07 Jul Spotlight On: Erin Klones
Recently, the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound elected four new members to join our Board of Directors. We thought we’d get to know a little more about one of them, Erin Klones, in this issue of ‘Spotlight On’.
Welcome to the DSC Board, Erin! Why did you decide to join the DSC board?
I was sitting in a workshop on IEPs and thought “The DSC should host something like this”! Rather than just thinking about, I decided to join the board to actually help create some of the programs I am passionate about.
What is your favorite event or program that the DSC runs?
We love the Buddy Walk (and the guaranteed beautiful weather of the past 4 years!). It’s such a great opportunity to see friends and meet new people.
What would you like to see the DSC do in the upcoming year?
As my daughter approaches school age, I’m really passionate about inclusive education. I’d love to see the DSC develop programs to give parents the tools and information they need to best advocate for their children in the school setting.
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Sean and I have 2 kids. Finn is almost 8 years and will be in 2nd grade at Dearborn Park International School in Seattle. Winnie is 4 years old and attends SPS developmental preschool and the PlayGarden preschool. We enjoy visiting local parks, kayaking and eating sushi!
What has been your greatest joy in raising a child with Down syndrome?
Definitely all the wonderful people I have met since Winnie was born. I have formed amazing connections and supports both locally and across the country.
What are your hopes and dreams for Winnie?
I want her to receive an education that is inclusive and challenging. I want her to feel empowered, not limited by the fact that she has Down syndrome. I want her to live a happy and fulfilling life. And I want her to continue making me laugh every single day.
The DSC is excited to have another passionate parent advocate joining our board. We know Erin will be a tremendous asset to our organization.