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What started as a grassroots movement decades ago has blossomed into one of the largest disability-rights advocacy organizations in Tennessee. In early 1950, a group of parents and other civic leaders organized to promote the general welfare of citizens with disabilities with a primary focus on intellectual disability. The Arc was officially chartered by the Tennessee Secretary of State on November 2, 1950. Since then, The Arc Mid-South has pioneered and promoted services and programs that have great impact on individuals with disabilities.  We started the first special education classes in both Memphis City and Shelby County Schools as well as group homes and the Adult Activity Center now known as Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS). 

Connie Booker Arc Mid-South Board President

Connie Booker


Dr. Sharon Webb of The Arc Mid-South

Dr. Sharon Webb

Vice President

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Corey T. Young


Andrea Goodman, Secretary Arc Mid-South

Andrea Goodman


Diane Austin Board Member

Diane Austin

Shirley Cobbins Board Member

Shirley Cobbins

Judge Kathellen Gomes, Board Member Arc Mid-South

Honorable Kathleen Gomes

Terrance Green, Board Member Arc Mid-South

Terrence Green

Florence Howard, Board Member Arc Mid-South

Florene M. Howard

Claudia Espinoza  de Posada, Board Member Arc Mid-South

Claudia Espinoza

de Posada

Merle Smith Board Member Arc Mid-South

Merle Smith

Lester Brown Board Member Arc Mid-South

Lester Brown

Special Thanks To Our
Corporate Committee

Shannon Brown
Senior VP, Chief HR & Diversity Officer
FedEx Express
Janas Jackson
Manager of Diversity & Inclusion
Fred Lamb
Compliance Manager
Johnson & Johnson
William King Self, Jr.
Trustee, Self-Foundation
Lester L Brown
Vice President, Relationship Manager
Private Client Services
First Tenn. Bank 
Willie Gregory
Director, Global Community Impact, Nike, Inc.
Ruby Wharton
Co-Founder and Principal
The Wharton Law Firm
Kierra Saine
International Paper
Megan Ladner
Enterprise Holding
Penny Bateman
Asset Protection Associate
Sam’s Club
Emergency Services/Search & Rescue
Shelby County Sheriff
Carlene Leaper
Executive Director,
The Arc Mid-South
Special thanks to the many years of support and leadership of
Ms. Carolyn Cowan
1951 - 2022
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