A family-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc New York Hires New Executive Director

For Immediate Release: November 14, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Arc New York, New York State’s largest nonprofit organization supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has hired a new Executive Director, Mark van Voorst. He will begin his leadership role at The Arc New York on November 27, 2017.

Mark is not new to The Arc New York family. He devoted the first 23 years of his career advancing through various operational management levels at both our Jefferson County Chapter and Fulton County Chapter. Mark’s extensive experience demonstrates his commitment to providing quality supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and strong strategic expertise in identifying new business opportunities, and creating viable programs in response to changing organizational needs. 

For the last 16 years, Mark has served as Chief Executive Officer at Lifespire, the New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting New Yorkers with developmental disabilities so they can be independent, become integrated into their neighborhoods, and contribute to society. Mark has strong partnerships, and has worked closely with state, federal, and city governments. He holds membership and leadership roles with numerous trade associations such as the Interagency Council, NYSRA, NYSID, New York Integrated Network, and is currently serving as Chair of the Human Resources Committee for the newly formed Care Design NY, LLC.

“I’m very humbled to be chosen to serve as The Arc New York’s Executive Director. For nearly 70 years, The Arc New York has staunchly advocated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and provided quality supports and services to enable people with disabilities to live full lives in their communities. I have witnessed firsthand the impact of cutting funding for these programs and services, and know how critical it is that we continue to protect and grow services for the people we serve.”

Mark’s years of experience and expertise will strengthen The Arc New York’s ability to advocate on critical issues including securing a living wage for direct support professionals and improving residential opportunities, while continuing to provide quality supports, including residential services, guardianship, employment supports, preschools, and recreational opportunities.

“The executive search committee was very impressed with Mark’s experience, vision, and ideas on how to lead The Arc New York as our field moves to managed care and continues to grapple with shrinking resources. We believe that Mark’s extensive knowledge, experience, and passionate commitment, combined with his innovative vision and ability to be an effective communicator and advocate, are the unique blend of credentials needed to lead our organization into the future,” said Laura J. Kennedy, President, The Arc New York.

About The Arc New York:

The Arc New York, a family-led organization founded in 1949, is the largest nonprofit organization in New York State supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. With 52 Chapters across the state, The Arc New York supports 60,000 individuals, employs 30,000 people, and has more than 100,000 members. For more information, go to www.TheArcNY.org.

Media Contact:

Shannon Hutton
Associate Executive Director for Communications
(518) 439-8311