The Arc of Massachusetts 60th Anniversary Gala Honorees

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For 60 Years

Spotlight Honorees – Stewards – Public Officials – Corp., Foundations, Agencies – Families & Volunteers – Chapters

Spotlight Honorees

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Joseph Andrade embodies the concept of service to The Arc, having been president of The Arc of Massachusetts and its volunteer financial officer for 15 years. Joe provided time, treasure and talent for decades and served as President for two terms.


Angela and Dan * Becker have been generous supporters of The Arc for decades and recent leadership capital donor. Dan’s marketing background was critical in legislative advocacy for Turning 22 and other needed services.


For decades Ronald Campbell has been a generous donor and part of the Leaders & Founders Society. His support was especially helpful during the Waiting List Campaign.


Vibeke and Gustav Christensen have generously supported The Arc’s advocacy for decades and are original members of the Leaders & Founders Society. Vibeke served two terms on The Arc’s Board of Directors, and was a key member of the organization’s 50th Anniversary Gala and Government Affairs Committees.


Mark Forziati can trace his connection to The Arc to his love of basketball. He sponsored high school teams to participate in The Arc’s Play on the Parquet tournaments and generously supported The Arc for over a decade.


Donald and Ruth Freedman have both been involved with The Arc for many years, and were founding members of the Leaders & Founders Society. Don’s expertise as an attorney and Ruth’s as a social worker advanced The Arc’s advocacy as well. Ruth co-authored The Arc’s landmark study of health care experiences of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Richard and Edith Frye have been devoted supporters of the disability community since the 1960s, through their service to both The Arc of the South Shore and The Arc of Massachusetts. Their generosity is demonstrated by their gifts of time, talent and treasure – ranging from valuable advice to significant contributions. Dick served on The Arc board in the 1980s and presently serves on The Arc’s capital campaign committee.


Sarah Gates was an active member of The Arc’s government affairs committee and a passionate advocate at the State House. She has generously supported The Arc for decades.


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.


Simon Greisdoff left a legacy to The Arc to continue its advocacy work, in addition to a significant donation to the capital campaign.  He was an active parent leader for decades.  He made many trips from his Boston home to the State House to advocate for his daughter and others.


Cynthia and Mark Haddad can trace their involvement with The Arc to the fact that Cindy has a brother with special needs. Together Mark and Cindy chaired The Arc’s 50th anniversary Gala. Cindy, a Certified Financial Planner, is a former member of The Arc’s Board of Directors and provides expertise to The Arc.


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.


James and Tina Kerkam, the parents of a son with special needs are original members of the Leaders & Founders Society who have been generous donors to The Arc of Massachusetts for more than two decades. Jim was elected to The Arc’s Board of Directors in 1992 and served until 1998, some of the time as Vice President. He continues to advise The Arc.


Susan and David Lodemore have a nephew on the autism spectrum and have supported The Arc for several years. Sue has served several terms on The Arc of Massachusetts board of directors and co-chaired The Arc’s Gala in 2009 and 2010. She is co-chair of the 60th Anniversary Gala.


Ray and Doris Nickerson established the Daniel Nickerson Memorial Fund following the death of their son. It assists The Arc in its advocacy efforts. Ray served on The Arc Massachusetts Board from 1974 to 1985, one of the few to serve a 3-year term as President.


Susanna Peyton and John W. Campbell are generous supporters of Operation House Call (OHC), facilitating its expansion to 3 more graduate or medical schools. Susanna is a senior advisor to OHC, helping to maintain high quality and expand outreach where possible.


Donald and Elizabeth Stewart were founders of the Leaders & Founders Society, an initiative to encourage and recognize major donors to The Arc. Don served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2000 and was president for three years. He has led a number of initiatives.


Maureen and James Sullivan were founding members of The Arc’s Leaders & Founders Society, generously supporting advocacy for decades. Maureen was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002 and chaired The Arc’s Distinguished Citizen Awards Committee. She also played a leadership role on the government affairs committee on issues such as Turning 22 and Family Support.


Theresa and Harvey Varnet, have generously supported The Arc for decades. Terrie – an attorney has shared her expertise. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998 and served as president.



Public Officials:

Rosalie Edes’ distinguished herself as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services during a transitional period, helping implement the autism omnibus bill and other priorities. She spent many years in a leadership role in Early Intervention and Family Health programs.


For nearly a decade, Elin Howe has led the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Under her leadership, we have seen expanded eligibility for those with autism and others, the advancement of humane and positive behavioral supports and other policy innovations.


As a House member (now Senator) Barbara L’Italien’s leadership was reflected in advocacy for broadened eligibility for all, passage of an autism private insurance bill, new line item for children with autism, the change in the name of the Department and comprehensive recommendations through a Governor’s Commission on autism.


Gerry Morrissey’s strong leadership sustained DDS during difficult financial times, maintained the deinstitutionalization’s forward motion, and allowed DDS to address a large waiting list.


As a house member, Tom Sannicandro’s hallmark has been advancing choice for families and individuals in the delivery of services and increasing access to college options for students with disabilities, among other policy innovations.


Karen Spilka has championed self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. She played a key role in the Department’s name change to DDS, advanced budget goals for family support and employment while being a bridge builder between advocates and legislative leaders or the administration.



Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies:

One of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, The Boston Foundation has a profound impact on community life. They provided significant multi-year funding for two projects at The Arc: “Left Out in the Cold,” The Arc’s collaborative landmark study of health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Family to Family, directed at the adult waiting list for services.


Since 1935, Burke Distributing Corporation has been a premier distributor of beer, spirits, and other beverages. With a focus on corporate responsibility, they were a generous sponsor of The Arc of Massachusetts Golf Tournaments and other activities.


Comcast Business first became involved with The Arc of Massachusetts as a sponsor of Play on the Parquet. They continued their commitment to the organization’s work and the families we help by becoming a lead sponsor of All Aboard The Arc for three years.


FletcherTilton’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.


RhumbLine Advisers is a Boston-based investment firm specializing in managing index-based strategies for institutional investors. For more than a decade, the firm was an enthusiastic partner in Play on the Parquet, The Arc’s signature event that made the dream of playing basketball in the Boston Garden a reality.


For over a decade, TD Bank has demonstrated their commitment to corporate responsibility through their generous, ongoing support. They made The Arc’s work possible through their lead sponsorship of key events such as the 50th Anniversary Gala, Play on the Parquet, and All Aboard The Arc.


Tudor Investment Corporation is a private asset management company and hedge fund. As a multi-year sponsor of and participant in Play on the Parquet, they supported The Arc of Massachusetts’ efforts on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


For more than a decade, UBS Securities, LLC was the principal sponsor of Play on the Parquet, The Arc’s signature event. UBS made the dream of playing basketball in the Boston Garden a reality, while also supporting The Arc’s advocacy and outreach work.


Bay Cove Human Services provides effective, compassionate care to more than 20,000 individuals and families each year who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and aging. With more than 160 sites in Boston and southeastern Massachusetts, their goal is to provide full, rich lives for people with the greatest challenges.


Bridgewell’s continuum of care includes residential services, day habilitation, behavioral health services, employment training, transitional homeless services, affordable housing, and substance abuse and addiction services. The agency guides the more than 6,250 individuals to whom they provide services to achieve and enjoy their highest quality of life and personal growth.


Justice Resource Institute (JRI) addresses the most confounding challenges of both the human services and educational systems and the persons and families these systems were created to serve. JRI pursues the social justice inherent in opening doors to opportunity and independence.


Founded in 1972 by a group of parents seeking community care for their loved ones, Nonotuck Resource Associates has since helped transform the lives of hundreds of people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Nonotuck provides the personalized service through Shared Living and Adult Family Care and addresses the growing need for these non-traditional, value-based, in-home services.


As a leading provider of community-based services to people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges, Vinfen has been transforming lives for over 35 years. Vinfen supports people in achieving their goals and leading more independent, productive, and valued lives as members of their community.


Families and Volunteers:

Chris Andry’s work in expanding health programs, building collaboration and articulate presentation of our mission are reflective of his leadership. He served as two terms as a member of The Arc Board and was President from 2010 to 2012


Mary Ann Boulet represented the waiting list families in the Massachusetts Waiting List Case, known as “Boulet v. Cellucci.”  Her son, Ed Boulet,* was one of the named plaintiffs.  She gave many hours of service in sometimes difficult circumstances and always represented the individuals and families with great dignity. Mary Ann also participated in the Family to Family project steering committee, which assisted families who were part of the Boulet Settlement.


For decades, Lucie Chansky demonstrated leadership by chairing the government affairs committee longer than any other volunteer and always demanding a strong family voice, particularly for self-advocates who couldn’t speak for themselves.


Anne Fracht advanced the voice of self-advocacy in the field through hundreds of hours of service.  At The Arc, her selfless involvement has been reflected in the Tools for Tomorrow project and policy work to increase participant-directed services.


Dianne Glennon demonstrates the commitment of siblings as she has worked tirelessly on the government affairs committee and other organizations in the field for many years.


Kerry Mahoney’s body of work as a family support professional and director reflects the commitment of staff in our field. She advanced the practice of family supports as others have done and pushed The Arc in its advocacy.


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.


Henry and Evelyne Milorin’s leadership in Family to Family and Government Affairs advanced waiting list policy for all. Without fear they innovated. They also carried the advocacy message to diverse communities.


Transition policy and practice was greatly advanced by Pat Pakos. Along with her husband Pat generously supported The Arc but her biggest contribution was maintaining our commitment to family education.


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