Board of Directors
Board of Directors of The Arc of Pennsylvania
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.
President, Jeanne Downey, Erie, Pennsylvania
Ms. Downey and the entire Downey family started the journey of advocacy when her daughter, Mary, was born in 1991. Ms. Downey’s motivation and compassion is best expressed in her own words, "It is an honor to be on the Board of The Arc of Pennsylvania. I know our family's success is due to all those families and other advocates who came before us and paved the way for inclusion in education, employment, and other life experiences!"
Ms. Downey lives in Erie, Pennsylvania and is a speech pathologist in private practice in Early Intervention.
1st Vice President: Ken Oakes, Philadelphia
Mr. Oakes has been involved in The Arc movement for nearly 40 years. He began as a volunteer leader in The Youth Arc while in college. His career in special education spans 35 years, and includes many different leadership roles in the disability community. He is an active volunteer with The Arc of Philadelphia.
Mr. Oakes is currently a Special Education Consultant for Foundation NSN, Inc. and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Education Department at Chestnut Hill College. He was also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Education Department at Arcadia University. Before that, Mr. Oakes was the Special Education Director at the School District of Philadelphia.
2nd Vice-President: William Burke, Lackawanna County
Mr. Burke has served on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Pennsylvania in various capacities since 2001, including Interim Acting Executive Director. He also served for 24 years on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Northeast PA and was a member of the Lackawanna/Susquehanna MH/MR Advisory Board for 20 years. Mr. Burke’s brother, Donald, has intellectual disabilities and has been an inspiration and driving force for his dedicated involvement.
Mr. Burke retired after 35 years of service at Thomson Consumer Electronics. Currently, he sits on the North Pocono School District Board of Directors. He has held this position since being elected in 2008. When Mr. Burke is not busy with his volunteer and elected duties he enjoys gardening and recreational bicycling.
Secretary: Jean Searle, Philadelphia
Ms. Searle is a long-time self-advocate and a force within the disability rights movement. She has experienced the trauma of institutionalization first-hand and encouraged by advocates and friends, Ms. Searle moved from the institutional setting to assisted living arrangements in 1984. Believing it is imperative that the lessons embodied in the Pennhurst campus remain as an example for the future, Ms. Searle has become a driving force within the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance.
Ms. Searle has been employed with both the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN), where she has been for more than 20 years.
Treasurer: Michael Marsh, Montgomery County
Mr. Marsh has been involved with The Arc for several years and serves as the Treasurer and on the Finance committee at his local chapter of The Arc, The Arc Alliance. Mr. Marsh also serves as the President of The Arc Children’s Services Board of Directors. He has devoted much of his life to serving individuals with disabilities and their families.
Mr. Marsh has a B.S. from Westminster College and a M.Ed. from Widener University along with graduate studies and research at Loyola College of Maryland, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and New Mexico Highlands University. His professional experience includes teaching all levels of high school biology, working at The College Board as the Director of K-12 Teaching and Learning, Regional Sales Manager for Blackboard, and currently the Senior Account Executive for State and Local Government, Education, and Research for ten states with SAP Public Services
Immediate Past President: Paul Conway, Montgomery County
Mr. Conway has been on The Arc of PA Board since 1998. He is past president of The Arc of Pennsylvania. Mr. Conway has also served as a President on the Board of Directors of The Arc of Montgomery County. He became involved with The Arc because of his brother Andy (pictured).
Mr. Conway is a CPA and resides in Willow Grove with his family.
