The Arc gets both new as­sis­tant direc­tor and vo­ca­tional man­ager

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Norma Dal­las has been pro­moted to as­sis­tant direc­tor of com­mu­nity sup­ports with The Arc South­ern Mary­land, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves chil­dren and adults with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in the re­gion. In her new role, Dal­las over­sees staff and vo­ca­tional pro­grams in three of­fices, lo­cated in St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles coun­ties.

Dal­las is pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to live, work and thrive in their com­mu­ni­ties, meet­ing with youth as they tran­si­tion from high school and be­gin their jour­ney with The Arc as young adults, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Dal­las also works with lo­cal busi­nesses and part­ners to en­sure in­clu­sion, through work and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, for in­di­vid­u­als sup­ported by The Arc.

“I’ve had the plea­sure of work­ing with Norma for years as she has been pro- moted through our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” direc­tor Ron Mould said in a re­lease. “Norma is a true team player whose keen in­sight and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude are in­valu­able.”

Dal­las be­gan work­ing with The Arc in 2008 as an em­ploy­ment team spe­cial­ist. Since then, she has been pro­moted mul­ti­ple times and has been rec­og­nized as both em­ployee of the month and em­ployee of the year. She re­cently grad­u­ated from The Arc’s lead­er­ship train­ing pro­gram, which is at­tended by ris­ing em­ploy­ees of The Arc na­tion­wide, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Prior to her em­ploy­ment with The Arc, Dal­las worked with the com­pany Di­rect Mail, most re­cently serv­ing as their pro­duc­tion man­ager for about four years.

Col­lec­tively, Dal­las has over 25 years of su­per­vi­sory and man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. Dur­ing her time with Di­rect Mail, she had the op­por­tu­nity to work with and hire in­di­vid­u­als from The Arc, which sparked her con­nec­tion with the agency and its mis­sion.

Dal­las was born in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and was raised in Calvert County, grad­u­at­ing from Calvert High School.

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Norma Dal­las is the new as­sis­tant direc­tor of com­mu­nity sup­ports with The Arc South­ern Mary­land.

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