The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc) congratulates Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO, on being recognized as one of The Daily Record’s Influential Marylander honorees of 2023. The award recognizes Maryland leaders for their significant contributions in their fields, such as civic leadership, philanthropy, real estate, and business.
Jonathon’s forward-thinking leadership over the last six years has brought profound, lasting impact to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across Anne Arundel County and Maryland’s Eastern Shore because of the ways his leadership has expanded access to meaningful, holistic supports and services.
A dynamic and collaborative leader with a deep commitment to excellence, Jonathon has brought significant growth to every service area The Arc provides, including bringing new services like Behavioral Health and 2Gen Initiatives to the community. Last year alone, The Arc created over 1,255 opportunities through our Arc-facilitated services and currently supports over 2,000 participant employers in Self-Directed Services who boast almost 6,000 employees.
“We talk a lot about growth at The Arc,” said Jonathon, “but we are never growing just to grow. Our primary motivation is to make sure we are rising to meet the real needs of the community in real-time. When the community says We need more, we make sure our growth strategies here at The Arc align to meet that need.”
To best support the community, The Arc has needed to grow in countless ways. Over the last five years, for example, Jonathon led the way as The Arc saw 144% growth in the number of vehicles we have to support people in services, 146% growth in the grant money we have available to give to families of children with IDD, and over 400% growth in our Holiday Giving program. The Arc currently has 4 regional offices but will begin construction on a new headquarters for the Eastern Shore called Port Street Commons this summer, and there are plans to add another regional office for the Lower Shore as well.
“Jonathon is a tenacious leader who leans into the nuances and complexities of providing services in our modern world,” said Greg Snyder, Vice President of Engagement. “All of this growth and success is thanks to Jonathon’s persistence and steadfast commitment to The Arc’s vision and mission.”
Jonathon’s leadership is influential in countless ways, and his decisions at the helm of The Arc impact over 500 Arc employees, thousands of people with disabilities, and tens of thousands of other community members who are family, friends, direct support professionals, support brokers, service coordinators, vendors, and community organizations at large. A true leader, innovator, and humanitarian, Jonathon’s impact in the community is beyond influential.
Influential Marylander honorees will be celebrated with a reception hosted by The Daily Record at The Grad Lodge in Cockeysville on Thursday, September 21, 2023. The Arc congratulates Jonathon on this recognition of his leadership and success in his career, along with all other Influential Marylander nominees.