The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is pleased to announce that effective, July 1, 2013, $5.2 Million has been allocated for the DDA Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) program. More details...
The Arc Welcomes a New President
2013-2014 Board of Directors
On May 30th, The Arc held its annual membership dinner and elected Anthony Zanfordino as Board President. This lively dinner also provided opportunities to recognize The Arc's dedicated staff for years of service, from five to thirty-five.
Anthony is currently a Sr. Project Manager for Pragmatics, assigned to the FDIC-Release Management contract. He holds a degree in Economics/Finance from Lincoln University, PA, and has spent the past eighteen years working in the telecommunications and information technology field for multi-national corporations and government agencies. Anthony is highly involved in several Down Syndrome advocacy groups, and has served as Chair of The Arc's Governmental Affairs Committee. He currently resides in Bandywine with his wife Dion, and sons Evan and Anthony V.
Other Officers elected were Nicholas Hluchyj, Vice President; Michael Ahearn, Treasurer; and Violeta Vazquez, Secretary.
New Directors Valencia Holland and Valerie Williams were voted in for two-year terms. Current Director Brian Walsh was elected to a second two-year term, and Marie Brayman, MaryBeth Dugan, Michael McLaughlin, Craig Parker, Juanita Pughsley, Heather Rivas, and Yvette Smith were honored for their service to the Board.
Executive Director Mac Ramsey acknowledged the many contributions of our board, membership, and staff. Particular gratitude goes to our outgoing President, Teresa Gardner-Williams, whom Mac praised as a strong leader and "a woman of great integrity who fully understands the ethical framework that a sound nonprofit must be built upon."
View the photo album from the event
The Arc Featured on Voice of America
On June 3rd Voice of America ran a feature on The Arc's Day Program participants who are involved in The Creative Edge Digital Media partnership. Folks attend a filmmaking class twice a week and use iPads to capture images and create movies. They are also learning how to use sound effects and create storylines. This experience is a part of The Arc's Transformation Project. Jessica Neely, Director of Day and Family Services says, "The goal [of The Transformation Project] is to move the whole model of an adult day center out from the 4-walls of the center and into the community, truly integrated into the larger community. Watch the feature
Entrepreneur featured in
Audra Nobles has always loved jewelry, and in 2007 she started making her own pieces and selling them. With a grant from The Arc, Audra was able to purchase semi-precious stones, beads, and supplies to open her own business called With These Hands.
The 2013 Summer Issue of Apostrophe Magazine features a story about Audra, her business, and her ingenuity. Apostrophe believes the American Dream belongs to everyone, and that the power of the pen and the camera can help make that possible.
Read the full article about Audra in Apostrophe.
You can support Audra's business by Liking her page on Facebook. Search for With These Hands by Audra
View the full June Arc Notes.