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, Product Design Strategist, joined the team in May of 2017. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. 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.
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 is a Junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Finance and minoring in Public Policy. Chase serves as a teaching assistant for introductory accounting courses and has volunteered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Reach Out and Read Clinical Volunteer. As an intern at ds-connex, Chase will be working to update partner websites and the ds-connex website, along with performing research and data analysis. In his free time, Chase enjoys cooking and exploring the city of Columbus.
Ashley is a sophomore at The University of Kentucky majoring in Kinesiology on a Pre-Physical Therapy track. She is a part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at UK and has volunteered with their two philanthropies Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. As an intern at ds-connex, Ashley will be working to update partner websites and the ds-connex website, along with performing research and data analysis. In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing with her nephew, spending time with friends, and baking.
Simona is a senior at The Ohio State University double majoring in International Business and French. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Simona hopes to further her education with a master’s degree from an accredited business school in Europe. Simona has an interest in global markets, politics, and diplomacy. As an intern at ds-connex, Simona will be working to help our partners smoothly transition to virtual event platforms due to COVID-19 as well as performing research and data analysis. In her free time, Simona enjoys going on walks with her new puppy Louie, traveling the world, and exploring new cultures.