Meet our Staff

Operations Department:
Pamela S. Ring, Executive Director
Erissa Lewis, Director Of Finance, Human Resources

Development Department:
Angela Phinney, Director Of Employment & Development
Christie Wells, Director of Marketing
Julia Baker, Marketing Assistant
Marc Alpers, Business Relations Manager

Employment Services Department:
Jose Soto-Gates, Workforce Development Coordinator
Sherri Oien

 Adult Programs:

Dottee Stacks, Program Manager 
Devin Duerst, Program Manager

Family And Youth Services:
Kathryn Albert, Director of Youth Programs, Behavior Specialist
Laura Dahill, Director of Families Connected
Sunshine Bodey, In-Home Respite Coordinator
Annie Wahto, Jumpstart! Teacher/Supervisor

Resale Operations:
Misty Inman, Director Of Operations
Sarah Fugler, Store Manager

Administrative Staff:
Kristi Cramer, Billing Specialist
Kaleigh Morrow, Human Resources Assistant
Cynthia Dodge, Office Manager
Donna Simpson, Front Office Receptionist

Pamela S. Ring, Executive DirectoR

IMG_0789.jpgPamela Ring has over 35 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities as the Executive Director for The Arc Lane County. Pam has the overall responsibility for the strategic programming, management and financial operations of a dynamic, nonprofit dedicated to advancing quality services that enrich lives and build future supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. During her tenure at The Arc she has developed a model respite care program, created residential services for adults and children coming out of Fairview, and a variety of other programs that are focused on enriching the lives and creating community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is recognized both the state and local level as a true leader in the industry.

She has received several awards including:

  • The Professional Leadership Award, presented by United Way of Lane County
  • Sylvia Mann Capper Memorial Award from The Arc of Oregon
  • The Elisabeth Waechter Award from Pearl Buck Center
  • Breaking Barriers from Age Knows No Limits campaign

She is active in her community and has served on the board for several non-profit organizations. Pam is the mother of an adult son with intellectual and developmental disabilities and believes that everyone has the right to work, play and be a valued member of our community.

  • Recognized leader in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Award recipient of several awards honoring her leadership and passion for her work at The Arc
  • Innovation and vision in designing unique services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Almost 40 years of service to The Arc Lane County

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Erissa Lewis, Director of Finance

IMG_0719.jpgErissa Lewis, Director of Finance, has a rich history with The Arc Lane County in a variety of settings, including office management, human resources and financial management. Her commitment to The Arc can be attributed to her desire in helping clients break down social barriers and become full members of their communities. In addition, she is proud of the staff that she works with in their dedication in serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Erissa’s expertise and experience include:

  • Certified Public Notary
  • BOLI compliance training
  • 16 years of experience in book-keeping and financial management
  • 10 years of service with The Arc Lane County

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Development Department

Angela Phinney, Director of Employment & Development

IMG_0795.jpgAngela Phinney, Director of Business Development, has a BS in Business Administration and over 20 years of experience with The Arc Lane County. Angela has a rich background in sales, marketing, grant writing, contracts and public relations. She has worked in all facets of The Arc ranging from direct care to program development and to management. Angela has a brother with intellectual and developmental disabilities and loves that The Arc can make such a difference in lives in the entire lifespan of an individual. Seeing someone from a young age blossoming to an adult that lives, works and recreates in the community is of upmost importance. Angela’s expertise and experience includes:

  • 20 years in the field of developmental disabilities
  • Experience in all facets of The Arc’s services and programs
  • Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP), Certified Information Specialist (CIS), Employment Opportunity Professional
  • 20 years of service with The Arc Lane County

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Christie Wells, Director of Marketing

IMG_0798.jpgChristie Wells, Director of Marketing, has a B.A. in Communications from Boise State University and over ten years of experience in sales & marketing and currently oversees The Arc Lane County’s fundraising and marketing initiatives.  She is passionate in her work to support the I/DD community and is committed to building community relations and enhancing the organization’s brand-awareness.

  • 10 years of marketing experience
  • Active Springfield Chamber of commerce member
  • Active advocate and public speaker to IDD the community
  • Certified CPR liscense
  • Previous Board Member for Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Two years of service to The Arc Lane County

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Julia Baker, Marketing Assistant

IMG_0797.jpgJulia Baker is a junior at the University of Oregon; she is pursuing a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Chemistry. Julia has a passion for design, strategic communication, and supporting the I/DD community.  She assists with marketing and fundraising initiatives at The Arc Lane County.

