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Our Team Members

The Board and Management of the center have raised the bar and have recruited the best in the field to serve consumers in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The Disability Achievement Center seeks dedication, determination and expertise from those who join its team. Each person has personal as well as professional experience with disability. Many are living examples and mentors to the centers consumers of what people with disabilities can achieve.

Arlene Petrunich

Office Manager

Arlene joined DAC in March of 2021 and brings over 20 years of experience working with non-profits as well as a background in office management, recreation, and coaching.

Faye Mullen

Independent Living Facilitator

Faye has over 10 years of experience working for nonprofits, most recently working for Lutheran Services Florida as a Family Facilitator. She also brings valuable experience from her time with Gulf Coast Jewish Community as owner/operator of an Adult Care Home and her 7 years with PARC where she held several positions.

Kim Dittman

Independent Living Facilitator

Kim joined our team in June 2016. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Vickie Penkuhn

Consumer Service Specialist

After retiring from my position as an ILF with DAC 10 months ago, I’m back. I was offered the opportunity to return as the Consumer Services Specialist and jumped at the chance of being part of this amazing organization again. I look forward to supporting our Consumers and Staff in this new adventure.

Becky Holm

Independent Living Facilitator

Becky's journey is one of dedication and compassion. Originally from Massachusetts, she has made Pinellas County her home, dedicating herself to her family and community.

Jody Armstrong

Director of Outreach

Jody has been a Pinellas County resident since 1999. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Adult Education while working as a Training Instructor for USAirways.

Nicole Reed

Executive Director

As Executive Director Nicole oversees all Center Operations with the goal of increasing the access and independence of people with disabilities.

Christine Sears

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Christine has spent her career as an advocate for people with disabilities in New York State. For over twenty years Christine was the Director of Development and Public Relations for The Arc of Madison Cortland working on capital campaigns, planned giving, grant writer, special events and state and federal government liaison.

Julia Michalka

Program Services Coordinator

Julia returned to her old stomping grounds at DAC in the fall of 2016. Since then, she has been promoted to programs supervisor. She has worked in the disability field since 2003 serving in various roles: Ticket to Work manager for a local deaf service agency, coordinator and supervisor for a sister Center for Independent Living and as a facilitator at DAC. She is a mother of 5 children who are all grown and leading productive, independent lives. She is now a proud "Babi" of a beautiful grand-daughter.

Richard DeOrsey

Accounting Manager

Richard joined the Disability Achievement Center Team in November of 2017. He and his wife, Donna, relocated to Florida from their lifelong home in Rhode Island to be closer to their son and grandchildren.

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