Tricia joined The Arc of Story County as the Executive Director on October 31, 2011. As Executive Director, Tricia is responsible for providing overall leadership of the agency’s mission, goals, and policies that provide advocacy and community-based services that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tricia comes to The Arc with a long history of working with individuals with special needs. For seven years, she was the Program Director and the Employment Coordinator at Mainstream Living in Ames. Additional service and case management experiences were gained through employment with ChildServe in Ames, Des Moines Easter Seals, Dallas County DHS, and Hawkeye Health Services in Des Moines.
Tricia lives in Nevada with her husband and their three young daughters and brings to The Arc a deep commitment, an unquestionable passion, and abundant enthusiasm.
Lauren began volunteering for The Arc in 2013 before she was hired on as the Program Coordinator for Active Lifestyles in May, 2014. Since then, Lauren has found great joy in coaching, teaching, and spending time with all of our athletes in preparation for Special Olympics.
Lauren began volunteering in Special Education classrooms in middle school and organized her extracurricular high school classes around working with people with disabilities. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University while coordinating our Active Lifestyles program. She was hired as the Project SEARCH Instructor and Coordinator in 2016 to assist in implementing Project SEARCH within Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences.
Lauren believes a person’s passion defines who they are. Since a very young age, she has been passionate about helping others. Lauren comes to The Arc eager to create memorable experiences that will enrich the lives of persons with disabilities.
VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brad Jensen – Board President
Kathy Schnable – Vice President
Lesley Hawkins – Secretary
Lauren Gent – Treasurer
Susan Teas – Past President
Jerry Busta – Director
Judi Eyles – Director
Molly Toot – Director
Steve Freeman – Director
Kim Lively – Director
Jim Kincart – Director