Connolly and her husband, Jon, have 2 children: Henry and Breda, who has Down syndrome. They joined DSACT in 2014 and participate in many of the social, educational, and advocacy events DSACT offers. Connolly was a middle school science teacher for many years and is now Executive Director of The Passalong Project, a service and […]


Kyle Henry was introduced to DSACT through the new parent outreach program when his daughter was born with Down syndrome in 2006. At the time he remembers the kind and understanding voice of the outreach coordinator. He now appreciates the opportunities that call created for his daughter and family to participate in DSACT programs and […]


Nicholas Carlin is the proud father of 2 boys, Jean Pablo “Pablo” and Marco. Pablo has Down Syndrome, attends Austin High School and participates in several great DSACT classes and events. Nicholas has been on the board since 2015, and enjoys running DSACT’s semi-annual soccer clinics. He is a local CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner who […]


Marshall Eudy serves as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Mood Media, a commercial music and digital media services company headquartered in Austin. His younger sister, Gracie, has Down syndrome and lives in her own apartment in the Austin community. He is involved with DSACT’s adult social activities and is passionate about increasing […]


Dr. Mariel Cannady and her husband John joined DSACT in 2019 after the birth of their daughter who has Down syndrome. Before moving to Austin in 2015, Mariel and John were active as teachers for children with developmental support needs during worship services in Richmond, VA. Mariel is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral […]


Sara Dodd is the mother of two beautiful children – Caroline, and Brian, who has Down syndrome. She and her husband are small business owners who grew up in Austin. Sara graduated from TCU with an elementary teaching degree and taught 4th grade, with a few years in a special education/co-teach classroom. She enjoys traveling, […]


Kim Kann is the mother of three beautiful children. She has been a member of DSACT since 2013 and on the Board of Directors since 2016. Kim works full time for The Hackett Group, a global business advisory solutions firm. She enjoys traveling. volunteering, Austin restaurants, live music, loving on her people and advocating about […]


Most of Ellen Sauer’s life has been in the nonprofit world, either through direct service as an LMFT/Art Therapist, or as a volunteer. From the time she was a child, her parents showed her the joy of giving of her time, skills and resources and it has been a life-long passion for her. She recently […]


Suzanne Shepherd is the mother of three boys – Connor, Kevin, and Jack, who has Down syndrome. She is married to Carl Shepherd, co-founder of Homeaway. Suzanne is also the former Director of Legal Services for the Seton Family of Hospitals. Suzanne has been Co-Chair of the DSACT Healthcare Committee since 2008. She coordinates presentations […]