Our Team


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 Wells

Amanda Wells joined the team in May of 2017. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Miami University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education. 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 fiance Matt and their two cats.


Rose Phillips

Rose Phillips, Copywriter and Communication Specialist for ds-connex, graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English and linguistics, plus an unofficial minor in doodling. She puts her creative penchant to use making Stride training materials that both inform and keep readers awake, which she accomplishes with the help of bright, graphic layouts that she whips up in inDesign. In her spare time, she enjoys poring over fashion magazines, making music, and caring for her sassy leopard gecko, chubby bearded dragon, and human boyfriend.


Madison White

Erin is a Finance student minoring in Leadership Studies and graduating in 2018. While at Ohio State, she has been part of the Entrepreneurship Scholars, Honors Cohort, and Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship. Also, she volunteers in developing entrepreneurship curriculum for Ohio prisons. As an intern with DS-Connex, she will be customizing websites, researching cities, and assisting with social media. Erin loves to travel to places like Nicaragua and Australia, but also loves being home with her dog and rock climbing.