Meet Our Team
Since January 2018
Tonya is originally from North Carolina and has worked in the field of Disabilities for over 20 years. She began her career providing residential services and later worked with people in Supported employment. Through the years her passion for the rights of people with disabilities became the center focus of her career.
Her career brought her to Virginia in 2011, where she joined The Arc of Southside as executive director, and led the agency through a transformation from traditional services to inclusive supports that are built around the person and not their disability. At that chapter of The Arc, she and the leadership team successfully closed all of the segregated facility based programs, which included a Group Home for 15 people, a Sheltered Workshop for 135 people, and a Private Day School serving 30 students with disabilities. She and the leadership team developed and implemented new support services that partner with people with developmental disabilities to build their own lives with the supports they need to live the lives that they choose.
In January 2018, Tonya became the executive director of The Arc of Virginia, where she is advocating for change, so that every person with a developmental disability can have access to supports to live their life in their community
Since July 2022
As the Grassroot Advocacy Coordinator, Laini works with local chapters across Virginia to develop and implement plans to mobilize local community members and engage lawmakers.
Before joining The Arc of Virginia, most recently, Laini taught middle school in rural Eastern North Carolina. She has a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Social Work. Her professional experience in education, community organizing, social work, and nonprofits offer invaluable insight into community mobilization, equity, and advocacy. She is honored to work in partnership with people with disabilities, families, and allies to affirm and secure the rights of people with disabilities.
Since June 2016
Lucy helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families navigate Virginia’s complex services system and fulfill their dreams by providing viable connections, information, tools and guidance. Her work also includes advocating and bringing the critical needs and challenging issues facing people to the attention of policy makers and others to heighten awareness and bring about change so that people can reach their goals for independence as members of their communities.
As a former special education teacher, case manager, director at a community services board and Executive Director of The Arc of Hanover, Lucy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Director of Information and Referral, where she has supported countless individuals and families through their journeys since 2016.
Director of Peer Support
Since October 2020
Natasha is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, DE. As an Undergrad, Natasha began her 16 year non-profit career supporting at risk youth with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. With an overdue return to the city of Boston, 7 years ago, she began supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities where she worked extensively with people to help them find the right match for suport in their lives during her time as a Case manager and Trainer.
Nastasha then moved to the DC area, where as a Community Inclusion Manager, she led teams of Direct Support Professionals, provided training to staff and managed data collection systems for quality assurance in both Residential and Day Support programs. As The Arc's Peer Engagement Director, she provides support to the A Life Like Yours Self-Advocacy Alliance and is partnering with people with developmental disabilities to design the Peer Support and Mentoring System for Virginia.
New Path Family Support Director
Since May 2020
As New Path Family Support Director, Robin is responsible for The Arc’s outreach, information and referral, systems advocacy and technical assistance activities, in the areas of early intervention and early childhood education.
Robin has a wealth of professional and personal experience. She worked for 9 years with Head Start in the public school setting, worked as a Family Service Specialist with Cameron Gallagher Mental health Resource Center (CMHRC) at VTCC for 4 years and worked 5 years as a Family Support Partner (FSP) with United Methodist Family Services (UMFS). In her roles she has helped countless families navigate systems to find resources for their child/children throughout the state of Virginia. She has two sons, and has personally experienced the Early Intervention System in Virginia, as well and many other community services.
Part-Time Project Leader
Since November 2021
Beth is new to Virginia. She moved here from Oregon in March 2021 with her husband, daughter, and dog after spending nearly 12 years working for the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.
With a background in public relations, community development, and strength-based frameworks such as Person Centered Planning and Charting the LifeCourse, Beth values the need for effective and meaningful communication. She believes we are most successful when people feel heard and understood, and when we solve problems by identifying and amplifying our strengths.
As Project Leader, Beth will be leading our work with Quillo Connect as we explore how leaders within Virginia can educate, inspire, and encourage our community through technology.
Part-Time Self-Advocacy Coordinator
Katherine is a native of Richmond, and attended Midlothian High School. Katherine is very passionate about her job advocating for disability rights, and helping with The Arc of Virginia’s advocacy campaigns while working to educate elected officials on issues important to the Disability Community.
She is a member of the Board for the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, a graduate of the LEND Program, and The Arc of Virginia's representative to multiple task forces and committees giving a voice to Virginians with disabilities. Katherine loves her job, the people she works with, and fighting for A Life Like Yours for all people with disabilities.
Project Coordinator supporting the A Life Like Yours Alliance
Since August 2021
Kate is originally from Fairfax, VA and has a master’s degree in theology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to her work supporting individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Kate served as a chaplain and coach where she created programs about inclusivity, diversity, and building lives of character.
Since beginning her work in the field, Kate has been a day support supervisor, staff trainer, disability advocate and community builder. She is most passionate about her work directly supporting individuals as they become architects of their own lives. She is deeply committed to protecting and strengthening a place where all people, regardless of ability level are recognized and celebrated as contributing, essential members of society.