Four New Members Elected to NeArc Board of Directors

Northeast Arc has elected four new members to its Board of Directors.

The new members, sworn in at the Northeast Arc’s board at their 61st Annual Meeting held on June 2, 2015, are:

• Michael Forasté of North Andover, an audit partner at McGladrey
• Wayne Marquis of Danvers, recently retired Danvers Town Manager
• Christine Sullivan of Salem, retired CEO of the Enterprise Center
• Mark Whitmore of Salisbury, Executive Director of the North Shore Career Center

Mike Forasté
Forasté, a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, has extensive experience in SEC accounting and reporting as well as mergers and acquisitions, public debt and stock offerings, and providing technical assistance in complex accounting and reporting.

Wayne Marquis
Under Marquis’ leadership, the Town of Danvers saw the reconstruction of the middle school and high school, the renovation of Town Hall and the Peabody Institute Library, a new fire station and senior center, approval of the Rail Trail and the purchase of open space. He also serves as a member of the School Committee of Essex Technical High School, a member of the Board of Overseers at Salem State University, and a Corporator of Beverly Hospital.

Christine Sullivan
Sullivan recently retired as CEO of the Enterprise Center, a business growth center serving business owners, leaders and employees of companies of all sizes, in all industries, and all stage of the business lifecycle. Prior to the Enterprise Center, Sullivan owned Hawthorne Associates, an international marketing company, was Massachusetts Secretary of Consumer Affairs, and worked in the US Congress.Sullivan is the co-founder of the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore (CEANS), and has provided invaluable advice to leaders of both the Peabody Cultural Collaborative and the Northeast Arc’s downtown Peabody ArcWorks Community Art Center.

Mark Whitmore
Mark is the Executive Director of the North Shore Career Center in Salem, spearheading and completing comprehensive workforce development projects while maintaining positive relations between government and constituents.Whitmore is a leadership member of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, serves on the Massachusetts Statewide Coordinating Council on Community Transportation, and is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development.

About The Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc was created in the 1950s by parents of children with disabilities who rejected the assumption that their children should be institutionalized. Now serving over 7,000 people annually in more than 150 Massachusetts cities and towns, Northeast Arc is dedicated to helping people with disabilities become full participants in the community, choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. The agency does this through a variety of programs, including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition. The agency also runs the ArcWorks Community Art Center on Foster Street in Peabody. Northeast Arc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 4th largest Arc in the country.

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