Working at The Arc of Texas is more than just a job for many of our staff. We work hard to make a difference in the lives of more than 500,000 Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Texas staff work hand-in-hand with our many volunteer members to fulfill The Arc’s mission throughout the state.


Master Pooled Trust


  • Ashley Ford
    Ashley Ford Deputy Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Alex Cogan, LMSW Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy



The committed members on our Board of Directors are primarily parents and family members of people with disabilities. They have experienced firsthand both the challenges and the triumphs associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their personal stake in The Arc’s mission provides our volunteers, members, and professional staff with wisdom, inspiration, and guidance.

Board Officers

  • Terri Schonfeld, President
  • Gary Hidalgo, President Elect
  • John W. Caldwell, Jr., Treasurer
  • Debbie Wilkes, Secretary

Board Directors

  • Melisa McNeil, Local Chapter Representative
  • James Meadours, Texas Advocates President
  • Veronica Ayala
  • Nancy Lepley
  • Julie Ross
  • Alison Gentry
  • Maggie Suter
  • Dr. James Marroquin
  • Dr. Michael Garcia

Learn about serving on our Board of Directors and submit a board member application today! Get involved!

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