Board of Directors
beth white- President
Beth was born and raised in Seymour. Beth has served on our board since 2013. She has seen the progress that has come occurred since the late '60s with regards to Special Education and how services and care for our local handicapped citizens have progressed. A little over 30 years ago Beth and her husband were blessed with a gorgeous baby girl. Within 4 hours of her birth, she was at Riley Hospital. Beth and her family have maneuvered Early Intervention Services, Special Education Services within the school system, and then waiver services and caregiver challenges. Progress has happened all along the way, but there is still a lot that needs to be addressed for the disabled community. Beth desires to try and be a part of that continued progress for her daughter and other Jackson County people that need support.
lisa whitson- Vice President
Lisa has served The Arc of Jackson County since 2022. She has been a direct service provider staff member for the past nine years, providing care for clients in Jackson and Jennings Counties. Lisa's journey serving people with special needs began with the birth of her daughter, Kourtni, in 1990. Kourtni was profoundly disabled and required complete care. When she passed in 1992, Lisa decided to devote her adult life to people with special needs. She has previously worked in the school, special needs classrooms, setting for 26 years.
Lissa Allman - secretary
Lissa Allman, MSW, LSW joined the Arc board in 2023 after becoming involved with community activities provided by the Arc. Lissa has three daughters and has resided in Jackson County all of her life. One of Lissa's daughters has Angelman Syndrome and Lissa has had to advocate for services for her daughter for over 18 years. Lissa is also a licensed, medical social worker at Schneck Medical Center.
Kena O'Neal- Treasurer
Kena O'Neal joined the board in November 2023. She began serving as the treasurer in January 2024.
Dee joined as a board member of The Arc of Jackson County in December 2023. She has been anurse for 20 years. She has worked at Schneck Medical Center, Doctor Calhouns's office, and currently works as a liaison nurse at the Health Department going into the schools. She has beeen married to her husband, David. They have one daughter, Heather. She is a grandmother to two grandchildren, Spencer and Chloe. She began with The Arc of Jackson County through board member, Beth White and Beth's daughter, Kayla.
Brittany joined The Arc of Jackson County in January 2024. She was born and raised in New York. A little over 6 years ago, her husband and her had a child. Their daughter was born nine weeks premature and had significant brain bleeds. She spent a total of three months in the NICU. Immediately their daughter was involved with First Step, and Early Intervention services. It has not been easy for them to navigate the system but the more they are involved with it, the more they learn. Brittany would love to help other families or individuals navigate this complex system.
Angie joined as a board member of The Arc of Jackson County in January 2024. Angie has worked in the field of special education since 1994 as a classroom teacher, autism coordinator, instructional coach, and a university faculty member. Angie returned to the classroom as a developmental preschool teacher in August of 2023. She came to The Arc of Jackson County through the Night to Shine event and is excited to be growing her involvement in the community.
Kristye Lewis joined the Arc board in 2021. Previously, she was an Office Manager of a Tool & Die company for 22 years and a Small Manufacturing company for 28 years. She was also Fundraising Committee Chairperson for a non-profit equine organization for 4 years. Currently she has been employed with Help at Home as a caregiver for 11 years and started Little King Ranch Miniature Therapy Horses 6 years ago. She has a miniature therapy horse who loves going to nursing homes and visiting with special needs individuals. She is married and has 2 children and 1 grandchild. Her daughter is special needs and is an adult and lives at home. She feels it is an honor to help improve the lives of
individuals with disabilities.
Karen became a board member of The Arc of Jackson County in May 2023.
Whitney became a board member of The Arc of Jackson County in December 2023. She was born and raised in Seymour, IN. She has lived in Seymour her entire life. She graduated from Seymour High School. She is a Special Education Instructional Aide for the Academy at Seymour High School and she is also a Behavioral Health Technician for Centerstone at Hillcrest House. She is passionate about the special needs and the mental health communities. She has been serving both communities in one capacity or another since she was 18. Whitney enjoys helping others and wishes to see those in the community that we serve thrive. She has been married to her husband David Malone 7 years.
Sarah came to know the Arc of Jackson County by attending Festability in September of 2023. Since discovering the Arc and what it is about, she decided to partner with us by volunteering in any way needed, which was soon followed by a board member opportunity.
Sarah and her husband of 7 years have a surviving 6 year old twin who is in his fourth year of public school. Sarah is the primary caregiver and advocate for her son. She has navigated many challenges, including loss, waiver services, in home nursing, and everyday struggles with a dependent special needs love one. Sarah is excited and eager to help the residents of Jackson County.
Self-Advocate Board Members
Dylan Bridges joined our Board as a self-advocate in 2021. Dylan graduated from Brownstown Central High School in May 2021. Dylan volunteers at Hickory Hills Golf Course in Brownstown two days a week. He is learning how to play golf, loves to travel, and sees new places. Dylan is excited to be on the Arc Board as a Teen Advisor. Dylan wants to help others and make a difference in his community. Dylan has volunteered at social events for Mental Health America of Jackson County and The Arc of Jackson County for the past several years.
Alex LaMaster joined The Arc of Jackson County Board of Directors as a self-advocate in March 2023. She volunteers at nursing homes, handing out quarters at Christmas at Aldi's, and at The Arc of Jackson County office. She enjoys baking and delivering sweet treats to the first responders in Jackson County.
Jackson Legg joined The Arc of Jackson County Board of Directors as a self-advocate in February, 2022. He graduated from Brownstown Central High School in 2023. He has been a volunteer at Hoosier Christian Village for many years and has also been a member of Relay For Life. Jackson has raised money for Riley Children's Hospital by making necklaces, bracelets, and key chains. He has been a participant to many activities sponsored by The Arc of Jackson County for the past four years. Jackson wants to help others like himself and to make a difference in the community.
Lorie Miller joined The Arc of Jackson County in January 2024 as a Sel-Advocate. She loves the police and WWE. She enjoys baking, playing games, dancing, and singing.
Kayla White joined the Arc self-Advocate board in Dec. of 2023. She has participated and volunteered at numerous events The Arc has sponsored over the years. She volunteers with her sorority to raise money for Camp Riley and St. Jude hospital and many local charities. She loves to attend parties and give hugs to anyone that might need one. She likes to text "Good Morning" to many of her family and friends daily. And she has many baby dolls that several of her friends babysit for when she is gone on trips. She attends Trinity United Methodist Church where she loves her church family and all of the fun they have together.