The Arc Is Governed By A Dedicated Board Of Directors:

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Arc of California, with fiduciary responsibility for steering The Arc towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.  The board members have a diverse set of expertise and offer guidance and oversight of The Arc’s mission, vision and strategic goals. Board members serve two-year terms and meet a minimum of three times a year.

The Arc of California is activity seeking to expand its Board of Directors with individuals who are committed to advocating on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Pat Hornbecker, Board President


I am Pat Hornbecker, a Dental Hygienist by day and a human/civil rights advocate most of the rest of the time. I have 4 grown children and Joseph, my oldest at 40, has Angelman Syndrome. He lives in his own 2-bedroom apartment in San Francisco with a live-in companion and supported living services 24/7. I have affiliated myself with The Arc at the local, state, and national levels for the last 40 years working to create quality lives for all people with disabilities, especially IDD, through public policy development, advocacy efforts, education, and family support. Joseph was fully included in the San Francisco Public Schools and moved into his apartment on Fisherman’s Wharf at age 20 where he continues to be fully included in his community.

I came to The Arc many years ago looking to find answers to questions about my son’s future. I found a community, mentors, and support. I found a home; an organization of a like-mind to help me achieve a dream for my son and others willing to work with us. I stayed all these years because The Arc continues to work toward our shared goals of inclusion, respect, dignity, and equality. I want to help The Arc grow and realize the vision that The Arc be recognized in the public, non-profit, business, corporate and philanthropic arenas as holding the gold-standard for providing the best quality services, supports, and advocacy for the civil and human rights of people with I/DD. I want to see The Arc continue to collaborate with other disability advocacy organizations to expand our reach and create a more powerful political voice for all people with intellectual developmental disabilities.
I have served as President of The Arc of San Francisco, The Arc of California, and on the Board of Directors of The Arc of the United States.

Grace M. Huerta, Board Vice-President

Grace M. Huerta

Grace M. Huerta of Bakersfield, California. Grace is President and co-founder for the Exceptional Family Center in Kern County, which was founded in 2007 by a group of parents and professionals who recognized the need for a center that is culturally sensitive to the unique needs of our diverse community. The center was created with the intent to provide families of children with a developmental disability with the tools and resources that they need to help their children succeed. What began as an annual conference soon turned into a center that, today, assists more than 300 families by providing them with services that target their specific needs. After graduating from The Arc of California’s Partners in Policy Making, she partnered and collaborated with her mother-in-law, Civil Rights Leader, Dolores Huerta. Grace became a community leader in organizing, training other parents with effective advocacy skills. Grace currently supervises and manages the Early Start Family Resource Center, a program made possible by a contract with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Grace has seen the difference people make when they get involved in the community. Grace has been recently selected to receive the 2019 Latina Leaders of Kern County Award.

Raymond Hampson, Board Treasurer


Raymond is a parent of a 28 year old Alta CA Regional Center client. Raymond graduated from Partners in Policymaking in 2007 and also spent over 12 years as a member of the San Juan USD CAC. Two of those years, Raymond was the Board Chair. Raymond has been married for 38 years and lives in Orangevale.

Sandy Waterbury, Board Secretary


Sandy is the mother of a 25-year-old daughter with developmental disabilities. Sandy is also a special education teacher. She previously served on the Arc of CA Board from 2004 to 2012. In addition to serving on the Arc of CA. Board, she sits on the Self-Determination Advisory Committee for Tri-Counties Regional Center.

Betsy Katz, Immediate Past President


Betsy Katz has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009; prior to that she was the Program Director for 15 years at Care Parent Network, the Contra Costa Early Start Family Resource Center. She is the parent of an adult son with an intellectual disability, and as such is committed to The Arc of California’s purpose and core values, including community participation for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and the leadership, diversity, excellence, and integrity that will enable us to achieve those goals.

Anthony Desalis, Officer CCE Chair, Executive Director, The Arc of San Diego


  • Connie Uychutin, Officer The Arc of San Joaquin (Co-Chair CCE)
  • Tim Hornbecker, The Arc of the East Bay
  • Suzette Ariza, The Arc of Amador and Calaveras
  • Shawn Kennemer, The Arc of Bakersfield
  • Lisa Gunn, The Arc of Butte County
  • Carin Jackson, The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties
  • Elizabeth Marchant, The Arc of Placer County
  • Erin Stream, The Arc of Riverside
  • Christine Totah, The Arc of San Francisco
  • Leslie Presutti, The Arc of San Diego
  • Katy St. Clair, The Arc Solano
  • Pat Heineke, The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • MaryAnne Hagstrom, The Arc of Taft
  • Mary Platt, The Arc of Ventura County
  • Kristina Oxnevad, The Arc of San Bernardino
  • Felisa Strickland, Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara
  • Richard Balocco, Desert Arc
  • Linda Plourde, Bayberry
  • Ofelia Ochoa, MUMI – Mendota
  • Liz Grigsby, At-Large Director
  • Christian McMahon, At-Large Director
  • Acrystal Pugh, At-Large Director
  • Stephen Dale, President Appointee


If you are interested in applying to be a member of The Arc Board of Directors, there are two options for submitting an application for consideration:
Mail to: The Arc of California | 1225 8th Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
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