Our Team


Jen Franklin Kearns

Jen Franklin Kearns, Social Media Analyst, joined the ds-connex team in January 2014, bringing with her many years of experience as a Buddy Walk® Team Captain. Since 2004, Team Alex has been a top fundraising team for the Columbus Buddy Walk®. Honoring Jen’s oldest son, Team Alex serves not only as a means for raising awareness and funding for Down syndrome, but also as a way to celebrate Alex’s achievements and to promote inclusion. As Social Media Analyst, Jen will contribute to the ds-connex blog, assist in the creation of social media content, and provide training and customer support to Down syndrome walk event coordinators utilizing the Stride fundraising solution. Jen resides in the Columbus area with her husband, three children, and dog.

Amanda Pollock

Amanda Pollock, Product Design Strategist, joined the team in May of 2017. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Miami University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education. Amanda works with the team to help build Stride fundraising sites for Down syndrome walk events across the country. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband Matt and their son Owen.

Jena Albers

Jena Albers, Impact Data Analyst, joined the team in February 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and Marketing from Ohio University. She is a self proclaimed data nerd who is working to help us deploy our new analysis tool, Logi Analytics, to all of our walk partners. Jena fills most of her free time by advocating for adoption and rescue from local dog shelters. She is at her happiest at adoption events, walking shelter dogs, and helping plan fundraisers.

Mike Boyers

Mike is the software engineer that makes everything happen for our Stride sites. He has a nifty, color-changing tumbler that he uses to broadcast his mood to the rest of the office. Mike has one daughter who will be attending Ohio University, his Alma Mater, this Fall. He is also an avid healthy snacker. If someone in the office puts an apple or goat’s milk on Mike’s self-claimed shelf in the fridge, he will move it, vocally expressing his displeasure. Mike is a dude.

Chase Wagner

Chase is a rising Junior at the Ohio State University majoring in Finance and minoring in Public Policy. Along with interning at ds-connex, he holds a part-time position at Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Chase serves as the Service Committee Lead of the Health Sciences Scholars at OSU and has volunteered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Reach Out and Read Clinical Volunteer. He looks forward to serving as an accounting teaching assistant next semester. As an intern at ds-connex, Chase will be working to update partner websites and the ds-connex website, among other duties. In his free time, Chase enjoys cooking and exploring the city of Columbus.

Emily Leatherman

Emily is a rising Junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Marketing. In addition to interning at ds-connex, Emily also holds a part-time position as a Social Media Intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. At OSU Emily is the social media chair for Relay for Life, and on the marketing committee for College Mentor for Kids. As an intern at ds-connex, Emily is assisting with updating websites, as well as contributing to the social platforms for a local event. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outside and with her two puppies!