About DSAHR

We're a non-profit charitable organization
that supports the families and persons with Down Syndrome.

About us.

The Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads is a non-profit charitable organization that supports the families and persons with Down Syndrome.

Our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome, helping them reach their full potential by providing family support, education, and social opportunities in Southeast Virginia and Hampton Roads.

We Are Here to Help

Established in 1981, the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads is a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The association is supported by a board of directors and dedicated volunteers. Our programs and services are supported by individual and corporate donations combined with annual fund raisers and special events.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andra Wilson

President

My name is Andra Wilson, and I am a native to this area, born and raised here. I have 2 wonderful children, James and Andra, who keep me on my toes! My son James is in the Army and stationed in South Korea, and my daughter is an 8th grader at Churchland Middle School. My daughter Andra has Trisomy 21, also known as Down Syndrome. My family has been blessed to be a part of this community and the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads for several years now, and I have been a member of the Board of Directors for almost 2 years. My family has participated in several wonderful activities and learned more with every step in our journey together.

Tammy Noble

Director

My name is Tammy Nobles and I lived in the area for over 20 years. I welcomed my first child Christopher in 1997 and then my second child Kayla in 2002. Kayla was diagnosed with ADHD/ODD and high functioning autism. In 2014, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl with down syndrome. I had no idea how our lives would change and how amazing the journey was going to be. I came across the DSAHR Facebook page and found out about World Down Syndrome Day and that the association was holding an event at a Mexican restaurant. That was the start of meeting wonderful and supportive parents in the community that understood what I was going through and provided the support that I needed. I joined the board in October of 2015 because I wanted to provide that same support to new parents that I received. I love being an advocate for both my girls and enjoy being on the board. I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful people in the community through the DSAHR and I hope to continue to build on lasting friendships and to make new ones.

Renee Howard

Treasurer

I joined the DSAHR Board in 2014 and am honored to be among such a motivated and committed group of Executives and Directors. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Stan, since 1993 and together we have three amazing children. Our middle child, Jackson, was diagnosed with down syndrome prenatally. He was born in February 2012 – 23 months after his big sister Vivian, and 15 months before his little sister Lexington Marie. Life is busy at the Howard household, but we treasure it all. My husband and I are originally from central New York State, but have lived in Hampton Roads for 20+ years. I worked locally in long term care for seven years as I finished my undergraduate education. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Old Dominion University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary. I am a licensed CPA and currently work as a Senior Manager for the audit, tax and advisory services firm, KPMG LLP. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads in this way, and am looking forward to becoming a better educator in our community, as well as a better student of, and advocate for the children and adults with special needs that this wonderful organization serves.

Bobbi Jo Kraemer

Secretary

Originally from Pennsylvania, I moved to Hampton Roads in October of 2007. My husband and I were married in March of 2009 and in March of 2011, we found out we were having a little girl. Little did we know that she would turn our lives upside down in such an amazing way! She was born with Down Syndrome in November 2011. Since I moved to VA, I have actively been involved in the community and in my husband’s squadron helping those in need as much as possible and providing support. My family and I have been attending events with the DSAHR since our daughter was born. I was invited to join the Board of Directors with the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads in October 2013. It was such a honor to accept the invitation. I am so excited to be a part of such a dedicated and fun group of individuals and an amazing organization providing support for our children and loved ones with special needs. It has been a passion of mine to become more involved with DSAHR and I see this as an exciting opportunity to do just that. I am very eager to learn and meet a lot of wonderful new friends. I am committed and dedicated to doing my part to act as a resource and an advocate for those caring for children and adults with special needs. I look forward to starting my journey and building long lasting relationships with my friends of DSAHR. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing group of people!