The St. Louis Arc is guided by the Executive Staff which consists of our President and CEO, four Vice-Presidents, and 16 Directors. Each member of the Executive Staff represents the core beliefs of the agency: respect, empowerment, and collaboration.
Mark A. Keeley
President and CEO
Mark Keeley started with the agency in 1989 as Assistant Director of Residential Services and recently served as Vice President of Support Services. Mark’s career has always focused on supporting the entire family, not just the person with the disability. In 1995 Mark designed the agency’s current family reimbursement respite model, which has grown to be one of the largest in the country in terms of the number of families served and hours of respite accessed. He helped facilitate the merger with the Belle Center in 2013 to form the Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc. A licensed clinical social worker, he holds a master’s degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.
Vice President of Comprehensive Services
Tim Bradbury has been with the St. Louis Arc since 1990, and has worked to expand residential services in the community. Prior to coming to the St. Louis Arc, Bradbury worked in residential services and case management for Boone County Group Homes and Family Support in Columbia, Missouri. He holds an undergrad degree in special education and a master’s in curriculum development from the University of Missouri. Bradbury currently oversees Residential and Community Integration Services.
Shaughnessy H. Daniels
Vice President of Community Support
Shaughnessy H. Daniels joined the St. Louis Arc in 2015. Daniels oversees the St. Louis Arc’s CONNECT, Leisure, and Supported Employment programs. Daniels, who spent a decade as Vice President of Urban Strategies, has a broad range of experience working with non-profits. Prior to joining Urban Strategies, she managed development activities for Tower Grove Park. Daniels also served as Assistant to the President of St. Louis 2004, a citizen-based initiative led by former Senator Jack Danforth. Daniels is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She also holds a graduate certificate in organizational leadership from Saint Louis University.
Vice President of Advancement
John Taylor served in various fund raising and marketing capacities for the St. Louis Arc since joining the agency in 1991. Prior to accepting his current position he served as the Arc’s Director of Development and Communications and as Chief Development Officer of the YWCA Metro St. Louis. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from New York University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, and the Community Service Public Relations Council.
Vice President of Operations and CFO
Kathy Tisone is a certified public accountant, served the agency in a consultant capacity for more than a year before joining the St. Louis Arc in 1999. Kathy is responsible for the agency’s finance administration, human resources, information technology, the agency-owned fleet of transportation vehicles and facilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of the American Institute of Women Accountants. Previously she worked at Schmersahl, Treloar & Company, Adrian Baher & Co. and Citicorp Mortgage.
Director of Development
Jennifer Adams came to the Arc in 2015. She has served in various capacities for either youth or art focused not for profits for more than fifteen years throughout the country. Prior to this, Jennifer worked on behalf of youth with behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges at Great Circle, and individuals who faced challenges associated with addiction at Mission Teens, and in education policy for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. She is originally from Indiana and holds bachelor’s degrees in both English and Modern Language.
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Courtney Chazen has spent nearly a decade working as a communications specialist in the non-profit and corporate sector. Her prior experiences include serving as media relations specialist for SLU Law School, account executive with Fleishman-Hillard and program director at GO! St. Louis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a master’s in journalism from Indiana University – Bloomington.
Director of Human Resources
Christina Devine joined the St. Louis Arc in 2015.She previously held the position of Director of Human Resources at Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Rehab Institute of St. Louis. Chris obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University, and her leadership skills and knowledge on a broad range of topics is a great asset for the HR team.
Director of Community Integration Services
Megan Favazza oversees the agency’s fivecommunity integration (C.I.) sites, which provide support to adults with developmental disabilities so they can participate in their community on a daily basis. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University in community based theatre and a master’s in special education from Hunter University. She taught 4th and 5th grade in New York City for three years and ran theatre groups for people with disabilities to help them learn how to express their emotions. Megan joined the Arc in 2004 as a direct support professional in the Arc’s North County C.I. site before being promoted to coordinator and then director.
Director of Therapy for Belle Children’s Services
Marlene Fields has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for many years and joined the Arc in 2014. Marlene is responsible for mentoring, managing and supporting all of our children’s therapists in schools and outreach programs. Marlene received her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of San Antonio Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, and she also has a master’s in Business Administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
Director of Off-Campus Residential Services
Nancy Fortune joined the St. Louis in 1986 as a direct support professional. In her tenure at the St. Louis Arc, Nancy served as a support manager and has more than ten years experience as a residential coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and has completed graduate classes at Lindenwood and Webster University.
