Previous Volunteer of the Year Winners

2016 Volunteer of the Year: Anne-Marie Clark

We are proud to recognize Anne-Marie Clark as DSAMT’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Her tireless work with our 3.21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Day Celebration and the Nashville Buddy Walk® have helped make both events record-breaking successes, plus she gives as a First Call Parent Mentor throughout the year. She always asks what else she can do to help. The DSAMT Board of Directors and staff voted for her unanimously. Since receiving the award, she has joined DSAMT's Board of Directors and now serves as its Secretary.

2015 Volunteer of the Year:  Rebecca Tinsley

Ms. Rebecca Tinsley is our 2015 Volunteer of the Year. She has been involved time and time again with DSAMT. Anytime the call goes out for volunteers, she is always answering the call for help. Some of the events where she has really made a difference includes the Buddy Walk, the holiday party, and coordination of corporate volunteer days with her company, Turner Construction.  She is the aunt of beautiful Emily with that something extra and a friend to all of us at DSAMT.  Please help me congratulate and thank her for all the work she has done for our community.


2014 Volunteer of the Year: Sharmane Pearson

Sharmane Pearson’s father, Joe, and mother, Vivian, work hard to help Sharmane be one of the most active, visible, and present adults with Down syndrome in Middle Tennessee. Many people benefit from the perceptions that come from Sharmane’s active life, but for Joe, the reason is simple: “The other option is to stay at home, and that’s not a good option.”

 Alecia Talbott, Executive Director of DSAMT adds, “Sharmane is a favorite personality at our events because of her joy and humor. Sharmane, however, is her toughest critic.”

Sharmane goes to Hartman Park Regional Center’s disAbilities program twice a week and volunteers regularly for DSAMT. Sharmane is easing back into powerlifting training after a nice break, and has also gotten into yoga. She has to relax sometime!

Sharmane will be showing off her exuberant personality on stage at the 2015 Nashville Buddy Walk®, as DSAMT recognizes her for her tremendous accomplishments at World Games 2015.