National Staff


Peter V. Berns
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Berns

Chapter Leadership Development 

Dawn Cooper
Director, Diversity, Chapter Leadership, and Professional Development
  Karen Wolf-Branigin
Senior Executive Officer, Chapter Growth and Affiliate Relations
Lisa Pugh
State Director, The Arc Wisconsin
  Stacey Ramirez
State Director, The Arc Georgia 
Jon Meyers
State Director, The Arc Arizona

Alyssa Lee
Director, Policy & Special Programs, The Arc Georgia

Development, Marketing, and Communications

Abe Rafi
Senior Director, Technology Strategy & Programs
  Casey Nitsch
Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Support

Ashley Dupont
Graphic Designer 

  Pam Katz
Digital Marketing Associate
Qasim Eshan
Web Developer

Amanda Guerrero
Digital Marketing Associate 

Katelyn Schmid
Senior Manager, Educational and Tech Initiatives
  Kristen McKiernan
Senior Executive Officer, Communications & Marketing
Laura Rahman
Director, Individual Philanthropy

Trudy R. Jacobson
Senior Advisor

Gaby Lee
Development Associate

  Megan Kyte
Development Associate
Lauren Barnhorst
Junior Graphic Designer



Brenda Walker
Administrative Assistant
  Cindy Allen
Operations Support Associate
Darcy Rosenbaum
Senior Executive Officer, Operations
  Kristi Short
Executive Assistant
Feng Zhang
Senior Director, Finance
  Jessica Daniels
Senior Accountant
Robin Helschien
Membership Assistant
  Solomon Lissanu
Database Manager
William Washington
  Whitney Wilson
HR Generalist

Program Innovation Group

Ariel Simms
Senior Program Manager & Attorney, Criminal Justice Initiatives
  Abby Owusu
Program Associate
Jennifer Sladen
Director, National Initiatives
  Jonathan Lucus
Senior Director, The Arc@Work
Kerry Mauger

Manager, Special Projects


Leigh Ann Davis
Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives

Liz Mahar
Director, Family and Sibling Initiatives
  Shawn Ullman
Senior Director, National Initiatives
Stephane Leblois
Manager, Program Innvations 

Taylor Woodard
Program Associate

Reginald Thomas
Criminal Justice & Disability Fellow

Public Policy & Legal Advocacy

Annie Acosta
Director, Fiscal and Family Support Policy
  Claire Manning
Director, Advocacy & Mobilization
Julie Ward
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy
  Marty Ford
Senior Advisor, Public Policy
Mike Nagel
Program Associate
  Nicole Jorwic
Director, Rights Policy
Shira Wakschlag
Director, Legal Advocacy & Associate General Counsel
  TJ Sutcliffe
Senior Director, Income and Housing Policy