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Davenport Fellowship

Sandra Davenport CHARGE Syndrome Fellows Program

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is committed to nurturing and educating professionals who have shown a commitment to CHARGE syndrome. The Davenport Fellowship program brings professionals (clinical, research, therapeutic, educational) early in their careers to the International CHARGE Syndrome Conferences, where they have the opportunity to learn more about CHARGE, interact with one another and get to know individuals with CHARGE and their families.

The program is named in honor of Sandra Davenport, MD, a medical geneticist with expertise in sensory deficits who was a founding member of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. Sandra set the tone for conferences from the beginning – making sure medical and educational professionals interact with one another and ensuring that the conference is a family-friendly place. Her expertise in sensory deficits and deafblindness influenced a generation of CHARGE professionals.

2019 Davenport Fellows Announcement

Davenport Fellows

The 2019 applications were due on April 1, 2019. For questions or concerns please contact Meg Hefner.


What do Davenport Fellows do?

  • Attend Professional Day Conference (Friday, August 2, 2019)
  • Attend the International CHARGE Syndrome Conference (Friday evening through Monday noon)
  • Interact with an individual with CHARGE and his/her family through the Family Match
  • Volunteer for 1/2 day in Camp, with the child from the matched family (this requires a background check)
  • Participate in daily sessions with the Fellowship advisors and other Fellows
  • Write up observations/experiences/highlights after conference for the CHARGE Accounts newsletter (you can find and read essays from previous fellows – see names below – by putting their names in the Search bar above)

Who is eligible to apply for a Davenport Fellowship?

Students or professionals early in their career with interest in and some experience with CHARGE syndrome, including (but not limited to) those in the fields of:

  • Medicine
  • Genetic counseling
  • Deafblind education
  • Education and educational psychology
  • Therapists (OT, PT, SLP, etc)

What does the fellowship cover?

  • Registration for Professional Day (Friday)
  • Registration for International Conference (Friday evening – Monday noon)
  • Hotel costs for shared room for four nights (Thursday – Sunday nights)
  • Travel costs up to $300 (US/Canada) or $500 (Abroad)


2017 Davenport Fellows

Zachary Bird, PhD candidate in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and Teacher at Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Megan Connaughton, MEd, Teacher in Deafblind Program, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Dieuwerke Dijk, MD, Fellow in Specialized training for individuals with disabilities, Groningen, Netherlands

Alex Donovan, PhD Candidate in Neuroscience and Craniofacial Development, Kings College, London UK

Emily Fassi, MS, Genetic Counselor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Lauren Fogarty, Medical Student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Chathuri Illapperuma, PhD Candidate, School Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Bree Kaufman, PhD candidate, Schooll Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Charlotte Reimer, MS candidate in Speech and Language Psychology, Cal State East Bay, CA

Kareem Tawfik, MD, Otolaryngology Chief Resident, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Hui Yao, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow in Medical Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi

2015 Davenport Fellows

Caitlin Hale, Genetic Counseling student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sara Espanet, Deafblind Education specialist, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Alexandra Hudson, Medical student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ben Kennert, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Rachel Malta, Specialist in Educational Psychology student, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Neeraja Reddy, Genetic Counseling student, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Hailey Ripple, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Lauren Siems, Genetic counseling student, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Ethan Sperry, MD/PhD candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI