Staff & Leadership

Talented, enthusiastic and charismatic employees are the foundation of any successful organization — and we have great team members here at The Arc Volusia!  Our team members are experienced, motivated, knowledgeable, hardworking, and compassionate.  They are passionate about what we do and who we serve.

Mary Jo Thorn

Chief Executive Officer 

Shawn Abbatessa

Shawn A

Vice President of Operations 

Julie Bluel

Director of Programs

Denise Cooke-Phillips






Daytona Campus Program Coordinator

Kent Curry

Vice President of Finance

Raven Ventura

Deland Campus Program Coordinator

Bill Horton


Production Supervisor

Brian Filburto

Chef & Kitchen Manager

Michael Gussman

Supported Employment Specialist

Dave McMillen

Facilities Manager