Welcome to the Williams Syndrome Association, Great Lakes Region, which consists of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
Amy Davidson of Shelby Township, MI
My name is Amy Davidson and I live in Shelby Township, MI with my wonderful husband, Branden, a daughter, Tessa, and a son, Zachary who has WS. We like being outside with the kids especially swimming in our pool and spending time with friends and family. I am a CPA, working as a tax and business adviser. I have been volunteering with the WSA for about three years, and also help with fundraising for the Royal Oak Walk. We have gotten a lot of support from friends and family since Zac's diagnosis at 6 weeks old. I enjoy spreading awareness of Williams syndrome and making connections with other families. There is so much to learn between the medical challenges, the education side, the therapies, etc. It is amazing to see how different but truly how similar our kids are. Our journeys are all different but yet the connections, the resources and information we share is priceless. I am so thankful to be able to make connections with so many families that I would never have met without the help of the WSA. As one of the Great Lakes regional chairs, I hope to help families by listening, providing resources, and support to families trying to navigate through the unique challenges and extraordinary gifts we call WS. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for anything. If I haven't experienced it, I know I can connect you to someone who has or provided helpful resources. It takes a village to raise kids, and we are here to help.
Julie Oglesbee of Lakeside, Ohio
My name is Julie Oglesbee and my family is from Lakeside Ohio. I have three grown children: Elisa (mom to my grandson Grayson, who has WS), Derek and Nicole. I work as a preschool teacher in Lakeside, a small town that has reached out to us in so many ways of support for Grayson and his mom. We love the water and the beach and enjoy summer, fall and winter here! I became involved with the Williams Syndrome Association when my grandson was diagnosed at 8 weeks old. We immediately reached out to families and began attending events and then quickly started helping with a regional walk. We took his diagnosis and ran with it and have never looked back—important to us for Grayson to know who he is and that he is special. It became something that just made our family bonds closer and the bonds that we shared with the other WS families. I knew right from the start that I wanted to be able to help these children and their families with whatever I can. My goal is to make resources accessible for the families and make sure that we touch each other lives with gatherings and events and friendship.
If you would like the Regional Chairperson to contact you via phone, please send them an email request that contains your contact information and a brief description of the topic you wish to discuss. Or, if you prefer, contact the National WSA Office and we will have the appropriate Regional Chairperson contact you.