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The Arc San Francisco is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and led by key staff and members of our Client Advisory Committee. We also value the input and experience of our Family Coalition members

Key Staff

  • Dr. Motola is the former Executive Director of the Oak Hill School in Marin, a therapeutic educational community for children and young adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neuro-developmental challenges. Previously, Dr. Motola served as the Director of Programs and Services for Catholic Charities CYO. In that role, he led over 20 programs in six service areas, serving over 40,000 clients annually. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He and his partner, Dr. Mark Walden, are the parents of a daughter with developmental disabilities whom they adopted ten years ago.

  • Jon Zimman has over 30 years of experience as a finance and operations professional with Fortune 500 companies, venture-backed start-ups, and not-for profit organizations. Prior to joining The Arc, Jon served as Chief Financial Officer of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He previously served as CFO of several technology companies, including Posit Science, SiteRock, and Total Entertainment Network. Earlier in his career, Jon held various financial management positions at Western Union, Warner Cable, and American Broadcasting Companies. In his free time, Jon enjoys cycling, travel, and theatre. He earned his MBA degree from Harvard University and his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Joanne joined The Arc in 1996 and has over 15 years experience in providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She is a former special education teacher and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management. Joanne has a depth of knowledge in service provision and supervises The Arc’s vocational, residential, integrated community-based services and individualized services. She also oversees several of our employer contracts. She is a member of The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Business Network International group. Joanne believes in providing purposeful and meaningful activities and work for people with disabilities, and the services she supervises are a progressive and unique approach to that goal. Joanne holds a Bachelors of Special Education from Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA and a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO.

  • Marti Sullivan has worked in non-profit fundraising and communications in independent schools and social services since 1989. Marti assumed her role at The Arc on October 1, 2011. Marti was responsible for raising more than $30,000,000 in annual and capital funds, and conducting two capital campaigns for campus expansion at Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco. As Director of Development & Communications at Catholic Charities CYO, the $38 million social services agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Marti directed the agency’s centennial celebrations and raised more than $25,000,000 over six years. Marti held a Certified Fund Raising Executive Certification for nearly a decade and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she is a mentor for new development professionals. She holds a B.A. in French from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Meredith comes to The Arc San Francisco after working in advertising and marketing on both the agency and corporate sides. She leverages her experience in branding, corporate communications, consumer and relationship marketing to advance The Arc’s mission through building awareness, inspiring new partnerships and increasing the engagement of The Arc’s many stakeholders and the wider public. An alum of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Meredith says, “The students and clients we serve are relentless in their determination to learn and succeed. They are proud of their abilities and they are very, very motivated. They are my role models and my daily inspiration."

  • Kristen came to The Arc from Oak Hill School where she was Director of Development. Kristen oversees all of The Arc San Franciso’s Employment Services including immersion internship programs through Project SEARCH and The Arc's employment placement and coaching specialists. Kristen also directs The Arc SF Education Programs offering an in-house adult living skills and employment curriculum as well as access and navigation support for higher education and career tracks at area community colleges. “I love my job,” says Kristen, who sees over 50 clients a week in the course of supporting their successful employment and career growth. Kristen holds a B.A. in International Relations from University of Miami and a Masters of Public Health from University of San Francisco.

  • Jacy has worked at The Arc for 35 years and is responsible for almost all of the activities and steps needed for a successful transition to The Arc San Francisco, connecting clients, caregivers and families to the right services and supports as well offering information and referrals. She has a degree in Special Education from the University of Indiana, and came to The Arc with eight years of teaching and program administration experience. She still feels compelled by the mission of The Arc and believes the work we do makes a difference.

  • Jennifer holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in health and a Master of Public Health with a focus on community health education from UC Berkeley. Jennifer has twenty years of experience with people with developmental disabilities, including job support, supported living, and community building in Chicago. She also worked in England as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities in Surrey County. Jennifer was a supervisor/advocate for Victim/Witness Division of Domestic Violence Court in Chicago and a social worker in the Center for Child Protection at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Jennifer has been with The Arc for nine years. The Center for Health & Wellness is the perfect place for her interests, education and experience.

  • Nina Asay is The Arc San Francisco’s Director of Intake, Assessment and Individual Service Plans. She has been with The Arc San Francisco since 2007. Nina has served within the each of the agency’s departments. Previous to managing Intake, she served as a Job Developer and managed The Arc San Francisco’s Art Reach Studios and Gallery program. Nina currently runs The Arc San Francisco’s Intake and Assessments and is optimizing the creation and implementation Individual Service Plans for San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. Nina notes, " my grandparents ran several group homes in the Bay Area and were pioneers in the way this population is served. They were my role models and ingrained in me the importance of this work and inevitably inspired me to switch careers in order to serve the developmentally disabled population."

  • Charmaine has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996. Charmaine started her career in the banking industry and found that her passion was working for mission based organizations. Charmaine began her nonprofit career with San Francisco AIDS Foundation where she served as the HR Generalist. Charmaine was also the HR Generalist for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Charmaine attended Golden Gate University and lives in Alameda. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.

  • Prior to The Arc, Noriko served 8 years as a Controller/Assistant General Manager for Restaurant Associates at the San Francisco War Memorial Arts Center and Copia in Napa. She has also served as Manager of Finance and Human Resources for Prestige International, a global financial assistance call center. Her extensive travel and hospitality operations experience includes over 15 years as a Senior Sales Manager and in Conference Management for Sheraton Hotels in New York and San Francisco. A runner and community and arts volunteer, Noriko has run the Boston Marathon and dedicated her time and talents to the Special Olympics, the SF Opera, Ballet and Symphony and Grace Cathedral. She has a degree from Tokyo Kogakuin College of Aviation, Keio University, plus Hotel and Hospitality Management from NYU. Noriko believes service on behalf of others is not only a mandate but a gift, and she is honored to participate in The Arc San Francisco’s mission.

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