The Arc is for you:
2014 Board of Directors
Kirsten Mellor, Chair
Kirsten is General Counsel and Vice President of CafePress Inc., an e-commerce company. Prior to that Kirsten, was Division General Counsel at Riverdeep/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and prior to that held a number of in house senior legal positions from private and public companies in Internet, e-commerce and technology. A native New Yorker, she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Kirsten has been volunteering on the Board of Directors of The Arc for several years on various special projects requiring legal assistance and has been a member of the Arc Angel Society since 2006. Her sister-in-law is an individual with developmental disabilities and Kirsten knows firsthand the joys and challenges of helping families provide their children with a meaningful and productive place in the community.
Dan Cousins, Vice Chair
Dan Cousins is currently Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development for Safeway, Inc. where he guides training and development programs for all employees. He previously held Human Resources and training roles with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Williams-Sonoma and earned a B.A. in History from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. Dan was introduced to The Arc by an invitation to the Arc Angel Breakfast in 2003, and became an active volunteer and an Arc Angel in 2009, after meeting more of The Arc’s clients at work in Safeway’s stores. He shares a passion for The Arc’s work to create a more diverse and inclusive community.
Karen Schneider, Secretary
Karen is originally from New Orleans, LA and attended college at Louisiana State University where she earned her B.S. in Journalism. Her career path turned to Finance for the subsequent 20+ years and she is currently taking time off to stay home with her two young sons. Her last role in the work force was as Senior Vice President of Finance at Porter Novelli, Inc., an international marketing company where she served for ten years. Preceding Porter Novelli, she served in various finance leadership roles in small to mid-size companies.
Her nephew, Ben, is a person with autism, and Karen is passionate about making a difference for people with developmental disabilities. Her involvement with The Arc began in 2005 when she and her son volunteered with the Skills Training & Education Group. From there she became a member of The Arc Angel Society, a Table Captain for the annual Arc Angel Breakfast, and joined the Board in 2009. Karen is the Chair of the Leadership Committee.
Juliana Terheyden, Treasurer
Juliana is a native San Franciscan who began volunteering with The Arc at the monthly “We Gotta Dance” events. She currently co-leads PULSE, our Young Professionals group which organizes volunteer, fundraising and social events to raise awareness about The Arc. Juliana is a former consultant at Cambridge Associates, where she specialized in providing investment advice to nonprofit institutions. She previously worked as a program manager at Rotaplast International, a nonprofit which provides free reconstructive surgery to those with cleft palate and related anomalies in developing countries, and in equity research at Thomas Weisel Partners. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Courtney Broadus, Director
Courtney Broadus has 15 years of executive and technology leadership and management experience most recently as a Technology SVP at salesforce.com where she worked for the past 10 years. She is currently an advisor and consulting technology executive to startups and cloud computing companies, and enjoys helping entrepreneurs execute, scale, and build excellent teams founded on strong cultures. Courtney held technology leadership positions at Oracle and engineering/architect roles at several startups. She earned her B.A. cum laude from Colgate University, and a Certificate with Distinction in Information Systems from UC Berkeley. She has worked with and been inspired by Arc clients at Salesforce since 2000, and became actively involved with the Arc in 2004 and an Arc Angel Society member since 2007. Her sister is an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Courtney is passionate about realizing the Arc’s vision of inclusion.
Aaron Cohen, Director
Aaron Cohen brings over 11 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant to The Arc San Francisco. He is currently Controller and Vice President of GCA Savvian. Prior to that Aaron worked at a public accounting firm and a forensic accounting firm providing audit, taxation and litigation consulting services to companies and individuals, including non-profit organizations. A native Californian, he earned his B.A. in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California, Santa Barbara. Aaron became involved with The Arc through his service on the Audit and Endowment Committees, which he chairs.
Bruce Francis, Director
Bruce Francis is Chief Messaging Officer of salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing company. Bruce
develops company messaging for a wide array of external communications, including Dreamforce, the technology industry’s largest customer show, which also calls San Francisco home. Prior to working at salesforce.com, Bruce spent 17 years as a reporter and anchor for CNBC and CNN. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. Bruce became a big fan of The Arc during his years at salesforce.com, where Arc clients perform a number of jobs across the company.
Ellen Hanscom, Director
Ellen is currently the Area Operations Manager for Deloitte Services LLP. Prior to Deloitte Ellen was the Office Manager of the Western Region for A.T. Kearney, Inc. Ellen relocated to San Francisco in 1999 from Bend, Oregon, where she was very active in community efforts.
During her 12 years in Bend, Ellen served on the boards of Deschutes United Way, Central Oregon Boys and Girls Club, the St Charles Medical Center Foundation, Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club, and at the state level on the Jobs Plus and Lighted Schools Councils. Ellen became involved with The Arc San Francisco as a member, then Chair of the Business Advisory Council. She served on the board in 2004-05, and after a two year absence, she returned to the board. Ellen is a member of The Arc Angel Society, and is thrilled to be an active supporter of The Arc San Francisco and its efforts to aid the developmentally disabled community.
