Austin Founder Lions Club

The Arc of the Capital Area - Mary Van Haneghan

  • 14 Jul 2016
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The High Road, 700 Dawson Rd, Austin TX 78704


The Arc of the Capital Area

July 14, 2016

Mary Van Haneghan, Ed.D., Executive Director
introduced by Lion Michael Cowan

Mary Van Haneghan, Executive Director of The Arc of the Capital Area will tell us about Arc of the Arts Studio. It is a creative arts program, where clients are encouraged to explore many different mediums and produce artwork that can be professionally shown and sold. Experienced instructors provide structured art classes. The Arc of the Capital Area developed the studio program to promote social inclusion and to increase access to non-segregated activities for youth and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as to provide an opportunity for adults with disabilities to learn job skills and ultimately work towards making a personal income.

For over 60 years The Arc of the Capital Area has removed obstacles for people with disabilities and given hope to their families.

Mary started her career in the human services field almost two decades ago as a direct service professional. During her tenure she has worked various capacities: day habilitation; residential habilitation; case management; supported employment; behavioral health; nursing and early intervention. She received her doctorate in education, with emphasis in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University in 2012; a master of science degree, with emphasis in adult education and literacy, from Buffalo State College in 2007; and in 2006 she received a bachelor of arts degree, with emphasis in business management, from the University of Buffalo. Her academic research has ranged from historical institutional models to the benefits of post-secondary education, giving a glimpse of what used to be and hope of what may come.

Prior to coming to The Arc of the Capital Area she served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Anchorage.  In October of 2015 the National Conference of Executives of The Arc of the United States (NCE) Annual Awards Committee chose Mary to receive the 2015 “Rising Star Award.”  Mary was recognized for her accomplishments and contributions through her work on behalf of people who experience intellectual disabilities and their families. The Rising Star Award acknowledges chapter leaders of The Arc that support the national organization’s core values: people first, equity, community, self-determination, diversity and integrity.

Featured Lunch Menu:

Beef and Chicken Fajitas
Ice Tea & Coffee
Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday   

We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.

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