As we prepare to celebrate our 60th Anniversary on Thursday, November 19, we will be featuring our honorees in this space. Learn more about their contributions to The Arc of Massachusetts and how they have enhanced the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Spotlight Honoree: Fred Misilo
Fred Misilo has been involved with The Arc both nationally and in Massachusetts for many years. As an attorney, he is Chair of the Trust and Estate Department and the Special Needs Planning and Advocacy Practice Group at FletcherTilton, PC. A former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (1991-1994), he is a past President of The Arc of Massachusetts (2008-2010) and a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Cape Cod. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of the United States and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.
Both personally and professionally, Fred Misilo has been a compassionate advisor to families and a dedicated advocate on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). He dates his involvement to his college days when he had a summer job as a live-in camp counselor at an inclusive camp run by the Boy Scouts in cooperation with The Arc in Worcester. “That experience had a great influence on me,” he says, “because it exemplifies what The Arc does best: working with families to support the integration of their loved ones with I/DD into the larger community.”
Stewards: Phil Gloudemans, Dana Graves, Evelyn and Robert Hausslein
Phil Gloudemans (or “Mr. Play on the Parquet”) founded and shepherded the annual corporate basketball fundraiser at TD Garden throughout its 25-year history, raising nearly $1 million for The Arc. He served several terms on The Arc’s Board of Directors and has been a valued source of public relations counsel.
Dana Graves, D.D.S. has supported The Arc generously for decades. The ongoing stewardship demonstrated is critical to sustaining our advocacy.
Evelyn and Robert Hausslein are members of The Arc’s Leaders & Founders Society. They have been strong advocates for adult services. A former board member (and former dean at Wheelock), Evelyn helped found The Arc’s SUPPORTbrokers program and chaired The Arc’s Government Affairs Committee for several years.
Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies: Fletcher Tilton and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Fletcher Tilton’s special needs practice has been advocating for families for decades, working not only on behalf of their clients, but also as advocates for the disability community at large. The firm and its attorneys have volunteered countless hours to help pass key legislation and have generously supported The Arc financially for more than a decade.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a top rated health insurer, is committed to the health and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They have supported The Arc’s work for more than a decade. Chief Information Officer Deborah Norton serves as The Arc’s Treasurer.
Families and Volunteers: Mary Ellen Mayo
As President and Government Affairs leader, Mary Ellen Mayo demonstrated the power of family leadership. She led proudly, standing above the fray as some made personal attacks to stop the tide of deinstitutionalization.
To learn more about this year’s honorees visit: http://thearcofmass.org/the-arc-of-massachusetts-60th-anniversary-gala-honorees/
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