Mary Van Haneghan, Ed.D. – Executive Director

maryDr. Mary started her career in the human services field almost two decades ago as a direct service professional. During her tenure she has worked various capacities: day habilitation; residential habilitation; case management; supported employment; behavioral health; nursing and early intervention. She received her doctorate in education, with emphasis in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University in 2012; a master of science degree, with emphasis in adult education and literacy, from Buffalo State College in 2007; and in 2006 she received a bachelor of arts degree, with emphasis in business management, from the University of Buffalo. Her academic research has ranged from historical institutional models to the benefits of post-secondary.

Prior to coming to The Arc of the Capital Area she served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Anchorage.  In October of 2015 the National Conference of Executives of The Arc of the United States (NCE) Annual Awards Committee chose Dr. Mary to receive the 2015 “Rising Star Award.” Dr. Mary was recognized for her accomplishments and contributions through her work on behalf of people who experience intellectual disabilities and their families. The Rising Star Award acknowledges chapter leaders of The Arc that support the national organization’s core values: people first, equity, community, self-determination, diversity and integrity.

Dr. Mary is actively involved in the Austin community through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Capital Area Steering Committee, the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Central Texas, the Best Single Source Plus Executive Director Committee, One Voice Standards of Excellence Committee and Texas Young Professionals.