Cristine Marchand is Executive Director of The Arc Maryland. She has served in this capacity for over 20 years after working at the national and local levels in advocacy and nonprofit management. Her legislative advocacy work on behalf of The Arc Maryland includes passage of the Community Services Living Arrangements (CSLA) , Waiting List Equity Fund and Community Services Trust Fund, Transitioning Youth State Interagency Committee, Transitioning Youth – Age of Exit (the end of the school year in which the student turns 21 years), Written Plan of Habilitation (WPH) for Institutionalized Persons, and Privacy protections for individuals living in state-licensed Developmental Disabilities and Mental Hygiene community residential programs.
She served as Executive Director for Family Voices, a national family advocacy organization based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with state affiliates across the country dedicated to health care of children and youth with special health care needs. Cristy is a certified master gardener in Santa Fe, an aspiring flute player after decades of the bassoon and holds a deep admiration for the country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains.
Susan Somerville-Hawes is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy-Children and Families for The Arc Maryland. She joined The Arc’s public policy team after eight years of experience working on a variety of social and legislative issues as Chief of Staff and Director of Legislation for Delegate Sandy Rosenberg. Ms. Somerville-Hawes is committed to family and education issues. For several years, she ran a girls-only, school- based mentoring program in the Sandtown-Winchester area of West Baltimore for the Enterprise Women’s Network of Baltimore. Ms. Somerville-Hawes served for 11 years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Affairs Divisions representing several of the State’s public institutions of higher education. Early in her legal career, she worked as a bill drafter and legislative analysist for the Department of Legislative Services. Ms. Somerville-Hawes is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. While in graduate school, Ms. Somerville-Hawes saw three of her plays produced by the Department of Theater and Drama at Indiana University.
Lisa Chandler is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager at The Arc Maryland. She is the executive liaison and works with the Executive Committee, Board Members, and other leaders throughout Maryland. Lisa also handles the internal operation of the office organizing office procedures, as well as, organizational effectiveness and efficiency, supervising administrative staff, handle budgetary matters and accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and Human Resources.
Prior to joining us, Lisa was the Administrative Manager at the Baltimore Jewish Council for over nine years. Her experience stretches from Government & Community Relations to Israel Awareness & Advocacy to Holocaust Remembrance. In her spare time, Lisa is a mother of three and enjoys spending time with her family out on the Bay.
Shannon McGovern is the Administrative Assistant for The Arc Maryland. Shannon works part time and will usually be the voice you hear when calling The Arc Maryland. She also writes The Arc Maryland’s monthly e-newsletter, as well as maintaining the content on our social media pages. As a recent graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis with a BA in the Liberal Arts, she studied everything from the Ancient Greek philosophers to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Shannon has a background in the theatre, having worked backstage for both her college and for the Annapolis Shakespeare Company. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and playing games with her friends.
Judy Volkman is serving as a Consultant to The Arc Maryland on the Saylor Alliance Project. She had previously worked at The Arc for 10 years as the Project Manager for Ask Me!, a quality of life survey conducted by people with disabilities interviewing their peers. Prior to that, she worked at a service provider and was instrumental in the establishment of a self advocacy group there. She started her career in disabilities on the birth of her son, active in PTA and advocating for public education for him. This was before IDEA, but he started public school when he was 8 years old. She continues to serve as a long time member of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities, with one term as the Chair of the Commission. She is a Board member of By Their Side, an advocacy organization which follows the person after the caregiver is no longer able to advocate for them. Still active in retirement!
2017 Public Policy Fellowship Program (January-April 2017)
The Arc Maryland has selected Jamie Stoner, director of Community Outreach with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (NCR), as the 2017 Public Policy Fellow. In her current position with The Arc NCR, she is responsible for overseeing Family Support Services Program, in addition to paving the way for new individuals with differing abilities to benefit from the services they offer. She serves on the Harford County Commission of Disabilities, Harford County Youth Commission, and the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee for the State of Maryland. Most recently, she has become a Life Course Ambassador and is eager to help educate others about the community of practice for families.
Jamie began her career with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region four and a half years ago, she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. She is currently mid-way through the Master’s in Business Administration program with her alma mater.
Aaron Stephens serves as the Deputy Director of The Arc of Frederick County where he works to create enviable lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With over two decades of experience, Aaron has worked to support an author with autism to publish books, establish inclusive college courses, and currently collaborates with his co-workers who have opened a coffee house, bakery, catering kitchen, event space, and other job training programs.
Aaron enjoys opportunities to join forces with The Arc Maryland, self-advocates, family members, and elected officials to protect and expand services for people with developmental disabilities Maryland. Aaron served as The Arc Maryland 2016 Public Policy Fellow and is back for 2017.
The Arc Maryland’s Legislative Intern:
Andrew Siske joined the public policy team in January as The Arc Maryland’s Legislative Intern for the 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. Andrew is a second-year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. This past summer, Andrew clerked for Project HEAL at the Kennedy Krieger Institute where he provided advocacy and legal services to patients and families and participated in IEP meetings. Andrew is a Student Fellow at the Center for Families, Children and the Courts in Baltimore where he studies innovative family law concepts such as therapeutic jurisprudence, problem-solving courts, and restorative practices. He is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware where he received a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Economics. Andrew is a volunteer student mentor at Paul’s Place in Baltimore City.