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Who We Are

Founded by a small group of dedicated parents in 1954 as the first non-profit organization of its kind in Rockland County, ARC of Rockland today provides supports and services to more than 1,200 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from infancy through the senior years.

We are also a key resource for information and referral regarding supports and services throughout the county, state and country.

We are proud to have an active volunteer board of directors and a volunteer foundation board as integral aspects of ARC. Foundation members are ambassadors to the community-at-large, spreading the word that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are people with abilities.

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ARC Board of Directors | 2016 - 2017

Dian Cifuni, President

Jackie Curtiss, First Vice President

Richard Sirota, Second Vice President

Karen Feinstein, Third Vice President

John Smith, Treasurer

Edward Raush, Assistant Treasurer

Gisela D. Schmidt, General Secretary

Susan Conklin

Sonia Crannage, Esq.

Lynne Davidson

Audrey McCue

Lynda Meltzer

Jody Muhlmeister

Jennifer Parietti, Esq.

Rita Rameau

Audrey A. Tarantino

Hon. Thomas Zugibe


Bernice Volaski

Director Emeritus


Hon. Henry Gruffi

Irving Caminsky, Ph.D.

Katherine Kavountzis

Doris Skrzec

Directors Emeritus

In Memoriam 


Mission Statement 

Empower the people we support to make personal choices and realize dreams by providing them with resources to participate fully in community life.


Our Vision

We believe that people with intellectual and/or developmentally disabilities are productive and contributing members of our community. We believe they are entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded to all citizens; that they should have choices in determining the quality of their lives, and that they should have a sufficient and appropriate support system to assist them.


Declaration of Values 

People we serve come first

We believe the health, welfare, safety, potential for growth and choices of the people we serve are the first considerations in every decision. We are committed to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the right to live a lifestyle which is personally meaningful.  

Families are key

We believe that families are central to the supports and services that we provide. Families play a significant leadership role in providing direction to the agency and to the services provided to their family members.   

Staff are important

We believe that every staff person has a vital role in achieving our mission. We are committed to providing staff with quality training, support and supervision in a productive and respectful atmosphere. We value each other's contributions.  

Self-esteem is the basis of success

We believe in developing and maintaining self-esteem through maximizing the competence and achievement of every individual. Fostering meaningful relationships in every environment and personal satisfaction for all are fundamental goals.  

Excellence is a continuous process

We believe in hard work, dedication, honesty, integrity, and mutual respect. We take responsibility for our own actions, seek solutions to difficult problems and strive for continuous quality improvement.

Thank You to ARC of Rockland’s 2017 Corporate Sponsors: