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 parents-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 Services Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment/Habitation and Supported Living Assistance.

Staff Leadership


  • Executive Director Stephen Sauer STD, MA
  • Controller Dale Higgins CFO
  • Director of Adm. Supports Michelle Chaisson, PHR, SHRM-CP
  • Maintenance Director Malbert Helton
  • Transportation Director Milton Batiste, M.A.

Arc Enterprises

  • Director Nicole Blair, M.A.

Family Service Coordination

  • Director Katy Wahl B.S.

Individual Options/Employment Services

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

Project HELP

  • Director Glenda Dickinson, B.S.

Supported Living

  • Director Lori Malbroue, B.S.

Board of Directors


  • President Jennifer O'Neal
  • Secretary Debbie Armstrong

Board Members

  • Ryan Blessing
  • Bill Boustead
  • Marc Chevis
  • Daryl Childress
  • Hope Mazzeno
  • John Rigney
  • Duane Superneau, M.D.
  • Sylvie Tran