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Utica, NY–  Dr. John (Jack) Kowalczyk has been elected President of The Arc New York by the organization’s Board of Governors.  The Arc New York is celebrating its 70th Anniversary and remains the largest nonprofit in the state serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  With 48 chapters located in every county in New York, the organization supports over 60,000 people, employs over 38,000 staff and has a membership of over 110,000 supporters.

“I’m honored and inspired to lead this family-led organization with a renewed commitment to our mission of advocating and supporting people with developmental disabilities so that they may lead a rich, full life of dignity and opportunity,” said Dr. Kowalczyk.

“Jack is the perfect choice to lead us all,” said Karen Korotzer, chief executive officer at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis. “He has a wealth of knowledge and a vast number of experiences to draw from as he guides the state chapter into the future.  His dedication is second to none, and we couldn’t be more thrilled and proud that he was elected to this important position.”

Kowalczyk is a longtime board member at The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, twice serving as Board President. His association with the chapter spans over 45 years as he provided dental exams for people they support, and as a loving, dedicated father of his daughter Suzanne who received services as a child through her adult years.

He has also served many years on The Arc New York’s Board of Governors, most recently holding the position of Central North Region Vice President.

 

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