is employed by Daigle Creative as the VP of Operations and Public Relations. Kristen resides in Jacksonville, FL.  

Lauren Rautenkranz

Lauren joined the DSAJ board in 2018. She is a Meteorologist at First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida specializing in weather forecasting and reporting. Born and raised in Florida, Lauren is thrilled to be a part of the FCN Storm Experts team.