Administrative Staff

Karen Stokes

Karen graduated from Auburn University with a B. S. degree in Family and Child Services. After many years of serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families at several nonprofit organizations, she joined The Arc of Shelby County as Executive Director in 2002. Contact Karen at kstokes@thearcofshelby.org.

Angie Clark

Angie has been with The Arc of Shelby since December of 2002. She enjoys working at The Arc and counts it as a blessing to work with such a great staff of professionals. Angie brings with her 15 years of Account Payabale and Human Resource experience. When not at the office she enjoys spending time with her family. Contact Angie at aclark@thearcofshelby.org.

Cindy Massey

Cindy graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a B.S. degree in Accounting. She has 31 years of experience in Accounting including 11 years working with nonprofits. Cindy enjoys gardening and traveling. She has one daughter and a granddaughter and resides in Riverside. Contact Cindy at cmassey@thearcofshelby.org.

Jennifer Ellison

Jennifer joined The Arc of Shelby County in September of 2016. She has 20 years of experience in Development, having worked both in non-profit and higher education, and is passionate about serving individuals with disabilities. Her previous work experience includes serving as the Chief Development Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham and Development Director at Kid One Transport. She has a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Contact Jennifer at jellison@thearcofshelby.org


Community Living

Arricka Gilliard, BSW

Arricka is a graduate of Troy State University with a dual degree in Social Work and Psychology. She spent 11 years in South Carolina serving as a Service Coordinator with Anderson County Special Needs and Disabilities Board. As a service coordinator, she worked diligently with families to identify, access, and implement services to make their lives better. Arricka is very excited to work just as hard with you and your family. Contact Arricka at agilliard@thearcofshelby.org.


Children’s Program

Jeannine Lyons

Jeannine has worked as a service coordinator in Alabama’s Early Intervention System for the last 14 years. She received her degree from Louisiana Tech University in Child Life/ Family Studies. Jeannine joined The Arc of Shelby Co. in 2002; before joining the team she worked as a District Early Intervention Coordinator for Jefferson / Shelby Co. She was chosen and served as a Service Coordinator Mentor through the Alabama’s Early Intervention Mentor Program. Jeannine also received the “Dream Team” Award from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Jeannine enjoys living in Shelby Co. with her two children. Contact Jeannine at jlyons@thearcofshelby.org.


Employment Services

Heather Bell-Lawing, CESP

Heather graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Child & Family Development. She began working at The Arc of Shelby County in 2009 as an Employment Specialist. She enjoys working with adults with disabilities and their families. Helping individuals reach their goals and live a successful life in the community is top priority. She also enjoys spending time with family, vacations, and reading. Contact Heather at heather@thearcofshelby.org.