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Service on The Arc’s Board of Directors

Thanks for your interest in Board Service!  Our annual Board nomination process has closed for the current cycle and candidates will be presented for election at The Arc’s Annual Meeting on April 22, 2020.

If you’re interested in joining our Board of Directors and have not yet sent in an Interest Form (nomination form), we encourage you to attend an upcoming board meeting to learn more about Board service. Please reach out to our Executive Director Lori Ropa if you’d like to attend. Appointments to the Board between elections are possible in accordance with our Bylaws.

Are you interested in serving on The Arc’s Board of Directors? The experience is both rewarding and enjoyable.

It is such an honor and privilege to serve on the Board of The Arc! We work together, as a group of individuals who are all passionate about the rights of those we serve, and we support these individuals by guiding the work of The Arc. It is challenging, and rewarding, and the absolute highlight of my volunteer life!

--Helen Pietranczyk

Service on The Arc’s Board of Directors requires a deep commitment to The Arc’s mission, as well as time and energy necessary for full participation. 

In order to qualify to be a member of the Board, a candidate must:

  • be or become a member* of The Arc in good standing and;
  • be a resident of Jefferson, Clear Creek, or Gilpin County or have a family member who is eligible to receive services in these counties (up to 20% of the Board may be exempt from the residency requirement).

(*Membership requires an annual donation to The Arc. For questions regarding membership, including your current status, please contact Jennifer Holan at (303) 232-1338 or

After reviewing The Arc’s Strategic Plan (linked below) and current Board composition, we are particularly interested in adding the following to our Board:

  •  Knowledge in, connections to, or experience with:
    • Health care
    • Government/public sector work
    • Local media organizations or communications/public relations
    • Philanthropic organizations or individuals
  •  Individuals who can bring the perspectives of young adults and minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

While we have identified these as priorities, all interested individuals who have a passion for The Arc’s mission are encouraged to submit a nomination form.

Previous non-profit or corporate board experience is desirable, but not required. The time commitment for a member of the Board of Directors is approximately 7-10 hours per month depending on committee work.  Terms are two years.

For information on Board Member responsibilities, read our Board of Directors Prospectus (linked below). Should you have additional questions or would like to talk with someone about the opportunity, contact Board President Helen Pietranczyk at (720) 979-1447 or Executive Director Lori Ropa at (303) 232-1338.  You can also contact Lori Ropa at

Nominations Process

To self-nominate or nominate someone else, please complete the form linked below. and return it by email to You may also fax to (303) 232-9370, or mail it to The Arc’s office at 13949 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 150, Lakewood, CO 80401.

Candidates will be contacted personally by a Governance Committee member to talk about what it means to serve on The Arc's Board and to learn more about the candidates themselves. The Governance Committee will make a recommendation to the board on which candidates will stand for election. The nominees will be voted on by the Membership at The Arc’s Annual Meeting on April 22, 2020.

Votes will be tallied and the newly elected Board Members will be announced at the Annual Meeting and in the following issue of the Arc's emailed newsletter, the eUpdate. Candidates who cannot be present at the Annual Meeting will be contacted individually to let them know the results of the election.  Newly elected Board members will begin their terms on July 1, 2020.

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