Board of Directors and Staff


2021 Officers and Directors

  • President – Jeff Stubbs
  • First Vice President – Greg Salome
  • Second Vice President – Billy Hubert
  • Treasurer – Charles Johnson
  • Secretary – CraShanta Evans
  • Corresponding Secretary – Beth Hicks
  • Kristal Lowry
  • Cristi Phipps
  • Maria Solano
  • Saba Toor


Tom Pearson

Executive Director

Tom has served as the Executive Director of The Arc of McLennan County for 15 years. Tom grew up in Waco and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Seminary. Prior to his work with The Arc, he was a pastor in Missouri and Mississippi and then did curriculum development for an educational non-profit.

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Ovida Williams

Money Management

Born in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School, Ovida has lived in Waco for 26 years.  She has retired as the Office Manager for The Arc after being here since December of 1992. She has now taken on the Money Management role.

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Allison Smith

Office Manager

Allison and her family moved from California in the end of 2020  She has joined our team as the Office Manager for The Arc.

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Brandy Abel-Clark

Program Director

Brandy has been affiliated with The Arc of McLennan County in some capacity for 10 years. She currently serves as The Arc’s Program Director, overseeing the adult program at the Opportunity Center and the children’s after-school program and summer camp program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and worked for Waco ISD for six years, both as a teacher and as a Vocational/Transition Coordinator before coming to The Arc. Brandy hopes to help people empower themselves and reach their personal and vocational goals.

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After School Staff

  • Tearria Heslip
  • Shantia King
  • Geri Orman

Self Advocate Advisor

  • Mickey Needham

Teen/Young Adult Staff

  • Kandy Money
  • Mickey Needham

Opportunity Center Staff

  • Brandy Abel-Clark
  • Tearria Heslip
  • Shantia King
  • Geri Orman