Jennifer Pfaltzgraff, Executive Director is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BS in Communications. She is the mother of two children, Madeleine and Ethan. Jennifer began advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) when her son Ethan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 7 months old. Her career as a graphic designer and small business owner made this possible. She joined the Wake County LICC, an early intervention collaborative, to make sure she understood the intricacies of the I/DD world. She held the position of co-chair of the LICC for 7 years. While looking for supports for Ethan she learned about The Arc of Wake County and started off as a volunteer graphic designer and won the The Arc's President's Award that first year for her service to The Arc. She was elected to the board of directors in July 2007, serving as a director, then President and Past President. Her career took a turn when she accepted the position as Executive Director for The Arc of Wake County leading up to The Arc of the Triangle merger in July 2014. She was integral in the planning and execution of the merger- helping to bring Medicaid services to Wake and Durham counties as well as developing systems to ensure growth was balanced with stability. At the time of the merger, Jennifer transitioned in to the Marketing and Communications Director role promoting the new brand of The Arc of the Triangle- educating stakeholders on the myriad of services and programs and The Arc's mission and philosophy. She also took the lead on creating and organizing fundraising efforts like the Gala for Good and Community Classic Golf Tournament. She readily accepted the challenge of Executive Director in November 2016 when approached by the Board of Directors. Jennifer has served as Chair for the Wake County Special Education Advisory Council and is currently the Co-Chair, representing The Arc for 9 years. Outside of work, she loves to cook and spend time with her family, including her dog Charlie.

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Lisa Maier, Quality Assurance Director grew up in New York where she graduated from State University of New York, New Paltz with a BS in Education. Lisa began working for people with developmental disabilities after she moved to Oklahoma, working in ICFs, group homes and then as a State Case Manger supporting community living. She began her QA role providing guidance for children in Therapeutic Foster Care and Adult Companionship before moving to NC in 2003. Lisa continued her QA role but now advocating for children and adults through community mental health services until she joined The Arc of the Triangle. Returning to her passion of supporting people with I/DD, Lisa is looking forward to assisting The Arc of the Triangle grow their services and footprint to ensure we can provide our participants and families with continued quality services no matter where they live in the Triangle.

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Michael Kirschner, Individual Services Director  received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Stetson University. He has been working at the organization since 2003 and his passion for work with those who have developmental disabilities came from working as a teacher assistant with teens who have autism. He has worn many hats since he started working at The Arc and continues to enjoy seeing progress in those we serve.

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Susan Swearingen, Supported Employment Director is a native North Carolinian. She attended East Carolina University where she received her BS in Special Education and in 2015 became a Nationally Certified Employment Support Professional.   She has held teaching positions in Wilson, Pitt, and Wake County Special Education classrooms and has been teaching and advocating for persons with I/DD for over 30 years. Her career with The Arc of the Triangle began as a job coach in the Project SEE summer program in the summer of 2010. She is passionate about providing quality services and ensuring that individuals who want to work have the opportunity to work.

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Michelle Foy, Community Programs Director has worked as a Registered Movement Therapist in various settings working with children, adolescents and adults that have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness. In 2005 she began working for The Arc of Wake County as the Program Director for the Retirement and Leisure Supports and Services Program. She now oversees all of the community programs in the Triangle area. She earned her Master’s of Arts Degree in Movement Therapy from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from US International University (now known as Alliant International University) in San Diego, California. She is truly passionate about the people she serves and supports and feels fortunate that she has such a fun and exciting job!

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Eileen Patrick, Human Resources Director, grew up in Cary, NC and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Communication. After 15 years in corporate management and recruiting roles, she decided to make a career change to a more fulfilling industry. She started working with The Arc of the Triangle in 2015 as the Recruitment Specialist. In 2020, she was promoted to HR Director. Eileen spends most of her free time with her husband and two sons, but occasionally finds time for running and trying new recipes.     

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Marie Dionne, Assistant Director of Individual Services received her Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Marie worked in a variety of different educational positions in the following years, including volunteer work with the Therapeutic Riding Center in Mebane. In 2011 she began working for The Arc of Orange as a Support Professional and later as Coordinator of the Summer Work & Wellness Program. After several years with The Arc of the Triangle, Marie is excited to be able to support more individuals and their families as an Individual Services Supervisor..



Ramona Castillo-Segoviano, Individual Services Supervisor grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina and graduated with a degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University. Ramona has over 20 years of experience working in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Ramona counts it a continued privilege to work with our participants and their families.



Liane K. Chestnut-Perez, Individual Services Supervisor received her Bachelor's Art Degree in Sociology from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina. Liane has 17 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and mental health population. Her career experiences has given her deep understanding of the challenges individuals living with disabilities endure in their lives daily and how it impacts their families. Liane is excited to continue her passion of advocating for people with disabilities with The Arc of the Triangle!


Laura Williams, Individual Services Supervisor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language and Hearing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Since then, Laura has worked very closely in supporting people who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Kansas. Laura has moved to North Carolina in the last few months and is excited to make an impact on the people around her. She is passionate about the work that the Arc of the Triangle is doing and is delighted to be a part of the team.


