6500 Holdrege Street

Lincoln, NE 68505


Phone: 402.421.8866

Office Hours: 

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30am-4:30pm

Meetings outside of normal office hours can be arranged to meet needs.


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Michelle Johnson, Executive Director


Before Michelle become the Executive Director, she was the Lincoln Area Director for Developmental Services of Nebraska where she worked for 21 years with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At DSN she held many positions including Direct Support Staff, Frontline Supervisor, Residential Coordinator and Area Director of Lincoln. In her free time Michelle is a volunteer for the Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland. During this time she has rescued 4 beagles who are her fur babies. Michelle loves to travel, her favorite spot is anywhere in Mexico as long as there are palm trees, white sandy beaches and a beautiful blue ocean. Michelle holds her Masters of Arts in Management through Doane of Lincoln. 


Michelle has been a volunteer with the Arc of Lincoln for the Arc Expeditions for a little over five years. Michelle's first trip with the Arc was to a baseball game in Omaha and then Las Vegas. Michelle increased her involvement with the Arc by taking over the Program Coordinator duties with planning the Expeditions for 2015 to current.  Michelle enjoys taking others on vacations and capturing memorable moments.

Dawn Lliteras, Office Manager


Dawn joined The Arc of Lincoln as a bookkeeper. She has a bachelors’ degree in Accounting. Dawn has been staying home raising her family and now is looking forward to working with The Arc of Lincoln.


Jennifer Meints, President

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Jennifer Stuhmer, Vice President


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Mary Phillips, Secretary


Mary is the Director of Student Services at Educational Service Unit #6 in Milford, having a 30+ year career in special education as a teacher, building administrator, district level supervisor and Director. Mary’s passion is to help build advocacy skills with parents, students and adults with disabilities. Besides serving the Board of the Arc of Lincoln, she also is on the board for APPSN, the Governor’s Council of Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council and the Executive Board of the Arc of Nebraska as Secretary, and is a parent representative on the Windsong Equine therapy Board. Mary is married with three adult children and five grandchildren. Serving others is a family affair with her spouse, Don, retiring from a 40 year career in the US Army and Homeland Security, their oldest daughter Laura being a speech language pathologist, their son Ty an occupational therapist, and their youngest daughter Erin as a Disability Policy Advocate for People First of Nebraska.

Lindsay Stanley, Board Member

Lindsay is a Nebraska Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and a Nebraska Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated with a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from St. Cloud State University. Over the past 20 years she has facilitated support for families and children with autism and behavioral challenges. Lindsay is the Director of Operations at Behaven Kids as well as the lead BCBA supervising over all Behaven Kids’ Autism Services. Lindsay is a has been a board member of the ARC of Lincoln for 2 years, as well as a board member of Autism Family Services for over 2 years.  Lindsay is a Lincoln, Neb., native. She and her husband, Jeremy, are parents of two girls and love to spend any extra time traveling.

Melissa Blakemore, Board Member


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Sue Boring, Board Member


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Mary Ells, Board Member


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Rene Ferdinand, Board Member


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Kathy Johnson, Board Member


Kathy Johnson, Ph.D. is a licensed and certified school psychologist in Lincoln, NE. Her graduate training took place at UNL and continues to be supplemented by life-long professional learning. For more that 30 years, she has been a school-based practitioner, a field supervisor and an adjunct university trainer in the area of school psychology. Early in her career, she also worked for the state of Nebraska in the area of developmental disabilities. Special professional interests and experiences include mental health supports, response to intervention, positive behavior supports and parent engagement/partnering. She has various professional publications and has conducted many invited presentations for various audiences regarding child development, family and child learning, special education and mental health supports. Currently, Kathy is the school psychologist at Everett Elementary school in Lincoln and teaches a UNL graduate courses in school psychology. Kathy moved to Lincoln for graduate school many years ago but made Lincoln her permanent home with her husband, Phil. They have 2 adult children who also live in Lincoln. Hobbies include volleyball, walking and volunteering with church and community projects.

Linda Kistler, Board Member


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Deb Safarik, Board Member


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Angie Willey, Board Member


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Derek Zimmerman, Board Member


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Kenny Nelson, Board Member


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