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Mary - The ArcMary Van Haneghan, Ed. D. – Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Mary started her career in the human services field two decades ago as a direct service professional. During her tenure she has worked across the country in various capacities: day habilitation; residential habilitation; post-secondary education; transitional services; 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.

Dr. Mary has been recognized for her accomplishments and contributions through her work on behalf of people who experience intellectual disabilities and their families at a national level. In 2015 Dr. Mary was the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc of the United States “Rising Star Award” recipient and in 2017 received the award for “Program Innovation”.  In 2019 Dr. Mary was appointed to the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of The Arc of the United States Steering Committee.

Dr. Mary is 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, Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits, Candlelight Ranch, Divine Canines and One Voice Central Texas. In addition, Dr. Mary was a finalist for Austin Under 40 in Nonprofit Service in 2017 and in 2018.


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Amber Nelson – Chief Operating Officer

Amber has an extensive background in non-profit program development and management. With over a decade of directly developing, planning, and serving individuals in need through compassionate programming. Amber studied at the Southern New Hampshire University with her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership, she is currently working on her masters in Organizational Leadership and Diversity & Social Impact. Her passion for developing community programs has grown as she has created and developed programs that include art education for urban youth, camps serving low income families, and education programs for individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her goal is to help support and grow organizations and their employees to further innovative leadership in the nonprofit and I/DD community.

Amber Nelson Spotlight




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Ann Marie Sanders – Special Events and Community Relations Manager

Ann Marie comes to Austin from upstate New York, bringing more than 30 years of fundraising, marketing, and administrative experience primarily with non-profit professional theatres. In addition, she was Associate Producer of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ which traveled to 80 cities in 35 states. She earned a Bachelors degree in Music Business from State University of New York, College at Fredonia with a double concentration in Arts Administration and Communications/Public Relations. Much of her passion for community service-based non-profits stems from her two-year experience working and traveling worldwide with the international performing group Up With People. She looks forward to getting to know and love everything about Austin!

Employee Spotlight – Ann Marie Sanders





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Megan Glisan – Finance Manager

Megan is a 5th generation Texan and was born here in Austin. Texas.  She has 15 years of vast accounting knowledge and experience that spans across nonprofit, public and private organizations.  Megan obtained a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Texas State University and is currently in process of sitting for the Texas CPA exam.  She recently began working for The Arc in 2020 providing accounting support and found her passion serving the nonprofit community and helping those in need.  In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, seeing live music with her husband, and hiking with her dogs, around greenspace in Austin and Central Texas.

Megan Glisan Spotlight





Bethany - The ArcBethany Walton– Director of CLASS

Bethany was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Austin, Texas over 25 years ago and considers herself a Texan through and through. Throughout her college years, Bethany worked as a nanny for two families with children diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was during this time that Bethany found her calling and knew she wanted to work the I/DD population. Soon after graduating from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Bethany started as a CLASS Case Manager at The Arc of the Capital Area. During this time, Bethany participated in advocating at the Capitol during legislative sessions, and her passion for the work we do and the individuals we serve grew. Since then she has continued to be an activist in our community, while training case managers on the key elements of successful service delivery in the CLASS program.  Bethany leads our team of 12 CLASS case managers serving individuals and their families in Central Texas.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, and hiking the greenbelt with her dogs and husband.

Bethany Walton Spotlight