Employment Services Department:
Kahlee Fennern, Employment Program Manager
Marc Alpers, Business Relations Manager
Jose Soto-Gates, Workforce Development Coordinator
Sherri Oien, Career Development Specialist
Robert Rivas, Career Development Specialist
Dottee Stacks, Program Manager
Devin Duerst, Program Manager
Youth & Family Services:
Kathryn Albert, Director of Youth Programs, Behavior Specialist
Laura Dahill, Director of Families Connected
Annie Wahto, Jumpstart! Teacher/Supervisor
Misty Inman, Director Of Operations- ReStyle Designs
Sarah Fugler, Store Manager- ReStyle Designs
Sunshine Bodey, In-Home Respite Coordinator
Kristi Cramer, Billing Specialist
Kaleigh Morrow, Human Resources Assistant
Cynthia Dodge, Office Manager
Donna Simpson, Front Office Receptionist
Pamela Ring has over 35 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities as the Executive Director for The Arc Lane County. Pam has the overall responsibility for the strategic programming, management and financial operations of a dynamic, nonprofit dedicated to advancing quality services that enrich lives and build future supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During her tenure at The Arc she has developed a model respite care program, created residential services for adults and children coming out of Fairview, and a variety of other programs that are focused on enriching the lives and creating community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is recognized both the state and local level as a true leader in the industry.
She has received several awards including:
She is active in her community and has served on the board for several non-profit organizations. Pam is the mother of an adult son with intellectual and developmental disabilities and believes that everyone has the right to work, play and be a valued member of our community.
Angela Phinney, Director of Business Development, has a BS in Business Administration and over 20 years of experience with The Arc Lane County. Angela has a rich background in sales, marketing, grant writing, contracts and public relations. She has worked in all facets of The Arc ranging from direct care to program development and to management. Angela has a brother with intellectual and developmental disabilities and loves that The Arc can make such a difference in lives in the entire lifespan of an individual. Seeing someone from a young age blossoming to an adult that lives, works and recreates in the community is of upmost importance. Angela’s expertise and experience includes:
Erissa Lewis, Director of Finance, has a rich history with The Arc Lane County in a variety of settings, including office management, human resources and financial management. Her commitment to The Arc can be attributed to her desire in helping clients break down social barriers and become full members of their communities. In addition, she is proud of the staff that she works with in their dedication in serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Erissa’s expertise and experience include:
Christie Wells, Director of Marketing, has a B.A. in Communications from Boise State University and over ten years of experience in sales & marketing and currently oversees The Arc Lane County’s fundraising and marketing initiatives. She is a public speaker for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and also is passionate in her work to support those with I/DD and is committed to enhancing The Arc's community relations and enhancing the organization’s brand-awareness.
Julia Baker is a junior at the University of Oregon; she is pursuing a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Chemistry. Julia has a passion for design, strategic communication, and supporting the I/DD community. She assists with marketing and fundraising initiatives at The Arc Lane County.
Marc Alpers is originally from England and very traveled life came to The Arc starting as a University of Oregon Intern and was hired on immediately after. He graduated with a AAS degree in Human Services-Criminal Justice and is a University of Oregon Graduate with a degree in Crime, Law, and Society, and has over fifteen years of customer service and managerial experience. Marc has seen and been a part of the I/DD community for many years and raises a son on the autism spectrum. Marc's expertise and experience includes:
Jose is the founder, Director and lead trainer with True Umbrella Training & Consulting Services. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and has worked in Human Services & the Mental Health field for over 15 years. He has provided counseling services to both youth and adults and has led community organizing efforts including advocacy, support, and education efforts for individuals, families and systems. Jose sits on the Mental Health Advisory/Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee advising the Board of Commissioners and the department of Health & Human Services on matters relating to mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol/ drug abuse in Lane County. He enjoys spending quality time with his husband, daughter and extended family camping, hiking, kayaking and exploring.
“I continue to be impressed with the commitment and dedication of the Arc Lane County Participants and Staff!” ~ Jose
Misty Inman, Director of Operations, has a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in policy. Misty came to The Arc Lane County with over 5 years of experience in non-profit administration. She worked for several years for the YWCA in assisting low-income women and children housing program and operated an after-school program. After 10 years with The Arc, she has served in a variety of roles including events, youth and families program manager and director of operations. She believes in the possibilities and independence that The Arc supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and our community. Misty’s expertise and experience includes:
Dottee Stacks, Associate Director of the Community Inclusion Program, has an Associate’s Degree in Juvenile Justice. She has been working with seniors and individuals with I/DD for over 15 years. She has a son with severe ADHD and a nephew with Asperger’s. She strongly believes that the individuals we serve at The Arc are extraordinary, wonderful people that deserve to have a life that represents happiness, love and community.
Kathryn Albert, Director of Youth Services, has a BS in Social & Behavioral Science from Linfield College and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management. She comes to the Arc with several years of experience in human services obtained while also raising three children, who are 16, 13 and 9.
Since 2006, Kathryn has served local families as a community liaison, family advocate/site supervisor, parent navigator, early home-based educator, and case manager. She has extensive training and experience with such issues as domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, and developmental disabilities. Prior to taking her current position at the Arc, she supported over 45 individuals with developmental disabilities at a local brokerage as a case manager for two years. Over the years of working in social services in this area and in the Columbia Gorge, Kathryn has made many connections and has been a strong advocate for those who participate in our programs.
Laura Dahill, Director of Families Connected, holds a BA in Journalism and a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Prior to Families Connected, Laura worked for Early Childhood CARES, an agency that provides early intervention and early childhood special education services throughout Lane County. While with Early Childhood CARES, Laura oversaw the agency’s communications, parent trainings and child find efforts. Laura was also involved in advocating for continued funding for EI/ECSE services with Oregon legislators.
Prior to working on developmental disability causes, Laura worked in marketing for Intel Corporation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Laura is most proud of being a mother to twin boys, who continually like to keep her on her toes. One of her son’s experiences an autism spectrum disorder - something that has taught and continues to teach her about the depth of a mother’s love.
Sunshine Bodey, In-Home Respite Coordinator, has a BA in English with minors in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. She recruits, hires, and trains personal support workers, matches them with a family, and manages their relationship. She has lived, worked in, and loved the I/DD community for over 25 years.
Kristi Cramer, Billing Specialist, comes to The Arc with a rich background of experience in clerical work, and previously owned her own trucking company. She is also a published author of four adult suspense novels and one young adult fantasy trilogy set. Her novels reach a broad readership with their underlying tones of positivity and strong social morals.
Kristi is passionate about her work in supporting the I/DD community and is proud to be part of an organization whose mission enhances the lives of many in our community.
Kaleigh Morrow, Human Resources Assistant, welcomes all new employees to The Arc Lane County. She is the go-to for questions, and she strives to boost organization morale. Her commitment to The Arc is evident in her daily interactions with staff, participants, and supporters. She is an active member of the community and never hesitates to help someone in need. Her dedication to the I/DD community stems from her close relationship to her cousin, who experiences a developmental disability. Her cheery disposition and can-do attitude makes The Arc a better place for all.