Jennifer Pfaltzgraff, Interim 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 when her son Ethan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 7 months old. She was elected to the board of directors of The Arc of Wake County in July 2007, serving as a director, then President and Past President. She then served as Executive Director for The Arc of Wake County leading up to The Arc of the Triangle merger in July 2014. Jennifer transitioned in to the Marketing and Communications Director role promoting the programs and services of The Arc of the Triangle as well as took the lead on creating and organizing fundraising efforts like the Gala for Good and Community Classic Golf Tournament. Jennifer has served as Chair for the Wake County Special Education Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Wake County LICC (Local Inter-Agency Coordinating Council) for 5 years. Jennifer also enjoys volunteering with the Cary High School Band, MARC Sharks Swim Team and spending time with her family.
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.
Michelle Merritt, Director of Individual Services received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from State University of New York, Geneseo. She is passionate about working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and at one time specialized in children's services but currently enjoys working with people of all ages. Michelle looks forward to continuing to dedicate her efforts to all of the individuals supported by The Arc of The Triangle.
Michael Kirschner, Assistant Director of Individual Services 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 and now works happily as a Qualified Professional who has a caseload of participants that he supports with their services. He oversees The Arc's Summer Work & Wellness Program that is for students 15-22 to get vocational experiences and also have some quality social time with their peers.
Maranda Beckwith, Individual Services Supervisor received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from State University of New York, Institute of Technology in New York. She spent several years working in direct care and case management roles for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York. Maranda recently moved to North Carolina and is happy to share her passion and knowledge for helping others in through The Arc of the Triangle.
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 quickly learned that working at The Arc is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the change that can come to someone’s life through support services. Ramona is excited to be part of The Arc family, and is privileged to work with our participants and their families. Ramona comes has a large family, completed now by the addition of her mother. She says her husband is ready to travel the world, but she told him she would like to see the “good old USA” first.
Marie Dionne, Individual Services Supervisor 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 a Qualified Professional.
Will Goble, Individual Services Supervisor a Durham native, has worked to support people with I/DD in various roles for more than eight years. After receiving a masters degree in music from Florida State University, Will relocated to Atlanta, GA and began working in direct support full-time, balancing a performing career as well. Early efforts to integrate music in community services allowed him an opportunity to grow in the field, as Will took on new roles in program management and development. Even after leaving Atlanta, Will served in a remote capacity as an accreditation and administrative specialist. After a stint in Phoenix, AZ where he served as an instructor and administrator at local music nonprofits and community colleges, Will returned home to Durham in the spring of 2017. He is excited to join The Arc team and continue his commitment to support people in their communities.
Nicole Dennis, Community Navigator is originally from Apex, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She began working with The Arc of the Triangle as a Support Professional during the summer of 2016. She looks forward to continue to serve the individuals supported by The Arc of the Triangle.
Amanda Hall, Community Navigator is a graduate of University of Minnesota with a Masters in Social Work. Amanda grew up in Illiniois and has lived in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota before moving to North Carolina. Amanda first began working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in college at a residential home. Since then, she worked in case management and provided in-home therapy and skills to children and families. Amanda continues to follow her passion working with families and individuals in need of services through the Arc of the Triangle.
Susan Swearingen, Director of Employment Services is a native North Carolinian. She attended East Carolina University where she received her BS in Special Education and has been teaching and advocating for persons with I/DD for over 27 years. She is married and has two sons, a daughter in law and a beautiful grandson! She has been involved with the Abilities Enabled Ministry at her church for over nine years. She is passionate about providing quality services and ensuring that individuals who want to work have the opportunity to work.
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Barbara Germiller, Employment Specialist was born and raised in New York. She and her husband moved to Raleigh 24 years ago and have called it home ever since. Barbara has a teenage son with developmental disabilities and became involved with The Arc when he was young. She served 2 terms on the board of directors and was a co-leader of a playgroup for families of young children that were served by The Arc. Barbara became passionate about Supported Employment after hiring people with disabilities to work at her Flower Shop.
Tamela Haywood, Employment Specialist was born and raised in Raleigh. She recently received a Liberal Arts Degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut and is currently finishing her last credits towards her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. Tamela is married and has a son named Thyree. Tamela has with worked with persons with Autism, I/DD and Alzheimer’s for seventeen years. Tamela started as a Job Coach for The Arc of the Triangle’s Project See Program and is excited about her position.
Naomi Hicks, Employment Specialist began her employment with The Arc as a Direct Care Support Professional in February of 2016 and was promoted to Employment Specialist in December. She is from Camp Lejeune, NC and is proud to be a military brat! Naiomi has 3 wonderful boys that keep her very busy and (4 boys if you count our beloved Bruno :-). Naiomi holds her Master's degree from Capella University in Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University in Management Information Systems.
Kathy Mayer, Employment Specialist 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.
Susan Chandler, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services is a Certified Administrator of Volunteers, North Carolina, as well as a parent of a young man with autism. She combines her passion of creating meaningful and purposeful volunteer programs while advocating for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Susan received her Associate’s Degree in Business from Nassau Community College and attends UNC Chapel Hill in the evenings.
Michelle Foy, Assistant Director of Community Programs 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!
Shauna Leng, Finance Manager earned her MBA with concentration in finance and was with private firms for many years before joining The Arc of the Triangle. Now she dedicates her education and experiences to The Arc and loves to serve children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Eileen Patrick, HR Generalist grew up in Cary, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Communication. She spent 15 years working in recruiting and management. Eileen took a little time off to spend with her two young sons and is happy to re-start her career with The Arc.
Stephanie Harris, Recruitment Specialist recently moved to the Triangle area from Rockingham, NC. She is also recently married and has 2 sons. She “stumbled” across The Arc of the Triangle while searching for services and activities for her oldest son who has autism. Stephanie plans on returning to school in the fall of 2017 for complete her degree in Information Technology. She is so excited to become a member of The Arc family. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and crafting.
Marilyn Monroe, Data Support Specialist grew up on a local dairy farm where she learned a strong work ethic. She brought a variety of work experiences to The Arc which includes working in a similar capacity for a LME-MCO and The Arc of NC, employing teenagers, and performing national supply orders and distribution. She is detail oriented and works to support others so that people with intellectual and development disabilities are better supported. In her free time, Marilyn enjoys crafting and crocheting children’s hats to donate each winter.
Heather Sapp, Scheduling 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 Orleans newlywed and loves the Cajun culture. In her free time she enjoys sleeping, visiting family and friends, and watching Grey’s Anatomy!