November 13, 2007-Announcement Release.
The Arc of the United States announced today that Executive Director Sue Swenson will step down at the end of the year. Ms. Swenson was named Executive Director of The Arc of the United States in 2005. Ms. Swenson is a nationally and internationally recognized advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Board of Directors for The Arc has asked John Foley to work with Ms. Swenson on transition at the organization's Silver Spring, MD headquarters. Mary V. Jordan, President of the Board said, "John enjoys a long and distinguished history with The Arc and his association with us spans almost 40 years. His service in this capacity will provide support to the Board and streamline the process of identifying a new Executive Director for our organization. "Mr. Foley was a founding member of The Arc of Saunders County, Nebraska. Subsequent to that he served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Nebraska, as Regional Representative for The Arc of the United States, and was as Chapter Consultant from 1975-80. Mr. Foley served as the Executive Director of The Arc of New Mexico from 1988 until he retired in 2001. In the summer of 2001, Mr. Foley re-joined The Arc of the U.S. as Chapter Consultant. Mr. Foley and his wife Violet are the parents of an adult daughter with disabilities. The Board of Directors will develop a process to commence a comprehensive search for a new Executive Director.