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
  • 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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Debbie Thornton

Program Director

Deborah has been a resident of McLennan County all of her life. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a Master of Education degree in Education Administration from Tarleton State University. Deborah has taught multiple disciplines in special education classes at local public schools. Furthermore, she has served on numerous local boards including Family Abuse Center, Waco Symphony Association, Waco Symphony Council, and Historic Waco Foundation. Deborah is eager to empower the young people at the Opportunity Center while enriching the current curriculum in this adult program. In addition, she will oversee The Arc’s After School Program and The Arc’s Summer Camp.

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After School Staff

  • Debbie Thornton

Self Advocate Advisor

  • Mickey Needham

Teen/Young Adult Staff

  • Kandy Money
  • Mickey Needham

Opportunity Center Staff

  • Debbie Thornton
  • Stephanie Castro