Annual Business and Membership Meeting Goes Virtual

June 19th, 2020

On Tuesday, June 16th members of The Arc of Essex County tuned in for the first-ever virtual annual business and membership meeting.   During the meeting, hosted on GoToWebinar, members elected a new trustee and received a year in review complete with pictures from Board President Marnie McNany and a COVID-19 program and services update from CEO Linda Lucas. The evening’s feature presentation, “The Power of Advocacy” was presented by The Arc of New Jersey’s  Executive Director Tom Baffuto. Appointed to the Board were:


  • Marnie McNany – President
  • Stephen Falanga – 1st VP
  • Robert Laurino – 2nd VP
  • Benjamin Proce – 3rd VP
  • John O’Brien – Secretary

Advisory Board Members:

  • Caryn Bushko – Self Advocate
  • Michael Franchino
  • Thomas Giblin
  • Alvin Hersh
  • John McKeon
  • David Meyer
  • Matthew Ryan
  • Scott White
  • Richard Wright


  • Juan Arroyo

In addition, the Board bid farewell to former Board President Brad Hopton and Trustee Theresa Thompson.  The Arc of Essex County extends our upmost appreciation for their time, talent, and effort on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  A copy of the “Power of Advocacy” presentation is now available on The Arc’s website.  To view the presentation, visit