While growing up in New Jersey, Lisa Kimball was a volunteer with The Arc, a nation-wide, nonprofit organization that advocates for, and provides services to, children with disabilities and their families.
Now, she the person in charge.
Kimball has been named as chief executive officer for The Arc of Loudoun, which operates a handful of programs for developmentally disabled children on the Paxton Manor campus in Leesburg.
“I feel like I’m returning to my roots,” Kimball said. “I grew up in New Jersey and from the time I was a child, I volunteered for The Arc in my hometown.”
As executive director, Kimball will determine the vision of the The Arc of Loudoun and will be responsible for developing infrastructure, policy, and systems to carry out that vision and sustain the grow the program.
Kimball previously served as the vice president for Telos Corporation. She also has extensive experience working in the non-profit industry, including serving as the chair for the Commonwealth of Virginia Identity Management Standards Advisory Council, chair of the Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers board of directors, and first vice-chair for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. She also is an advisory board member of the Loudon County Medical Reserve Corps and formerly served as a board member and Business Advisory Council member for ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others).
Arc of Loudoun assists people with developmental disabilities through five programs:
ALLY – A Life Like Yours – counsels and advocates for families of people with disabilities. ALLY programs are the main part – in most cases the only offering – at the 700 Arc affiliates around the nation.
Aurora School — provides one-on-one educational opportunities for children with pronounced disabilities, such as Autism. The schools has students that have referred from Loudoun County Public Schools and several other Northern Virginia districts.
Aurora Behavior Clinic — provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities that are not enrolled full-time in Aurora School. The clinic utilizes specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions.
The Open Door Learning Center — is a preschool/kindergarten program that integrates children with and without disabilities.
Ability Fitness Center — the newest program – is a therapeutic fitness and wellness center for people with neurological and developmental disabilities, particularly those recovering from a stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (concussions) and spinal cord injuries.
“We’re honored to have Lisa join The Arc of Loudoun family,” Arc of Loudoun Board President George Pellicano said. “She is a seasoned leader with wide-ranging experience in philanthropic leadership and volunteer work. We’re confident she will grow and expand the organization as we continue to ensure children and adults with disabilities and their families have an opportunity to lead ‘A Life Like Yours.’”
Kimball said she is looking forward to working with Arc of Loudoun and is already familiar with its programs and staff.
“The Arc of Loudoun has a reputation of being well managed and has always stood out to me,” she said. “The organization has grown into an amazing resource for people with special needs and their families, and the staff at The Arc of Loudoun is talented, compassionate, and passionate about what they do to serve the community. I like to surround myself with the best and brightest — people I trust to know what they are supposed to do — and I am honored to serve on behalf of the incredible staff at The Arc of Loudoun.”
For more information, visit thearcofloudoun.org.