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A Special Message from John Dickerson  


John-Dickerson_Executive-DirectorI want to share with you today that effective July 1, 2015, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, and I am pleased to announce that The Arc board of directors has unanimously voted to appoint Kim Dodson as The Arc’s new Executive Director.  I will continue my long time connection with The Arc through a part-time, contract position as a consultant for the next several months while I also begin developing a new direction for my advocacy.

The Arc board of directors began to plan for this transition in leadership several years ago when Kim, who first joined The Arc in 1998 as Director of Government Relations, was named Associate Executive Director in 2006. In 2013, Kim was named Executive Director of Arc Innovations, Inc. and The Arc of Indiana Foundation, two related entities with The Arc that focus on employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

In addition to being active in the National Council of Executives of The Arc, Kim participates in the work of the Indiana Society of Association Executives, the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, the Indiana Coalition for Human Services, the Indiana Interagency Coordinating Council on Autism, and the Special Education Advisory Council.

Kim will bring these experiences, along with over 20 years of experience in public policy and government affairs, to her new role as Executive Director.

My career with The Arc began 42 years ago at The Arc of South Dakota, and it has been my privilege to serve as Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana since 1983. It is now my honor to see Kim Dodson continue the important work of The Arc as its new Executive Director.

With gratitude,

John Dickerson

5 responses to “A Special Message from John Dickerson  ”

  1. Roberta Horst says:

    Congratulations, John!

    May you be blessed with good health in your retirement. I’m certain you have many plans for the future.

  2. Greg Johnson says:

    Thanks for all you have done! It will be hard to fill your shoes. Kim has had a great mentor and will continue blazing that never ending trail!

  3. Margaret Gilbride says:

    Hard to imagine you not at the helm, John. Thanks for all your leadership over these years and wise, strategic succession planning. All the best, in highest regard, Margaret Gilbride

  4. Colleen Huskey says:

    Congrats & Blessings on an amazing career of making a difference, my friend. Best wishes in all your future plans, John. Onward!

  5. Paul Yochum says:

    Hello John,

    Congratulations on your retirement! I remember working with you on behalf of the national Arc’s National Employment & Training Program (NETP) during my Regional Director position from 1976-1989. I have had a few different assignments since that time but I ended up again with The Arc– this time the local Arc-Dane County as Executive Director. The thing that I remember about your advocacy was that you always appeared to be “in charge.” You knew what needed to be done and you went after it………and got it! I know that our national office has always held you in high regard. Again, John, congratulations and entering your new phase.
    Best regards,
    Paul A. Yochum
    Executive Director
    The Arc-Dane County
    6602 Grand Teton Plaza
    Madison, WI 53719

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