The Arc of Volusia Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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.


Deborah Quackenbush – Chair

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 how people learn.

John MeyerJohn Meyer

Retired US Army Colonel and former Owner and Managing Director of Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. John holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the 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.

Ann Robbins – Treasurer

Retired Finance Manager, City Commissioner & Vice Mayor of Lake Helen, FL (38 years)  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.

 Angie Robbins

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 daily.  Angie resides with her parents in Lake Helen, Florida.

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Melody Lankford – Board Council

Attorney, Lankford Law Firm  Melody has served as Board Counsel for The Arc of Volusia since 2013 and served as Board Chair from 2015-2017.  Melody has been practicing law since 2004 and her practice focuses primarily on business/corporate law, intellectual property, and employment law issues. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law.  She is happily married with two daughters and resides in Port Orange. Melody is committed to serving The Arc to ensure that it continues to provide quality services and care to its clients while maintaining a positive workforce and healthy organization.

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Scott Schrecengost

Business Development Consultant  Scott is a freelance writer based out of Central Florida.  He moved from Pennsylvania to Florida, where he promptly landed a job at Walt Disney World, where he met his wife, Bethanne.  Scott graduated Magna cum Lauda from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations.  After graduating, he and his wife spent a year teaching English in South Korea.  He enjoys cooking and gardening and other manly endeavors.  Scott is also an avid environmentalist, having traveled several times to Guatemala to support the Alliance for International Reforestation, planting trees and building fuel-efficient wood stoves.  In his spare time, you can find him with his wife, two kids, two dogs, three cats, and six chickens.

Kathy AmbachtsheerKathy Ambachtsheer

Realtor, Town and Country Realty DeLand. Kathy has served the Real Estate needs of the people of West Volusia for more than 40 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Biology from Florida Southern College and taught Elementary Physical Education for 6 years. She is married and has 4 children living throughout the country. In her spare time you can find her kayaking and camping with her family and other groups of people. Kathy’s sister enjoys participating in programming at The ARC.

Jeanne Rademacher

Jeanne Rademacher

President of Training Initiatives, Inc; Career Service Coordinator at Daytona College, Jeanne has been a resident of Volusia County since 1985. Jeanne is adjunct faculty at Daytona State College and a certified Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) instructor.  She attended University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. She actively participates in IDignity Volusia and the Volusia County Women’s Network. Jeanne brought electronic monitoring to Volusia County. Her hobbies include reading and playing the piano. She is also got her private pilot’s license at age 53.

Mary Jo Thorn

Mary Jo Thorn

Retired CEO and Consultant, The Arc of Volusia

Mary Jo received both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania. She has over 40 years of experience working in the fields of mental health, family and children services, and working with individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges.  In 2013, Mary Jo was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the late Sentor Libous and the New York State Senate for her work in this field. She is married to veterinarian husband John, and enjoys travel, gardening, and reading. 

Shanna Murray

Shanna Driscoll

Account Executive, Ballator Insurance Group

Shanna is an employee benefits specialist in the non-profit sector of the insurance industry. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from The University of Arizona, and is married with two young daughters. Shanna was born and raised in Port Orange and has a passion to support the local community. She is thankful for the opportunity to service the Arc of Volusia.