Hello, I’m Shelley Yoder, Executive Director for the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana (DSANI). I have been with DSANI since January 2015. Most recently, I spent 11 years working for the Headwaters Park Alliance, another area not-for-profit. Prior to that, I also worked in the financial services field and in private industry. I am a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in business administration.
I enjoy my job immensely; and I am so very grateful to my colleagues in the disability community who have offered support, advice and help when needed. My favorite part of my job is when I am able to interact with our families. I consider it an honor to work with our families, and to help carry out DSANI’s mission statement. It has been my great joy to see how much change has taken place, both physically and otherwise, among the “kids” who were so small when I came to DSANI. I am so very proud of all of our friends with Down syndrome, and all that they are accomplishing! Please know I am always right there with you, whether in person or in spirit, cheering you on, all the way!
In my spare time (as sparse as that is), I love to read, attend sporting events, shop and spend time with my family and friends. I am currently a member of NEIDAC (North East Indiana Disabilities Advocacy Coalition), where I am the Chair, and serve on the Education/Public Relations Committee. Since the time my children started school, I was a very involved PTA parent, serving as president for many years. I am also a board member of my homeowner’s association, vice-president of the Alma College Parent’s Association Board and a past member of the Valparaiso University Parent’s Council. My husband and I are also former board members of the Snider High School Athletic Boosters. I currently volunteer for Kate’s Kart, a not-for-profit organization that distributes books to hospitalized children in a 16 hospital network in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. I am most proud of the family that my husband (Don) of 23 years and I are lucky enough to call ours! Our son, Grant, is a magna cum laude Valparaiso University graduate and is a second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Central Michigan University. Our daughter, Mallory, is a junior at Alma College in Michigan. She is a neuroscience/psychology double major, biology minor, and plans to continue on to medical school after graduation.
Our DSANI office is located at Turnstone (3320 N. Clinton Street). When you’re in the area – please stop by the office and say hello! I can’t wait to meet, or catch up, with you and your family!