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.
This year has been a year full of much learning (with plenty more still to come), and I enjoy my job immensely. I am so very grateful to those folks 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.
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 serve on the Education/Public Relations Committee. Since the time my children started school, I have been a very involved PTA parent, serving as president for many years. I am also a board member of my homeowner’s association, a member 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 Valparaiso University graduate and will begin his Doctor of Physical Therapy program studies in the summer of 2016. Our daughter, Mallory, is a freshman at Alma College in Michigan. She is a psychology/biology double major, and hopes to continue on to medical school after graduation.
When you’re in the area – please stop by the DSANI office and say hello! I can’t wait to meet, or catch up, with you and your family!