Our Story

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is an accredited and award-winning not-for-profit association founded in 1991 by parents of children with Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 1,200 individuals with DS and their families. We serve families in an area of over 10 counties with help from more than 17,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors. More than 50% of our board members have family members with Down syndrome.

DSACF is the leading voice for all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness as we guide individuals with Down syndrome through life’s transitions. Together, we create a Central Florida community composed of and dedicated to individuals with Down syndrome – and those who love them – so that each may realize their potential.

Our Team

CEO/Executive Director

Janet Caramello, MBA, CFRE


Development Manager

Sheryl Davis


Program Manager

Katie DeHart


Office Administrator

Susan Forster


Board of Directors

Mary Beth Eliason, President

Adam Pickett, Founder & CEO, My One Resource, Vice President

Sean DiMercurio CPA CGMA, Treasurer

Janet Benge, NZCT, Secretary

Catherine Davey, J.D., LL.M.

Brad Gornto, Esq., LLM

Mike Giuliano

Kieran Hill

Kristi Koester, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

John Magaw

Allison Mitchell, B.S., BCaBA

Edward J. Schwob III, Esq.

Medical Advisory Board

Comprised of physicians, psychologists, therapists, and other health care professionals who have an interest in and/or experience in caring for individuals with Down syndrome and are familiar with accepted standards of various general and subspecialty care of individuals with Down syndrome.

Dr. Sam Smith, Chair

Dr. Lynda Pollack

Dr. Jennifer Tucker

Dr. Julie Wei

Dr. Julie Denham

Dr. Sheryl Logan