Join us Tuesday September 12, 2016 6:30-9:00 in the evening
to celebrate The Arc of the Triangle
Resurrection Lutheran Church - 100 W. Lochmere Drive, Cary, North Carolina
Enjoy the Year in Review Slideshow
Arc Members will elect our Board of Directors (bios listed below)
And celebrate the incredible individuals and organizations that make our work possible at the Arc Awards
Arc Award Categories:
The Arc of the Triangle's DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD — an individual or organization that has contributed, in a distinguished manner, to the promotion, development, and support of The Arc of the Triangle, Inc. and its participants and their families.
COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR – a business or organization that has directly contributed to the success of The Arc of the Triangle and the improvement of its services, programs, growth, etc.
DIRECT CARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR — an award for extraordinary commitment by an individual employed in the Triangle area to provide direct support, service, or care to a person/people with I/DD while fostering growth, independence, community inclusion and dignity. (Examples: support staff, bus drivers, teacher’s aides, one-on-one support in school)
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR — a Triangle area employer with an exceptional record of providing inclusive competitive employment opportunities for people with I/DD.
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR — an individual employed in the Triangle area working in the I/DD community who has demonstrated sensitivity and the ability to provide outstanding support which results in increased independence for people with I/DD.
SELF-ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR – a self-advocate who lives in the Triangle area who has shown determination and self-advocacy skills in his/her community, work place, school, etc.
SIBLING OF THE YEAR – the sibling of a person with I/DD whose actions and efforts at home and in the community have made a positive impact on their sibling and family.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR – a student with I/DD in private or public school who exemplifies what it means to be a hard worker, with determination and leadership qualities in their school and community.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR — A teacher (special or general education) who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and supporting students with I/DD.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR — a volunteer who has given generously of his/her time and talent to benefit people with I/DD and The Arc of the Triangle.
Board of Directors Nominees' Biographies
PRESIDENT - Dave Woody is a Financial Advisor for 25 years with Northwestern Mutual. The focus of his business is financial planning for families who have a loved one with a disability and retirement income planning. His mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people that he works with. Dave is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS degree in biology. Dave has served as a board member for The Arc of Wake County for 4 years, has volunteered with the Autism Society and Alex's Lemonade Stand, and is an usher for his church, Crossroads Fellowship. Dave and his wife Judy have 2 adult sons, Marshall 28 and lives in Durham and Garrett who is deceased. His son Marshall was diagnosed with autism at age 8. Dave is excited serve with the Arc of the Triangle and wants to help the organization continue to grow services across the Triangle region.
VICE PRESIDENT - Karen Geringer is Senior Account Executive with TW telecom serving the Raleigh and Fayetteville markets. She holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC Greensboro. Karen and her husband Steve live in Raleigh with their son, Adam. Her family enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach and enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, running, reading and traveling. Karen is happy to be a part of the executive committee and looks forward to continue serving the participants of The Arc and their families.
SECRETARY - Josh Ravitch is a self-employed nonprofit consultant. He has almost 30 years of experience helping nonprofit agencies as both a volunteer and paid consultant. Josh has experience in strategic planning, organizational development, budgeting, marketing, and grant writing. He is the co-President of a local nonprofit with over 500 members, and Vice Chair of the Chapel Hill Human Services Advisory Board. He has also spent time volunteering for several local nonprofit agencies including The Arc, as well as helping care for my stepson with severe autism. In recent efforts to help The Arc, Josh drafted two surveys sent to volunteers and client families, and consulted with staff and board leadership to help with organizational development. The bottom line: Josh can help organizations grow and thrive in both good and challenging times. As well, he can be depended on to provide meetings with many forms of chocolate.
TREASURER - Derek Elenbaas is an audit manager and Certified Public Accountant at Dixon Hughes Goodman in Raleigh. He audits not-for-profits, healthcare organizations, and manufacturing companies as well as employee benefit plans. Derek is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Derek is active in the Raleigh Young Professionals Network and volunteers as a greeter and usher at his church, NewHope Church. Derek has been married to his wife, Callae, for 5 years. Derek has been a member of the Finance Committee since the spring of 2016 and has been the Finance Committee Chair since the summer of 2017. Derek joined the Board of Directors in October 2016. Derek is a passionate University of Michigan fan as well as the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Pistons.
