Members of The Arc of Schuyler, a nonprofit organization providing supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, elected officers and board members at its annual membership meeting on June 15 at Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.
Harold J. Hoffmeier, Jr. was elected as President for a one year term ending June 2018. Also elected were Michael Stamp as Vice-President, Michael DeNardo as Treasurer, and Matthew Hayden as Secretary. Hoffmeier, Stamp, Marcia Kasprzyk, and Nancy Thomas were elected to serve as board directors for a three year term ending June 2020.
The Arc recognized several organizations and businesses involved in the recent transformation of its Canal Street residence in Montour Falls. Renovations to convert five double occupancy bedrooms into 10 single-person rooms took place in January 2017. Residents enjoyed a one month stay at Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center where meals were prepared by Corning Catering. The business owners, as well as the Finger Lakes regional representative of Office for people with Developmental Disabilities, Colleen Delaney, William L. Long Associates Architects, and Elmira Structures, Inc., were honored.
Beth Macri, of Hector, was presented the Direct Support Professional Excellence award for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and creative thinking throughout the Canal Street project. Destiny Decker, of Bradford, was honored as the 2017 recipient of The Arc’s Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship.
Photos: 1) Artist, Chris Locke presented Board President, Michael E. Stamp with one of his original paintings, thanking him for his service as The Arc's Board President, June 2011 - June 2017. 2) Karen Epstein, Watson Homestead and Conference Retreat Center Director with Ross LaFever (center) and Scott Stevens, one of The Arc's Residence Managers. 3) Joni and Bill Spaulding, owners of Corning Catering, with Teresa Higbie (center).