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 contributes to the ds-connex blog, assists in the creation of social media content, and provides 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 two dogs.

Amanda Pollock

Amanda Pollock, Product Design Strategist, joined the team in May of 2017. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Amanda works full time as a 2nd grade teacher and part time helping 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 husband Matt and their children Owen & Olivia.

Mike Boyers

Mike is the software engineer that makes everything happen for our Stride sites. He has a nifty, color-changing tumbler that he uses to broadcast his mood to the rest of the office. Mike has one daughter who attends Ohio University, his Alma Mater. He is also an avid healthy snacker. If someone in the office puts an apple or goat’s milk on Mike’s self-claimed shelf in the fridge, he will move it, vocally expressing his displeasure. Mike is a dude.

Ashley Wells

Ashley is a sophomore at The University of Kentucky majoring in Kinesiology on a Pre-Physical Therapy track. She is a part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at UK and has volunteered with their two philanthropies Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. As an intern at ds-connex, Ashley will be working to update partner websites and the ds-connex website, along with performing research and data analysis. In her free time, Ashley enjoys playing with her nephew, spending time with friends, and baking.

Hannah Boyers

Hannah is a junior in the Acting program at Ohio University, and she also plans to earn a Social Media Certificate. As an intern at ds-connex, Hannah will be working to update partner websites, along with performing research. In her free time, Hannah loves listening to music, crocheting, playing the guitar, and spending time with her friends and family.

Yash Desai

Yash is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in finance. He is the VP of alumni relations and finance for the student organizations, Business Builders and Raas in the 614. Throughout his summer internship, Yash has worked on media research as well as website and fundraiser reporting. During his free time, Yash enjoys playing basketball and soccer. He also loves spending time with his friends and family.