Each year The Arc and NCE hold a two-and-a-half-day Summer Leadership Institute for senior leaders and staff from across the disability and public service sector.  The Summer Leadership Institute strives to provide attendees with engaging dialogue and discussion, as well as educational materials that will help individuals develop and hone their professional skills. Our goal is for all of us to work better and smarter towards our shared purpose – ensuring people with intellectual and development disabilities achieve their full civil and human rights and are fully included in their communities.

This year our theme is: Revolution, Innovation and Leadership: Practical Tips for Guiding Your Agency. While systems vary across the country, today’s challenges faced by people with I/DD and their families are universal: future planning, community integration, education, housing, employment, self-determination, access to justice, advocacy, empowerment of self-advocates, health disparities, and solving the DSP crisis, to name a few.  The Arc has long stood at the forefront of advocacy for the human rights of people with I/DD and our chapters work diligently to address these challenges, approaching them as opportunities to effectively meet the needs of a diverse, ever-changing, I/DD community. Join us in Philadelphia, a historical city associated with revolution, as we discuss how to continue our evolution as service providers and the innovations and leadership required to advocate and serve people with I/DD and their families. It’s time for a revolution! It’s time for change!

The NCE Summer Leadership Institute is not simply an event. It’s an experience that unites executives and leaders from across the disability sector in pursuit of a shared mission.

The National Conference of Executives

The National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) is a dynamic peer membership organization of Executive Directors and Management staff from The Arc’s 650+ chapter network. NCE creates opportunities for exchanging ideas, providing training essential in professional development, and offering support and mentoring for successful leadership. Members work collaboratively to better serve their organizations and their constituents. To learn more about the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc, visit thearc.org/nce.

The National Conference of Executives Steering Committee

Building engagement and community among chapters of The Arc remains the centerpiece of NCE’s work. The members of the NCE Steering Committee dedicate over 800 hours a year collectively to strengthen our chapters and the services we provide to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.


2017-2018 NCE Steering Committee 2018 NCE Summer Leadership Planning Task Group
Carrie Hobbs Guiden, Chair, TN Amy Newell, IL
Tim Hornbecker, Immediate Past Chair, CA Carrie Hobbs Guiden, TN
Karen Shoemaker, First Vice Chair, PA Chris Stewart, AL
Chris Stewart, Second Vice Chair, AL Frank Adu, NJ
Nancy Murray, At Large, PA Jean Phelps, MA
Lori Opiela, At Large, IL John Nash, NC
Frank Adu, At Large, NJ Jon Meyer, AZ
Jon Meyers, At Large,  AZ Karen Shoemaker, PA
Melanie Soto, At Large, AZ Kathleen Stauffer, CT
Jean Phelps, At Large, MA Kevin Fish, KS
John Nash, Region 1 Representative, NC Kim Dodson, IN
Kathleen Stauffer, Region 2 Representative, CT Nancy Murray, PA
Kim Dodson, Region 3 Representative, IN Rob Malone, MD
Kevin Fish, Region 4 Representative, KS Tim Hornbecker, CA
Rob Malone, Region 5 Representative, MD Wilfred Romero, CO
Wilfred Romero, Region 6 Representative, CO
Ron Brown, The Arc Board Representative, TX
Peter Berns, The Arc CEO, DC



Questions about NCE? Email Dawn Cooper at cooper@thearc.org.