National Staff


Peter V. Berns
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Berns

Chapter Leadership Development Group

Dawn Cooper
Manager, Diversity & Cultural Competence
Dawn Cooper Stacey Ramirez
Executive Director, The Arc, Georgia Office
Stacey Ramirez
Karen Wolf-Branigin
Senior Executive Officer, National Initiatives
Karen Wolf-Branigin    

Development, Marketing, and Communications Group

Sarah Bal Sarah Bal
Director, Public Relations
Trudy Jacobson Trudy R. Jacobson
Senior Executive Officer,
Development & Marketing
Vila-Sheree Watson Vila-Sheree Watson
Director, Marketing
Pam Katz Pam Katz
Marketing Associate, Copywriting
Kristen McKiernan Kristen McKiernan
Senior Executive Officer, Communications
Abe Rafi Abe Rafi
Director, Digital Strategy & Online Services
Emily Verwee Emily Verwee
Online Project Manager
Katelyn-Lernihan  Katelyn Lernihan
Online Community Manager
Casey Nitsch  Casey Nitsch
Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Support
Laura Schroeder Laura Rahman
Director, Individual Philanthropy
Ilyse Kramer Ilyse Kramer
Associate, Corporate, Foundation and Government Support
Sarah Kennedy Sarah Kennedy
Manager, Individual Philanthropy


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

Program Innovation Group

Max Daniel Max Daniel
Program Associate
taylor woodard  Taylor Woodard
Program Associate
Leigh Ann Davis Leigh Ann Davis
Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives
Ariel Simms Ariel Simms
NCCJD Criminal Justice Fellow
Liz Mahar Liz Mahar
Program Manager, Individual and Family Support
Kerry Mauger Kerry Mauger

Manager, Special Projects

Robin Shaffert Robin Shaffert
Senior Executive Officer, Individual & Family Support
Jennifer Sladen Jennifer Sladen
Program Manager, National Initiatives
Amie Lulinski

Shawn Ullman
Director, The Arc@School


Jonathan Lucas  Jonathan Lucus
Managing Director, The Arc@Work
Amie Lulinski

Amie Lulinski
Director, Research and Evaluation


Public Policy & Legal Advocacy

Annie Acosta
Director, Fiscal and Family Support Policy
Annie Acosta Marty Ford
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy
Marty Ford
Shira Wakschlag
Director, Legal Advocacy & Associate General Counsel
Shira Wakschlag TJ Sutcliffe
Director, Income and Housing Policy
TJ Sutcliffe
Nicole Jorwic
Director, Rights Policy
Nicole Jorwic Julie Ward
Director, Health Policy
Julie Ward
Mike Nagel
Program Associate
Mike Nagel Christina Jones
Bank of America Foundation Attorney Fellow