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Leaders in advocacy

Our Mission

The Arc Tennessee empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.

Our History

A deep-rooted history stemming from the power of parenthood

The Arc Tennessee was first organized in July 1952 when 65 parents met in Nashville, Tennessee at George Peabody College. Bylaws were adopted and on December 19, 1952 the association was chartered as a non-profit corporation under Tennessee Law.

Our Team

Meet the faces of The Arc Tennessee

  • Dr. Robbie Faulkner
    Dr. Robbie Faulkner Executive Director
  • Scott Finney
    Scott Finney Receptionist and Community Liaison
  • Lamont Tucker
    Lamont Tucker Advocate
  • Annette Graves
    Annette Graves Regional Family Engagement Lead – West
  • Caitlynd Freeze
    Caitlynd Freeze Advocate
  • Billy Worsham
    Billy Worsham Community Resource Specialist
  • Susan Carr
    Susan Carr Regional Family Engagement Lead – Middle and East
  • Tracey Cunningham
    Tracey Cunningham Advocate
Meet the rest of our team
Local Chapters

Providing technical assistance, training and support to all affiliated local chapters

Local Arc chapters provide a variety of supports and services to their communities depending on local needs. In all communities, The Arc serves as an advocate, working to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included and are able to make the choices that affect their lives.

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Board and Governance

Executive Committee

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  • President
    Karen Downer President
  • Vice President
    Jen Vogus Vice President
  • Secretary
    Shontie Brown Secretary
  • Treasurer
    John Lewis Treasurer
  • Past President
    Robyn Lampley Past President


Check out our awards and recognition
  • Salute to Excellence
  • Seal of Transparency
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