November 29, 2016, from 2:00 pm―3:00 pm Eastern Time

Join The Arc state chapter executive directors Jon Meyers, Tony Anderson, and Stella Beard to learn about their efforts to improve support to families by creating statewide coalitions of organizations advocating for people with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers.

In 2016, The Arc of Arizona and The Arc of California convened organizations to identify challenges in their state family support system and develop an action plan to address them. The Arc of Kentucky reconvened the coalition it created in 2015 to review accomplishments and challenges and plan for the year ahead.

These coalitions were created through the Family Support Research and Training Center (FSRTC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The FSRTC explores supports needed by families of people with disabilities and seniors and promising practices in family support around the country.

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This event is sponsored by the Family Support Research and Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


About the Speakers: Tony Anderson entered the field of developmental services in 1987 and began his career as a direct support professional in group homes, respite and in home support services, schools and work-related programs. He has served as a case manager and resource development manager in a regional center, and was the Executive Director of a residential service agency that served over 120 people with developmental disabilities. He directed the reorganization and automation of Napa County Department of Health and Human Services and was appointed to serve as Deputy Director for Governor Gray Davis responsible for Policy, Planning & Governmental Relations for the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. He joined The Arc California in 2004 where he serves today as the Executive Director and principle lobbyist. Tony received his BA in Research Psychology and an MA in Organizational Development both from Sonoma State University. He completed graduate practicum at Stanford University and Executive Training from the University of Southern California while an official of the State.

Stella Beard is the Executive Director for The Arc of Kentucky. Stella has been in involved in special education and advocacy work for many years. She has 4 children – JB (23), Clayton (20), Taylor (15) and Cole (13). Her son Clayton has Williams syndrome; his diagnosis brought her into the advocacy field. She has worked in special education in different school systems as a Parent Resource Coordinator, Special Education Liaison and Special Education Program Assistant, assisting families in locating resources in their local area and helping them become better advocates for their children. She has also facilitated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for middle and high school students for a school district and worked for an agency for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as the Staff Development Director. She has conducted trainings on post-secondary transition and Medicaid waivers around Kentucky. Stella serves on several advisory boards, including the Kentucky Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (Governor Appointed); Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities (Governor Appointed); Kentucky Post School Outcomes (KyPSO); The Arc of Kentucky (Past Board Member); Kentucky TASH Board of Directors (Past Board Member); Kentucky Interagency Transition Council; Kentucky Alternate Assessment Advisory Council (Parent Representative) and the College and Career Readiness/Kentucky State Personnel Improvement Grant. In 2009, Stella received the Betty Triplett Award sponsored by the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children. This award is given each year to an outstanding professional who excels in working with families and children with disabilities.

Jon Meyers is Executive Director of The Arc of Arizona, a position he has held since 2013. Jon’s background in the non-profit sector spans nearly 30 years, having held positions with, among others, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Arizona State University/ASU Foundation; Thunderbird School of Global Management; and Ronald McDonald House Charities, including positions as CEO of RMHC of Southern California and RMHC Field Relations Manager for the western U.S., based at the Charity’s global headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. He began his professional career in the External Relations office at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Jon’s background includes development and executive positions with organizations ranging from the arts and education to social services and animal welfare. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University with degrees in Theatre Arts and History. He lives with his wife and three sons in Anthem, Arizona.