Todd Janzen, Director
As Director of Sales Engineering at salesforce.com, Todd leads a global organization of technical developers. Prior to salesforce.com, Todd worked for Accenture implementing large enterprise software applications. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Todd has known The Arc and its clients since the first day he started with Salesforce back in 2004. Inspired by his mother’s 25-year career with Hope Services, Todd initially became involved with The Arc as a member of the Business Advisory Counsel (BAC) which he chairs.
Sharon Jones, Director
Sharon Jones has been a client of The Arc San Francisco since 2004. The Arc has assisted Sharon with several job placements including a student mentor at Mission High for three years and presently as an usher for the San Francisco Giants for the past nine years.
Everyone enjoys being around Sharon. She is very helpful to others, is a good listener and good friend. Sharon has a large social circle and her smile and attitude are contagious.
Sharon was born in Ferriday, Louisiana. Her family moved to San Francisco when Sharon was three years old because they felt she would receive better care and services here. Sharon went to Balboa High School and graduated in 1981. After High School Sharon worked as a greeter at the AMC movie theatre for four years. She then worked at Blockbuster for 10 years before enrolling at The Arc SF.
Sharon currently resides in South San Francisco where she shares an apartment with a roommate.
Michel Kapulica, Director
Michel Kapulica is an Assurance Partner in the San Francisco Office of Ernst & Young LLP with over 25 years of experience in providing audit and consulting services to various types of private equity funds. His clients include large global hedge funds as well as start-up funds. Michel received a B.A. in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been actively involved with The Arc San Francisco in a board development capacity for several years and has a child with special needs.
Says Michel, “I am excited about helping The Arc provide services to people with developmental disabilities, particularly in today’s current climate of budget cuts.”
Mark Marshall, Director
Mark Marshall is a native San Franciscan who attended and graduated from Balboa High School. Mark has worked for DLA Piper law firm for 15 years. He has been a strong and dedicated advocate for The Arc as a client and has attended the Disability Policy Seminar for 2 years in a row. Mark is a strong speaker for the rights of people with developmental disabilities and has made powerful impressions during visits to both federal and state legislators. Mark recently joined The Arc’s Advocacy Committee. He has been an Eagle Scout for the last 5 years and received a plaque from President Bill Clinton. Mark enjoys watching movies and supporting the local sports teams of the Bay Area-the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.
Larry Melillo, Director
Larry Melillo brings his 20 years of business development, operations and technology experience to The Arc San Francisco’s Board of Directors. Larry is currently a Customer Success Director at Salesforce, where he serves as a strategic client management and business operations leader who helps turn go-to-market strategy into operational reality. Prior to this role, he worked at RocketFuel,in consultative positions at PwC and KPMG, and in operating and client management capacities for three start-up enterprise technology companies. Larry is a graduate of Arizona State University where he earned an M.B.A in Business Administration, along with a M.S. in Information Management. Larry became familiar with The Arc through his volunteer work with the organization where he had the opportunity to work with the organization’s leadership, management and clients to develop the current 5 Year Strategic Plan.
Meg Rosegay, Director
Meg Rosegay is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (1972) and the University of Colorado School of Law (1980). Following a judicial clerkship with the Colorado Court of Appeals, she joined the San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 1981 where she practices environmental law, focusing on the regulation of solid and hazardous waste and water quality matters. Her practice involves all aspects of compliance counseling, project planning and permitting, defense/settlement of administrative and judicial enforcement actions, and environmental aspects of commercial transactions.
She is also a registered lobbyist in the State of California. Meg grew up with a brother with Down syndrome who was fortunate to have the love and support of family members throughout his life. Her involvement with The Arc grew out of her understanding of the importance of providing services and opportunity to people with disabilities to help them live up to their full potential. Meg joined the Board of Directors in November 2009.
Megan Blue Stermer, Director
Megan Blue Stermer is the Director of Human Resources and Administration at Osterweis Capital Management. She has her B.A. from San Francisco State University. Megan has been involved for many years as a member of The Arc San Francisco’s Business Advisory Council (BAC) which assists The Arc with building business partnerships and employment opportunities on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Megan has lent her creative and dramatic talents to the BAC’s WorkLife Awards which celebrate Arc clients’ employment milestones, an extension of her involvement in theater in and around the Bay Area.
“I welcome the opportunity to serve on The Arc’s Board of Directors and look forward to exploring new ways to support our clients’ creativity and employment,” says Megan.
Connie Tabas, Director
Connie is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Delaware Law School and is a member of the California and Pennsylvania Bar Association. She practiced business law in California prior to having her children. She is the mother of a son with autism who is an artist and an Arc client. She served six years on the board of the Oak Hill School, including three years as the Chair of the Board.
Glenn Motola, Psy.D, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Motola is the former Executive Director of the Oak Hill School in Marin, a therapeutic educational community for children and young adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neuro-developmental challenges. Previously, Dr.Motola served as the Director of Programs and Services for Catholic Charities CYO. In that role, he led over 20 programs in six service areas, serving over 40,000 clients annually. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He and his partner, Dr. Mark Walden, are the parents of a daughter with developmental disabilities whom they adopted ten years ago.
Marti Sullivan, Director of Development & Community Relations
Marti Sullivan has worked in non-profit fundraising and communications in independent schools and social services since 1989. Marti assumed her role at The Arc on October 1, 2011.
Marti was responsible for raising more than $30,000,000 in annual and capital funds, and conducting two capital campaigns for campus expansion at Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco. As Director of Development & Communications at Catholic Charities CYO, the $38 million social services agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Marti directed the agency’s centennial celebrations and raised more than $25,000,000 over six years.
Marti has held a Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she is a mentor for new development professionals. She holds a B.A. in French from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Joanne Rolle, Chief of Services
Joanne joined The Arc in 1996 and has over 15 years experience in providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She is a former special education teacher and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Joanne has a depth of knowledge in service provision and supervises The Arc’s vocational, residential, integrated community-based services and individualized services. She also oversees several of our employer contracts. She is a member of The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Business Network International group. Joanne believes in providing purposeful and meaningful activities and work for people with disabilities, and the services she supervises are a progressive and unique approach to that goal.
Jacy Cohen, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Joe Femino, Director of Housing & Residential Services
Joe has been with The Arc for 17 years. He started in 1989 as an Instructor in The Arc’s Group Employment Services, later working in the organization’s Job Placement, Integrated Work Services and as an Agency Floater or substitute Instructor. Since then, Joe has worked as a Manager in various departments; in 2008 he became a Director for Community Training Services. Prior to The Arc, Joe gained experience in the field working with Seacorp Inc. group homes, Project Opportunity and WorkLink. About his past and current experience, Joe says, “My goal is to assist in any way possible with helping persons with developmental disabilities lead full, rich and productive lives.”
Noriko Bazeley, Comptroller
Prior to The Arc, Noriko served 8 years as a Controller/Assistant General Manager for Restaurant Associates at the San Francisco War Memorial Arts Center and Copia in Napa. She has also served as Manager of Finance and Human Resources for Prestige International, a global financial assistance call center. Her extensive travel and hospitality operations experience includes over 15 years as a Senior Sales Manager and in Conference Management for Sheraton Hotels in New York and San Francisco.
A runner and community and arts volunteer, Noriko has run the Boston Marathon and dedicated her time and talents to the Special Olympics, the SF Opera, Ballet and Symphony and Grace Cathedral.
She has a degree from Tokyo Kogakuin College of Aviation, Keio University, plus Hotel and Hospitality Management from NYU.
Noriko believes servcie on behalf of others is not only a mandate but a gift, and she is honored to participate in The Arc San Francisco’s mission.
Terry Goodwin, Director of Business Development & Partnerships
Terry has been a manager with The Arc for over 25 years. She obtained her Elementary and Special Education teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. She spearheaded one of the state’s first supported employment programs at The Arc in the early 1980s, and is an active member of San Francisco’s Jobs Group, the Bay Area Caucus and the Department of Rehabilitation Job Developers Group. Terry started The Arc’s Business Advisory Council (BAC), a group of community business partners who work to provide more job opportunities for people with disabilities. In conjunction with the BAC, Terry oversees The Arc’s annual WorkLife Awards honoring exemplary clients in the workforce and their employers. In commenting about her work, Terry says, “It is truly moving to see how a job can change an individual’s life. Our clients acquire such self-confidence from gainful employment—I think that is why I’ve been with The Arc so long.”
Jennifer Dresen, Director of Center for Health & Wellness
Jennifer is currently the Director of Wellness and Aging Services. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in health and a Master of Public Health with a focus on community health education from UC Berkeley. Jennifer has nine years of experience with people with developmental disabilities, including job support, supported living, and community building in Chicago. She worked in England for one year as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities in Surrey County. She also has worked as a supervisor/advocate for Victim/Witness Division of Domestic Violence Court in Chicago and as a social worker in the Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Jennifer has been with The Arc for five years.
Wellness Services is the perfect place for her interests, education and experience.
Mark Kirk, Director of Operations
Mark came to The Arc in the early 1990’s after a career in show business and as an entrepreneur. Mark has always seen the star potential in all of our clients, and for many years produced and directed “Take a Second Look,” a show with performers with disabilities. “This is the greatest gratification on earth,” says Mark about working with clients of The Arc. Most recently moving from the Development Department, he now oversees operations for our three facilities: two in San Francisco and one in Daly City, while also supervising our reusable household goods donation services team.
Kristen Pedersen, Director of Employment and Independent Living Services
Kristen came to The Arc from Oak Hill School where she was Director of Development. Kristen oversees all of The Arc San Franciso’s employment services, including job development, job coaching and job retention. Kristen also directs Independent Living Services which supports over 70 individuals living on their own in the community. “I love my job,” says Kristen, who sees over 50 clients a week in the course of supporting their succesful employment and career growth.
Meredith Manning, Director of Communications
Meredith comes to The Arc San Francisco after working in advertising and marketing on both the agency and corporate sides. She leverages her experience in branding, corporate communications, consumer and relationship marketing to advance The Arc’s mission through building awareness, inspiring new partnerships and increasing the engagement of The Arc’s many stakeholders and the wider public.
“The clients we serve are brave. They are motivated. And they are determined to succeed. They are my role models,” says Meredith.