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Self-Advocate Council

What is the Self-Advocate Council (SAC)?

The Self-Advocate Council (SAC) was formed in 2006 and is comprised of current and former NDSC board members. All were elected to the NDSC Board of Directors by their peers. Members are active nationally and locally and are eager to work with other self-advocates.

Members of the SAC:

  • Participate in quarterly conference calls
  • Work to expand the Self-Advocate Book Project
  • Provide leadership during the Annual Convention with the Y&A Conference, Friendship Club, and Greeters Program
  • Advise the Youth & Adult Conference Team
  • Are self-advocate voices on issues of national and local discrimination

Meet the NDSC SAC Members

Pete Swayze Asplundh

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Christopher Bennett

Carrie Bergeron

Carrie Bergeron

Carrie Bergeron
Born in 1976
Lives in Fairport, New York
Served on the NDSC Board from 2000-2002

Favorite thing about serving on the NDSC Board: Making a difference for the world of human beings with Down syndrome!

SAC Projects: Book Project

Other organizations that I am involved with: 21 Club of CNY and Gig Playhouse.3.

Daniel Chaplin

Daniel Chaplin

Daniel Chaplin
Born in 1990
Lives in Homewood, Alabama
Served on the NDSC Board from 2014-2017 Presently serving as board member elected by the general membership

Favorite thing about serving on the NDSC Board: Helping and advocating for people with Down syndrome.

SAC Projects: Book project, helped carry and present

Other organizations that I am involved with: Down Syndrome Alabama (DSA)

Jennifer Cunningham

Austin Davenport

Chris Devlin

Maggie Erickson

Maggie Erickson

Margaret Catherine Erickson
Born in 1991
Lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota
Served on the NDSC Board from 2019 to present

Favorite thing about serving on the Board: Connecting with other board members, planning, and being elected by my peers so I can represent them.

SAC Projects: Book Project

Other organizations I am involved with: Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, Jack’s Baskets, ARC of Minnesota, Special Olympic of MN, Best Buddies

 

Jessica Green

Jessica Green

Jessica Lynn Green
Born in 1982
Lives in Fishers, Indiana
Served on the NDSC Board of Directors for 3 years

Favorite thing about serving on the Board: Forming friendships and making a difference for individuals with disabilities.

SAC Projects: Friendship Club, Self Advocate table Book Project

John T. Farley

Heather Hancock

Tracy Hile

Tracy Hile

Tracy Muzett Hile
Born in 1968
Lives in Murfreesboro
Served on the NDSC Board from 2003-2005

Favorite thing about serving on the NDSC Board: Learning more about leadership, traveling, meeting so many new friends.

NDSC Projects: Book Project, workshop, SAO table. spotlight speaker, greeter.

Other organizations that I am involved with: Community organizations & Church Mission House

Laurie Hobson

Jazzy Holman

Christi Hockel Davenport

Christ and Austin Davenport

Christina Marie Hockel (Davenport)
Born in 1978
Lives in Dallas, Texas
Served on the NDSC Board from 2003-2006

Favorite thing about serving on the NDSC Board: Being able to talk to new people about what it is like to be able to have Down syndrome.

SAC Projects: The Book Project, the SAC Table at the Conventions, Greeters at the Convention

Other organizations that I am involved with: The Townsend Institute at Concordia University in California, The Winshape Foundation Marriage Collective

Lee Jones

Katie Kremer

Meredith Martin

Meredith Martin
Born in 1982
Lives in Neligh, Nebraska
Served on the NDSC Board of Directors from 2006-2008

Favorite thing about serving on the Board: I enjoyed EVERYTHING about serving on the NDSC Board. I especially liked getting to know the people that make the NDSC work for families. I learned to understand all the effort it takes to make a difference in the lives of those of us with Down syndrome.

SAC Projects: The Book Project has been a special interest of mine. I also write thank you notes on behalf of the SAC when needed.

Patricia Moody

Kristin Nichols

Tony Piontek

Melissa Silverman

Jessie Smart

Mary Warm

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams
Born in 1973
Lives in N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Served on the NDSC Board from 2002-2004

Favorite thing about serving on the NDSC Board: Learning how the Board of Directors works, traveling to be at board meetings.

SAC Projects: Book project

Other organizations that I am involved with: BOD of Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society, Carolina 321 Club; People Moving UP