Amy Newell named The Arc executive director

The Board of Directors for The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties has announced the appointment of Amy Newell as executive director.

Newell joined The Arc in November 2013 as director of marketing and became instrumental in creating a more robust social media platform to reach out to the individuals served, as well as the community. She has acted as the interim executive director since April 2014 during a time of transition for The Arc’s larger fund-raising campaigns.

J. Laird Lambert, board president, said: “We are delighted that a person of Amy’s enthusiasm and ability has agreed to lead The Arc. We hope to benefit from her guidance in the future.”

Newell brings to The Arc more than 15 years in the human services industry. She worked for 11-plus years as the administrative coordinator at the City of Rockford Human Services Department. While there, her passion for serving the region in a social services capacity blossomed. During her tenure at the city, she received training in community organization, fund-raising and community outreach. She has completed coursework for certification in nonprofit management.

In addition to her work with The Arc, Newell is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America and is a seven-year veteran troop leader. She has also volunteered numerous hours with Noah’s Ark and the Pecatonica School District’s PTA.

When asked about her new role with The Arc, Newell commented, “I am excited about the challenge and opportunity to grow the organization and continue to work with the individuals we serve to enrich their lives.”

The Arc’s objective is to help families raise children diagnosed with I/DD at home and support adults to live in their communities and participate with work, worship, family and friends. The Arc provides a variety of services for people with I/DD and their families, including: resource and referral, guardianship assistance, service facilitation, money management, social activities, skills training and advocacy.

Posted Dec. 17, 2014

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