Board and Governance

Board of Directors



John Shouse Photo of John Shouse

John and his wife Janet are parents to three children, including their teenage son Evan, who has autism. John has a strong background in leadership, community development, and team building with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. John served as the president of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee for 6 years, and for nearly 4 years as a Vice Chair of the national board of the Autism Society of America. He is co-author, with Paula Kluth, of The Autism Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers, John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Vice President, Planning and Rules Committee Chair

Ann Curl Photo of Ann Curl

Ann is employed as student advocate, The Arc Williamson County. She is a member of Vanderbilt Kennedy Centerís Community Advisory Council and is a member of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee. She has completed Vanderbilt's Advocacy Project and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program; and she is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking.

Treasurer, Budget and Finance Committee Chair

Mary La Haie

Mary is a CPA and vice president of finance, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. She has 25 years experience in accounting, payroll and loss management.


Glenda Bond Photo of Glenda Bond

Glenda Bond, from Crossville, is a retired services coordinator for special education. She has served on the boards of The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Cumberland County as president, past president and treasurer. She is chair of the Human Rights Committee for Hilltoppers in Crossville. She is married to Randy and has two sons, Michael and Scott, who have multiple disabilities.

Past President, Board Development Committee Chair

John Lewis Photo of John Lewis

John is retired from the State of Tennessee. He previously worked for the Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services and TennCare.

Region 1 - East TN Regional Representative

Keith Kirby, Chattanooga

Region 2 - Middle TN Regional Representative

Mary Ruth Burke, Dickson

Region 3 - West TN Regional Representative

Brittany Carter, Memphis

Committee Chairs

Doria Panvini, Nashville, Public Policy
Sharon Bottorff, Franklin, Membership
Robyn Lampley, Dickson, Advocacy & Education
Brenda Farley, Memphis, Development

Board Members

Malessa Fleenor, Gray
Linda Brown, La Vergne
Elise McMillan, Nashville
Terry Long, Murfreesboro
Christina Pearce, Cleveland
Kate Deitzer, Brentwood
Dara Bacon, Nashville
Donna Lankford, Kingsport
Wanda Myles, Murfreesboro
Courtney Taylor, Nashville

Governance Business Documents

Click links below to view documents:

Constitution and Bylaws

Annual Report 2015-2016


Audit 2016

Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Position Statements

Position statements can be found at The Arc United States.

The Arc Tennessee has a longstanding commitment to inclusive education. We actively support the efforts of Tennessee school districts to shift toward a more inclusive model of education to better serve Tennesseeís students with disabilities. Read more about The Arc TNís position statement on school district special education cuts HERE.