Mac Ramsey to Retire June 2015
Executive Director Mac Ramsey has announced that he will be retiring on June 30, 2015. Mac has been at the helm of The Arc Prince George's County since October 31, 1983. In a letter sent to the Board of Directors, former volunteer leaders and Arc Staff, Mac states "I am leaving while I still have a great deal of enthusiasm and energy for carrying out the mission of The Arc. I intend to be running at full speed when it is time to pass the baton to our next executive director."
The Arc Board of Directors, under the direction of President Tony Zanfordino, will be charged with the responsibility of selecting the new executive. "Replacing a successful executive director who has been on the job for three decades is certainly a challenge for a volunteer board", says Tony, "Yet we are confident that we will handle this important responsibility by following a thoughtful and intentional transition process."
This process includes the engagement of an experienced consulting firm which specializes in nonprofit executive transitions. The Board will be working with the consultant to refresh The Arc's strategic plan and determine the attributes and skill set that the board will seek as it commences its search. This planning process will be completed by December. The recruitment process will begin in January 2015 with the intention of having the new executive on board by Mac's June 30th retirement date.
As Tony goes on to say, "The Board of Directors is optimistic about the outcome of this transition. I want to assure all sectors of the organization, that the Board will be seeking your input as we as we go through this process. If we stick to the process, I am sure we will find an exceptional new leader."
The Arc Thanks our Sponsors and Golfers for a Successful Tournament!
Friends and supporters joined together on September 15th for a great day of golf to support The Arc! Sincere thanks goes to our Title Sponsor Old Line Bank, as well as to our additional generous sponsors for this successful event: Bob Grill General Contractor, Inc.; Commercial Insurance Managers; Hays Companies; Knollwood Development Corporation; Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, P.A.; Sandy Spring Bank; The Bancorp Leasing and Fleet Management; ALCO Pharmacy; Fulton Financial Advisors; Sinclair Prosser Law, LLC.
Cristine Marchand Returns to The Arc Maryland
The Arc Maryland is delighted to announce the appointment of Cristine (Cristy) Marchand at its new Executive Director. Cristy is not really new to The Arc Maryland. She previously served as the organization's Executive Director for over 20 years, leaving in 2011 in order to move to New Mexico. She is a staunch public policy advocate and nonprofit executive who has spent the great majority of her career running state and local chapters of The Arc. Welcome home Cristy! For more information concerning Cristy's appointment go to the Press Release.
Fair Wages Work Group Established
The Arc Maryland has established a work group to study the potential discontinuance of Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implications. Section 14 (c) allows employers to pay individuals less than minimum wage if they have a physical or mental disability that impairs their productive capacity.
Some advocates for people with disabilities believe that the special minimum wage provisions are necessary because they provide employment opportunities for people who would otherwise not be hired due to their reduced production capacities. On the other side of the issue, a growing number of national advocacy organizations have concerns about the appropriateness of paying these workers less than minimum wage. They are calling for the phase-out of the 14 (c) program.
Bea Rodgers is co-chairing this work group and Mac Ramsey is a member. The end of the 14 (c) program is a very complicated issue that could have both good and bad ramifications. The work group will be polling current workers (and their families) who utilize the 14 (c) program to assess their views on this issue. The findings of the work group will be presented to The Arc Maryland Board in December. If you have an interest in this issue, contact Mac at email@example.com.
View the full September Arc Notes.