Arlene serves as Project Coordinator for Disability Rights Oregon’s Plan for Work project. She oversees a team of Community Work Incentives Coordinators who provide no-cost work incentives planning and assistance or benefits counseling to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and /or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and want to work.
Prior to joining Disability Rights Oregon in 2010, Arlene worked at FACT Oregon, a statewide organization empowering Oregon families experiencing disability. She has served in various capacities on boards and work groups at the local, regional, and statewide levels.
For several years, she served as a board member of the adult developmental disabilities support services brokerage Self-Determination Resources, Inc., including terms as board president (2007 – 2012) and secretary (2004-2007). She served as a family/parent representative on the Washington County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council, as well as a family representative to the Staley Implementation Group, which focused on early implementation of Oregon’s current adult developmental disabilities support services system.
She is a 2004 Partners in Policymaking graduate. In 2008, Arlene received the Developmental Disabilities Advocate Award.
She holds a B.S. in Veterinary Science and D.V.M. and worked for a number of years in private small animal practice before entering into the disability field.
Arlene and her spouse are parents to two young adults. One of their children experiences developmental disabilities and is competitively employed in the community. They have lived in Oregon for more than 20 years.