Barbara Bishop became the Executive Director of the Arc of Douglas County in May, 1997. Barb is an expert in collaboration and consensus building and has worked on several national grant-funded employment and transition programs. She designed and provided training to families and individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Kansas on person-centered planning, transition services, and quality assurance. A graduate from The Ohio State University, she and her family moved to Kansas in 1990. She earned a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas with a specialty in transition and adult services. Barb is a strong supporter of self advocacy and serves as the Administrator for the Arc’s partner agency, the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas. Barb loves to talk with the families and consumers supported by the Arc. If she is not in her office, she can usually be found working along with other partner agencies to strengthen supports and increase inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Lead Service Coordinator
In high school and college I worked as a PAS worker with 1 family for a total of 7 years and am currently their case manager.
I graduated from Ottawa University in 2004 with a degree in Human Services. I then was a juvenile corrections officer for 4 years after graduating College. I then started working at The Arc in 2008. I have worked with the majority of my families on my caseload since I started in 2008. I have a wide range of age groups that I work with on my case load. I have assisted families in accessing services, maintain satisfaction of services, advocating and supporting families with IEP’s and goals for school and transitioning out of school into adult services and community employment, working with service providers, referring individuals to community employment.
Mike has worked with kids and adults with developmental disabilities for 22 years. He has had many years of experience working direct-care at a summer camp in Minnesota and with day and residential service providers in Manhattan, KS and Lawrence, KS. He studied journalism and public relations at Kansas State University. As of 2015 this is his 5th year as a case manager at The Arc of Douglas County.
Post-secondary education in Human Development, Counseling, & Business Administration. Background in case management, independent living, vocational training, job placement, community outreach, advocacy & support, and adaptive recreation.