Meet Team - The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte

Meet the Team

Our Leadership

Roy Courtney

Executive Director Send an email

Roy is originally from the United Kingdom and has lived in the USA for the last 9 years spending 2 years in Orlando, Florida moving to Charlotte in 2017. Roy is passionate and enthusiastic about empowering others and has spent 10 years working in the non-profit sector, using his experience to provide services to the people in the community, fulfilling his passion to create social engagement for all. Roy is honored to be the Executive Director at the Down syndrome Association of Charlotte and play a role in supporting our families. 

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his rescue dog Jumbo, hiking, kayaking, and venturing out and around Charlotte with friends.

Victoria Coles

Program and Community Outreach Director Send an email

Vicki graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from George Mason University. She taught Special Education in Northern Virginia for eight years before moving to Charlotte, NC in 2018. Prior to joining the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, Vicki spent four years working in care management with Medicaid and the NC Innovations Waiver.

Vicki loves to spend her free time with husband (Danny), two little boys, (Charlie and Elliott), and dog (Lincoln), exploring Charlotte, swimming and boating on the lake, at the beach, and playing in the front yard.

Vicki serves on the advisory council for the caregiver respite organization, A Mother’s Respite.

England Simpson

Community Events Coordinator Send an email

With a background as an Elementary Educator, England Simpson has a wealth of experience in educating and servicing school-aged children with Ds. She holds a B.A. in Mass Media Studies and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication from Liberty University. She has now transitioned into her new role as the Community Events Coordinator at DSAGC, where she is excited to use her varied background as a Marketing Communications Specialist to continue making a positive impact.

Board of Directors - Officers

Andrew Spafford

President Send an email

Andrew T. Spafford ChFC, ChSNC

Andrew has a passion for serving the special needs community and has been involved with the DSAGC since 2010. He has been on the board since 2016 and currently serves as President. He is well-routed in the community and also serves on the board of directors for the Next Step Clubhouse. Andrew and his wife Melissa live in Plaza Midwood with their two boys, Hudson and Jennings.

Melina DeLeon

Vice President Send an email

Melina’s passion comes from being part of a group of people with the same purpose. It brings fulfillment to the soul and makes a positive and lasting impact on our community and the world.

Anna Emmerich

Secretary Send an email

Nicholas Coulsen

Treasurer Send an email

Organizes the Adult weekend retreats and supports the Buddy Walk.


Board of Directors - At Large

Chris Coggins

(Daughter, Avery) Send an email

Stacy Dunleavy

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Stacy became involved with the DSAGC as a volunteer for Camp Horizon from 2004-2014. She has been privileged to work with children with Ds as a medical social worker and special education teacher.

Brendan Hammeke

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Ernie Hoag

Ernie Hoag

(Daughter, Lily) Send an email

Samuel Johnston

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Sam had a strong relationship with his Uncle Billy Coyne, who had Down syndrome; Sam saw the amazing work the DSA does within the community as well as wider networks and supporters and has a strong affinity with the community.

Michelle Littlejohn

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Tracy Suggs

Parent and Ds Awareness Advocate (Daughter: Treana Suggs (Ds Advocate & Visual Artist)) Send an email
We all wake up each day with the hope and aspirations to live our best lives possible. My daughter Treana and other individuals with Down Syndrome have that same God-given desire and ability. My family’s mission is to advocate for my daughter and individuals with Ds to walk in their own greatness.
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