The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc), a nonprofit committed to transforming lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and Laura Austin, Board Chair, are pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Barnes and Traci Kodeck to the Board of Directors, effective February 1, 2021. The addition of Jonathan and Traci strengthens organizational governance and sustainability as The Arc works toward equity and access for people with I/DD.
“We are excited to have both Jonathan and Traci join The Arc’s board,” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO, The Arc. “Jonathan is a staunch advocate for people with disabilities in the workforce, and Traci has dedicated her career to improving the equity of services and access to healthcare for the community. We welcome both of their passion and leadership.”
Jonathan Barnes is a part-time Security Guard for Defensor Security. Jonathan has a strong belief in helping people with disabilities find gainful employment. He is a self-advocate and plays a large role in advocating for the services he and his brothers receive from The Arc.
“I’m excited to join the board because my experience and passion for finding people with disabilities jobs is unique,” said Jonathan.
Jonathan’s leadership experience includes leading several of The Arc’s virtual Day Services, classes designed to encourage people with disabilities to find employment, and volunteer work at his firehouse.
Traci Kodeck is the CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, a nonprofit that connects residents to public health care coverage. Over the past 20 years, she served a number of roles including the Director of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Chief of Program Operations, Vice President of Programs, and has volunteered extensively in the community.
“As a mother and a long term public health advocate for women and children, I am honored to join the board of The Arc,” said Traci. “As a nonprofit leader, I look forward to providing a unique perspective to the collective board while helping move the mission forward during this challenging time.”
In 2018, Traci received the University of Arizona Alumna of the Year award from the School of Public Health, and in 2019 was named one of The Daily Records Top 100 Women. She is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland.