Robert Malone Appointed New Executive Director of The Arc Prince George's County
The Arc Prince George's County's Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Malone as its new Executive Director. "Rob brings a sincere dedication to improving the lives of individuals in Prince George's County," said Tony Zanfordino, Board President. "His background and demeanor make him well suited to lead our organization and advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are excited about the beginning of this new chapter of The Arc," he added.
Malone has a diverse background in insurance, banking, and nonprofit management. Most recently, he served as Chief Business Development Officer for Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOA). In this role, he developed strategic efforts to provide resources for VOA programs focusing on the homeless, veterans in need, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and people with mental illness. He is also the founder of Mentoring to Manhood, a mentoring program for male students in Prince George's County. The program has been recognized as one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington Area by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. read more...
The Arc Honors Mac Ramsey
Self Advocates, families, colleagues, and friends gathered on April 28th at Martin's Crosswinds to celebrate Mac Ramsey's 39 years of service to the developmental disabilities community, 31 of them with The Arc Prince George's County. After dinner and cake, Mac was honored with remarks by representatives of the differing constituencies with whom he worked. Mac was also regaled with a couple of musical tributes, including The Arc staff's rendition of a favorite 50's tune. Mac will be retiring this summer. Though he plans to stay involved in the DD community, he is also looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and on the links. All of us at The Arc honor Mac's tremendous legacy and wish him our very best.
2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
The Maryland General Assembly convened for the 2015 Legislative Session with a tremendous amount of uncertainty and change. For the DD Community, the top priority was preserving the mandated 3.5% rate increases passed during the 2014 Session in response to the minimum wage increase in Maryland. Marylanders with developmental disabilities
and those who support them won several significant victories.
After a tremendous amount of advocacy, the DDA budget was passed with a 3% rate increase for community services in FY 2016. Additionally, the General Assembly maintained the mandated 3.5% rate increase in State law from FY 2017-2019; and just last Friday, Governor Hogan agreed to release $3 million dollars earmarked by the General Assembly for the 123 individuals on the Crisis Resolution waiting list.
The General Assembly further adopted budget language requiring the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to report on Transitioning youth and Emergency and Crisis Resolution placements. Read the full briefing.
Governor Releases Crisis Resoluton Funding
On May 15, Governor Hogan agreed to release $3 million dollars that had been earmarked by the Maryland General Assembly to assist 123 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Crisis Resolution waiting list. Thank you to all advocates who wrote Governor Hogan, urging release of the funds! The Arc especially thanks The Arc Maryland for leadership on this key legislative issue.
The Arc Congratulates Award Winners!
Spring is a season of graduations and recognition. The Arc Congratulates our Award winners at both The Arc Maryland Convention and the Maryland Association of Community Services' (MACS) awards events. On May 1 at The Arc Maryland convention, Mac Ramsey was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Julie Lee of our Employment services Division was recognized as Outstanding Employee of the Year, and Donald Pollock was acknowledged as The Arc's Volunteer of the Year. Two related Arc Maryland awards were conferred for a media piece on inclusion: The Laurel High School Spartans cheer leading team won a Meritorious Service Award for fully including a student with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and Jennifer Rynda of The Baltimore Sun was honored with a Community Media Excellence Award for her digital profile of the spirited team. Click here to watch video.
At the MACS awards banquet on May 14th, Hattie Coulter-Lewis, who works in our Laurel Day Center, and Shardai McRae, of Employment Services, were honored with Outstanding Staff Awards. In another shining moment, Sylvia Navarro, who attends our Laurel Day Center, was recognized with the MACS Personal Achievement Award. Congratulations to all of these winners!