Stephanie Cole, Community Navigator received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Social Work from Appalachian State University in 2016. Since then, Stephanie has worked in a variety of direct support roles with people who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in North Carolina and Vermont. Her favorite roles included connecting those with I/DD with the community. While living in Seattle, Washington from 2018 to early 2020, Stephanie switched gears and worked professionally with dogs as a dog wrangler and lead at a doggy daycare in the city. She moved back to North Carolina in early 2020. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time riding her horse, Ducky, spending time with her family, including her dog Bennett. She’s very excited to begin her tenure with The Arc, to get back to community connection and involvement, and is pleased to be a part of the team.



Kevin Mercer, Community Navigator has lived in Chapel Hill all of his life. He graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill in 2017, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism. Kevin began working with The Arc of the Triangle in the spring of 2018 as a Direct Support Professional and has enjoyed forming connections with his participants. Kevin loves to read, play sports, and serve his church. He is thrilled to be working for an organization that supports people with I/DD.





Rachel Werdebaugh, Assistant Director of Supported Employment has lived in North Carolina except for a few years in Arizona. Rachel began her employment with The Arc of the Triangle as a Direct Support Professional in the Spring of 2017. Rachel was promoted to the position of Employment Specialist in March 2018. Rachel received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from UNC-Greensboro. She loves to serve those supported by The Arc of the Triangle by helping them achieve their goals.



Kathy Mayer, Employment Supervisor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She enjoys working with children with special needs and has worked directly with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities [I/DD] for six years as a Supports Assistant, and as a Job Coach for The Arc of the Triangle’s Project See program. Her passion for working with children with I/DD comes from being a parent of a 16 year old son with autism. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional counseling and is dedicated to supporting individuals obtain the services they need. Kathy looks forward to working in her new role as an Employment Specialist and continuing to support individuals with I/DD to  gain successful employment.



Natasha Pratt, Employment Specialist moved to North Carolina in early 2018 seeking new adventures after receiving her Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degrees from Colorado State University in 2017. Natasha has worked with people with disabilities since 2011 as an individual support aide, direct support professional, and respite caregiver. She enjoys spending time with her 6-year-old fur baby, Rocky, hiking local nature and mountain trails!



Majesty Robinson, Employment Specialist received her BA in Sociology from NC State University. She began working with students with I/DD while serving as a College Adviser in the public school system. In January 2018, she began working for The Arc as a Job Coach and became an Employment Specialist in May 2018. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and binge watching shows on Netflix! Majesty enjoys helping others and is passionate about serving her community.



Athena McWhorter, Project SEE Coordinator is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant (E-7) and military brat who always called North Carolina home no matter where the military took her. Athena received her Bachelor in Social Work from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ. She started working with students with disabilities in August 2006 as a community integration employment specialist in Ewing, NJ. In 2008 she moved on to becoming a social worker until taking a promotional position as a Guardianship Specialist in Hamilton, NJ. In 2012 Athena moved back to North Carolina and became a Guardianship Specialist with The Arc of North Carolina until 2015 when her husband (who recently retired from active duty Air Force) received orders and the family was moved to Wichita, Kansas where Athena became a Targeted Case Manager. Athena and her husband moved back home in 2019. Athena is proud to be the Project SEE Coordinator because she enjoys working with students with disabilities and helping them make an impact in their community. In her free time she likes to read, play Xbox, and has recently rediscovered her love for photography.





Heather Sapp, Recruitment Specialist was born and raised in Burlington, NC and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Health. She has always enjoyed volunteering with the Special Olympics and coaching the youth in volleyball and softball. She feels honored to join The Arc family, and help to educate the community on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is a new mom to Amelia Grace. She is a New Orleans newlywed and loves the Cajun culture. In her free time she enjoys….HA, what free time?! Just kidding! She enjoys family time, watching Grey's Anatomy, and day dreaming about sleeping.

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Aris Zekir, Data & Billing Support Specialist is a native New Yorker. Aris has earned his BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His passion to support individuals who have developmental disabilities has led to meaningful experience as a Community Habilitation Specialist and a Residential Habilitation Specialist in 2017 to a Care Manager in 2019. Prior to his position with The Arc of the Triangle, Aris served young adults and adults with Autism as well as those with HIV/AIDS. Aris has grown to understand many aspects of supporting and serving through providing care coordination along with providing direct support. Aris enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing video games, sketching, and writing in his spare time. Aris also enjoys watching sports and exercising. During his time, Aris has met wonderful people and devoted his career to supporting individuals in any way he can. Aris is dedicated to continuing The Arc’s mission and serving those supported by The Arc of the Triangle!

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Keara Suzik, Executive Assistant is originally from New York where she graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Graphic Design.  She has been working within the Wake County School System arts community for over 20 years in many capacities from volunteering with PTA, creating and designing signage to co-teaching stage & costume design. Before joining The Arc, she was a Teaching Assistant for a cross-categorical kindergarten class.  Keara hopes to combine her passion for the arts and community outreach to benefit The Arc’s mission.  In her spare time you can find her drawing, reading and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Kenneth Kelty, Administrative Assistant was born and raised in West Palm Beach South Florida.  He is a graduate of the Western Carolina University Participants UP Program at Western Carolina University, a two year inclusion program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While at WCU Kenneth studied criminal justice and political science. Upon graduating Kenneth joined The Arc of The Triangle in 2014. In his spare time he loves knitting blankets and scarfs. Kenneth is an award winning blogger and motivational speaker on life with disabilities and has a public Facebook page Kenneth Kelty Public Speaker and Author. He has done advocacy work on a local and national level. Kenneth has participated in advanced leadership training in the disability community at The UNC CIDD and Alliance of Disability Advocates.