Meet the Team

Executive Director

Kathryn Lariviere joins the staff after six years of service on the DSA-GC’s Board of Directors where she was distinguished by her work on the Symposium Committee and her leadership in spearheading the 2011 International Education Conference. Kathryn makes her home in Gastonia, NC where she lives with her husband, Mark, daughters, Brianna and Kayleigh and son, Cameron (Ds).

Director of Education and Community Engagement

Stephanie Hoban Cook brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position along with a proven dedication to the DSA-GC and educating children with Down syndrome. Her years on the Board of the DSA-GC, the Planning Committee for the Down Syndrome Education (DSE) Conference in 2010, and her attendance at that DSE conference have given her an incredible knowledge base about children with Ds and how they learn best.

Board of Directors


President - Chris Coggins

(daughter, Avery)

Vice President, Programming - Melina Deleon

Vice President, Fund Development - Andrew Spafford

Treasurer - Crystal Garrett

Secretary - Sara Weiss
(son, Ben)


Brendan Hammeke

Melissa Thomason

(son, Welles)

Ernie Hoag
(daughter, Lily)

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