Meet the Team

ADSA employs three part-time staff - a Community Liaison Officer, a Social Media & Library Officer and an office assistant - to organise ADSA's programs and events, operate the resources library and to keep members updated. The ADSA staff are based at the office in Mount Wellington, Auckland. They can be contacted on 09 527 0060, Monday - Friday 9.30am-2.30pm (during school term time). You can also contact the ADSA staff by via our contact form.

The ADSA office staff are: 
Community Liaison Officer - Christel van Baalen
Christel van Baalen is the community liaison officer for the Auckland Down Syndrome Association. She has been involved with the Association since 2002 firstly as a committee member, newsletter editor and then president. Christel has been the community liaison officer since 2007. 
Christel currently lives in Mangatawhiri with her partner of 24 years, Anthony, and their daughter, Renee (16). Renee has Down syndrome. Christel is originally from The Netherlands but has been living in New Zealand since 1991.


Social Media & Library Officer - Deanne Douglas
After a number of years at home as a full time mother taking care of her daughter Macey and son Edward, Deanne is enjoying being back in the workforce and putting her creative skills to use. Prior to having children, Deanne worked for The University of Auckland for ten years as a Print & Web Designer.

In her spare time Deanne enjoys playing the ukulele, surfing and mountain biking; and she has an addiction to cookbooks.
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Office Assistant - Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is 28 years old, her birthday is in May, and Sarah has been employed by the Auckland Down Syndrome Association since 2014.

Sarah helps in the office 1 day a week, normally on a Wednesday. She is also one of STRIVE members, a group of young people who have Down syndrome and who are self advocates. Sarah likes to swim, go the gym and hang out with her friends.
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09 527 0060
Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 2.30pm
Level 3, 45 Mt Wellington Highway
Mount Wellington