Barbara Wale, president/CEO, the Arc of Monroe, was honored with the Marc N. Brandt Exceptional Leadership Award by the statewide chapter, The Arc of New York.
The award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership ability and commitment to the mission of the organization, while positively affecting the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award was presented June 9 at the Arc of New York’s Board of Governors meeting in Albany. Wale resides in Fairport and is an active member of the local community.
“In terms of leadership, Barb has an innate ability to anticipate and negotiate circumstances that have an effect statewide; a sign of a true leader. Her knowledge of the system is exceptional and the history she holds of the entire service system is invaluable. Barb is able to bring parties together and conveys a sense of teamwork that affects a positive end result that is beneficial to all,” said Donna Saskowski, executive director at the Arc of Genesee Orleans.
Wale celebrated 40 years with the Arc of Monroe in April. She began her career at the Arc as a speech pathologist and was promoted to leadership positions such as director of clinical services, director of crittenden day treatment program, vice president of program operations, vice president of quality management and president/CEO.
Wale has been commended for having a forward thinking and a visionary approach that has inspired her management team to develop services known for their high quality. She places value in the development of community partnerships as an essential ingredient to success.
“Barb Wale strives for excellence in all she does and the agency she runs. She is creative and innovative in her approach to developing new programs. But most of all, Barb Wale cares. And to a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, that means everything,” said Janet Merz, parent of a child who has a disability supported by the Arc of Monroe
The Arc of New York comprises 52 chapters that supports over 60,000 people each year. The Arc offers programs and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The organization offers various trust services to give people with disabilities the opportunity to remain in their communities with greater comfort and independence, while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones.