Leadership

Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO

​In the role of President & CEO, Jonathon partners with The Arc board of directors to set the strategic vision and direction of The Arc to make lasting impact on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Anne Arundel County and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Jonathon joined The Arc in 2017 bringing nearly 20 years of experience providing leadership across diverse organizations to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and independence for people with disabilities and those traditionally underserved. His past roles include President & CEO of Family League of Baltimore; Vice President, Community Services and then Chief Program Officer of Melwood; and Director of Camping & Therapeutic Recreation, Autism Services & Transportation for The League for People with Disabilities.

 

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Jonathon has also been recognized for his leadership on many occasions, including the Rising Star Award from The Arc United States (2020), 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).

Throughout his career, Jonathon has been active in his community serving on many nonprofit and association boards, commissions, and workgroups. Jonathon currently is a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Association of Community Service and is active on several workgroups with the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Jonathon 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. Jonathon resides in Catonsville with his husband, Matt and son.

“The Arc has grown over the years, adapting to meet the growing, changing demands of the community and expanding our footprint to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. But at our roots, we are still the same – an organization that will always challenge the status quo, and will continue to work toward a world where all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their strengths and abilities.”
Jonathon Rondeau

President & CEO

Tracy Davis
Senior Director of Self-Directed Initiatives
“I am so proud to be a part of an organization that has such a long-standing history serving Maryland’s self-directed participants and has identified self-determination as a core value for the agency. The people we serve are entitled to the freedom, authority, and supports to exercise control over the things in life that are most important to them!”
Tracy Davis

Senior Director of Self-Directed Initiatives

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​As the Senior Director of Self-Directed Initiatives, Tracy provides leadership and oversight to The Arc’s Fiscal Management Services division with a focus on stakeholder engagement and communications, quality assurance, and program compliance. Tracy supports the mission of The Arc by bringing a cross-functional perspective to the Executive Leadership Team with the goal of identifying opportunities to enhance self-determination across all programs and services that The Arc provides.

Tracy Davis has over 20 years of professional experience as a program administrator of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has a significant history serving self-direction programs across multiple states as a representative of various fiscal management service providers and as a member of a contracting state entity.

In her history of self-directed services program administration, Tracy held the roles of Director of Fiscal Management Services, Director of Quality Services & Enrollment, Quality Improvement Analyst, and Lead Self-Directed Support Coordinator. She served the Missouri Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities for over 11 years where she co-authored the state-published Self-Directed Services Handbook and other statewide resources and program support tools. Tracy graduated cum laude from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Christine Larsen
Vice President of Innovation & Improvement
“Our staff possess a unique combination of talent, skills, personalities and passion that drive our mission forward.  The culmination of these qualities allow us to make a difference in the lives of the people in our community, each and every day. THIS is why the work we do is so important.”
Christine Larsen

Vice President of Innovation & Improvement

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As Vice President of Innovation and Improvement, Christine Larsen supports the CEO and Executive Leadership Team with strategic priorities and leads cross-cutting teams in the areas of strategy, information systems, and compliance. Christine also manages The Arc’s data and evaluation, grants development, and project manages The Arc’s DDA  transformation efforts.

As the previous Senior Director at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Christine 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.

Christine 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.

Matthew “Matt” Morgan
Chief Program Officer
“I believe the work we do at The Arc is important because we are working to correct the past injustices of our society in terms of the treatment of people with disabilities, while at the same time supporting people to imagine a bold future for themselves.”
Matthew Morgan

Chief Program Officer

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Matthew “Matt” Morgan has a long history working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has a strong understanding of services needed, as well as leadership and program operations. As Chief Program Officer, Matt partners with program leaders and staff to find innovative, person centered approaches to serve people with disabilities by expanding results in a cost-effective manner.

Specifically, he leads The Arc’s programs and services, including Living Options & Services, Day Services, and Workforce Development, and to provide strategic programmatic leadership and direction to empower people with disabilities to live, work, and play in the most inclusive environment.

Prior to The Arc, Matt held the roles of Special Projects Director, Associate Executive Director, and most recently Executive Director of The Arc Frederick County. He began his professional career as a service coordinator with Service Coordination, Inc. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University and Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the Notre Dame University of Maryland.

