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: Tracy Atkinson
Tracy Atkinson serves as Vice President of The Arc of Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. Since joining the board in 2009, Tracy has been a generous contributor and provided thoughtful leadership on organizational development. Through her participation, State Street has been one of the leading donors of The Arc for the past five years, strengthening our advocacy on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tracy’s commitment to The Arc’s mission comes from a personal perspective which she shares with her husband, John. Upon joining The Arc she noted that she had “visited what I consider substandard classrooms where children like my son, Michael, are placed, and wished I could help the families of these children know they can and should expect more. I know there are more challenges that lie ahead for us as Michael moves into adulthood. It is important to me to help create the kind of future that I want for Michael and others with intellectual disabilities. I am thankful for the tremendous work that The Arc does, advocating for housing, employment and social opportunities for individuals like Michael.” Tracy and John live in Boston (revised town). In addition to Michael, they have a daughter, Patty, who is in college.
Tracy is an Executive Vice President of State Street Corporation, responsible for the Treasury, Investor Relations, and Business Unit Finance. Prior to joining State Street, Tracy held senior positions at MFS Investment Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tracy served on the Board of Partners for Youth with Disabilities for many years, and recently was elected to the Board of Directors of Raytheon Corporation.
Stewards: Joseph Andrade
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.
Public Officials: Rosalie Edes
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.
Corporations, Foundations, and Agencies: The Boston Foundation
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.
Families and Volunteers: Chris Andry
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.
To learn more about this year’s honorees visit: http://thearcofmass.org/the-arc-of-massachusetts-60th-anniversary-gala-honorees/
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