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 currently serves as Past President for Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. 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. She previously worked for the National Down Syndrome Congress from 2013-2022. She is also co-founder of Down to Box, a national non-profit which teaches boxing techniques to individuals with Down syndrome.

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, their son and 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.

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

 

Kellie Boyce, Cafe Assistant

Kellie began her time at the DSA of DE in September of 2021 as an intern during the first semester of her senior year and was with the DSA Cafe until the end of December 2021. She began her role as Cafe Assistant at the end of June 2022. Kellie graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Administration and Family Policy as well as a minor in Disabilities Studies.

As Cafe Assistant, Kellie will be supervising and assisting interns in their roles within the DSA Cafe and assisting with the overall management of the DSA Cafe.

Kellie is a Delaware native and has a dog named Apollo. In her spare time, she plays softball and enjoys going to concerts.

Contact Information:

Email: cafe@dsadelaware.org

Cafe Phone: 302-660-9506