Leadership

Jonathon Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer

For more than 15 years Jonathon Rondeau has provided leadership across diverse organizations to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and independence for people with disabilities and those traditionally underserved. As the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, Rondeau continues that commitment to excellence and achievement.

For more than 15 years, Jonathon Rondeau has committed his career to leading nonprofits that serve the most vulnerable people in the Maryland community, including children, low-income families, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  As the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, Rondeau continues that commitment to leadership, excellence, and achievement.

Prior to joining The Arc, Rondeau was the President & CEO of Family League of Baltimore, the city’s Local Management Board. Under his leadership, Family League developed a bold, robust strategic plan, which resulted in increased grantmaking to $18M annually.

His previous roles include Vice President, Community Services and then Chief Program Officer of Melwood, the second largest disability provider in Maryland, which provides employment and community support to people with differing abilities; and Director of Camping & Therapeutic Recreation, Autism Services & Transportation for The League for People with Disabilities, which provides a continuum of services to people with disabilities in the greater Baltimore area.

Rondeau has also been recognized for his leadership over the years. Most recently he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce (May 2018), SmartCEO Cornerstone Award (Finalist and Winner 2016), Maryland Daily Record VIP (Success by 40 Honoree 2014), and the American Camp Association Service Award (2004).

Rondeau holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Springfield College.

Martha Brown, Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Martha Brown leads The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s public policy work at the county, state, and national level; program development, as well as strategic planning and implementation.

Brown brings tremendous nonprofit management and public policy experience in the disability arena to The Arc. In addition to her professional experience, she is also well connected and engaged with several agencies focused on the developmental disability community.

Brown previously served as Executive Director of Spectrum Support, Inc., an agency serving over 140 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with 130 employees and an annual budget of $4.8 million. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she worked as Controller for the agency.

Brown is the past president of the Maryland Association of Community Services, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in their own communities. She is also a member of the Developmental Disability Administration’s Transition Advisory Team, Employment First Leadership, Employment First Funding Committee, and Tiered Standards Finance Group. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Christine Larsen, Deputy Chief of Staff

As Deputy Chief of Staff, Christine Larsen supports senior leadership with strategic planning, key programs and services, and ensures The Arc is aligned with best practices for organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As the previous Senior Director at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Larsen worked in partnership with the Associate Dean to streamline financial, operational and staff processes related to the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic goals and initiatives, which resulted in a $7.2 million increase in revenue over five years. She has more than 15 years of professional experience and has served as a volunteer for the University of Maryland’s Big Sister program for children with developmental disabilities.

Larsen is a certified trainer for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind and certified mastectomy fitter for breast cancer support programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jeff Althoff, Director of Talent Development

Jeff Althoff has served as Director of Human Resources for The Arc Central Chesapeake Region since March of 2015 and has a long-standing history with the organization, spanning over 20 years.

Prior to his current role, Althoff served as the Director of Community Living, supervised the development of ArcTIC (Arc Trauma Informed Care) Services, and held the position of Program Manager for Behavioral Services for The Arc Central Chesapeake Region.

Earlier in his career, Althoff was the Director of Day Habilitation Services for The Arc of Howard County, where he was instrumental in the development of the Therapeutic Recreation and Individualized Leisure Services (TRAILS) and Supported Retirement Services (SR Services) programs. He has also worked with The Human Services Institute as an expert in the field of developmental disabilities where he provided strategic planning for providers as well as training in the Pathways to Excellence curriculum; and as an Assistant Program Director for Alternative Living.

Althoff is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Baltimore.

 

Tracy Davis, Director of Fiscal Management Services

As the Director of Fiscal Management Services, Tracy Davis governs the development and implementation of programmatic goals, policies, procedures, methods, and controls for the provision of fiscal management services (FMS) within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Self-Directed Services program. She is also responsible for evaluating and ensuring that the organization is in compliance with governmental regulations and FMS best practices.

Davis has over twenty years of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disability services with specialization in the areas of self-directed services, advocacy, customer support strategies, training and development, process and data analysis, Medicaid compliance, fraud prevention and detection, and project and program management. Previous to The Arc, Davis was the Quality Improvement Analyst at Consumer Direct Care Network, where she performed key internal audit functions to review processes and procedures for efficiency while ensuring compliance with state, federal, and company requirements. Prior to Consumer Direct Care Network, Davis was the Lead Self-Directed Supports Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health, where she developed and administered statewide programs.

Davis received a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University.

Deborah Daugherty, Director of Advancement

As the Director of Advancement, Debbie Daugherty serves as an advisor to the CEO and as the organization’s leading fundraising strategist. Daugherty plays a key role in major and planned gift donor development, grant writing, special events management and special campaigns. She also oversees the organization’s communications, marketing and public relations efforts.

