After 40 years at The Arc of Schuyler, Jeannette Frank has announced she is ready to slow down and enjoy more free time in retirement.
Frank has served as executive director of The Arc of Schuyler for the past eight years, overseeing the organization’s many services for people with disabilities and their families including vocational training, social integration programs, and residential options. She was instrumental in the organization and advancement of community-based services such as Schuyler County Transit and Transportation Link-Line as well as social enterprises operated by The Arc of Schuyler: Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop and Glen Copack.
First employed as an Outreach Worker, shortly after The Arc of Schuyler’s formation in 1978, Frank met with families about new service options provided locally through The Arc and helped those families bring their loved ones with disabilities out of institutions and to their home communities.
“I love The Arc and all of the people associated with The Arc. I love the Schuyler County community,” Frank said.
The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors considered its options for leadership transition and has chosen to enter into a management services agreement with The Arc of Chemung. The long-range plan is to unify the chapters.
“Not unlike other health care services, new regulatory expectations and funding shifts are putting pressure on smaller organizations,” Jay Hoffmeier, President of The Arc of Schuyler Board said. “Our agency has been well managed, is in good financial condition and has a track record of providing quality services. The Chemung chapter also is managed well and provides a variety of new opportunities and service options. Given our shared values, geographic proximity, and success working together, the Board believes this partnership will strategically place both organizations in a position of strength as the field of developmental disabilities continues to evolve.”
The two Boards and management teams have been working together to see how shared services would work. Both organizations are committed to keeping existing services in the Chemung and Schuyler communities.
“All of our current projects will move forward to provide more inclusive service options for people within the Schuyler County community,” Frank said. “I can definitely see additional opportunities for families in both counties as this partnership grows.”
“Jeannette’s commitment to those supported by The Arc of Schuyler and their family members created a solid foundation for her team – instilling a true understanding as to why we do what we do,” Executive Director of The Arc of Chemung, Sean Eagen, said. “Jeannette’s many accomplishments pave the way for the work that still lies ahead of us; and, as we transition, we will continue to work hard to strengthen opportunities for the people we support in both the Schuyler and Chemung County communities.”
Frank’s retirement will take effect July 1, 2019. She will complete terms of service on local boards through the end of the year as The Arc of Schuyler’s representative and will be available to help facilitate completion on the various projects underway.
“I couldn’t be happier about the selection of a partnership with The Arc of Chemung and with Sean Eagen as the Executive Director, who I know will follow through both Boards’ vision of being better together,” Frank said.
For information about The Arc of Schuyler or The Arc of Chemung, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or www.arcofchemung.org.