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 Pollock

Amanda Pollock, Product Design Strategist, 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 husband Matt and their two cats.


Evan Meder

Evan is a rising Junior Finance student with a minor in Global Public Health. He holds a part-time position at Ohio State, working as an administrative assistant for the Center of Applied Plants Sciences. As well, Evan volunteers at Riverside Methodist Hospital and works at an after-school enrichment program for St. Paul the Apostle School in his hometown Westerville. As an intern with DS-Connex, he will be working on gathering sponsor data, researching media in cities, and various other projects around the office. Evan enjoys working out in his spare time, as well as playing basketball and golf with his friends.


Jena Albers

Jena Albers, Impact Data Analyst, joined the team in February 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and Marketing from Ohio University. She is a self proclaimed data nerd who is working to help us deploy our new analysis tool, Logi Analytics, to all of our walk partners. Jena fills most of her free time by advocating for adoption and rescue from local dog shelters. She is at her happiest at adoption events, walking shelter dogs, and helping plan fundraisers.