Allen Hatton, Interim Executive Director
Allen Hatton is The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Interim Executive Director. Allen will hold the position approximately 9 months while the Board prepares for and launches a search for Kate’s successor. The Board has named a Succession Committee to oversee the search process and has hired the firm Raffa, PC to conduct the transition and search activities.
Hatton has served in several interim executive roles, including The Springboard Center, Inc. in Midland, TX, and RAR Outdoor Services in Baltimore, MD. He is also President of the Hatton Group, a Management Consulting Company.
A graduate of the University of Baltimore, Hatton earned his BS in Business Administration and holds a coaching certification from Coach University.
Previously, Hatton served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Brown Corporation in Baltimore, MD, an Interim Executive and Corporate Identity consulting firm.
“I am truly honored and excited about being selected by the Board of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region to serve as their interim executive director. The opportunity to work for such a noble cause in a well-run organization that has incredibly experienced staff and dedicated leadership is rare. We will carry on the great work that has been done and remain open to new opportunities and creating possibilities.”
Rick Callahan, Chief Operating Officer
Rick Callahan joined The Arc Central Chesapeake Region in 1992 because of The Arc’s belief and practice that people regardless of ability have inherent value and the right to live, work and play in their chosen community. The practice of this belief served Rick in many different leadership roles within The Arc with the most recent being named Chief Operating Officer in 2013. As Chief Operating Officer, Rick directly reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the management of over 17 million in programmatic revenue. In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer, Rick is the Director of Chesapeake Neighbors, LLC, the wholly owned subsidiary of The Arc that provides quality safe affordable housing to people of low income.
Rick, one of eight children and originally from a very small town in Western Pennsylvania, moved to Maryland in 1987 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Rick is married to Vicki Callahan, Executive Director of local nonprofit employment and vocational service provider and has three lovely children, Tyler, Brianna and Nevaeh. Rick is active member of his community and church and believes in giving back to his community. One of the ways he gives back is by volunteering his time once a year to work on his homes through Appalachia Service Project. Other notable achievements in Rick’s career are:
- Leadership Anne Arundel graduate in 2003
- National Council of Executive graduate in 2003
- Department of Rehabilitative Service Innovator of the year in 2004
- The Arc of Anne Arundel Administrative employee of the year in 2005
- Featured in an Capital article with his wife, Vicki Callahan, in 2005
- The Arc Maryland Outstanding Employee of the year in 2007
- Member of The Maryland Association of Community Services Public Policy Committee since 2007
- The University of Delaware Leadership Institute graduate in 2012
Stephanie Boblitt, Chief Financial Officer
Stephanie Boblitt joined The Arc Central Chesapeake Region in 1998, and is the current Chief Financial Officer for the organization. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic University, she majored in accounting and has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry, in developing and implementing policies, and in management. Stephanie oversees two separate accounting departments, a team of 6 who handle all financial operations for The Arc, and a team of 7 who provide fiscal management services to individuals in the state of MD self direction program.
Stephanie lives in Huntington, Md. with her husband, Wayne. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in a number of outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking and gardening.
Kristen Lasker, Chief Development and Communication Officer
Joining The Arc Central Chesapeake Region in August 2006, Kristen P. Lasker is the current Chief Development and Communication Officer. A graduate of Drew University, she majored in Behavioral Science and English and went on to study Education Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Maryland.
Kristen began her career in philanthropy and marketing and PR when recruited by a private school in Washington, DC and she has been hooked on helping to secure funding for worthwhile causes ever since. She has led successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns, managed annual funds and created unique events for various non-profits in the Maryland and DC area.
As an adoring sister of a brother with autism and other disabilities, Kristen understands the many, many challenges and blessings that come with having a family member with I/DD. It has become her life’s work to raise awareness and funds to help make the challenges a bit easier to manage….for the individual, siblings, mothers, fathers and for the world in which they reside.
Memberships & Awards
Leadership Anne Arundel graduate – 2008
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center – Board Member – 2011 – present
NextGen Anne Arundel County Giving Circle – Member
Anne Arundel Women Giving Together Giving Circle – Member
Anne Arundel and Annapolis Chamber of Commerce
West Anne Arundel County Economic Development Committee
Sibling Leadership Network – member
Institute of Integrated Nutrition – Wellness Coaching Certificate – 2012
Susan Weisgerber, Director of Community Living
Susan Weisgerber, Director of Community Living, has been employed with The Arc Central Chesapeake Region since 1992. She received an AA in Human Services at Anne Arundel Community College and a BA in Biblical Studies with a focus on Christian Counseling at Washington Bible College. Susan also participated in Leadership Anne Arundel and graduated in 2005. Susan has held many positions within The Arc, such as Recruiter, Trainer, Quality Assurance, and Director of Residential. She currently oversees the Community Living Program. Susan has always had the passion to advocate for people with intellectual developmental disabilities. She is married with 2 children and has been an active member of Lake Shore Baptist Church for over 25 years. She loves the beach, to garden, and to spend time with her family.
