National Staff


Peter V. Berns
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Berns
Shira Wakschlag
Staff Attorney and Special Assistant to the CEO
Shira Wakschlag

Chapter Leadership Development Group

Dawn Cooper
Manager, Diversity & Cultural Competence
Dawn Cooper Ilyse Kramer
Chapter Associate
Ilyse Kramer
Thuba Nguyen
Chapter Outreach & Growth Associate
Thuba Nguyen Stacey Ramirez
Executive Director, The Arc, Georgia Office
Stacey Ramirez

Development, Marketing, and Communications Group

Sarah Bal Sarah Bal
Communications Manager
Bob Bennett Bob Bennett
Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Trudy Jacobson Trudy R. Jacobson
Senior Executive Officer,
Development & Marketing
Pam Katz Pam Katz
Marketing Associate, Copywriting
Sarah Kennedy Sarah Kennedy
Development Associate
Kristen McKiernan Kristen McKiernan
Senior Executive Officer, Communications
Casey Nitsch Casey Nitsch
Proposal Manager
Abe Rafi Abe Rafi
Director, Digital Strategy & Online Services
Vila-Sheree Watson Vila-Sheree Watson
Director of Marketing
Laura Schroeder Laura Schroeder
Development Manager
Sydney_Hayes Sydney Hayes
Development Assistant
Jon Brown, Web Administrator / Trainer Jon Brown
Web Administrator / Trainer
Emily Verwee  Emily Verwee
Web Designer


Cindy Allen
Operations Support Associate
Cindy Allen Shaw Fodor
Director, Human Resources
Shaw Fodor
Robin Helschien
Membership Assistant
Robin Helschien Solomon Lissanu
Database Manager
Solomon Lissanu
Darcy Rosenbaum
Senior Executive Officer, Operations
Darcy Rosenbaum CT Turner
Operations Support Manager
CT Turner
Brenda Walker
Administrative Assistant
Brenda Walker William Washington
William Washington
Feng Zhang
Finance Director
Feng-Zhang Jessica Daniels
Staff Accountant

Program Innovation Group

Max Daniel Max Daniel
Program Associate
Caitlin Davis Caitlin Davis
Program Assistant
Leigh Ann Davis Leigh Ann Davis
Program Manager, Justice Initiatives
Amy Goodman Amy Goodman
Director, Autism NOW
Jonathan Lucus Jonathan Lucus
Managing Director, Employment & Transition Services
Amie Lulinski Amie Lulinski
Director of Research and Evaluation
Liz Mahar Liz Mahar
Program Manager, Individual and Family Support
Kerry Mauger Kerry Mauger
Training Coordinator
Katherine Murphy Katherine Murphy
Business Development Assistant
Phuong Nguyen Phuong Nguyen
Program Assistant
Robin Shaffert Robin Shaffert
Senior Executive Officer, Individual & Family Support
Jennifer Sladen Jennifer Sladen
Program Manager, National Initiatives
Karen Wolf-Branigin

Karen Wolf-Branigin
Senior Executive Officer, National Initiatives



Public Policy

Annie Acosta
Director, Fiscal and Family Support Policy
Annie Acosta Marty Ford
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy
Marty Ford
Nicole Jorwic
Director, Rights Policy
Nicole Jorwic TJ Sutcliffe
Director, Income and Housing Policy
TJ Sutcliffe
Julie Ward
Director, Health Policy
Julie Ward