65th Anniversary Celebration: Gala Daily Download #1

For six decades, The Arc of Massachusetts has fought pessimism and worked to open doorways. From the very beginning, our mission has been to advocate on behalf of this constituency, reach out to families, increase public awareness and expand services.

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Honoring Those Who Have Made a Difference

Innumerable advocates, families, public officials, donors, human service agencies, and friends have worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. In celebration of their contributions, we are recognizing 65 people and organizations who represent what our community stands for. We are deeply grateful for all they have done to improve the lives of individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families and for their support of The Arc.

Tracy and John Atkinson

Tracy has been a catalyst for building capacity and sustainability at The Arc of Massachusetts. She joined the board in 2009 and currently is Immediate Past President. Tracy provides thoughtful leadership on organizational development, is a generous contributor, and has introduced numerous new donors to The Arc’s work, particularly State Street Corporation where she is an Executive Vice President. Tracy and John’s commitment to The Arc’s mission comes from a personal perspective; they learned early on the importance of advocating for access to health services, education and social opportunities for their son Michael.



Scott and Julie Borchardt

Scott and Julie are dedicated and involved supporters of The Arc of Massachusetts. Inspired by their daughter Noelle, who is in her early 20s and has Down syndrome, they are driven to help people with disabilities reach their potential. Scott has served on the board of directors for several years and is currently Vice President. He also is a very active member of the Steering Committee on Disability Policy and Advocacy and has helped to craft policy positions such as The Arc’s proposal to combat the workforce shortage crisis.



Alex and Cheryl Chan

Cheryl and Alex Chan have supported The Arc of Massachusetts, the Center of Hope, and other affiliates and agencies. They have empowered others to be more effective advocates, tirelessly advancing disability advocacy and policy. They allowed the abuse registry bill to share their son’s name and made their personal stories public through their powerful testimony on behalf of Nicky’s Law.




Vibeke and Gustav Christensen

Vibeke and Gustav have generously supported The Arc’s advocacy for decades. At an early point in their son, Daniel’s, life, they realized that they had to work to ensure that Daniel received the best education possible to advance his potential. 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. Gustav served on the statewide DDS advisory board for a number of terms.




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