The Arc names new executive director


By Heather Lusk


The Arc of Greater Boone County has named Andy Kirby their new executive director. Kirby joined the Arc after previous executive director Steve Savage unexpectedly passed away in February and after Brent Cardin stepped down a year earlier after holding the position for 23 years.

Kirby has been in the field for 11 years and was drawn to the mission of The Arc. “The purpose of the organization, the intent to provide quality services to individuals with disabilities, is something I’ve been doing a long time anyway,” he said.

His goal is to form relationships with local companies, organizations and people to emphasize the value that community partnerships can offer to The Arc.

“Community integration is important to me,” he said. Currently his priority is to know the organization more intimately and understand the culture.

The size of the organization was another factor in joining the not-for-profit. “It’s a small organization compared to others I’ve been with,” he said.

“We have a lot of good things going programmatically.”

Although living more than an hour away from Lebanon in Grant County, Kirby is planning to move to Boone County in the near future.

Kirby is additionally surveyor for CARF International which ensures standards for similar facilities. He will continue with this role, expecting that as he travels across the country visiting three to four facilities each year he will get to see best practices and bring them back to The Arc.

Kirby was impressed by the leadership of The Arc during the multiple transitions over the past year-and-a-half. “I’m energized by the variety and quality of the programs being offered,” he said. “I can’t wait to build on the success already achieved to position The Arc of Greater Boone County as a leader in this industry for years to come.”