Board of Directors
President: Gail Hamblin
Vice-President: Shelvia Neely
Shelvia lives in Wilmington with her two wonderful sons, Solomon and Stuart III (Ds). Shelvia is a native of Virginia. Since moving to Delaware in 2003, she has established herself as an advocate, teacher, and mentor of children with special needs. Shelvia earned a Bachelor of Science in Music from Virginia State University and has utilized her expertise to teach children of all ages and learning needs to love and appreciate music. Shelvia is currently working on her masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and moderate to severe disabilities.
Treasurer: Ted Griffith
Secretary: Cameron Harwood
Cameron lives in Middletown with his wife and their two sons. Their oldest son, Landen, was born with Down syndrome and has changed their lives in the best possible way from day 1. Their youngest son, Carson, is their wild child, risk taker, and wildly intelligent. They are both the best of friends. Professionally, Cameron is a fraud agent with Bank of America and his wife Megan is a high school math teacher. They have been involved with the DSA of DE since 2016 and he became the DADS Coordinator in 2020. They love to travel and exploring new adventures with their boys.
Matthew is the baby in the family. He has a sister and two brothers. Matthew is 22 years old and graduated from high school in 2020. After he graduated, Matthew did a year internship with Project Search at Christiana Hospital. He applied for his dream job as a security guard. He had to pass the Maryland State Police security guard test. He did and Matthew is officially licensed as a security guard. Matthew works for Allied Security at the Gore plants at Elk Creek and loves his job. Matthew also volunteer at Brick Mill early childhood center once a week. He loves the little kids. Matthew participates year round in Special Olympics in golf, flag football, basketball, and swimming. Three nights a week he takes karate. Matthew is working on his red belt and hopes to make black belt in two years!
Members at Large
Marcus Alexander was born and raised in Newark Delaware. He met his wife Jasalyn in high school and have been married 14+ years. They have 3 sons Cayden 11, Maddex 9 (Ds), and Noah 4. As a graduate from Wilmington University, he was a middle school math teacher for 6 years after he moved into corporate America which led him to his current role with IFS Benefits as an employee Benefits Consultant. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, watching his kids in whatever sport they are currently playing, and playing golf.
Brett is the owner of Cowgill Construction and the builder of the DSA Cafe & Gift Shop in Newark! Brett lives in Newark with his wife Stacia and 4 daughters – Madeline, Raegan, Ellie, and Faith (Ds). Brett is also an active member of the DSADE Golf Committee and coaches Soccer and Track & Field for Special Olympics.
Johnathan and his wife, Taryn, knew they wanted to be active members within the Down syndrome community the moment they learned they were having a child with Down syndrome. In November 2019 they welcomed their third child, Amari, into the world knowing they were not alone in their journey. Three months later, they attended the 2020 Welcome New Families event, and it was at this meeting that Johnathan had a chance to learn even more about this amazing community and the future of the organization.
Just a few months later, Johnathan found himself partnering with fellow member, Cameron, to relaunch the DADS group with ideas of fellowship, food, and fantasy football. He then started sitting in on meetings, sharing insight, and offering suggestions—like Breakfast with Santa, in order to help engage families. Before long, it seemed like a natural fit for Johnathan to become a more official member of the board. Johnathan brings a wealth of knowledge into the DS organization. He has project management, business management, and finance experience, leadership expertise, and is passionate about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Nat Measley is the founder at YourCultureDesign.com and has worked as a workplace culture consultant for 15+ years. Nat is also an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and leads their study abroad programming to Australia. Nat lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife, Kami, who is a licensed clinical social worker at AI Dupont Hospital for Children.
Paul Mitchell was born and raised in Newark, DE. Paul and his wife Markie now reside near Fair Hill in Elkton, MD with their two sons Miles and Cole. They have an infant in their care who they are looking to adopt and hoping he is boy number 3 very soon. Professionally, Paul graduated from University of Delaware and runs a financial planning practice called Precision Wealth Partners where he aims to help individuals and families make good decisions with money. Paul is passionate about his family, his faith, and his community. Paul enjoys playing and following sports and distance running.
Paul is a Delaware native who grew up in Wilmington. After working on Capitol Hill for Tom Carper during law school, he joined the law practice established by his father, Kevin O’Brien. Their practice focuses on wills, trusts and estate planning, with an emphasis on planning for families who have children with Special Needs. Paul serves many of our families through his practice.
He is married to Juliana Hayman O’Brien and they have two daughters, Rowan and Claire. When he is not working, Paul enjoys hiking and sailing.
Brian’s family relocated to Delaware 8 years ago for a professional opportunity. Although not a native “Delawarean”, his family found a home in the first state. Brian and his wife Michelle have four children, ages 11 – 18, which includes one son (Matthew – 16) who happens to have Down syndrome. Brian and his family have been lifelong advocates for individuals with intellectual disabilities, beginning with their time living in the Washington, DC area for many years. They have remained committed to not only their own work as advocates, but also imparting that same spirit in their own children.
Pam has been married to her husband for 38 years. They have three children and one grandchild. They moved to Delaware in 2006, after her husband retired from the USN. Pam is a retired pre-K teacher for over 25 years, and now is currently working in Christina School District as a paraprofessional at Christina Early Education Center. Pam was very active with the Down Syndrome Association in Hamptons Roads Virginia after her daughter Rachel was born in 1994 and has been very active with the board and Association here in Delaware since 2006. Currently Pam helps Rachel coordinate our virtual and in person Bingo events.
Eileen is married to her amazing husband Matt and their son Daniel is the light of their world. Outside of the home, Eileen is a dedicated and nationally recognized STEM educator with over three decades of teaching experience in Delaware. Eileen is now working in higher education at the University of Delaware, West Chester University, and Wilmington University teaching elementary education majors and Statistics as well as mentoring graduate education majors serving in the Philadelphia School District. Eileen has also been a varsity basketball and softball coach for the last 22 years!