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Hussey to take LCDSS reins
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The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, a local non-profit that provides outreach to families touched by Down Syndrome, has announced its newly elected board of directors.

On Jan. 23, John Bogardus passed down his title as president to Brian Hussey, former vice president of the organization. The leadership positions appointed include Brooke May as vice president, Joe Marchese as treasurer and Candy Bogardus as secretary. Kevin Sheehan, Wendy Fears, Kristen Nyce and Dr. Ben Spitalnick were all elected to serve as members of the board.

Hussey served as vice president since the society’s formation in 2006 and is one of the original members of the board of directors.

“I am very honored and excited to be the newly-elected president of LDSS,” Hussey said. “Through John Bogardus’ leadership before me, we have grown into a thriving organization that provides real value to our members and our community. I can only hope to continue that level of leadership to promote the mission of support, outreach, education and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome.”

John Bogardus will remain on the board of directors as the immediate past president. As a leading force behind the support group, he has organized the group’s annual Buddy Walk in Forsyth Park for the past four years.

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society now provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another.  

For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the Web site at