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.


As New Path Family Support Director, Robin Church is responsible for The Arc's outreach, information and referral, systems advocacy, and technical assistance activities, in the areas of early intervention and early childhood education.  

 Robin has a wealth of professional and personal experience. She worked for 9 years with Head Start in the public school setting, worked as a Family Service Specialist with Cameron Gallagher Mental health Resource Center (CMHRC) at VTCC for 4 years and worked 5 years as a Family Support Partner (FSP) with United Methodist Family Services (UMFS).  In her roles she has helped countless families navigate systems to find resources for their child/children throughout the state of Virginia.  She has two sons and has personally experienced the Early Intervention System in Virginia, as well as many other community services. 

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.