Board of Directors
M.J. Bartelmay, ex-officio, Mercer County
Mr. Bartelmay is a committed and passionate volunteer advocate who represents and advocates for persons with disabilities to protect and exercise their rights and entitlements to full and inclusive participation in the community. He has over 20 years’ experience in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships with fellow advocates, self-advocacy groups and service providers to facilitate advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Well versed in nonprofit board structure and organization, he also brings extensive experience in public policy and position development to the Board of Directors of The Arc of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a past president of The Arc of Pennsylvania, Mr. Bartelmay also serves on the boards of The Arc of the United States, the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bartelmay is an Information Technology Consultant from Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
Frank Bartoli, Luzerne County
Mr. Bartoli currently serves as Fund Development Coordinator for Children’s Service Center, a behavioral health organization headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, PA. His career spans more than 20 years and encompasses fundraising, volunteer leadership, advocacy, and non-profit leadership positions. His advocacy experience includes advocating for his own daughter, Ellie, who has Down syndrome. He furthered that advocacy experience as the Executive Director of The Arc of Delaware County, as a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Pennsylvania, and as President of The Arc Community Trust, an organization that manages special needs and education trusts. Mr. Bartoli's non-profit leadership experience includes multiple positions within the YMCA movement, including Executive Director/CEO of the Greater Pittston YMCA and Associate Executive Director at the Amble Area YMCA, a branch of The YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
Mr. Bartoli has taught undergraduate students at Eastern University, and mentored undergraduate groups at University of Pennsylvania, was a guest columnist for the Sunday Dispatch, and served on the Board of Directors of the Luzerne County Down Syndrome Network. He was named the 2002 Greater Pittston Person of the Year. He resides in Dupont, Pennsylvania. His full information can be found at www.frank.bartoli.com
Jessica Capitani, Dauphin County
Ms. Capitani joined the Board of Directors of The Arc of Pennsylvania already experienced in advocacy and serving people and their families with intellectual disabilities. She is the former co-chair of the Family Advisory Council at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, member of the Family Faculty at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Miracle Mom for Children's Miracle Network and contributing author to the book Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives. Ms. Capitani participated in numerous speaking engagements with topics ranging from Early Intervention to How to Communicate with Parents. She has also led training seminars teaching other parents how to share their stories with professionals.
Cynthia Dias, Greene County
Ms. Dias is currently the Executive Director of The Arc of Greene County. She has also served on the Greene County Special Olympic Committee and has been an advocate for individuals with disabilities for over 35 years. She is presently a member of the Pennsylvania Council for Executives of The Arc. Member of The Arc of Pennsylvania as well as The Arc of the United States. In 2011, Ms. Dias was awarded the EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, from The Arc of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Dias is a graduate from California University. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education as well as a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood. She is a member of Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta Honor Society for Special Education. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Education.
John F. Goryl, Dauphin County
Mr. Goryl has a long history of working in the world of diabilites. While spending 15 years in the Pennsylvnaia Senate, he was involved in many pieces of legislation involving people with disabilites. While working with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), he worked closely with the Pennsylvnaia Developmental Disabilities Council, The Pennsylvnaia Department of Public Welfare, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to design programs to help provide homeownership opportunities for people with disabilities. Through Mr. Goryl’s participation, loan programs designed to retrofit a home for persons with a disability resulted in them being able to remain in their own home was extremely successful.
Mr. Goryl retired from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency in 2013 but continues to work with them on a part-time basis. As an attorney he has worked in private practice as well as with the Pennsylvania Senate. He received his Juris Doctorate from Dickinson School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Karen Grady, Lehigh County
Ms. Grady has served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties since 1999. The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties provides advocacy and services and supports to over 1,500 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Ms. Grady is invested in the mission of advancing the independence of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has a deep commitment to advocating for people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of their lives.
Ms. Grady holds a B.A. in Sociology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and a Master of General Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland Graduate School in College Park, MD. Karen has over 29 years of experience in management positions of non-profit disability organizations, with expertise in the areas of programs and services, personnel, development, finance and administration.
Sarah Holland, Lancaster County
Ms. Holland has been involved in family support and leadership efforts at both the local and statewide levels. She is a past chair of the State Interagency Coordinating Council and her local Arc Chapter in Lancaster. Ms. Holland has been employed by Parent to Parent of Pa, The Special Kids Network, and has worked as an independent consultant. Currently, she is a Special Assistant with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, focusing on Family Engagement.
Kurt Kondrich, Allegheny County
Mr. Kondrich is a professional in the Early Intervention field. After the birth of his daughter, Chloe, in 2003 he has become a strong advocate and frequently meets with policymakers to keep them focused on ABILITIES and investing in the supports and services that provide a life filled with hope, happiness and success. At Chloe’s birth, she received a diagnosis of Down syndrome and the journey started for Mr. Kondrich and his family into the world of advocacy for all people and their families with intellectual disabilities.
