About Arc

    It started out as an idea in 1953 by a group of concerned parents. Originally known as the Association for Retarded Children, a small, but extremely determined gathering of parents organized and implemented an action plan as a means of helping each other and their children affected by mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. Slowly, limited education services were initiated with the determination of parent-volunteers leading the efforts.

    Now known as Arc of Greater New Orleans, the organization and its services have flourished over the years to now serving some 1000 children and adults in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. Arc provides various services throughout the entire community including Family Service Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment Services, Day-Habilitation and Supported Living Assistance.

Staff Leadership


  • Stephen Sauer, Executive Director
  • Dale Higgins, CFO
  • Michelle Chaisson, Director of Adm. Supports
  • Malbert Helton, Maintenance Director
  • Milton Batiste, Transportation Director

Arc Enterprises

  • Nicole Blair, Director

Family Service Coordination

  • Katy Wahl, Director

Individual Options/Employment Services

  • Tom Barnes, Director
  • Valerie St. Amant, Associate Director

Project HELP

  • Glenda Dickinson, Director

Supported Living

  • Lori Malbroue, Director

Board of Directors


  • Jennifer O'Neal, President
  • Debbie Armstrong, Secretary

Board Members

  • Marc Chevis 
  • Katherine LeBlanc
  • Dan Flynn
  • Katy Jambon
  • John Rigney
  • Duane Superneau, M.D.
  • Sylvie Tran