  • Member of Gamma Phi Beta
  • PWNO Member (Professional Women’s Network of Oregon
  • Dedicated volunteer at Sheldon Park Senior Living
  • Experienced Event Planner
  • Six months of service to The Arc Lane County

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Marc Alpers, Community Relations Manager

IMG_0781.jpgMarc Alpers is originally from England and very traveled life came to The Arc starting as a University of Oregon Intern and was hired on immediately after.  He graduated with a AAS degree in Human Services-Criminal Justice and is a University of Oregon Graduate with a degree in Crime, Law, and Society, and has over fifteen years of customer service and managerial experience. Marc has seen and been a part of the I/DD community for many years and raises a son on the autism spectrum.  Marc's expertice and experience includes:

  • AAS degree in Human Services-Criminal Justice
  • Active member in Business Networking International (BNI) and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce
  • 2 years of service with The Arc Lane County

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Restyle Designs Store

Misty Inman, ReStyle Designs Director of Operations

Misty Inman, Director of Operations, has a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in policy. Misty came to The Arc Lane County with over 5 years of experience in non-profit administration. She worked for several years for the YWCA in assisting low-income women and children housing program and operated an after-school program. After 10 years with The Arc, she has served in a variety of roles including events, youth and families program manager and director of operations. She believes in the possibilities and independence that The Arc supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and our community. Misty’s expertise and experience includes:

  • 15+ years of experience in non-profit administration
  • Board member for Mainstream Housing (past Vice-President and current Secretary)
  • Over 10 years of service with The Arc Lane County

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Adult Programs

Dottee Stacks, community inclusion program manager

Dottee Stacks, Stepping Out Program Manager, has an Associate’s Degree in Juvenile Justice. She has been working with seniors and people with disabilities for over 15 years. She has a son with severe ADHD and a nephew on the autism spectrum. She strongly believes that the people The Arc serves are extraordinary, wonderful people that deserve to have a life that represents happiness, love and community.

  • 15 years working with seniors and people with disabilities
  • Oregon Intervention Systems Certified (OIS)
  • 3 years of service with The Arc Lane County

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Family and Youth Services

Kathryn albert, director of Youth Services

IMG_0792.jpgKathryn Albert, Director of Youth Services, has a BS in Social & Behavioral Science from Linfield College and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management.   She comes to the Arc with several years of experience in human services obtained while also raising three children, who are 16, 13 and 9.

Since 2006, Kathryn has served local families as a community liaison, family advocate/site supervisor, parent navigator, early home-based educator, and case manager.  She has extensive training and experience with such issues as domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, and developmental disabilities. Prior to taking her current position at the Arc, she supported over 45 individuals with developmental disabilities at a local brokerage as a case manager for two years. Over the years of working in social services in this area and in the Columbia Gorge, Kathryn has made many connections and has been a strong advocate for those who participate in our programs.

 

  • Over 10 years of managing community programs, including family advocacy/site supervisor, parent navigator, early home-based education and case management
  • Volunteerism for multiple organizations, including The Network for Reproductive Options, Kindtree Autism ROCKS, NAMI Lane County, and Harmony Event Medicine
  • Blogger for parenting, politics and community peace-building

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IMG_0784.jpgLaura Dahill – Director of Families Connected

Laura Dahill, Director of Families Connected, holds a BA in Journalism and a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Prior to Families Connected, Laura worked for Early Childhood CARES, an agency that provides early intervention and early childhood special education services throughout Lane County. While with Early Childhood CARES, Laura oversaw the agency’s communications, parent trainings and child find efforts. Laura was also involved in advocating for continued funding for EI/ECSE services with Oregon legislators.

Prior to working on developmental disability causes, Laura worked in marketing for Intel Corporation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University. Laura is most proud of being a mother to twin boys, who continually like to keep her on her toes. One of her son’s experiences an autism spectrum disorder - something that has taught and continues to teach her about the depth of a mother’s love.

  • Active participant in Sustaining Families subcommittee of the Oregon Coalition on Developmental Disabilities, the Lane Early Learning Alliance and disability advocacy
  • Active member of the University of Oregon Early Intervention Program Advisory Group
  • Trained person-centered planning facilitator and advocate for continued-funding for the EI/ECSE services with Oregon legislators

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sunshine bodey, In-Home Respite Coordinator

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Kristi Cramer, Billing Specialist

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Kristi Cramer, Billing Specialist, comes to The Arc with a rich background of experience in clerical work, and previously owned her own trucking company.  She is also a published author of four adult suspense novels and one young adult fantasy trilogy set.  Her novels reach a broad readership with their underlying tones of positivity and strong social morals.

Kristi is passionate about her work in supporting the I/DD community and is proud to be part of an organization whose mission enhances the lives of many in our community.