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Staff & Board

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Pamela Fields

Pam started out as a CETA worker at MidState Arc more than 40 years ago. She became the nonprofit's top executive in 2002, and under her leadership the agency has grown from an annual budget of $3MM and 80 employees to over $11MM and 200 employees. Pam has an undergraduate degree in Human Services and a MBA with a concentration in non-profits. Pam has worked in all areas of service supports from day options to independent living. She works closely with the Arc’s dynamic Board of Directors to assure MidState Arc provides quality services for every person supported. She is active in advocating for rights of people with developmental disabilities and their services both in Hartford and in Washington. She has developed a partnership with other interested parties to create a Assistive Technology Training Center to assure providers have a place to gain knowledge and build capacity. Pam is currently leading the staff in transitioning from a service model to a support model and with an end goal of enabling each person to be as independent as possible and fully connected and autonomous with their communities.

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Peggy Embardo
Chair of the Board of Directors

(Bio to come)

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Becky Blazejowski

Becky is a Certified Public Accountant who received both her master's and bachelor’s of science in accounting degrees from Wake Forest University Prior to her employment at MidState Arc, Inc., Becky volunteered for the organization for nine years, audited nonprofit organizations in the state, and worked for a comparable private provider. She is currently on the nonprofit committee of the Connecticut Society for Certified Public Accountants and serves on the steering committee of the Business Manager’s Forum for the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

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Maritza Dell

Maritza joined Midstate Arc in 2000; drawn to the field by a desire to understand and assist her family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Starting as a direct service professional, Maritza has worked at many levels within the agency, and is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Services at Springfield College. She prides herself on finding ways to improve systems, ensuring quality care and support for every person utilizing the agency. As COO, she oversees all of the supports offered by Midstate Arc, including Residential, Employment and Day Services. “I believe that the people we support should have the same opportunities offered to them, as everyone else. Fostering independence is the best way to help people achieve their goals. I want to live in a society that is accepting of people with developmental disabilities; one that offers people the respect and dignity they deserve.”- Maritza Dell

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Shariann Kroeber
Director of Human Resources

Shariann has over 30 years working in the human services field. She started out as a teenager working as a direct support staff with individuals with developmental disabilities because of her Mother’s passion for the field. Since then, she has held a wide variety of positions including manager of a residential home, case manager, manager of an employment program, assistant director of day support options, group supported employment and individualized employment, and director of quality assurance. She joined MidState Arc, Inc in 2002 and is currently director of HR. In 2012, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Bridgeport with Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree and Graduated with a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University in 2015.

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Matt Puttre
Director of Residential Services

Matt joined MidState Arc in 2001 as a job coach in Group Supported Employment and then found his passion in residential working every position from DSP to Assistant Director. Matt has worked to assist people in moving from group homes and/or nursing home settings into their own homes with the use of technology to assist and support them to live as independently as possible with minimal staffing supports. In his current role, Matt oversees eleven Residential Group Homes and the Residential In-Home Supports and Cluster division comprising a staff of over 120 with an annual budget of $7.4MM supporting 67 individuals in the community. Matt is a graduate of Xavier High School and studied at Southern Connecticut State University and graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Lincoln Technological Institute.

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Mary Ellen Rivers
Facilities Director

Mary Ellen is the Director of Facilities for MidState Arc, overseeing the maintenance management of the administrative building, offsite program areas, and group homes. She was instrumental in implementing the renovations of the main building on Research Parkway which currently houses four program areas, the Arc Eatery and the administrative offices. Prior to joining MidState Arc, Mary Ellen was a newspaper photographer for 11 years. A graduate of Endicott College, she has been with the Arc for over 27 years.

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Courtney Spector
Clinical Director

Courtney Spector is a licensed clinical social worker and has 20 years experience as a social worker with various populations including children/adolescents and families through geriatrics. Over 13 years have been in the field of assisting people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral challenges overcome obstacles in their lives. She has experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other psychiatric disorders. She obtained her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University and has a small private practice in Southington.

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Amy Rubin Mindell
Director of Community Outreach & Assistive Technology

Amy brings over 30 years of experience as an Assistive Technology Specialist to her role at MidState Arc and The Assistive Technology Training Center of Connecticut. As one of the original founders and directors of the Center for Educational and Assistive Technology at Southern Connecticut State University, Amy developed a program that still provides a full range of assistive technology services to students with disabilities, faculty, and educators across the state to ensure full access to higher educational settings. Following SCSU, Amy spent the next decade at CAST, Inc. developing innovative assistive technology solutions for students and adults with disabilities and helped create the Universal Design for Learning principles that support all learners. More recently, Amy led a team of assistive technology specialists at The NEAT Center at Oak Hill in their work to provide a full spectrum of assistive technology services and training to students and educators throughout Connecticut. Amy has presented at national assistive technology and educational technology conferences on innovative uses of assistive technology to support learners with a wide range of disabilities as they strive to have full access to education, employment, and independent living.

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Latavia Harge
Day Services Director

Latavia has worked for 16 years with kids and adults in the human services field. Latavia began her career at MidState Arc in 2011 as a Direct Support Professional and then furthered her experience in management, holding different leveled positions over the years. She is currently pursuing her BS in Human Services at Post University. Latavia’s passion for the field stems from her experience with her sister. Latavia takes pride in ensuring the quality of service for the individuals supported while growing her department and staying in line with the budgets.


Board of Directors

Peggy Embardo - Board Chair*
MaryEllen Kingsland-Eckels - Vice Chair
Kathy Cavicchioli - Treasurer
Marsha Beckford - Secretary
Sandy Maier-Schede - Director
James Zafiris - Director*
Barry Sheftel - Director*
Director/Immediate Past Chair - Geri Kogut*
Pauline Bouffard - Director*

* = Family member of a person with IDD.