The Arc of Tippecanoe County is committed to all individuals with developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working, and playing in their community.
- Empowering individuals through advocacy and social opportunities
- Empowering their families through education
- Empowering their communities through awareness
Founded in 1953 by a group of local parents and educators, The Arc serves as a resource to self-advocates and family members for a better life and to the community to promote positive attitudes to disabilities.
Meet Our Board of Directors
- Cari Carpenter: Cari is a stay at home mom of five, three of whom have special needs. In addition to serving on the board, she is also the chairperson for the Fundraising and Membership Committees. She and her husband, Dan, are active foster and adoptive parents. She enjoys hanging out with her family, running, and working within the community.
- Dan Carpenter, Secretary: Originally from the Chicago area, Dan spent 22 years on active duy as a US Army commissioned officer. His last assignment was as Army ROTC Department Head at Purdue University from 2004 to 2008. He retired from the Army in 2008 and is now a Senior Associate Director in Student Success at Purdue. He currently serves on the Education Committee.
- Joe Hemersbach, President: Joe is the Deputy Director of Aging and Disability Services at Area IV Agency on Aging & Community Action Programs. He has worked there for 12 years, previously working for Adult Protective Services and Family Services, Inc. for 18 years in the Lafayette region. Joe is a graduate of Purdue University and Ball State University. He lives in Carroll County.
- Chris Grove: