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The Arc Erie County has been awarded the esteemed four-year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation by The Council on Quality & Leadership. This award affirms our commitment to providing person-centered supports that lead to increased quality of life.

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2016-2017 Board of Directors


Mrs. Barbara Battaglia – KenTon School District                                                         

Vice Chairman

Danielle Eisen Shainbrown, Esq. –
McGuire Development Company, LLC 


Mr. Michael S. Radecke

Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Thomas Tabak –

Recording Secretary

Peter J. Martin, Esq. –
Bouvier Partnership, LLP


Dr. Andrew Covey – MASH Urgent Care Centers, Professional Emergency Services                                                        

Mr. Gary Quenneville – Key Bank

Mr. Arthur Wingerter – UNIVERA Healthcare                                                         

Ms. LaRenz Pickens – Advocate                                                          

Ellen Becker, Esq. – Attorney/Family Member

Mr. Schuyler A. Banks – Educator/Consultant

Brian F. Attea, Esq. – Attea & Attea, P.C. and Family Member  

James J. Rooney, Esq. – Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Mrs. Olga M. Rico-Armesto – Parent/Advocate                                                        

Dr. Shane Grant – Parent/Advocate

Mr. James Hettich – Crowley Webb & Associates   

Mr. Patrick Young - Zenger Group

Mr. Kevin O'Leary - Parkview Health Services 

Mr. David Shute - Independent Health                                


William L. McHugh – Chief Executive Officer 

Douglas DiGesare – Chief Operating Officer

Mark Mortenson – Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Porter – Chief Legal Officer 

Lissa Carroll – Chief Human Resources Officer

Susan Seay – Administrative Assistant to the Board 

Michelle Cordero - Director, Clinical Services


“My best friend, and life coach, Gary, has helped me to get my music career off the ground. With his help, I made a viral video as a tribute to my idol, Stevie Wonder. I got to meet Stevie Wonder personally when he played his concert here in Buffalo. This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t advocate for myself and what I wanted. There is nowhere to go but up from here. I have my foot on the gas and I have no intention of taking it off.” – Jason Smith, Hamburg

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News & Events

Self Advocates Choose Group Names

Both the Tonawanda and Hamburg sites have decided on names for their Self Advocacy groups. The Tonawanda site has chosen “We Are the People.” The Hamburg site is now named “Freedom Fighters Self Advocacy.” Learn More

Self Advocates Graduate from Intensive Training Course

On June 23rd, thirteen Self Advocates graduated from an eight section training course offered by the Self Advocacy Association of New York State, called SANYS U. Learn More