Meet Our Team



 Tonya is originally from North Carolina and has worked in the field of Disabilities for over 20 years.  She began her career providing residential services and later worked with people in Supported employment.  Through the years her passion for the rights of people with disabilities became the center focus of her career.   

Her career brought her to Virginia in 2011, where she joined The Arc of Southside as executive director, and led the agency through a transformation from traditional services to inclusive supports that are built around the person and not their disability.  At that chapter of The Arc, she and the leadership team successfully closed all of the segregated facility based programs, which included a Group Home for 15 people, a Sheltered Workshop for 135 people, and a Private Day School serving 30 students with disabilities.  She and the leadership team developed and implemented new support services that partner with people with developmental disabilities to build their own lives with the supports they need to live the lives that they choose.

In January 2018, Tonya became the executive director of The Arc of Virginia, where she is advocating for change, so that every person with a developmental disability can have access to supports to live their life in their community.  

Lucy Cantrell helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families navigate Virginia’s complex services system and fulfill their dreams by providing viable connections, information, tools and guidance.  Her work also includes advocating and bringing the critical needs and challenging issues facing people to the attention of policy makers and others to heighten awareness and bring about change so that people can reach their goals for independence as members of their communities.
As a former special education teacher, case manager, director at a community services board and Executive Director of The Arc of Hanover, Lucy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Director of Information and Referral, where she has supported countless individuals and families through their journeys since 2016.


Katherine has been with The Arc of Virginia since 2007, serving as Self-Advocacy Coordinator.  Katherine is a native of Richmond, and attended Midlothian High School.   Katherine is very passionate about her job advocating for disability rights, where she helps with The Arc of Virginia’s advocacy campaigns and sits on many state advisory committees.  She is a member of the Board for the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, a student in the LEND Program, and The Arc of Virginia's representative to multiple task forces and committees giving a voice to Virginians with disabilities.  Katherine loves her job, the people she works with, and fighting for A Life Like Yours for all people with disabilities.




 Katie is native to the Richmond area. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University she pursued a career in marketing and sales.  It wasn't until she had her second son, in 2014, that her whole world changed. Unbeknownst to her husband and her, their son was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality.  He is the only one in the world with his specific translocation. Although he does present with a developmental delay; he exudes happiness, love, and a tremendous amount of perseverance.  In 2015 Katie began working closely with families to help facilitate the consumer directed portion of the Virginia Medicaid waivers.  She understands the trials and tribulations of navigating the Medicaid system and this is why it became her personal goal to assist other families in their journey.  After working closely with many new parents, Katie realized that her true passion was newborns to early childhood.  She understands personally the whirlwind of emotions and the need for support when parents are first introduced to this new life.