Ask Megan-Megan introduces Emily!

Megan took the opportunity to interview Emily, the new Marketing and Communications Manager at DSAGSL.  Also, see a short note from Emily below.

A Note from Emily…

It can be awkward to write things about yourself, so first let me talk about the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.  In the seven days I have worked for this agency, I have been completely blown away by the amount of support and well wishes I’ve received from staff, board members, and families.  This group really knows what a sense of community or “family” really means, and I am grateful to join the team.

I’ll be working really hard to keep up with all of our agency’s Marketing and Communications needs including brand management, website, media relations, printed communication, e-communications and social media.  This field is my passion.  I received a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in Strategic Communication, so I will ALWAYS be a Tiger fan!

In my free time, I enjoy reading (Harry Potter, Hunger Games), working out, and spending time with my family and friends.  I’ve lived in the St. Louis area my whole life, except for my college years, and I love the Blues and Cardinals!

Lastly, I look forward to all that lies ahead with our events, strategic plan, meeting everyone and whatever else comes our way.  If you are by the office, stop in and say hello.  Enjoy your holidays and happy New Year!

Crossing the Finish Line, by Dan Leonard

My name is Dan Leonard and I am 18 years old.  I wanted to tell you how excited I am about recently becoming a runner! 

Earlier this year I told my mom and dad I wanted to run a marathon.  My mom said, “Let’s start with 1 mile and go from there,” which is what I did.  I started out running a little in my neighborhood, and then my job training teacher at Parc Provence, who is a runner, stayed after work with me 2 days a week for almost 3 months and trained me for a 5K race!  I started out with slow, baby steps, and gradually got up to the 3.1 miles, which I ran on Thanksgiving morning at the Chesterfield Turkey Trot. 

I was so excited the night before the race I couldn’t sleep, and the morning of the race I was up and dressed before anyone else was even out of bed!  My sister Lara, job coach Joan, and cousins Jeff and Barb, who supported and motivated me during my training, all ran the race with me.  When I saw the Finish sign, I sprinted until I reached the line, holding my hands up high.  I have loved running and plan to continue to run races.  Maybe I will see you at the Run for 21 in March!!