Rob joined The Arc as its new Executive Director in June, 2015. He brings to The Arc 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. Rob earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Howard University and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business. He and his wife, Jualecia, are proud parents of four children and reside in Upper Marlboro.
Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer worked at the Arc of Southern Maryland as the Financial Controller for 3 years. Before that she worked at the The St. Charles Companies for 11 years where she worked her way up from a Senior Accountant to the Assistant Controller. Jennifer has two Master’s Degrees from University of Maryland University College. The first is a MBA and the second is a MS in Financial Management. Jennifer is currently working on her dissertation for her Doctoral Degree in Leadership from Liberty University where her study focuses on building an organizational leadership framework addressing voluntary DSP turnover and retention rates. Ms. Rudolph is a recent graduate of the Maryland Partners in Policy Making Program taught by the Arc Maryland and also serves as a board member of the St. Mary’s County Commission on People with Disabilities. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys cooking or enjoying one of her three children’s various sporting events.
Chief of Staff
Ms. Henley is a seasoned human resources professional, with over 25 years of experience in the field. Ms. Henley leads The Arc’s Human Resources office where she is responsible for employee relations, recruitment, organizational development, and benefits administration to name a few. She also oversees the Business Operations and Quality Assurance departments. She is a dedicated resource to our nearly 700 employees working throughout Prince George’s County. Ms. Henley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources. She is also a certified human resources professional and is active in the human resources community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.
Chief Programs Officer
Connie joined The Arc as the Chief Programs Officer in 2020. She brings to The Arc a diverse background in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), Housing, Children’s and Family Services, and working with Senior Citizens. Most recently, she served as an Administrator with the Fairfax Falls-Church Community Services Board. In this role, she was responsible for developing and overseeing county Community Partnerships and special Residential and Facilities Development Initiatives for priority populations which included homeless, veterans, individuals with intellectual disabilities, those with substance use disorders, and people with mental illness. She also oversaw the County’s directly operated Group Homes and Community Living settings for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to working in Fairfax County, she worked as Director of Division Operations for Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc. Overseeing Operations, Program Development, and Compliance for I/DD programs in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Connie has a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of Buffalo. She also has a Masters Degree in Educational Foundations from State College of New York at Buffalo. In her spare time, you can find Connie spending time with family, volunteering, enjoying nature, cycling, cooking a great meal, traveling, or at a great good comedy show.
Lorraine C. Holmes Settles
Director of Business & Resource Development
Lorraine’s expertise is in establishing development operations, annual funds, foundation relations and corporate partnerships. She also has extensive experience in proposal writing, training nonprofit boards, and creating diversified fundraising platforms. Lorraine is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who enjoys music, traveling, nurturing young people, cooking and training those in whatever she knows so they do it better. Lorraine earned her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies at the University of Delaware and completed her Masters Degree and doctoral coursework in Organizational Communication at Howard University.
Director of Business Operations
Christina has been managing programs at The Arc since 1995. She has previously served as both The Arc’s Director of Residential and Employment Services. In recent years, the organization has utilized her unique blend of business acuity and program experience to manage various administrative operations including grants management, capital projects, staff training, representative payee services, agency insurance, purchasing and property management. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University, a master’s in human services from McDaniel College, and an MBA from Marymount University. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling, photography, and spending time with her two young children.
Division Director of Family and Community Services
Becky joined The Arc in 2001 after a 20-year career at The National Children’s Center in Washington, D.C. Becky provides leadership for a number of Arc programs including individual and family supports, community supported living, recreation services, inclusive childcare, and casemanagement for the County’s infants and toddlers and autism waiver programs. While the scope of her work is wide, Becky uniquely maintains a personal touch with the folks she serves, their families, and her dedicated staff. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Florida State University. When she’s not a work, you will find her either in her garden, riding her horse, or playing the fiddle in her Irish folk band.
Director of Nursing
Brenda Fitzgerald joined The Arc in 2018 after a 20+year career as an Independent Consultant in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Brenda Fitzgerald provides leadership as the Director of Nursing. While Originally from Virginia, Brenda Fitzgerald has become involved in teaching, training, and leadership modeling locally. In her spare time, Brenda Fitzgerald enjoys quiet time. She is a graduate of Bellevue University and looks forward to partnerships within the ARC team to elevate the level of clinical and professional management.
Director of Quality Advancement
Natosha Simpson joined The Arc in 2016. She serves as the Director of Quality Advancement and is responsible for safety, regulatory compliance, and licensing. She has 20+ years of experience working and advocating for people with disabilities. For eight years, prior to coming to The Arc, Natosha was the Senior Quality Assurance Manager at the Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities in Washington, DC. She studied business law at the Sawyer School of Business in Pennsylvania, has OSHA certification and a Level I Investigator Certificate. She also is a certified CPR and First Aid instructor. You can frequently find Natosha writing poetry, spending time with her family and preparing delicious meals for friends and loved ones.
Director of Residential Service
Kathy joined The Arc in 1985, prior to joining The Arc she was employed at Melwwod Trn Center as a Residential Program Coordinator for 3 years. When she began at The Arc initially she worked as a workshop supervisor in our sheltered workshops and worked in our residential program as well. She then was chosen for a new position to The Arc Director of Transportation for 10 years. Kathy decided she could make the most difference back in Residential Srvs where she began as an Asst Director. Kathy’s entire career has been focused on assisting individuals with a broad spectrum of differing abilities. She is known for her passion and strong advocacy skills. She takes the time to get to know the people she works with and their families and has always approached this with a personal touch.
She became Co-Director of the Community Living (formally Residential Srvs) program in 2019. She has had extensive training in many areas through the years. Person-Centered Planning, Assisting people with Challenging Behaviors, multiple management and supervision trainings, etc. In 2019, Kathy completed the Maryland Conference of Executives Leadership series. She studied Human Services and Business administration at Charles County College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Director of Residential Service
Sheila Woods has a long history working with people with intellectual disabilities. She has held management positions in non-profits and social services for the past 30 years. As a Co-Director of Community Living for the Arc of Prince George’s County, she is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Ms. Woods also provides leadership, direction, and advocacy for people with disabilities to live in the most inclusive environment. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Shepherd University. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, site-seeing, and volunteering in the community.