Who We Are
Arcadia was founded in 1994 as an incubator for innovative programs serving people with disabilities. Decades later, we continue to work at the leading edge of the movement for full inclusion, dignity and self-determination. Our staff members are passionate about inclusion and experts at community. We do not participate with segregated programs. We build relationships and partnerships, and we know how to help you connect where you want to be involved in the most natural and typical ways possible.
dr. allison hammond
Belonging to ones community is a passion of mine. Since I can remember, I have always been passionate about people being included. When I was younger, I was the person who noticed people who were being left out. I sat with them on the bus, invited them to join me for lunch and helped them in school. As an adult, my career has centered around serving my community through my work or as a volunteer. My professional education is in dance, adapted physical education and education leadership. I have worked for Western Michigan University coordinating a program for children through adults with disabilities in physical education programs, Special Olympics Unified Sports, as well as co-authoring a manual for special physical education for the Michigan Department of Education. As a volunteer, I have been the President of the Junior League of Kalamazoo, a long time member of the Housing Resources, Inc. Board and many other community activities.
She has worked for nonprofit organizations over the last ten years. Organizations such as Americorps, where she worked as a special education classroom helper, and currently at Communities in Schools as Site Coordinator for Milwood Elementary. She is consecrated as Minister at Greater Faith Empowerment Center. She has obtained her Bachelor’s Degrees from The College of Wooster in Liberal Arts, and Ursuline College in Fashion Design.
Michele comes to the Institute with a range of community experience, including service on the State Political Affairs Committee for the Junior League of Kalamazoo on issues of Human Trafficking and School Nutrition, the Kalamazoo Concert Band and Portage Newcomers Club. She received her Master of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.