We are fortunate to have a high functioning, high capacity, healthy Board of Directors here at The Arc Volusia! Our Board of Directors serves to steer our organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies. Our board members volunteer their time to serve our organization.
Melody Lankford – Board Chair
Attorney, Founder, Owner at Lankford Law Firm. Melody is a brilliant attorney who runs her own practice – Lankford Law Firm based in Port Orange. After graduating from Davidson College in 2001, Melody earned her J.D. from Florida State University’s College of Law in 2004. She was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. She joined Raydon Corporation as in-house counsel in 2004, where she worked until 2012 when she founded the Lankford Law Firm. Melody’s extensive background in Business Law has made her a tremendous asset to our organization and we love having her on board!
Owner and Managing Director of Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. John is a Retired Colonel from the United States Army, and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology. John brings a wealth of leadership experience to The Arc, with particular expertise in marketing and operations. John’s voice of wisdom has led to increased efficiency and productivity – and greatly improved our financial bottom line. John also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University.
Deborah Quackenbush – Executive Committee
President & Managing Director at Virtual Excellence, LLC; Partner and Chairman of the Board with Intellivance, LLC. Deborah has over 25 years of dynamic leadership experience in the public and private sectors. Her astute business development experience and strategic planning skills have made her a key member of our governance team. She served formerly as Sr. Vice President of Raydon Corporation, and was a legislator in the 19th District of New York State for eight years. Deborah uses her high energy and decisive leadership skills to help businesses advance their mission, and is seeking to develop software that will change the way people learn.
Director Emeritus – 1978. Gene became Executive Director of The Arc Volusia in 1978 – and served in that capacity continuously until his retirement on October 1, 1998. His 20 years of faithful service established our organization as a premier agency for serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gene graduated from Xavier University in 1955 with a BS in Political Science. Gene and his wife Carolyn have two children – Chris and Melissa. They have also served as foster parents over the years. The successes we enjoy today as an agency are only because we stand on the shoulders of men like Gene who came before us.
Director Emeritus – 2000. Brad is a longtime board member of The Arc Volusia – and has served as Director Emeritus since 2000. Brad has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from State University of New York. He is married and resides in Ormond Beach, Florida. Brad has demonstrated a long term commitment to The Arc Volusia, our mission, and the people we serve. His faithfulness and friendship are greatly valued.
Business Service Representative with CareerSource Flagler Volusia. Born and raised in Western Canada, Trish has over 15 years of combined business, management, and entrepreneurship experience, and is well connected in the local business community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management from Daytona State College. Trish is personally committed to and passionate about our mission at The Arc Volusia. She is an energetic and active board member, with many connections to the local business community. We are fortunate to have her on the team.
Self Advocate. Angie is a graduate of Boston Avenue School. Her hobbies include bowling, special gathering meetings, watching movies and listening to music. She loves attending our Labor of Love Camp every fall, and participates in programming at The Arc Volusia on a daily basis. Angie resides with her parents in Lake Helen, Florida.
City Commissioner & Vice Mayor – Lake Helen, FL. Ann is very involved with her family and in her local community. She is a loving and devoted mother, and initially got involved with The Arc Volusia because she has a family member with I/DD. Ann’s hobbies include scrapbooking, card making, knitting, cooking & baking. She resides in Lake Helen and is married with 2 children. We are grateful for her role as an advocate and appreciate her unique perspective and leadership.
Michael Sibley – Directer Emeritus
Certified Public Accountant, Partner at James Moore & Associates. Mike leads the Accounting and Auditing Team at James Moore, where he is responsible for quality control, compliance with accounting and auditing standards, laws and regulations, and the development of internal training courses. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black belt, and provides lean six sigma services for clients representing several public and private sectors. His education includes a BS in Business Administration, with a Minor in Computer Science. Mike is a Director Emeritus with The Arc Volusia, and has provided many years of excellent leadership and service.
Lead Pastor. Pete is the Lead Pastor & Founder of Thrive Community Church in Port Orange, FL. Pete moved to the Daytona Beach area in 1988 to attend school Embry Riddle, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Pete later earned his MA form UCF in Counselor Education, with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a licensed commercial pilot, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, a community activist and an ordained minister. Pete brings an important personal perspective to the board, a voice for which we are thankful.
Commercial Sales Manager – Charter Communications. Bob is an award winning sales professional who manages a team of Account Executives throughout the Central Florida area. His team provides analysis and consultation to businesses in regards to their telecommunications needs and opportunities, including telephone, high speed internet, networking and television. He has a degree in Business Management from the University of West Florida, College of Business. Bob brings three decades of meaningful business experience and background to The Arc Volusia. He joined our board out of a desire to add value and make a difference in the community, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have him as part of our team!