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.


Tammy Nobles

Vice President

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


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.

Jeanine Scherrer


My name is Jeanine Scherrer and it is my pleasure to serve as Secretary of the DSAHR. I am happily married to my best friend of 15 years, have two adult children and one teenager. My son, Trevor, is a fun loving, swinging, swimming, dancing 14 year old  with a double diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. I work as an advocate for him during my spare time as well as spending time with my family.

Emily Dean

Board Member

Originally from Southern California, my family and I moved to Hampton Roads in 2013, when my husband was stationed here for the Marine Corps.  Our daughter, Caroline, was born in 2011 and after her birth, we were told she had Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome.  The Down syndrome community here in Hampton Roads has been a great support system and I am excited to pay it forward by volunteering and serving on the Board of Directors.  I cannot wait to learn some new things and provide support to others.