Laura Alden is a Wake County Special Education teacher at Heritage High School in Wake Forest. She works with 9th – 12th grade students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program. Laura has been teaching with WCPSS since 2008, and began her teaching career in New York in 1995. Laura and her husband Ken have two daughters, Sarah and Erin, aged 15 and 13. Laura holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Education from Hofstra University, a Master’s in Special Education from New York University and a Professional Diploma in both School and District Administration from Queens College, City University of NY, and one day hopes to finish her Doctorate in School/District Administration & Educational Leadership. Working with children with special needs became a passion when Sarah was formally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at approximately a year old. Upon relocating to North Carolina, Laura found her way to The Arc of Wake County by serving on their Board of Directors for two years. Laura is excited to continue her advocacy work with The Arc of the Triangle. Laura enjoys volunteering with her girls’ schools, Sarah’s dance class, Erin’s seasonal sports teams, taking their rescue puppy on long walks, reading historical fiction, and taking road trips with Ken, the girls, and dog in the family minivan.
Emmy Boyette is the Marketing Manager at the North Carolina Chamber and lives in Fuquay-Varina. She was instrumental in creating the Michael & Son Community Classic Golf Tournament, which raised more than $30,000 for The Arc of the Triangle in two years. She loves fundraising, and is Chair of The Arc's Development Committee. Prior to entering the marketing field, she taught public school for four years, working as an English teacher for students in 9th-12th grade. In her free time, she loves to watch sports with her husband Randy and play with their two shelter pups, Buddy and Ollie. Emmy is a dedicated supporter of and friend to children and adults with developmental disabilities and wants to continue using her fundraising and marketing talents for The Arc of the Triangle.
Needham Bryan lives in Durham. Needham is a graduated from Jordan High School in 1992. After graduation he worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC from 1992 until 2011. Since then he has worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Services in Research Triangle Park. Needham has been very involved as a self-advocacy volunteer since 1993. Needham is currently the president of The Arc’s Triangle Self-Advocacy Network. He served two terms as president of the statewide Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina. He also also served on the board of directors for The Arc of Durham. “I hope to have the opportunity to serve on the board of The Arc of the Triangle. I am very interested in the kind of work that The Arc does.” Term: 2015-2017.
Bill McNairy came home to Chapel Hill in 1999. He has taught at several schools and is currently a full-time physics instructor at Wake Tech Community College, while also teaching at Elon and Meredith. His youngest daughter Camille is now 20 years old and is enrolled in a self-contained class at East Chapel Hill High School. She loves to smile and to help others when possible. One of her realities is an inability to speak-- thus Bill and his wife have had to be her advocate both in schools and programs but also constantly within the community. The Arc of the Triangle provides services and advocates for Camille's needs and those of this community of special people. His family has benefited from The Arc’s community groups, the summer Work and Wellness program, respite care, and more Bill’s family also participates in the Special Olympics of Orange County soccer and swimming seasons (he was was honored as a Coach of the Year in 2016)—while Camille has no great skills in either sport, she loves the activities and the volunteers with whom she works. The McNairys are members of a local church that emphasizes social justice and a welcoming community. Bill was raised to not only to be an active member of the community, but also to pay back by serving where helpful. Bill served on the board of The Arc of Orange in the years leading up to the merger with the Wake and Durham chapters. During all of his years of service the Board devoted much time and effort to manage the financial accounts with openness and an emphasis on the long term stability of the Arc. Bill was excited about the creation of the Arc of the Triangle. He believes that a steady expansion of services throughout the region can be achieved. However, in order to accomplish this The Arc must select board members who will guide the growth while also ensuring the Arc maintains a sound financial foundation. Bill promises to do what I can to open up the activities of the Arc to all members and to advocate for sound expansion of services to all parts of the region.
Lia McNeilly is currently a stay at home mom to Neave and Pearse. She volunteers at her children’s schools and at The Arc of the Triangle. Previously she worked in Network and VoIP engineering, as well as database design and management. She moved to Raleigh in 1998 and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a native of Upstate New York. She and her husband, John, love to travel and to read, and are happily passing these loves on to their children. This will be Lia’s second term serving on the board of directors for The Arc of the Triangle.
Jackie Pilgrim is a self-advocate; advocate for persons having epilepsy, autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, public speaker, entrepreneur and parent to a young adult who challenges stigma while living life on the autism spectrum. She is currently partnered with the Durham CIT Leadership Collaborative to increase autism awareness and education for police officers and first responders. She has written scenario roleplays for CIT trainings, shared personal experiences and most recently is creating a 2 hours CIT refresher course specific to working with citizens having autism and intellectual disabilities. Her goal is to live in a world #StigmaFree, fostering love and acceptance for all to thrive in a #SeemlessSociety where providing basic needs for its members is second nature. Jackie looks forward to joining forces with others to uphold and execute The Arc of the Triangle’s missions on the Board of Directors for the term 2017-2019.