Mission, Vision & Organization


The mission of the Down Syndrome Society of Grant County or DSSGC, a non-profit corporation, is to provide opportunities, education, advocacy, and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, as well as encouraging public awareness and involvement with the Down syndrome community.


Our vision is that the DSSGC family will become a beacon to the community, blessing many lives with inclusion, tolerance, and love, as the Down syndrome population is integrated and accepted more fully in response to the DSSGC efforts, programs, and activities.



The Down Syndrome Society of Grant County (DSSGC) was incorporated as a WA Non-Profit Corporation on September 30, 2013.

On March 17, 2015, the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws for DSSGC were filed with the WA Secretary of State and DSSGC became officially exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c) (3). DSSGC is classified as a public charity. Recently, DSSGC became a National Down Syndrome Society Affiliate for our area.

The original Board of Directors, organized on November 16, 2013, was comprised of 9 members, and included Kerry Aronsohn-President, Lisa Boorman-Vice President, Treasurer-Leslie Moberg, Secretary-Stephanie Moore, and general board members Kandace Klenz, Andrea Olsen, Bobby Hastings, Marsha Leavitt, and Brandie Atnip.

The DSSGC organizes a committees comprised of board members and general members to plan and carry out programs and activities.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, or DSSGC Board, ensures the implementation of DSSGC’™s mission. The Board has the authority to control and manage the affairs and property of the Corporation, to adopt rules and regulations governing the action of the Board, staff, and volunteers. The board approves policies related to all aspects of organizational life, including its finances, and ensures that the organization operates with its Bylaws and is properly managed and is the overall governing body for the DSSGC. Current Board Members elected March 21, 2020 are:

  • Denise Ketola, President
  • Vanessa Valdez, Treasurer
  • Kerry Aronsohn, Secretary


The Annual Meeting of the Corporation shall be held in February or March of each calendar year, commencing with calendar year 2015, at such time and place to be determined by the Board.

New Board Directors shall be nominated and elected at the annual meeting in even-numbered years by majority vote of the general membership to serve for 2 year terms, or until their successors are elected.

The annual meeting, or any Board meeting during which an election of new Directors is held, shall be open to the general membership of the Corporation. The President may call for a voice vote of general membership instead of a ballot. Their terms of office shall begin at the close of the Board meeting at which they are elected.

A member has a right to nominate individuals for consideration as officers or Directors from the floor at the Annual Meeting.


about5The DSSGC organizes committees comprised of board members and general members to plan and carry out programs and activities. Committees are formed for the purpose of advising and aiding the officers in the management of the affairs of the non-profit corporation. DSSGC currently has four committees:

  1. Executive Committee – This group includes the Board President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. They work closely with the board of directors and set agendas and overall management of DSSGC.
  1. Buddy Walk Committee – This group organizes the annual DSSGC Columbia Basin Buddy Walk.
  1. Outreach Committee – This group expands the DSSGC membership base by reaching out to families and individuals with Down syndrome within Grant County and who are currently without support. They also conduct the New Parent Outreach Program for new parents, prospective parents, medical practitioners, and hospitals.
  1. Support Group/Activity Committee – This team works to organize year round activities and support groups that provide education, friends, mentors, and encouragement to DSSGC members and their families.