About The Arc of Erie

As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve supports and services available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That’s our responsibility. But locally we see ourselves as much more! Together, we are a “family” of individuals working together to improve the quality of life for those in Erie County facing special challenges. Siblings, parents, friends, teachers, physicians, employers and social workers – we see everyone as a valuable member of our community.

History

The Arc of Erie County was founded in 1952 by Dr. Gertrude A. Barber and a group of dedicated parents sitting around a kitchen table. Together they worked to procure services for children and adults who were denied an education, the right to attend day care and preschools, and the right to work. Today, more 60 years later, The Arc continues to build on the strong traditions of the past by serving all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the county.

Our Mission

The Arc of Erie County provides advocacy and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We offer free educational advocacy, monitor governmental legislation and support programs that highlight current research. We also assist in programs to enhance personal growth and encourage community inclusion.

As part of a national organization, our primary goal is to improve supports and services available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Values

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and inherent value, not by their disability. The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law. We believe in community, diversity, self-determination, and self-advocacy.

Guiding Principles

The Arc leads by articulating a positive vision for the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We represent the public interest, supporting and acting with and on behalf of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families regardless of the type of disability. The Arc conducts its business with integrity, accountability, and open, honest and timely communication. The Arc is committed to quality and excellence in all it does.

Board Of Directors

RHONDA SCHEMBER
RHONDA SCHEMBERInterim President & Treasurer
Board Member

schembers@msn.com

JAMES MCMANN
JAMES MCMANNSecretary
Board Member

McMann@ehca.org

PAUL VALLIMONT
PAUL VALLIMONTResource Development
Board Member

jvallimont@aol.com

SHERYL SWEENEY
SHERYL SWEENEYExecutive Director/Educational Advocate
Board Member

swny622@aol.com

KAYLA HARDNER
KAYLA HARDNERProgram Committee Co-chair
Board Member

kayla@thearcoferie.org

DR. KAREN MORAHAN
DR. KAREN MORAHANLEADS Chair
Board Member

karen@thearcoferie.org

JAMES CONROY
JAMES CONROY
Board Member

jconroy@mercyhurst.edu

NANCY MORRIS
NANCY MORRISDevelopment Committee Co-chair
Board Member

nmorris14@yahoo.com

IRENE SMERICK
IRENE SMERICK
Board Member

Coming soon…

KAREN POTOCKI
KAREN POTOCKIProgram Committee Co-chair
Board Member

karen_potocki@yahoo.com

JEANNE DOWNEY
JEANNE DOWNEYState Representative
Board Member

Coming soon…

MELANIE HOOVER
MELANIE HOOVERDevelopment Committee Co-chair
Board Member

Coming soon…