St. Paul, MN. – The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota just announced that Sarah Curfman will serve as the association’s next Executive Director.

Ms. Curfman, a veteran nonprofit leader, started her new position on November 26 working alongside current Executive Director Kathleen Forney.  Ms. Curfman will officially take the reins as Executive Director on December 31 upon Ms. Forney’s retirement.

“We are pleased to have identified the best individual to lead the association into its next season of growth,” said Brandon Yerxa, President of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Board of Directors. “We believe Sarah’s exceptional background and personal connection with the mission make her uniquely qualified to lead our organization into the future.  We are pleased to welcome Sarah and are confident that her leadership, proven track record, and vision for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota will complement the association’s exceptional membership, Board of Directors, and staff.”  The selection of Ms. Curfman as the association’s next Executive Director comes after an extensive search facilitated by CohenTaylor.

Ms. Curfman brings the association diverse experiences having served as a nonprofit leader and consultant for more than 20 years.  Among her many leadership roles, she served as the Interim CEO of ARRM, a professional association of organizations providing home and community‐based services supporting people living with disabilities; President of the Junior League of Minneapolis, a membership organization of more than 700 women committed to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers; and as the Managing Consultant of the Public Sector consulting practice at CLA.  In addition to her external client work at CLA, Sarah was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s corporate foundation, which has raised and granted more than $2.5 million dollars to organizations in communities across the country since its founding in 2014.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to work with DSAM and the greater Down syndrome community.  My youngest child has Down syndrome.  I am thrilled to be able to bring my nonprofit background to an organization that is so close to my heart.  I look forward to expanding upon the remarkable work done to date by DSAM. ” 

The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota has the mission of creating community, empowering individuals and families, and celebrating the abilities of people with Down syndrome.  The association offers resources and community education, parent support groups, and conferences and events including the annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk.  To learn more about the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, please visit www.dsamn.org