Welcome to The Team! New Faces at The Arc Jacksonville
We would like to welcome a few new faces to our Arc Jacksonville team. We are excited to have them aboard to help us further our mission in serving the disability community.
Lana Petry – On Campus Transition Residential Coordinator
As the new On Campus Transition Residential Coordinator, Lana is passionate about helping students reach their full potential through The Arc Jacksonville’s college program.
“Although they may have different obstacles to overcome than others, they still have the ability and right to learn, love, live and follow whatever path they choose,” she said.
Lana is proud to be a part of an agency that is a leader in changing the way individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed.
“Watching the students get excited to learn about life beyond living at home with their parents, and realizing they have options to do so much on their own, is extremely exciting,” she said.
Justin Humphrey – Operations Coordinator, The Arc Jacksonville Village
Justin brings enthusiasm to The Arc Jacksonville team and enjoys developing relationships with both The Arc Jacksonville staff and Village residents.
“Those relationships are dear to me,” he said. Justin feels that since day one, The Arc Jacksonville team has been hospitable to him.
He looks forward to helping effect improvements for the disability community. He sees every day as a new opportunity to help meet the needs of The Arc Jacksonville Village residents and community.
Sara McMillan – Vice President, Development
Before joining The Arc Jacksonville team, Sara spent over seven years working with United Way of Northeast Florida and their fund development team. During her time at United Way, Sara became familiar with The Arc Jacksonville and similar nonprofit organizations.
“I’m passionate about helping people and that’s one of the reasons I came here,” she said.
Sara loves The Arc Jacksonville’s mission and sees a great opportunity to build upon established fundraising efforts. She brings with her community connections and expertise that will strengthen the agency’s public awareness and fundraising efforts. She looks forward to furthering The Arc Jacksonville’s mission and growing reputation for quality service for the community.
Sara is working with Judy Hall Lanier to develop a smooth transition of responsibilities as Judy approaches her retirement from The Arc Jacksonville and a career in marketing/communications/development spanning for decades.
Bernadette Gismonde– On Campus Transition Director
Bernadette Gismonde brings tenacity and passion to her new position as the On Campus Transition Director. She has spent much of her career working in the field with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Before joining The Arc Jacksonville, Bernadette worked for The Arc of Salem County as well as a similar college transition program for several years.
She is proud to join The Arc Jacksonville and become part of a team working hard to help young adults achieve their full potential.
“The organization truly lives and breathes its mission of independence and inclusion making The Arc Jacksonville stand out for pushing the community towards understanding and acceptance,” she said. “I would like to help each student meet their goals while allowing them the independence they need in order to transition to their next phase of life.”
Bernadette looks forward to having a transformative year for both herself and the OCT students.