Our Staff

Lauren Camp Gates, Executive Director

Lauren began working for the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware in March of 2014 as Program Director. She became Executive Director on June 1, 2017.

Lauren first became involved with the DSA of DE as a volunteer in 2010 for numerous yearly events. She continued her volunteer efforts in 2012 when she started the Days of Summer Camp Program. This program continues to this day and serves over 150 children a year. Lauren was presented with The Down Syndrome Advocacy Award from the DSA of DE in March of 2013 for her outstanding volunteering efforts.

Lauren serves as National Board President for Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Board. This organization models best practices for Down Syndrome Associations across the country and works towards a future in which persons with Down syndrome have access to the resources they need to meet their potential.

Lauren graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a minor in Disabilities Studies. Her Master’s degree is in Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management. She lives in Wilmington, DE with her husband, Bryce, and their dog, Bailey.

Contact Information:

Email: executivedirector@dsadelaware.org
Work Phone: 302-995-1004

 

Kathleen McCormick, Program Coordinator

Kathleen first became involved with the DSA of DE in 2016 as a volunteer for the Days of Summer Camp. In 2019, she began serving on the Delaware Down Syndrome Walk committee as a volunteer, and she was hired full-time in April of 2021. Kathleen graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Sociology and Disabilities Studies. She worked for the State of Delaware in Child Welfare for 3 years before joining the DSA of DE.

As Program Coordinator, Kathleen is responsible for planning the DSA of DE’s events and running our social media pages and website. She lives in Wilmington with her boyfriend, Jordan, and their cat, Mo.

Contact Information:

Email: programs@dsadelaware.org

Work Phone: 302-388-2390

 

Rob Taylor, Executive Chef

Rob began working for the DSA of DE in November 2021 as Executive Chef, and oversees the DSA Café and internship program at its Newark, DE location.

Rob, who has a son Jake (11) with DS, has been involved with volunteer opportunities over the years with DSA of DE and the iCan Bike program.  Rob will bring his experience in the culinary industry, which included kitchens at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Western, PA and the Sagamore Hotel on Lake George, NY.  Rob’s approach to good food, done simple, coupled with a patient teaching style in the kitchen will help grow the vision of the DSA Café and the community it serves.

Rob is a graduate of Delaware Tech’s Culinary Arts degree program and is currently enrolled at Wilmington University in a Bachelor of Arts program.  Rob is an active volunteer with the Special Olympics of DE’s winter ski program and is an assistant scout master with Boy Scouts.  Rob lives in Wilmington and when not in the kitchen, enjoys spending time with family, traveling around the country by car, camping, and is an avid hiker that aspires to hike to Appalachian Trail.

Contact Information:

Email: chef@dsadelaware.org