ARC Muskegon

For people with intellectual and

developmental disabilities

Who is The Arc?

The Arc is and always has been about people - people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, parents, friends, family and professionals. In 1952, a group of concerned families and their friends formed an organization they called, "Family and Friends of the Mentally Retarded". In 1953 they joined the National Association for Retarded Citizens and became a local chapter. This movement grew and is now known as The Arc, no longer an acronym by eliminating the word "Retarded". The Arc Muskegon continues to be proudly affiliated with the state and national organization. There are 780 local chapters, with 34 of them in the state of Michigan.

The Arc is a membership organization with a collective membership of 140,000 from across the country. The Arc is the largest grassroots organization advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Our Board of Directors

Tim Michalski, President

Brenda McCarthy Wiener, Vice President

Jennifer Briggs-Russell, Secretary

Jim Mikesell II, Treasurer

Denise Meier, Director

Emily Michalski, Director

Susan Treutler, Director

Chris Kuhn, Director

Marie Ruberto, Director


Margaret O'Toole, Executive Director

Janis Milliron, Administrative Assistant

Allison Revell, Special Projects Coordinator

Shelia Thorsen, Special Education Advocate

Volunteer Committee Members

Don Martines, Pooled Trust Advisory, Finance and Fund Development

Janet Evertsen, Program, Research, and Development
Jason Muhamet, Advocacy 

Susan E. McGarry, Pooled Trust Advisory

Candice Hollister, Pooled Trust Advisory
Mary J Davis , Pooled Trust Advisory

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