Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Announcement: The Arc of the United States Executive Director Steps Down

November 13, 2007-Announcement Release.

The Arc of the United States announced today that Executive Director Sue Swenson will step down at the end of the year. Ms. Swenson was named Executive Director of The Arc of the United States in 2005. Ms. Swenson is a nationally and internationally recognized advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Board of Directors for The Arc has asked John Foley to work with Ms. Swenson on transition at the organization's Silver Spring, MD headquarters. Mary V. Jordan, President of the Board said, "John enjoys a long and distinguished history with The Arc and his association with us spans almost 40 years. His service in this capacity will provide support to the Board and streamline the process of identifying a new Executive Director for our organization. "Mr. Foley was a founding member of The Arc of Saunders County, Nebraska. Subsequent to that he served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Nebraska, as Regional Representative for The Arc of the United States, and was as Chapter Consultant from 1975-80. Mr. Foley served as the Executive Director of The Arc of New Mexico from 1988 until he retired in 2001. In the summer of 2001, Mr. Foley re-joined The Arc of the U.S. as Chapter Consultant. Mr. Foley and his wife Violet are the parents of an adult daughter with disabilities. The Board of Directors will develop a process to commence a comprehensive search for a new Executive Director.


jaustin said...

While attending the Arc conference in Dallas, I heard Sue speak. Never would have guessed she was leaving.

Now she is gone, a transistion study is underway and I wonder what is happening to the US Arc.

Any idea what is really going on?

We are having some of the "no interest" feeling at the state level in Alabama.

Does anyone know of an active and exciting state Arc? Is there a real function for a state Arc?

Or the US Arc?

Julia Leggett, Policy Coordinator said...

The only thing that I know is that a search committee for a new executive director has been chosen.

I can only speak to the work that we are doing here in North Carolina. We are doing some exciting things or at least I think we are. For example we have this blog up and running. We will be adding v-logs and podcasts soon.
We have some wonderful young talented chapter executives who are very enthusiatic.
We just opened eight supportive living condos under the Housing 400
We are growing and where there is growth there is change.
As for The Arc of the US, I think change is happening there also.