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Ahead of the Curve JULY 2016 Membership- It’s at the heart of what we do…

Inside this issue:

• Gala for Good/Community Classic From the very first efforts that led to the creation of The Arc more • Palmer & Merritt Promotions than sixty years ago, our organization has been built brick by brick • Good bye to Wendy Trueblood by the determination and commitment of our members. With the • SPOT’M notion that through equal rights and opportunities, persons with in• Everyday Heroes, Summer Interns tellectual and developmental disabilities would achieve their rightful • Meet JB! status as valuable citizens, our steadfast members have succeeded in improving the lives of persons with disabilities. Board of Directors On behalf of all of the individuals we now or previously supported Dave Woody, President and all of their families, I thank you for your time, talent and/or Karen Geringer, Vice President financial resources in helping us to fulfill our mission: The Arc of the Lia McNeilly, Secretary Triangle, Inc. supports children and adults with intellectual and/or Janet McLamb, Treasurer developmental disabilities [I/DD] to achieve their personal goals and Michael Madden, Past President dreams in our community through partnership and advocacy. Laura Alden Todd Benware In the past several years we Needham Bryan have become an organization The Arc of the Triangle Prince Bull that supports more than 400 Driving membership John Caye individuals/families per year to support friends Shawn Fisk and employs more than 300 with disabilities Emmy McLean people. Through the use of a Joel Williams combination of publicly funded and unconventional services we have help many achieve their greatest level of independence and STAFF self-sufficiency. As a newly merged entity, The Arc of the Triangle plans to increase its reach to all areas of the Triangle. Whether it is Robin Baker, Executive Director to provide services and supports, or to be a resource and /or advoDuffy Palmer, Senior Director cate for families in navigating their way through the human serLisa Maier, Quality Assurance Director vices delivery system, the combined experience and talents of our Karen Warner, Human Resources Director three merged chapters will be available to all Triangle residents. Jennifer Pfaltzgraff, Marketing & Expanding Medicaid services to Durham and Wake Counties and Communications Director initiating a Supported Employment Program in Durham County Individual Services: are just two examples of how we are growing. Mike Kirschner Michelle Merritt Our plans are big, and as is evident in our history, without you Maranda Beckwith Ramona Castillo they cannot be accomplished. Our members are the heart of our Lukas Parkin Stephanie Smith organization. Your voice helps us to know what we are doing right Employment Services: , what gaps there are in the service delivery system, and you help Susan Swearingen us in determining the future direction of our organization. Your Barb Germiller Laura Guidry financial contributions help us in offsetting the costs of underfundSteve Johnson Kathy Mayer ed programs and services. So we are kicking off a Membership Drive that will go into the fall. Community Programs/Volunteers: Michelle Foy Susan Chandler If you are currently a member of The Arc of the Triangle, THANK YOU and please consider renewing your membership Administrative Team: when it comes due. If you are not a member, we hope that you Shauna Leng, Finance Manager will choose to become one now. Our work is more important than Marilyn Monroe, Data Specialist ever and we need your continued support. Lindsey Smith, HR Administrator Eileen Patrick, Recruiter Best Wishes, Kenneth Kelty, Office Admin Robin Baker, Executive Director


