Press Release, New DSA of DE Executive Board



The Down Syndrome Association of Delaware (DSA of DE), a statewide nonprofit organization, is proud to announce new leadership within their Executive Board of Directors. The DSA of DE was founded in 1979 and serves individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout the state. The organization provides educational programming, social activities, exercise classes, outreach support and much more to over 400 families every year.

Melanie George Smith, will be serving as the organization’s new Vice President. Melanie has over 20 years of experience as an attorney, was a legislator for 16 years and recently founded a start-up consulting company, Sustainable World Strategies, in order to help organizations, improve their bottom line. She is a lifelong Delawarean and mother of two young children. Melanie states, “I am honored to be serving on the board of the DSA of DE, I am very passionate about helping the organization grow purposefully to serve not only individuals with Down syndrome, but the community as a whole.”

Ted Griffith, began serving as the board’s new Treasurer at the end of 2018. Ted is a Certified Financial Planner (TM). He and his wife, Krista, live in North Wilmington with their sons, Sam and Nate.

Tahita Muhammad is transitioning as an At-Large board member to the Executive Board as Secretary. She has been involved in the organization since her son, Leon, was born with Down syndrome. She lives in Newark with her husband and two children. Tahita works as a Registered Dental Hygienist in a pediatric office.

Dave Gazzillo has been serving as Board President since 2017.  Dave works full time for Bank of America as an SVP of Statement Marketing Operations. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three children.

Lauren Camp serves as the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. She has been involved in the organization for the past eight years. She also serves as Policy Associate for the National Down Syndrome Congress, Board President for Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action and Co-Founder of the non-profit, Down to Box. 

For a complete list of board members, and more information about the organization please visit Interested in becoming involved? Contact us at 302-995-1004 or email We also encourage community members to like us on Facebook!




Pictured from left to right: Melanie George Smith, Ted Griffith, Tahita Muhammad