Prior to joining The Arc, Daugherty was the Director of Advancement for St. Mary’s Parish, where she was responsible for major gift fundraising for a capital campaign, overseeing the office of advancement staff responsible for annual giving, alumni programs, event, communications and marketing, and database coordination. Previous to St. Mary’s Parish, Daugherty served as the Chief Development Officer for Bello Machre, Inc., Director of Advancement for Anne Arundel Medical Center and The Key School, respectively; and also worked as Interim Executive Director, Institutional Advancement and Foundation, for Anne Arundel Community College.

Daugherty has been actively involved in the community with organizations such as the Anne Arundel County Women’s Giving Circle, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Leadership Anne Arundel, Rotary Club of Annapolis, Annapolis Wellness House Advisory Council and many more. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.

Angela DeMoreland, Director of Executive Services

Angela DeMoreland has more than 15 years of diverse executive office experience and has worked with The Arc since 1998. As the Director of Executive Services, DeMoreland leads the Office of the CEO, supporting the CEO and Chief of Staff in the overall function of The Arc, including managing board activities, agency-wide memberships, cross-department/organization administrative functions and information technology.

She has been instrumental in the project management of the new Severn headquarters building, while also overseeing management for all satellite offices, including lease agreements, vender relationships, facility upkeep, landscape, and security.  DeMoreland received her Associate’s Degree from Anne Arundel Community College.

Karen Hoyer, Director of Quality Enhancement

Karen Hoyer has held several positions at The Arc over the last 27 years, and has dedicated her career to human services. She has held her current role as the Director of Quality Enhancement since 2008 and oversees systemic improvements to the support services the organization provides. She also strives to exceed state regulatory requirements and manages a web-based survey that provides feedback on how The Arc can improve its service. Her goal is to provide the best in helping people with intellectual disabilities live their truest, inclusive and self-directed lives.

Previous to her current role, Hoyer served as The Arc’s program manager liaison, team leader, and as a direct care service provider. She received her an Associate Degree from Anne Arundel Community College.

Deena Kilmon, Regional Director of Partnerships & Engagement

Deena Kilmon serves as The Arc’s Regional Director of Engagement & Partnerships. Kilmon oversees engagement and partnerships for Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which includes cultivating new philanthropic relationships to support sustainable growth in services, and developing new partnerships that expand opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Previous to The Arc, Kilmon served as the Sales and Marketing Director for Chesapeake Harvest, where she built and maintained relationships through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; increased economic opportunity in the agricultural sector, and built brand recognition for the regional farming community. Prior to Chesapeake Harvest, Kilmon held positions in direct sales for Comcast Spotlight and SYSCO Eastern Maryland.

Kilmon currently sits on the board of directors for the Talbot County, MD Chamber of Commerce and is active on the strategic planning committee. She has held director positions at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, Easton Business Alliance and the St. Michaels Museum among other community organizations. She received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cindy Lindgren, Director of Person Centered Planning

Cindy Lindgren is the Director of Person Centered Planning, and serves an instrumental role leading the development and coordination of behavioral plans, overseeing resources and benefits counseling, and program admissions and transitions for personal plans for individuals receiving support services at The Arc.

Lindgren joined The Arc with a professional history working in nonprofit organizations, social services, crisis intervention, program evaluation, and program development. Previously, she was the former State Director-Maryland of Community Options, Inc. Prior to Community Options Inc., Lindgren was the Director of Quality Enhancement for the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Lindgren has also held positions with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, including Director of Quality Assurance and Psychological Services, and Psychological Services Program Manager previous to that.

Lindgren received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University of Maryland.

Jessica Sauers, Director of Operations, Chesapeake Neighbors

Jessica Sauers is the Director of Operations, Chesapeake Neighbors, a subsidiary of The Arc that works with housing specialists throughout Maryland to find homes for and provide home-ownership training to people with intellectual disabilities. She has been employed with The Arc since 1999 and has worked in many different capacities throughout the agency until taking on her current role in 2018.

In her previous role as Director of Family Services, Sauers provided leadership for a number of The Arc programs including in home individual and family supports, respite, educational advocacy, small family support grants, community supported living, shared living, housing and property management and data management systems. While the scope of her work is wide, Jessica maintains a personal touch with the folks she serves, their families, and her dedicated staff.

Sauers received The Arc’s Outstanding Employee of the Year award in 2006 as well as the Visionary Leadership award and is a graduate of The Arc Leadership training in 2007 and the Parents’ Place Special Education LEADers Program in 2014.

Susan Weisgerber, Director of Community Living

Susan Weisgerber is the Director of Community Living, and has been employed with The Arc since 1992. She oversees people with developmental and intellectual disabilities on the Western and Eastern Shore and assists them in accomplishing their personal and social goals while moving towards independence.

Weisgerber has always had the passion to advocate for people with intellectual developmental disabilities and has held many positions within The Arc, such as Recruiter, Trainer, Quality Assurance, and Director of Residential.

She received an Associate Degree in Human Services at Anne Arundel Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a focus on Christian Counseling at Washington Bible College.