President - Karen Craig
Karen joined The Arc in 2007 having the desire to help improve programs and services for area people. When her daughter completed high school in 2011, Karen resigned from Sunman Dearborn schools where she previously enjoyed working as a classroom assistant in the moderate / severe classroom for North Dearborn Elementary. A resident of Ripley County, she is married to Bill and has two children including Anne who has Rett Syndrome. Karen has previously served as secretary for The Arc, organized its Arc in the Park fundraiser and volunteered at the summer day camps provided by The Arc. She is appreciative for the dedication and outlook of the members who participate in The Arc of Dearborn County.
Vice President, Program Director - Brandy Bittner
Brandy is a Dearborn County native, IU graduate with a master's degree in Special Education. Brandy taught in the Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools for ten years, including moderate / severe classroom for four years and an inclusion classroom for three years both at Sunman Elementary. Brandy's most recent teaching position was as mild / moderate special education teacher at East Central High School. In 2012, Brandy became employed as pediatric coordinator of a pediatric skilled nursing facility for medically fragile individuals. Beginning February 2014, she became employed as day program director with New Horizons Rehabilitation Center in Batesville, Indiana. Brandy has been a member of The Arc since 2007 and joined to help bring more resources to regional families with specific needs. She has directed the summer day-camp program offered by The Arc since 2008. Diversifying her background experience concerning individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities has increased her passion to innovate and develop programs and services. She is married to Chris Bittner and has three children.
Membership Coordinator - Suzanne (Sue) Loch
Suzanne joined The Arc in 2007 after seeing the lack of programs and services available in Dearborn County for her children. Sue is a graduate of Deaconess School of Nursing. She and her husband, Erich, are parents of four adult children and one school-age child. As a parent of two children who have disabilities, Sue recognizes the great need for opportunity for her daughters and others in the region who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.