Rebecca “Becky” Peter
Chief Financial Officer
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to leverage my expertise for an organization that is providing much-
needed support and programs to our community but also values strategy and innovation as a backbone
to its longevity and success.”
Becky Peter

Chief Financial Officer

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As Chief Financial Officer, for The Arc and Chesapeake Neighbors, Rebecca “Becky” Peter supports the CEO by ensuring resources are strategically tied to organizational goals with a focus on financial health. Becky is a highly accomplished senior executive and brings more than 20 years of results-driven financial management to The Arc. As the former controller for Incident Communication Solutions, Chief Financial Officer of Health Integrity, and Senior Financial Manager for ARINC, Becky brings deep knowledge of state and federal audits, corporate finance, internal and external controls, and forecasting.

In addition to decades of experience in corporate finance, Becky also served as the Treasurer for Talbot Hospice for over five years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting, Marketing, and Management from Towson University.

Shannon Ross
Vice President of People & Culture
“The work we do here at The Arc is important because we are supporting people to live their best lives and to be recognized by their communities as people — not someone to be brushed off, hidden away, or pitied.”
Shannon Ross

Vice President of People & Culture

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As the Senior Director of People & Culture, Shannon Ross provides leadership, direction, and oversight of The Arc’s human resources.  Ross supports the mission and goals of The Arc by constantly striving to promote, improve, and support the development, well-being, and effectiveness of all employees. Shannon has responsibility over talent acquisition, organizational diversity, talent management, compensation, and talent development.

Shannon has more than 10 years’ experience working in human resources for Aspect Security, Inc. Specifically, she joins The Arc as the former Director of Human Resources for the company where she led all HR programs, policies and procedures. Previous to that, Shannon was the Human Resources and Training Coordinator for Aspect Security.

Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Elon University, and her Masters of Business Administration in Organization Development from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She is also a member of Society of Human Resources Management.

Talon Sachs
Senior Director of Strategic Communication

“The Arc’s commitment to equity and inclusion goes beyond the services it provides. We champion the journeys and accomplishments of the people we support by sharing their stories of success and ensuring that their voices are heard.”

Talon Sachs

Senior Director of Strategic Communication

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As Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Talon Sachs supports The Arc’s goals for achieving clear, effective communications with all critical stakeholders. In this capacity, they develop and implement mission-driven strategic communications plans, multimedia messaging, and serve as a liaison with the press.

Talon brings more than 20 years of professional experience in communications management within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining The Arc, Talon served as Director of Marketing Communications with the National Summer Learning Association, where they were responsible for the creation and execution of all print, web, video, and social media communications and before that as the former Manager of Communications with Family League of Baltimore, Talon deployed multiple tools to achieve strategic communications goals, including overseeing digital/social properties that increased awareness of Family League’s mission and objectives. In 2017, Talon and their colleagues were presented with a Gold Stevie Award for Communications Department of the Year.

Earlier in their career, Talon performed a wide range of communications and media functions for the private and government sectors, including Washington Gas and The Baltimore City Department of Public Works. Talon received their Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Master of Science in Professional Writing from Towson University.

Leadership Council

Catie Comer, Director of Development & Communications

Kendall Concini, Manager of Admissions, Information, & Referrals

Laura Degler, Assistant Director of Workforce Development

Angie DeMoreland, Director of Operations

Alex Dorado, Director of Strategy

Brittany Ellis, Assistant Director of Day Services

Eraine Franklin, Director of People & Culture

Chris Jivers, Regional Manager, Central Anne Arundel

Niki Jones, Regional Manager, North Anne Arundel

 

Deena Kilmon, Director of Engagement

Cindy Lindgren, Director of Behavioral Health

Valencia Morrison, Regional Manager, Greater Annapolis

Cindy Newman, Controller, Programs & Services

Jamie Paraf, Compliance Facilitator

John Rutkowski, Assistant Director of Programs, Mid-Shore

Jessica Sauers, Assistant Director of Program Administration

Jesse Sponaugle, Assistant Director of Information Systems