The Arc of the Triangle’s

Gala for


A Day on the Links and A Night on the Town June 6th started out cloudy and ended a perfect early summer day. What made it perfect was the turnout for the Michael & Son Community Classic Golf Tournament held at Devil’s Ridge Golf Course in Holly Springs. Over 100 golfers turned out to drive one for The Arc of the Triangle. After breakfast and warm-ups on the putting green, golfers took part in a shot gun start and enjoyed the rolling fairways lined with towering hardwoods – a challenge for any golfer. Contests were held throughout the day, and at the end of 18 holes delicious BBQ was served by City Barbecue to everyone. Golfer Ken Alden had this to say, “The Arc of the Triangle hosted one of the best outings I’ve played in. Got to play on a beautiful course and the food and prizes were great. All to support a great cause! Our foursome will definitely be back next year.” Some highlights of the day were, our self-advocate Gerald sunk a 40 foot putt! Our winning team took home Scotty Cameron Titleist putters. Two teams tied for second and they each received great prizes from Devil’s Ridge. Now fast forward to the end of the week, and it’s time for The Arc’s first ever Gala for Good. Held at the Doubletree in Durham, on their lakeside terrace, guests mingled over cocktails and dinner while shopping a silent auction featuring such goodies as a deluxe Starbucks basket, an autographed Carolina Panthers football and beautiful jewelry. Guests jokingly outbid each other on tickets to local theater and sporting events, all knowing every dollar raised would go to The Arc. DJ Kate Steiman entertained the crowd with music that got more than few folks on the dance floor. Photographer Steve Rubin captured some special moments throughout the night and auctioneer Scott Hanson wowed our guests with an ability to sell anything! Guests bid on a mountain resort vacation, Disney Park Hopper passes and much more. The Wine Wall displayed a variety of wines all wrapped in plain brown paper. They sold for $20 each. Tara Moore took home one bottle valued at $90! We even raffled off a custom-built wheelchair accessible picnic table- and the lucky winner was sponsor, Marie Hughes who had this to say, “I haven’t missed an Arc gala in 6 years- this was by far the best”. Board members and staff mingled with our sponsors and guests during a beautiful evening. Both events raised $20,000 for The Arc of the Triangle. And for that we thank our sponsors, auction donors, In-Kind Sponsors, volunteers and everyone who came and made both events the successes that they were.



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FRIEND of The Arc abc11 - WTVD, Abilitations Childrens Therapy, Apple Koceja Accountants, eVision Partners, The McNeilly Family Neo Corporation, Powell Medical, Raleigh Neurology, RE Michel, The Stockley-Geringer Family, Withers & Ravenel


Biotech Orthotics Gregory Poole Equipment Company Janet McLamb Law Offices CAI Marie Hughes Laser Image Printing Capitol Financial Solutions/Sean Godwin Instant Imprints Pediatric Therapy Associates Golden Corral

In-Kind Sponsors

Platinum Air Purifiers Swann Group Realty, LLC Art & Jackie Warner WRAL-FM

Onward and Upward by Robin Baker

Please join me in congratulating two staff that have new roles within our organization: Duffy Palmer and Michelle Merritt have been very instrumental in the success of our organization for many years. With their new/increased roles, both will continue in their commitment to further improve our programs and services. Michelle Merritt has been promoted to Director of Individual Services. This title change is a better reflection of her current duties. She will continue supervising our Individual Services Supervisors across all our counties with a heavy focus on Innovations Waiver funding. She will continue to provide day-to-day programmatic support, manage referrals, and conduct new enrollments/intakes. Additionally, she will lead our efforts to provide high-quality home and community based services. Duffy Palmer has been promoted to be our General Counsel in addition to retaining his Senior Director position. He will maintain his current responsibilities to work with all our programs to ensure we are operating efficiently and effectively on both an entire organizational level and individual program level. He will provide global organizational support to ensure corporate compliance, readiness to expand service options and funding, company-wide operational oversight, and in-house legal support.

Goodbye to an Old Friend, Former Executive Director Wendy Trueblood

courtesy of The News and Observer Wendy Parker Trueblood, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2016. She was born to Jerry E. Parker and Sylvia Jo Leach on July 30, 1963. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Donna Parker Hunt. Wendy is survived by her partner in life, Barbara Yoder, and her beloved sisters, Tracy Wislick (Bob) of North Wilkesboro and Cathy Comer (Bobby) of Tobaccoville. She is also survived by her cherished nieces and nephews Josh Walters, Natasha McCray, Tori Coleman, Ian Wislick, Sydney Dawson, and Alex Comer and their families. She will be fondly remembered by many friends and coworkers and will be missed by her beloved dogs, Razz and Bo. Wendy grew up in Pfafftown and attended public schools in Forsyth County. She received a B.S. and M.Ed. in Recreation Resources and Special Education from North Carolina State University. Early in her career, she became the first Mainstream Coordinator for the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, where she developed and coordinated the Orange County Special Olympics program. She also developed the horticultural therapy program in conjunction with the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Wendy’s dedication to those with intellectual disabilities and diverse backgrounds culminated in her selection as Executive Director of The Arc of Orange County. Following her leadership at The Arc, she followed her passion for plants and nature with employment at Hoffman Nursery in Rougemont, where they have named an employee garden in her honor.