Prior to Chloe’s birth Mr. Kondrich had a career as a Police Office for 20 years and received many awards/citations for service to his community. After ending his career in the Police Force, Mr. Kondrich continued his education by receiving a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention from the University of Pittsburgh.
Gerald Krall, Knights of Columbus
Mr. Krall serves on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Pennsylvania as the representative for The Knights of Columbus. With his background of involvement in various charities he brings experience and insight to the mission of serving the citizens and their families of Pennsylvania who live with intellectual disabilities.
Mr. Krall’s service to the Knights of Columbus spans areas of interest including, recruiting, program promotion, and new Council development. His most recent office is State Advocate for Pennsylvania. Mr. Krall began his service with the Knights of Columbus in 1988.
Mr. Krall retired from the PA Department of Transportation in 1999 after 32 years of dedicated service.
Cecilia Lee, Montgomery County
Ms. Lee has been working as a member of Parents as Partners in Professional Development (P3D) since her graduation from Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking Early Intervention (C2P2 EI) in 2010. She currently serves on the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC). Ms. Lee and her husband, Jacob, love to go out and meet families across the state who have children with disabilities and photograph them. They have 2 beautiful children.
Pat Leo, PCE Representative
Ms. Leo is the Pennsylvania Conference of Executives of The Arc of Pennsylvania representative to the Board of Directors. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of The Arc Alliance.
Nancy Murray, Allegheny County
Ms. Murray, is currently the President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA. She has 35 years’ experience in the disability field in the areas of public policy, advocacy, supports coordination, health care and state government serving people with disabilities and their families. She has served as the Coordinator of the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital (UPMC) of Pittsburgh, the Director of Supports Coordination at Staunton Clinic in Pittsburgh, and the Western Area Director of the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania. She has conducted hundreds of seminars and has written numerous articles for families and professionals on disability issues. She is the Project Director of ACHIEVA’s Disability Healthcare Initiative which is focused on access to healthcare for people with disabilities and ACHIEVA’s innovative “A Home of My Own” project which is working on working with families to blend resources and create more affordable housing for people with disabilities.
Ms. Murray received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College and then completed her Master’s Degree in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh.
Philip Rosenbauer, Butler County
Mr. Rosenbauer retired after thirty-two (32) years as Executive Director of the Arc of Butler County. He was a member of the National Conference of Executives of the Arc (NCE) and the Pennsylvania Conference of Executives of the Arc (PCE) until retiring in 2012. He was also a board member on the PAR Board of Directors and the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board.
A graduate of the Grantsmanship Center Training Program and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council. Philip graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in political science.
Joshua Stranix, Schuyikill County
Mr. Stranix first became interested in The Arc because he wanted to be an advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He was first elected to the Board of Directors for The Arc of Pennsylvania in 2010. Mr. Stranix is committed to sharing his experiences with Pennsylvania Legislators as well as informing others with intellectual disabilities what their rights are and showing them what is available in Pennsylvania to allow them to have an inclusive life in their communities.
Mr. Stranix has been trained as a speaker through Special Olympics which has allowed him to speak in the State House of Representatives and emcee various local and state events.
Mr. Stranix has been employed at Giant Foods since 1999 where he is a Customer Service Associate. He has been associated with Special Olympics for 28 years where he has held various offices, including Global Messenger.
Sara Wolff, Lackawanna County
Ms. Wolff has been involved with The Arc since 2004. She is the coordinator of Self-Advocacy Services for The Arc of Northeastern PA. Ms. Wolff serves on the Board of Directors for the National Down Syndrome Society. She is Secretary for The Arc of Northeastern PA Board of Directors.
Ms. Wolff, as a self-Advocate, specializes in Public speaking. She has been a public speaker since high school. Ms. Wolff brings a strong passion to her public speaking engagements. Her passion was born of a strong family support system that made inclusion a priority from her birth, her pre-school experience, through high school and college.
SCHEDULE OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS FOR 2014-2015
January 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
June 20, 2015