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The board of directors of the Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties announced Tuesday that Anne Couldridge has been named executive director of the organization.

Couldridge steps in Thursday for Executive Director John Reardon upon the beginning of his planned retirement, according to a news release.

Couldridge is the agency’s director of development and previously served on its board of directors for six years.

“Anne comes to this position with a solid background of effective leadership in a variety of community and professional settings,” Board of Directors President David L. Reed said. “Her vision and enthusiasm will help CPARC continue to be a leader in its field of expertise. I am confident Anne will embrace her new role and continue to further the mission of our vital organization while continuing to engage our fine community.”

Couldridge holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Shippensburg University.

“I am honored to be the first woman chosen to be executive director of CPARC,” said Couldridge, a special needs parent. “Knowing firsthand the challenges of raising special needs children and adults, I understand how vital our mission is.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors and all of our dedicated staff. Together, we can continue to expand opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties is a nonprofit organization that was founded more than 60 years ago to provide support, training and opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Jeff Pratt is the Executive Editor at The Sentinel.