Senior Director of Belle Children’s Services
Kate Hannon began working with Belle in 1989 as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, and has served in a variety of capacities, including Classroom Teacher, Developmental Therapist and Executive Director. As Program Director of the new Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc, Kate manages the daily operations of our Embedded Early Learning Programs, and oversees our teaching staff. She is degreed in Special Education and Education, K-12. In addition she is certified in areas of Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Special Education, and she provides special instruction services and evaluations through the Missouri First Steps program. Kate also partners with a wide variety of community organizations in advocacy, inclusive practices, and curriculum.
Director of Leisure Services
Rhonda Hembree has more than 24 years of experience in providing services and supports that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities become actively involved in their community through leisure, recreation and volunteerism activities. For 16 years, Rhonda served as St. Louis Arc’s Assistant Director of Leisure Services, and supervised a full range of recreation, leisure, and transition programs for youth and adults in the community. Rhonda holds a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, from Missouri State. She also has an M.S. in Recreation Administration from Western Illinois University. Rhonda has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and has served as a member on the board of Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA), and as the board president and secretary of the Missouri Therapeutic Recreation Society (MTRS) in 2003 and 2004.
Director of Employment and Transition Services
Brian Hubler oversees the agency’s employment department, which includes helping people with developmental disabilities obtain and maintain employment within the community. His staff provides job coaches to assist individuals in learning job skills, interview skills, resume writing, job applications and social skills. In addition, Brian works with local school districts to promote transition planning for students with developmental disabilities after graduation. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. He joined the St. Louis Arc in 2008 from Human Support Services in Waterloo, Ill., where he served as Day Training, Work Services Director for four years. Within that role, Brian oversaw four programs that improved the vocational and daily living skills of people with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities.
Director of CONNECT
Beth Moeller has been with the St. Louis Arc since 1990. Beth oversees the CONNECT program, which is geared for individuals who require a limited amount of support, but would like help connecting to social, educational and recreational opportunities in their community. Prior to becoming a Director, Beth served as a Residential Coordinator for the Arc. Beth earned her Master’s degree in Teaching from Washington University and is a trained life coach from the Institute for Life Coach Training.
Director of Information Technology
Victoria Parres joined the St. Louis Arc in 2008 bringing more than 15 years of experience in accounting and business management. Vicky previously served in various capacities, including Corporate Controller, for J.W. Terrill where she developed and implemented strategic plans, automated operations, and streamlined processes. A graduate of Saint Louis University, Vicky holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting.
Director of Childgarden Early Childhood Center
Debbie Schmitz joined the St. Louis Arc in 2014 and is responsible for mentoring and supporting Childgarden staff, along with developing curriculum that incorporates a family-centered inclusive philosophy. Debbie has spent 28-years working as both a teacher and program director, supporting families and children with and without disabilities. Debbie received her B.S. in Childhood Development from Southwest Missouri State University and later received her Master’s in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on Early Childhood from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Director of Quality Enhancement
Stephanie Scott oversees efforts to improve quality of services at the St. Louis Arc, including accreditation through CQL. Stephanie joined the St. Louis Arc in 2010 as the Coordinator of Quality Enhancement. She has worked to build capacity for internal evaluation, develop systems for information and data sharing, and implement an annual agency-wide Quality Enhancement Plan. In 2014, Stephanie was recognized as one of ANCOR’s Emerging Leaders. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2015.
Director of Family Support
Sharon Spurlock has worked with people with developmental disabilities since 1982. She worked in residential supports and employment services and oversaw the St. Louis Arc’s Community Integration programs for 19 years prior to moving into Family Support. Sharon is recognized as an expert in person-centered philosophy and advocacy. Sharon’s passion is helping people with disabilities and their families find great supports in the community. She began her current job directing St. Louis Arc’s family support services in 2008.
Program Director of Belle Children’s Services
Theresa Strothkamp joined Belle in 1999 as a Developmental Therapist and has served as a therapist, Sibshop facilitator, and program director for Belle’s Center-based preschool programs. As a Program Director of the new Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc, she currently provides direct special education, advocacy and therapy support in a wide variety of settings. Theresa works with the Missouri First Steps program and supervises special education programming at six local charter schools. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.
Mary Anne Tolliver
Director of On-Campus Residential Services
Mary Anne Tolliver joined the Arc in 1984 as a direct support professional. Fifteen years later she was named to her current role, where she supervises the St. Louis Arc’s on-campus group homes. Mary Anne holds a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville. She is area representative for the Missouri chapter of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) as well as the committee chair for the St. Louis area (SLANCOR).