Circles of Support – Introducing our Mission Circle Founding Members

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.  

The Arc of Indiana Circles of Support

The Arc of Indiana has served as the state’s leading advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 60 years. Our advocacy efforts continue to be the core of our mission. Key to that mission is The Arc Advocacy Network’s team of family advocates who work tirelessly to provide a critical circle of support to families and people with disabilities.

To help support this critical part of our mission, we are pleased to announce that key organizations and trusted partners are joining in supporting our advocacy efforts through a new Circles of Support initiative.

To date, five leading organizations in the field of developmental disabilities have stepped forward to pave the way for this critical initiative as members of our Mission Circle. It is our honor to introduce them to you. In the coming weeks we will be sharing information on additional key supporters in our Dream Circle, Ally Circle and Friends Circle.

The Arc of Indiana
Mission Circle Founding Members

Donna Elbrecht, President/Chief Executive Officer

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana works to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities succeed at home, at work, and at play. Easterseals Arc offers a broad range of services including employment services, day programs, residential services, recreation, respite, and support in the community and at home.

Mission: Our purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.


Christine Dahlberg, Executive Director 

The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is an independent state agency that facilitates change. The Council is consumer-driven and is charged with determining how the service delivery system in both the public and private sectors can be most responsive to people with disabilities. The Council receives and disseminates federal funds to support innovative programs that are visionary, influence public policy, empower individuals and families and advocate systems change.

Mission: To advance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.

Karen Brummet, Chief Executive Officer

Indiana Professional Management Group (IPMG) provides person-centered case management services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and wraparound facilitation services to children with emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Mission: To create an exceptional organization that supports its Employee Owners to become expert navigators, guiding individuals and families to access quality, integrated services and supports that result in the betterment of their lives.

President, Mike Carney

Since 1972, KCARC, The Arc in Knox County, has led the effort to effectively play a positive role in lives of those who have disabilities within their community. KCARC has been at the forefront of Knox County by being an economic asset, a major employer, and a haven for individuals and families served.

Mission: To advocate and provide opportunities in a dignified and respectful manner for the total well-being of individuals and families with special needs.

President/Chief Executive Officer, Dan Strick 

New Star serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana.

Mission: To provide choices and opportunities for persons with disabilities and their families through
a culture of innovation and caring to enrich their lives and maximize their independence

To learn more, including joining our Circles of Support initiative, contact Jill Vaught,

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