Today, I am honored and thrilled to address you as the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound’s new Executive Director. My background involves over 20 years leading nonprofits by building major fundraising initiatives and community relations. As a retired physician I’ve worked intensely with organizations like Kindering Center, supporting children with neurodevelopmental delay, and Vital Voices Global Partnership, serving marginalized women in the areas of entrepreneurship, human rights, and politics around the world.
The DSC has already established a strong presence within the Puget Sound community to address the needs of its members. While the DSC‘s continued work to provide programs, advocacy, and resources to our local Down Syndrome community has been successful, there is much more work to be done. I look forward to doing it with your continued input and support, which is critical to the growth of our organization. I’m excited to lead the DSC through this next exciting chapter!
I would also like to thank the DSC board of directors for this leadership opportunity and consider it a privilege to support their amazing work. I recognize I have a lot to learn and intend to invest time and attention to get to know the DSC culture; policies and procedures; and to build even more exciting programming to support the Ds community.
I look forward to meeting each of you at the upcoming 23rd annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk on October 6!
Rosie van Coevorden, MD