• Alliances and Advocacy: Michael Seereiter, CEO NYAII

    Michael Seereiter, CEO of the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, shares his reasons for a lifetime of advocacy, and how he transforms his experience and expertise into a successful 3-pronged approach for supporting the intellectual and developmental disabilities community locally, regionally and at the government level.

    See the toolkits and resources available, and learn more about NYAII here: https://nyalliance.org/

    Support your local Arc Chapter, and visit the Arc, Oneida-Lewis here: www.thearcolc.org

    35m | May 1, 2023
  • Local Advocacy Efforts and Statewide Impact

    New York State Senator John Mannion is back for his second episode of Arc Waves. Senator Mannion, Chair of the Committee on Disabiliites, discusses his ongoing and tireless efforts to advocate for the disabilities field on several fronts. He also gives insight as to how local advocacy efforts can have a big impact at the state level and encourages citizens to reach out to their representative with their concerns and feedback. Listen in to hear more about his efforts to work with all stakeholders to create a positive change.



    23m | Apr 17, 2023
  • Healthcare Access and Community Involvment

    Eve Van de Wal, Regional President Utica/North Country of Excellus BC/BS, has had diverse and extensive experience in health care delivery and health care insurance. In supporting the mission of Excellus BC/BS to provide access to high-quality and affordable health care, she also serves the community, striving to make a positive impact in lives throughout her vast region, and in the lives of her employees. Her commitment to meeting the needs of marginalized populations, such as those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and others, make her a champion for healthcare access and delivery innovation.



    29m | Jan 30, 2023
  • Creating Social Impact

    We welcome Alicia Dicks, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, to Arc Waves for a discussion about the vital and evolving role of community foundations. Alicia shares the importance of collaboration and communication, both as tools to strengthen relationships with community partners, such as nonprofits like The Arc, Oneida-Lewis, and as a means to effect meaningful, sustainable change. Her commitment to the Mohawk Valley is an inspiration in this thoughtful conversation.




    34m | Jan 16, 2023
  • NYS Assemblywoman Buttenschon Speaks About Local Leadership

    In this episode of Arc Waves, Karen and Heather are joined in the studio by Dr Marianne Buttenschon, local NY Assemblywoman and small business owner. Her commitment to the community and to the disabilities world is evident in this conversation, as is her dedication to life-long learning. We enjoy discussing much of what our area has to offer, and the role the Arc Oneida Lewis plays in the revitalization of downtown Utica.






    29m | Oct 25, 2022
  • The Role of Local Government in Community Services

    Today, Patricia Fralick joins Karen and Heather to discuss her role as the Lewis County Director of Community Services which ensures access to services for residents in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. With an eye towards including all the stakeholders, Patricia shares why it is important to remember there are many ways to an outcome and that the diversity of input matters when seeking solutions.



    35m | Sep 26, 2022
  • Exploring Leadership Excellence

    Kristen Skobla, the dynamic and enthusiastic Director of the Center For Leadership Excellence at Mohawk Valley Community College, joins Karen and Heather for a robust discussion surrounding leadership development and the role it plays in creating a strong community. CLE (The Center for Leadership Excellence) is guided by its core values of growth, community, collaboration and awareness, and driven by a mission to connect and inspire people to work together, take action and develop the leader that exists within each of us.

    Listen to hear about the vast offerings and impact of CLE!




    34m | Sep 19, 2022
  • Examining Language Disorder and Executive Function in Teens

    We are pleased to have Dr Danielle Bronk join us on Arc Waves for a deep dive into two topics in neurodevelopment: language disorder and executive function. While each of these topics is unique, they also often overlap with other diagnoses such as ADHD or autism spectrum. Helping parents, teachers and the adolescent understand these challenges is key in developing compensatory strategies for success in the teen years and beyond.

    As an added benefit, Dr Bronk has provided a reference list that will be very beneficial to our listeners.

    ARC references.pdf



    29m | Sep 12, 2022
  • David Mathis: An Oneida County Living Legend

    Mr David Mathis, Director of Workforce Development in Oneida County, has a history of giving back to his community that spans decades. In this episode, he shares why he feels one can and should always give back, and talks about the many ways in which he does so. Poignantly, he shares how searching for a program for his son brought him to the Arc Oneida Lewis in 1992, and why that experience keeps him involved many years later.



    30m | Jun 12, 2022
  • Community College Impact: A Conversation with Dr Randall VanWagoner, President of Mohawk Valley Community College

    To kick off season 2 of Arc Waves, we are pleased to welcome Dr Randall VanWagoner, President of Mohawk Valley Community College to our studio! Dr VanWagoner discusses strengths-based leadership and creating a culture that leans into disruption and change in order to create a learning environment that is accessible to all. His drive to be engaged in the community at all levels and his commitment to partnering with our award-winning College Works program to provide an inclusive, educational experience for people supported by the Arc Oneida Lewis is truly inspiring.

    39m | May 31, 2022
  • Season 2 Introduction

    A short recap of season 1 and insight into season 2. Thank you for listening! Make sure to follow and share!


    0m | May 26, 2022
  • Arc Splash: Children's Services at the Arc Oneida Lewis

    Kara Bennett, Director of Community and Family Services at the Arc Oneida Lewis, joins Heather for another Arc Splash episode. The Arc Oneida Lewis provides so many programs and services to individuals of all ages its hard to keep track! Kara discusses our children's programs, and why they are a vital service for children and their families. As Kara says, if you want to learn more, "it all starts with a conversation."

    For more information, visit https://www.thearcolc.org/community-family-services/ or call Kara at 315-927-0219

    10m | Apr 21, 2022
  • Arc Splash: Community and Family Services

    Kara Bennett, Director of Community and Family Services at the Arc Oneida Lewis, shares an overview of the many programs within her department. Serving individuals from age 5 and up, Community and Family Services (CFS) offers a calendar of events and activities to cater to a variety of needs and interests. Contact the Arc Oneida Lewis to learn more!



    6m | Mar 17, 2022
  • Strategic Planning for Successful Outcomes at OPWDD

    In this episode of Arc Waves, we speak with Kerri Neifeld, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) about the initiatives and goals for the field, and how we can all partner together on our mission to provide quality supports and services to all we serve across New York State while engaging stakeholders in the process. Commissioner Neifeld shares how she helped craft a strategic plan to guide OPWDD in order to achieve the greatest positive impact on those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

    Commissioner Neifeld, who grew up near the foothills of the Adirondack State Park, has an impressive and diverse background. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University at Albany, SUNY, and her experience in the human services field provides her with the unique perspective and skills to be a leader and innovator in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. 



    35m | Mar 15, 2022
  • Arc Splash: Corporate Compliance

    Donna Loveland, Chief Compliance and Quality Officer, explains the main elements of a strong corporate compliance program and shares why corporate compliance is vital to fulfilling the mission of the Arc Oneida Lewis.

    The anonymous corporate compliance hotline at the Arc Oneida Lewis is 315-272-1545.


    12m | Mar 10, 2022
  • Introducing Arc Waves

    Arc Waves is a podcast co-hosted by Karen Korotzer, CEO of the Arc Oneida Lewis, and Heather Evans, VP of Development of the Arc Oneida Lewis. Listen, subscribe and share to learn more about the Arc Oneida Lewis and its programs and role in the community as one of the largest employers in the region. You will also hear from leaders across the region-for profit, government and non-profit-all sharing lessons that each of us can take away.

    0m | Feb 18, 2022
  • Leading with a Vision: Anthony Picente, Oneida County Excecutive

    Join us as we dig deep into strategic leadership with Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive. Anthony shares why having a vision and a mission empowers his team and his community partners to create an environment of growth and prosperity.

    Website: https://ocgov.net/

    Email: ce@ocgov.net

    Phone: 315-798-5800

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyPicenteCE/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJPicenteJr


    42m | Feb 18, 2022
  • The power of local representation: Meet Assemblyman Brian Miller

    In this conversation, New York State Assemblyman Brian Miller shares his approach to politics and governing. His background as an engineer informs how he methodically and patiently approaches each challenge in an effort to make New York state a better place for everyone. He has been a long time advocate of individuals with disabilities and the people who care for them.



    30m | Feb 11, 2022
  • Arc Splash: CollegeWorks

    CollegeWorks is an innovative program offered by the Arc Oneida Lewis in collaboration with Mohawk Valley Community College. Begun in 2010 as a response to a need, it has grown into its integral role as a non-degree, non-credit vocational program for people with developmental disabilities. Particularly notable is its location on a college campus-offering that important formative experience for its students.


    Brooke Burrows 

    Director of CollegeWorks



    13m | Feb 9, 2022
  • Arc Splash Mini-Pod: School to Work

    School to Work is a program offered by the Arc Oneida Lewis, in collaboration with Madison Oneida BOCES. This innovative program is offered to students with disabilities to improve outcomes after high school and provides training in work/life skills, independent living skills, job shadowing skill, job retention skills and more.

    For more information, please contact Brandi McCanney, Director of School to Work and Transition Services at the Arc Oneida Lewis at 315-927-0127 or via email bmccanney@thearcolc.org.

    Parents and caregivers can also find more information, including a list of school district partners at https://www.thearcolc.org/school-to-work/

    14m | Jan 27, 2022
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