Marcella Konkiel, Director of Nursing
Marcella L. Konkiel, RN, LMT is the Director of Health Care Services. She has 20 years experience in the field of Nursing. She has a background in DDA Nursing, Hospice and Sub acute Rehabilitation. She additionally is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has a private part-time practice. She has 8 years experience performing Therapeutic Massage services.
Here at The Arc CCR, Marcella oversees the Registered Nurses who provide Delegation to our individuals. She has a genuine heart for creating an environment of health and wellness for our Arc family.
Jodie Colombo, Director of Employment and Business Relations
Jodie Colombo has been working with The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region since 2008, when she came aboard as the new Family Supports Coordinator. As a Family Supports Coordinator, she assisted families who have children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities by administering grants and helping with information and referral services. In her tenure, she has taken on additional responsibility as the Manager of Family Supports and Advocacy, and most recently as the Director of Employment and Business Relations.
Jodie was the 2011 Integrity and Excellent Award recipient, 2012 Special Appreciation Award and proudly graduated from Arc Leadership in 2014. She lives at home in Easton with her husband, stepson, son and daughter, with whom she enjoys spending all of her free time.
Jessica Sauers, Director of Family Services
Jessica Sauers is the Director of Family Services of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. 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 2014. Jessica provides leadership for a number of 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. She received The Arc CCR’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. When Jessica is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Mark Kiefler, Director of Information Technology
Mark Kiefler came to work with The Arc in March of 1996. He began forming a working relationship with several individuals he supported under our CSLA Program. His passion for years has been technology and in 2005 when an opening in our IT Department became available he applied and was accepted. He trained for almost 2 years under the current IT Manager and when that manager moved on he applied for and was accepted as the new IT Manager. He has years of experience with both Mac and Windows. His expertise is in Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 as well as Windows 7, 8 and 10 and networking. He also has years of experience with most all mobile devices, printers and scanners.
Jeff Althoff, Director of Human Resources
Jeff Althoff is the Director of Human Resources for The Arc Central Chesapeake Region since March of 2015. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the field of human services.
Upon completing his Associate Degree at Anne Arundel Community College, he began working in the field of human services in January of 1989 as a behavioral one-on-one staff at Langton Green and a roommate with Alternative Living. In 1990, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at The University of Baltimore, and accepted a graduate assistantship at UB in the Masters of Public Administration program.
In 1992, Jeff accepted a position as Assistant Program Director for Alternative Living. This opportunity was largely influenced by his internship for The Human Services Institute in conducting the Strategic Plan for the agency. It was during this early time period that Jeff was also very involved with both the Baltimore and Washington Rugby Football Clubs, having served as president of the BRFC and competed internationally with WRFC.
The Arc of Howard County hired him as Director of Day Habilitation Services in 1996, where he was instrumental in the development of the Therapeutic Recreation And Individualized Leisure Services (TRAILS) and Supported Retirement Services (SR Services) programs. It was also at this time where he became active in Kiwanis International, serving as president for the Columbia chapter and Lieutenant Governor of Division 14 of the Capital District. In 1999, he took a position with The Human Services Institute as an expert in the field of developmental disabilities providing strategic planning for providers as well as training in the Pathways to Excellence curriculum.
Throughout the decade of the 1990’s, Jeff continued to live with and share his home with adults with developmental disabilities. This led to the chance to play his greatest role, as a foster parent to three siblings (Larry, Kenny, and Ashley) with developmental disabilities in 2001, through The Arc Central Chesapeake. He remains active in their lives today, both as father-in-law and “Pop-Pop.” During the decade of the 2000’s Jeff was active in Boy Scouts with his sons, earning recognition as Baltimore Area Council Scoutmaster of the year in 2005, and helped create the Cheer4All Booster Club for his daughter’s cheerleading team by establishing their 501c3 status while president.
After a short stint as a teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools in 2009, Jeff took a position as the Program Manager for behavioral services with The Arc Central Chesapeake Region and supervised the development of ArcTIC (Arc Trauma Informed Care) Services for the agency. In 2012, he became a Director of Community Living. Since moving to Human Resources, Jeff is a member of The Society of Human Resource Management and anticipates pursuing his certification in the coming years.
Karen Hoyer, Director of Quality Enhancement
Hi my name is Karen L. Hoyer. I am the Director of Quality Enhancement for the Arc Central Chesapeake Region. I have been with the Arc since 1991. When I came into the agency, I anticipated that I would have the job for a few months until I finished out the semester in college. Little did I know, that I would become enthralled with the individuals that I worked for and the mission of this agency. I began as an every other weekend support staff. In the last 24 years, I have held many positions within the agency. My current position is a natural fit as it has always been important to me to be a strong advocate for individuals with ID/DD.
I am passionate about assisting individuals to lead a self determined life. My co-workers described me as being driven, detailed, nice, professional and 100% dedicated to the well being of the individuals and staff.