Our Team

The team at Down Syndrome ACT is committed to ensuring that people with Down syndrome, their families and the people who work with and care for them are informed, empowered and supported. Please feel welcome to contact us if you would like more information about what we can do to support you.
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The team at ACT Down Syndrome Association is committed to ensuring that people with Down syndrome, their families and the people who work with and care for them are informed, empowered and supported.

Please feel welcome to contact us if you would like more information about what we can do to support you. 

Shannon and Gemma

Business Manager

Shannon Kolak

Shannon graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Information Management. She previously worked in the not-for-profit sector before moving into the construction industry in 2008 to work with her husband in their family business. In 2017, she made the move back into the not-for-profit sector by taking on the position of Business Manager at the ACT Down Syndrome Association. Shannon has two teenage daughters and is committed to raising her children in an inclusive and welcoming society. 

Shannon and Gemma

Community Resource Coordinator

Gemma Francescangeli

Gemma graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Public Health and has worked as the Community Resource Coordinator for ACT Down Syndrome since 2017. Gemma has a younger sister with Down syndrome and wants to make the community in which we live, a more accepting and inclusive place for people of all abilities.

Charlotte Bailey

Office Assistant

Charlotte Bailey

Charlotte began work with ACTDSA in March 2020. She enjoys singing and dancing and writing songs. Charlotte loves to spend time with my friends going to the shops and hanging out together. She started netball this year and is looking forward to playing in a team with her sister, Imogen. She likes keeping fit and goes to the gym as much as she can.