Ande Kolp is the Executive Director of The Arc Maryland. Her career includes over 25 years of experience supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. Her most recent position was the Executive Director for Compass, Inc., a private non-profit organization specializing in Residential and Employment Services for people with co-occurring Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions living in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Charles Counties.
Prior to her engagement with Compass, Inc., Ande served in different administrative capacities for three Arc Chapter agencies in Maryland over a period of 13 years (Prince George’s County, Howard County, and Montgomery County).
Her experience also includes service on the Boards of Directors for The Maryland Association of Community Services and The Association of Community Services of Howard County. She is the current chairperson for the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues and had been an active member of InterACC- Montgomery, and the Prince George’s Provider Network prior to coming to The Arc Maryland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Severe Disabilities from The Johns Hopkins University.
Ande lives in Glenwood, MD with her husband and three children. She enjoys playing the guitar, singing and acting in her spare time.
Tonia Ferguson, Esq. is the Director of Public Policy and Special Initiatives for The Arc Maryland. She brings nearly a decade of experience advocating for individuals with disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc Maryland, Tonia served as Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Autism Society of America and was on the board of The Arc Baltimore. As a professional in the field as well as as a parent of a child with Down syndrome and autism, the mission and values of The Arc are near and dear to her heart. Her expertise encompasses system change, building partnerships, and advocating and influencing policy at the local, state and federal level.
Lisa Chandler King is the Director of Administrative Services for 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 operations of The Arc Maryland office; organizing office procedures, as well as, organizational effectiveness and efficiency, supervising administrative staff, handling budgetary matters and accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and Human Resources.
Prior to The Arc, 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 and Communications Assistant for The Arc Maryland. Shannon will usually be the voice you hear when calling The Arc Maryland. She also writes The Arc Maryland’s monthly e-newsletter and maintains 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, Shannon 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.
Lori Scott is the Public Policy Fellow for The Arc Maryland. Lori has extensive knowledge in special education advocacy work in Maryland and is the mother of a 15-year-old daughter with developmental disabilities. Lori has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.
Lori works as a consultant for nonpublic schools and facilities around the country.
She believes people with disabilities should be included in all activities and she works tirelessly to advocate for the full inclusion of all people. She is excited to be a part of the public policy team during the 2018 legislative session.
Grace Pushparany Williams is the Public Policy and Special Initiatives Fellow for The Arc Maryland. Grace has been advocating for the past 20 years as a parent and a professional for people with disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Most recently, Grace has worked as the Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Family Involvement for Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and as the Health Care Coordinator for Family Voices and Family to Family Health Information Center at The Parents’ Place of Maryland.
She serves on the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Quality Advisory Council and Transition Advisory Team.
Grace has been a member of The Arc family for 22 years and has served on the boards of The Arc of Prince George’s County and The Arc of Maryland. She continues to serve as a volunteer for The Arc and other organizations for Disabilities, Special Health Care Needs and Human Rights Organizations.
As a human rights activist, Grace strongly believes that disability rights are human rights and advocating for this noble cause has become second nature to her.
Kathy Swanson is the Consulting Director of Education and Development for The Arc Maryland. Kathy is a graduate of The University of Michigan, receiving a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State College of Law. During more than two decades of experience in non-profit management, she worked for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore City for twelve years with parishes that provided services to persons who were food and housing insecure as well as those effected by violence.
Kathy’s policy, training and advocacy experience for persons with disabilities include prior work for The Arc Maryland, The Arc Howard County, The Arc of York County (PA), The Arc of Chester County (PA), and The Arc of Pennsylvania. Kathy also provided consultant services to the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Health and Welfare, focused on families raising children with disabilities.
Most recently, Kathy served as the Administrator of Community Partnerships for Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services where she managed programs that link county government to a wide range of non-profit organizations.
Kathy has been an advocate for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families for over three decades. She and her husband Phil are the parents of two sons; one of whom has intellectual and developmental disabilities and lives in a home of his own in Columbia, MD.