65th Anniversary Celebration: Gala Daily Download #3

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.

John and Susan Nadworny

John and Susan’s relationship with The Arc began nearly three decades years ago, with the birth of their son, James. After much research, John concluded The Arc reflected their commitment to helping James live a life full of joy and possibility. John, a financial planner and co-founder of Special Needs Financial Planning, has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and previously served on the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disabilities. Susan, a former chairperson of Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC), is a Gunnar Dybwad awardee. Together, they are dedicated to working with The Arc to continue to raise the bar for those they support and they love.


Susanna Peyton and John Campbell

Susanna and John are longtime generous supporters of The Arc. Susanna led the expansion of Operation House Call from Boston University to other medical and nursing schools. She serves as senior advisor to OHC and oversees the Yale School of Nursing program. She continues to mentor and support the development of staff and volunteers.




Janet and Art Rico

As a Nurse Practitioner and a leader in the field of nursing and health sciences education, Janet has been engaged for decades in advocating for greater support and health care access for people with disabilities as well as for the elderly. Now Assistant Dean of the Graduate Nursing Programs at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, she continues to inspire her students to focus on the long-term needs of those who face ongoing healthcare disparities. Janet has served on The Arc’s Board of Directors and Healthcare Committee, which oversaw the publication of the landmark study Left Out in the Cold: Health Care Experiences of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts (2008). She now serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee on Disability Policy. Janet and Art were inspired in their advocacy by their late daughter, Lauren, who attended The Arc of South Norfolk’s day program.


Donald and Elizabeth Stewart

Don and Elizabeth were founders of the Leaders and Founders Society, an initiative to encourage and recognize major donors to The Arc. Don served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2000, including serving an extended term as Board President for three years. During his tenure on the Board, The Arc reestablished its preeminence in disability policy leadership. Don was a key member of the legal committee during the waiting list case. He advanced The Arc’s position on regulatory and policy issues and played a major role in the creation of Tools for Tomorrow.


Maureen and James Sullivan

Maureen and James have generously supported The Arc’s 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. Maureen was on the Steering Committee of Family to Family, having an impact on over two thousand individuals who were on the waiting list for services and placements.

Theresa and Harvey Varnet

Terrie and Harvey have generously supported The Arc for decades. An attorney, Terrie has shown leadership in training families and staff, as well as encouraging future planning. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998 and served as president. For over a decade, she offered education services to The Arc in a variety of areas, and served on the waiting list planning committee.


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