Renee Canfield has proudly served as the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo for the past four years, since April 2015. During her time in leadership, the organization has increased its annual budget by 128% and has grown from a staff of one part-time employee to two full-time employees, while expanding programs and services for families supporting loved ones with Down syndrome throughout Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan.
Previously, Renee was the Fundraising Events and Public Relations Coordinator for the nonprofit organization A Kid Again based in Columbus, Ohio before becoming a Project Manager for The Limited (women's clothing retailer) in their corporate office in New Albany, Ohio.
Renee is very active in the local Northwest Ohio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, having co-founded the Mentoring Program and serving on their Board of Directors for over two years. Recently, in October 2018, Renee was bestowed the prestigious honor of the Robert Brundage Award from Northwest Ohio Community Shares, which celebrates visionary leaders that confront societal or civic issues, address health or environmental concerns, or promote arts and humanities. Robert Brundage award recipients are recognized for exhibiting dedication, integrity and honorable service, and for having a transformational effect on their communities.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Renee was a scholarship student-athlete on the volleyball team at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before completing her Masters degree at The Ohio State University. She loves calling Toledo “home”, and exploring all that our area has to offer with her husband and two daughters.
Program and Volunteer Coordinator
Hanna Fotsch joined the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo in February 2019 to serve as the Program and Volunteer Coordinator. She is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing programs as well as coordinating volunteer services.
Hanna is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and previously worked at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Hanna has been very active as a volunteer and supervisor in various organizations serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a passion for working with individuals with Down syndrome and has dedicated the past two years doing research on inclusive camps and the impact attendance has on the meaningful friendships and personal growth for young adults with DS.
Hanna is a Toledo native. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of Toledo. After working for two years as a CTRS, she attended graduate school and received a research-based Master’s of Science degree with a concentration in Recreation Therapy from Clemson University in South Carolina.
Board of Directors
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