The Cardinal Track Club’s Four on the Fourth is the first of three races in the 2016 Le Tour de Carrboro. Arc Staffing Coordinator Eileen Patrick and Board Member Michael Madden ran in the Cardinal Fleet Feet “Four on the Fourth” that took place on July 4th!! We thank them for competing in this race to help raise money and awareness for our programs and the people we serve. Special thanks to the local Fleet Feet store in Carrboro who selects non-profits each year to be the beneficiaries of all the money they raise. We are grateful for all they do for The Arc and the other worthy non-profits that help make our community a better place for all of us to live.

Support Professionals of the Month - May & June Krista Benbow- Outstanding Service and Neil Bailey- Outstanding Documentation Krista Benbow is an amazing support professional who has been working for The Arc since the fall of 2015. Krista is not only dedicated to ensuring her documentation is done timely and correct, but she is also caring and compassionate with the family she supports. Krista Benbow goes above and beyond for the participant she works with. Krista currently assists this participant in improving his daily living skills, social skills, and skills to improve his performance at his job. Since Krista has started working, this participant has become more social and confident in himself. His parents credit Krista’s hard work and considerate personality. Krista not only assists with current goals in the home and jobsite, but goes above and beyond to find new and exciting activities to keep the participant engaged in the community. Krista is not only an amazing staff for The Arc, but an exceptional worker to the family and community where she interacts. Neil Bailey has served as a Senior Backup Staff for The Arc of the Triangle since November 2015. During this time, Neil has made a significant impact in the lives of those he support. Neil has a genuine compassion for others…with or without disabilities. Neil is dependable and clearly takes his role as a direct care support professional very seriously. Rarely does Neil state that he is unavailable unless he has made a prior commitment to another participant. No matter what the circumstance, location, level of disability or duties required for a particular shift, Neil will be there and surpass all expectations placed upon him. Neil freely offers his time outside of scheduled hours to attend and actively participate in the Individualized Support Plan (ISP) or other opportunities to be supportive of the participant. Neil has developed and maintained an impeccable working relationship with his supervisors, participants and their families. Neil contributes to forming positive relationships with members of the community and/or other agencies in an effort to build supports for participants. Neil’s positive attitude speaks volumes to the individuals in whom he supports. Whether out in the community, in the home or serving as a job coach, Neil represents The Arc exceptionally well. His hard work and dedication warrants appreciation and certainly has not gone unnoticed.

Heidi Kerutis - Outstanding Service and Sandra Logan for Outstanding Documentation Heidi Kerutis has served as a Senior Backup staff for The Arc of the Triangle since December 2015. During this time Heidi has worked with a large number of families an assisted in any way she can to help those she works with. Heidi is caring, compassionate, and outgoing with everyone she works with. Heidi is almost always available to help out when needed and works a variety of shifts and in multiple locations. Heidi is always focused on the participants needs while she is working and helps promote independence. She has excellent communication with her supervisors and takes direction very well so she can improve not only her work, but the work of the participants she aids. Heidi’s positive attitude and incredible work ethic has been noticed by multiple staff and families of The Arc. Sandra Logan has been working for The Arc of the Triangle since October 2015. Sandra’s background in education has been very instrumental in assisting participants with learning and developing daily living skills. However, Sandra’s skills, obvious gift for working with individuals with disabilities, creativity and consistency are what set her apart from the all of the rest. With every opportunity to serve, Sandra exhibits dedication, enthusiasm, patience and kindness in all sincerity towards participants and their families. Families have reported that “Sandra has been a blessing” to them. Sandra’s ability to effectively communicate thoughts, concerns and/or ideas to supervisor and follow through with interventions, activities and/or solutions to be better serve families at home, in the community and their workplace is impressive. Sandra offers her free time to assist families outside of regularly scheduled hours. Along with an innate talent for providing support to individuals with disabilities, Sandra also meets all other expectations from an administrative standpoint. She always submits documentation with accuracy and in a timely fashion. Sandra is without a doubt, an asset to The Arc of the Triangle as well as the Alamance and Orange County community!

Everyday Heroes by Lauren Dixon, UNC APPLES Intern

Like many of the staff and volunteers of the Arc of the Triangle, Panna Patel first became involved with the organization out of a desire to create a more tolerant and enlightened world for those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), such as her daughter Symoni. Panna now leads one of The Arc’s most prolific community outreach programs, Petals with a Purpose. The program is dedicated to elevating the common perception of what it means for a person to have I/DD by providing opportunities for Arc participants to demonstrate their ability to contribute to promoting both a greener and more interconnected community throughout Orange County. Prior to beginning her work with The Arc of the Triangle, Panna owned and managed a thriving interior design business. However, the area in which she lived at that time offered no programs – neither in schools nor in the community – for individuals with I/DD. After months of researching areas, Panna discovered the amazing community surrounding individuals with I/DD that remains present in the Triangle. Panna’s oldest daughter was attending UNC-Chapel Hill at the time, which enabled Panna to better familiarize herself with the programs that would be made available to Symoni should they relocate. Panna credits the support of her family for making the transition to Chapel Hill a much easier experience. She credits The Arc of the Triangle for its instrumental role in helping her to realize the fruit of her sacrifice through Symoni’s ongoing success. Symoni now maintains a job; is living independently in her own apartment; and prepares beautiful meals for her friends and family that put this writer’s culinary skills to shame. Panna explained that she knows that her other children do not need her as much as Symoni does; and thanks to the amazing staff and volunteers of The Arc, Panna knows that if something were to happen to her, then Symoni would be well taken care of. Through The Arc of the Triangle, Panna has been able to find solace not only in respect to the future of her daughter, but also in respect to her own well-being. As the parent of a child with I/DD, much of Panna’s time is dedicated to helping Symoni to do different things – mainly in the role of chauffeur. This makes it impossible for Panna to maintain a full- or part-time job. Being provided the opportunity to work with the Arc’s Petals with a Purpose program has given Panna an outlet to express her creativity in a way that she thought was lost after having given up her interior design business. More than that, Panna is grateful to be in a situation in which she can help Symoni and her friends to feel empowered. Panna’s proudest moments in her work are those in which Arc participants come to her asking if their vase decorations or flower arrangements are done correctly. When she confirms that the work they have done is correct and good looking, their faces immediately light up and you can see that they have put a lot of thought and effort into what they are doing. The fulfillment that Panna finds in her work reveals itself in the moments of empowerment that Arc participants feel in realizing that they can do these thing that maybe they thought they could not. The unique feature of the Arc’s Petals with a Purpose program is that the final decorated vases and flower arrangements are donated into the community as Acts of Random Compassion. The ultimate impact of Panna’s sacrifice is now apparent in how it has benefitted not only her own family and the Arc of the Triangle itself, but also in the incredible ripple of goodwill that her work is creating in the community.

Summer Intern Experience

by Jenny Vo, NCSU Intern

When I first stepped into the Arc of the Triangle, I felt very welcome from everyone in the office. During my time as an intern, I spend the majority of my time assisting Marketing and Communications Director Jennifer Pfaltzgraff and updating the Kids’ Connection page on The Arc’s website. I made phone calls to companies featured on the page to see if I had to make changes on the page and created a professional email template to send to those businesses that could not be reached by phone. For the Gala fundraiser, I created a wine inventory spreadsheet and wrapped thank you notes around treats for the donors who attended. I tagged and inventoried items for the silent auction, sold raffle tickets at the Gala, assisted with checking in donors, and helped to clean up afterwards. After my internship, I have an entirely different perspective of the world because I saw the ups and downs in the nonprofit world that I never expected. I am truly grateful to have this opportunity to work with amazing people at The Arc and to be able to make a difference.

Nominations now being accepted for

The Arc of the Triangle’s

Arc Awards

Nominations due August 19

Awards presented at our Annual Meeting September 18, 2016 Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary

Acknowledging Excellence in the Triangle for more info & to download a nomination form or call 919-830-0078

Meet JB, Direct Care Staff and More!

by Susan Chandler What can we say about Jawhannye Bunn (JB)? Everything!! And all you can say would not be enough. His smile lights up every room he walks into and with his ease of meeting new people he has never met a stranger in his life. JB started working for The Arc when he moved back from Georgia in May 2015. In this time he has quickly proven himself to be an outstanding Individual Services Support Staff. This fall JB will start taking classes online at Phoenix Academy working towards his Doctorate in Human Services. He has spent over sixteen years working with the I/DD population first as a residential house supervisor and then progressing on to manage one of the most challenging residential facilities in Georgia. When he realized much of the residents living in the facility had never visited an aquarium or had ventured out past their hometowns he immediately set up a trip for everyone to visit the local aquarium there. He hopes to organize a trip for Arc participants to the Asheboro Zoo. He says it is not only for our individuals, but for himself to explore places you may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit. His personal goal is to do something nice for everyone he meets. JB said this, “Helping people because it is the right thing to do; when I learn that someone has a desire to do something in life, I try to make it happen. After I get to know someone and after I find out what interests them, I try to provide them with the tools to help them reach their dreams and accomplishments. Giving back is part of life, building relationships in the community is part of life, then the community becomes part of your family. The door is always open but it is you who decides to open it.” Always Moving, Always Thinking While out and about in the community with the participant he works with, they came across an artist setting up her display at the University Mall. Her art caught JB’s eye, he said it captured the beauty in nature while using recycled materials, that wouldn’t she like perhaps to share her art with The Arc on a Friday Fun Day afternoon? Lo and behold artist Leatha Koefer taught two sessions with our individuals at the Seymour Center creating journals using cardboard wrapping from cereal boxes, granola bars, even gum wrappers. Thinking photography would be interesting and fun, while working with an Arc participant at their job at Extraordinary Ventures, he couldn’t help but admire the beautiful photographs they had hanging on their walls. JB contacted the photographer. From this introduction, photographer Alisa Stemper hosted an afternoon of “Basic Photography” for The Arc’s Friday Fun Day in June. JB also enjoys dancing and along with his friend Damien Dinero, together they set up a Friday Fun Day afternoon of Hip Hop Dance Moves. Demand for Damien’s dance moves are great, we hope to host other afternoons of Dance with him in the near future. A Star is Born JB met an Arc participant whose dream was to intern and work at a radio station. Again, thinking this could be something for everyone to enjoy, JB arranged for an Arc field trip to the local radio station WCHL. While visiting, the group had a chance to record their voices. JB was asked by WCHL would he like to record a Public Service Announcement for The Arc to help spread the word about the work that The Arc does. That is how the PSA radio announcement “Change the World, Call The Arc” became a reality. And the reality from this tour, is The Arc participant realized his dream and is now interning at the radio station. JB feels it part of his responsibility to be a positive role model for the Arc and he is proud to represent the people we serve. His personal definition of his name - Jawhannye - is “to unite people through song and dance. I will never give up working with people but finding a way to put people and entertainment together.” It is individuals like JB that makes the world a better place.

Do you have a passion for The Arc and its mission? Are you seeking a more rewarding volunteer experience?

The Arc of the Triangle is NOW SEEKING NOMINEES for our Board of Directors We have several open director positions on our Board of Directors. If you or someone you know wants to be considered as a candidate, email jpfaltzgraff@ or call 919-832-2660 x139 to have a board application sent to you. Then send your completed board application to board members Mike Madden & Lia McNeilly c/o Or mail to 5121 Hollyridge Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612 attn: Nomination Committee

The Arc of the Triangle’s

Annual Meeting and Arc Awards

Sunday, September 18, 2016 1:30 – 4:30 in the afternoon Resurrection Lutheran Church 100 West Lochmere Drive Cary, North Carolina Performance by The Arc Choirs Arc of the Triangle End of Year Slideshow Business Meeting and Elections* Arc Awards Light Refreshments will be served.

TIMELINE: Accepting 14 Applications due.............................................................................................................................August 15 Slate will be mailed out/presented electronically to the full membership by....................................August 26 Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting.........................................................September 18 Directors take office........................................................................................................................October 1

Be a Champion for children & adults with disabilities!

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