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

Todd Faulkner, Vice President

Susan Franck, Secretary

Michelle Karaffa, Treasurer

 


The Arc of Washington State Staff Members
Sue Elliott  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
Jackie Thomason Parent to Parent Administrative Assistant
Diana Stadden Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
Jessica Renner  Self Advocacy Coordinator
Angela Dirk Benefits Advisor
Tamara Roberts Endowment Trust Fund Manager
Laura Penn Endowment Trust Fund Disbursement Specialist
Melissa Foster
Endowment Trust Fund Disbursement Coordinator
Kelly Church
Family Mentor Project Coordinator
Lara Lynne White
Family Mentor
Diane Larsen
Family Mentor
Tami McGrath
Family Mentor