Who We Are

Since 1936, The Arc of Washington State has been a leader in the development of services and programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and in providing support to their families.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Arc of Washington State is composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and concerned members of the community.

The Arc’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.


The Arc of Washington State advocates for quality services and necessary funding to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families including birth to three services, special education, employment, and residential supports, health care, transportation, respite, and inclusion in the community.


The Arc is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and nine local chapters of The Arc throughout Washington State.


The Arc of Washington State Board Officers:

Marilee Fosbre, President

Susan Franck, Vice President

Angie Ziska, Secretary

David M. Eaton, Treasurer

Nancy Stark, Past President


The Arc of Washington State Staff Members
Stacy Dym  Executive Director
Bean Driscoll
Medicaid Personal Care Parent Provider Training Coordinator
Patti Bell Financial Manager
Tracie Hoppis Washington Statewide Parent to Parent Manager
Theresa Van Pelt  Parent to Parent Network Support Coordinator
Patricia Delgado
Parent to Parent Multicultural Support Coordinator
Jackie Thomason Parent to Parent Administrative Assistant
Diana Stadden Advocacy and Policy Specialist
Jessica Renner  SAIL Administrative Coordinator
Melissa Foster Endowment Trust Fund Manager
Dylan Simpkins Financial & Trust Administrative Assistant DD Endowment Trust Fund
Candice Rhoton Endowment Trust Fund Disbursement Coordinator
  Endowment Trust Fund Assistant and General Information
Kelly Church
Family Mentor Project Coordinator
Diane Larsen
Family Mentor Assistant Project Coordinator
Rosslyn Bethmann
Family Mentor
Tami McGrath
Family Mentor
Michelle O’Dell  Thurston County Developmental Disabilities Coalition