Our Organization

The Arc was born more than 60 years ago from a grassroots movement of families working vigilantly to create services for children and adults who were being denied day care, educational opportunities and work programs.

The Arc of Southside is a local chapter of The Arc of Virginia and The Arc of United States. With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities. The Arc works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels

Our Mission

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Our Values

People First

The Arc believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.

Equity

The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society, and are equal before the law.

Community

The Arc believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.

Self-determination

The Arc believes in self-determination and self-advocacy. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.

Diversity

The Arc believes that society in general and The Arc in particular benefit from the contributions of people with diverse personal characteristics (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, age, geographic location, sexual orientation, gender and type of disability).

President
David Cartwright
Director of Management Information Systems
Danville Regional Medical Center

Vice President
Jill Hamlin
OTR/L & Owner, Moving Forward REHAB

Steven Berger
Peer Advocate & Quality Assurance Staff
Food Lion

Petrina Carter
President/CEO, Tri-County Community Action

Kenya Elliott
Community Care Coordinator/LPN
Piedmont Access to Health Services

Maggy Gregory
Attorney
Adams & Fisk

Marilou Atwell
Retired Educator

 

Secretary
Seat currently open.

Treasurer
Tammy Hood
Real Estate Agent
Holly & Gibson Realty

Scott Jones
Judicial Law Clerk
United States District Court

Mike Russell
Human Resource Manager
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Barry Sides
Retired Postmaster
United States Postal Service

Joy Wood
Mortgage Loan Officer
Movement Mortgage LLC

Mitzi Giles
Occupational Therapy
Piedmont Regional Feeding Clinic

The Arc of Southside

734 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-836-3272

 

Executive Director Rhonda Dark ext 101 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Employment David Gusler ext 102 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Operations Monica Karavanic ext 103 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bookkeeper Carolyn Stephens ext 106 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Administrative Assistant Pat Eldridge ext 100 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Service Coordinator Paula Booth ext 204 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Service Coordinator Katelyn Cardoza ext 202 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Service Coordinator Emily Mahan ext 104 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Service Coordinator Joy Groves ext 117 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Service Coordinator

Michael Williams  ext 107

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Service Coordinator         Kay Trakas     ext. 118 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Service Coordinator      

 

In addition to these staff, The Arc of Southside employs over seventy dedicated Direct Support Professionals who are committed to working to support people with developmental disabilities in living their best lives!