The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence


      The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

November 30, 2021

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence ( announced that Heather Romanek is the recipient of The Arc New York’s Self-Advocate of the Year Award and Michael Borrelli was selected for the Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award. These awards were presented during the State-wide, virtual annual meeting held this Fall.

The Self-Advocate of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of one individual for their efforts to shape services that benefit themselves and others. Romanek was selected for her years of service on state and local self-advocacy groups. She is a seasoned public speaker and regularly meets with legislators to garner their support on issues critical to the disability field. Romanek is currently The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence’s Self-Advocacy Consultant, working as an employee to assist people supported by the agency in Jefferson County.

“Heather is very energetic and wants to speak in front of as many audiences as possible to share her story and teach people that a disability does not need to hold people back from achieving their goals,” says David Liscomb, Self -Advocate and Board of Director for The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence.

The Thomas A. Maul Direct Support Professional Excellence Award is presented by The Arc New York in honor of Maul, who during his tenure as OPWDD Commissioner from 1993 to 2006, addressed many long-standing issues for people with disabilities. Michael Borrelli, Direct Support Professional with The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence is one of four people throughout the state selected to win this honor. Borrelli was recognized for consistently demonstrating excellence, creativity, and commitment to providing supports to people with disabilities.

“Mike has been a member of the agency’s Employee Advisory Committee and he brings innovative thoughts to the group that support the mission and enhance services,” stated Howard Ganter, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence. “During his 20-year career with the agency, Mike has always advocated for people we support to find interesting activities that they enjoy and regularly takes on new challenges.”

The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence provides lifelong opportunities that enhance the lives of people, so that they may achieve their goals and aspirations. Applications are now being accepted for a variety of positions, including Direct Support Professionals, drivers, and staff to work in employment programs. To learn more and apply now, visit or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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In the photos from left to right: Michael Borrelli & Heather Romanek

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

About The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence:
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence seeks to be the premier provider of services for people with diverse needs through the continuum of life.