The Arc of Tennessee ®
Board and Governance
Board of Directors
Ann is a member of Vanderbilt Kennedy Centerís Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee. She has completed Vanderbilt's Advocacy Project and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program; and she is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking.
Vice President, Planning/Rules Committee ChairLinda Brown
Linda Brown, from La Vergne is mother of Terrell, who has autism. She is President of The Arc Rutherford County and works at Vanderbilt University.
Treasurer, Budget and Finance Committee ChairMary La Haie
Mary is a CPA and vice president of finance, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. She has 25 years experience in accounting, payroll and loss management.
Joe is a former representative in the Tennessee General Assembly. He has served on The Arc TN board since 2017. He is a member of the TN Bankers and Independent Community Bankers Associations and Clarksville-Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association. He has a willingness to be "another shovel in the ditch" to do the work of The Arc.
Past President, Board Development Committee ChairJohn Shouse
John and his wife Janet are parents to three children, including their teenage son Evan, who has autism. John has a strong background in leadership, community development, and team building with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. John served as the president of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee for 6 years, and for nearly 4 years as a Vice Chair of the national board of the Autism Society of America. He is co-author, with Paula Kluth, of The Autism Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers, John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Region 1 - East TN Regional Representative
Karen Downer, Chattanooga
Region 2 - Middle TN Regional Representative
Caitlin Bernstein, Franklin
Region 3 - West TN Regional Representative
Shontie Brown, Memphis
Other Committee Chairs
Doria Panvini, Nashville, Public Policy
Governance Business Documents
Click links below to view documents:Constitution and Bylaws
Position statements can be found at The Arc United States.