Betsy Roche, M.Ed., has worked at The Arc of South Norfolk since 2000. She has held a variety of roles during her tenure at The Arc. Starting out in direct service, Betsy was the Program Coordinator for the Day Habilitation Program, teaching daily living skills to adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Other roles include Assistant Director of Family Support, Director of the Family Autism Center (FAC), and Director of Development. Starting out providing direct service to people diagnosed with developmental disabilities and Autism has built the foundation for the passion and commitment Betsy has to the field.
During her time as the Director of FAC (7 years), she was a part of the team that helped launch the ALEC (Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition) Program on a national level. She did this by securing funding through FEMA for ALEC trainers to train firefighters on ASD and best practices during emergency situations involving people with ASD. Due to her successful grant writing and fundraising efforts as Director of FAC, she was asked to take on the role of Development Director for the entire agency, a position she has had since 2013.
In addition to her roles at The Arc, Betsy has provided community-based care to families, supporting children and adults diagnosed with Autism in their home and community settings.
Betsy and her husband, Brian, live in Mansfield with their three children.