The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, one of the Quad Cities largest social services organizations and dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announces the fulfillment of the Executive Director position. After 36 years of dedicated service, current Executive Director, Kyle R. Rick, is set to retire in July 2016.

Keeping in within the tradition and mission, The Arc of the Quad Cities began their search for an individual who would carry on the same passion and commitment the organization has come to love and admire of Kyle Rick. It is with great pleasure the Arc announces the addition of Michael Glanz as Executive Director, beginning his employment on May 23, 2016. Michael comes to us from Maryland and has been employed by a dynamic and growing service provider, Melwood ( Michael has served this community in various roles from being a direct support professional to most recently being the Vice President, Community Services for Melwood. In his role at Melwood he helped to transform services to be person-centered and customer-driven while maintaining a fiscal balance.

As a skilled and effective leader Michael has the operational, advocacy, public policy and fundraising skills needed to continue to enhance and enrich the variety of support services offered by The Arc. Michael believes we should put the people we serve at the center of our services to ensure we are creating community partnerships that build upon each person’s own individual abilities, desires, and dreams.

“Michael is an insightful leader with a dedication to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” says Kyle Rick. “I am excited to welcome Michael to The Arc and will work with Michel through July 12, 2016 to ensure a smooth and effective transition of leadership. Michael and I will make a point of visiting all of our many locations over the course of the first weeks to ensure staff have a chance to meet and welcome Michael. Please make sure to give a warm Arc welcome to Michael Glanz.”

Michael earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland University College, a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Iowa, a Certificate in Leisure Studies from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
The Arc of the Quad Cities is looking forward to this new chapter in many more years of serving the Quad city community to come.

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