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 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 ten local chapters of The Arc throughout Washington State.


The Arc of Washington State Board Officers:

Nancy Stark, President

Peggy Blowers, Vice President

Susan Franck, Secretary

Michelle Karaffa, Treasurer


Volunteers Needed!  Join Us!


I am on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Washington. The Arc of Washington State advocates for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society.


The Arc is Washington state’s leading advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families and is the standard bearer for best practices in supports and services for people with IDD to live in the community.  The Arc is the resource of first choice in achieving the outcomes people want for their lives.  The Arc actively involves people with I/DD, their parents, siblings and other family members, caregivers, colleagues, neighbors and friends as leaders and activists in a movement dedicated to the inclusion of people with I/DD in all aspects of society. The Arc works to ensure that the human rights of people with I/DD are protected and realized, and that sufficient resources are available to meet their needs in every community across our state.


The Arc seeks 4 new Board members to promote the values of The Arc and its mission and is welcoming of people of all races, ethnicity and socio-economic status. The Board desires to add racial, professional, and geographic diversity to its Board.  Along with legislative advocacy, The Arc helps to insure support in the community, employment support and programs for parents and siblings.


We are looking to add diversity to our board;  it is not required that you have a family member who has an intellectual or developmental delay to serve on the board. ..it just requires a big heart.


The Board meets 4 times a year on Saturday mornings and board terms are for 2 years. If you are interested (or know someone who might be) please let me know!


Angie Ziska

You can reach out to me here:  bean@arcwa.org

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 Parent to Parent Statewide Coordinator
Theresa Van Pelt  Parent to Parent Westside Coordinator
Patricia Gonzalez
Parent to Parent Hispanic Coordinator
Jackie Thomason Parent to Parent Administrative Assistant
Diana Stadden Advocacy and Policy Specialist
Jessica Renner  SAIL Administrative Coordinator
Tamara Roberts Endowment Trust Fund Manager
Melissa Foster
Endowment Trust Fund Disbursement Coordinator
Dylan Simpkins
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