About Us

It is the mission of the Arc of Smith County to enhance the general welfare of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing programs, services, education, advocacy, respite, and compassion for those we serve and their families. 

About Us

The Arc of Smith County is part of a non-profit, nationwide volunteer organization of involved parents and family members, active professionals and interested friends who work on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1962, The Arc of Smith County serves more than 1,500 families. The Board of Directors is selected from the Smith County community, and these volunteer directors include professionals, parents and interested citizens bringing various backgrounds and expertise to the organization. Like most local Arc organizations, The Arc of Smith County is involved in direct services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. In addition, The Arc works with community agencies to develop better programs in areas of education, job training, advocacy, support and public awareness. The Arc of Smith County is an organization qualifying from federal income taxes under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Tax ID: 75-1156215

Board of Directors

Thom Eikner

Board President

CPA – Bailes & Co., P.C.

Holley Howard

Vice President of Governance

Community Volunteer

Betsy Freeman

Board Member

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services



Board Member

Wellness VIP

Janice Swink

Board Member

Community Volunteer

Jo Dobbs

Immediate Past President

President – Interlink Real Estate Services, Inc.


Kelly Sanders

Vice President of Finance and Development

President, American State Bank

Laura George

Board Member

CEO/President – All Home Infusion Inc.

Brian Pearson

Board Member

New York Life Insurance

Amanda Montgomery


Audit Supervisor, CPA – Gollob Morgan Peddy


Brandon Baade

Board Member

Attorney at Law

Kris Gusa

Board Member

CPA Partner – Gollob Morgan Peddy

Linda Rudd

Board Member

Owner – Dakota’s

Rachel Gee


Director of Fuel Operations – Brookshire Grocery Company

Jan Barton

Board Member

Financial Accountant – Brookshire Grocery Company

Joni Harbert

Board Member

Community Volunteer

Scott Stilley

Board Member

KLTV Marketing Director


Susan Z. Hawkins

Executive Director

Susan attended Texas Tech University before working for American Airlines as a stewardess in the late 60”s and early 70’s living in New York City and Fullerton, California then moved to Tyler , Texas in 1993. She has been involved in Fundraising both in Politics as well as non-profits for over 30 years. Having a heart to serve, Susan has served as a Board member on several boards including the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, The Discovery Science Place in Tyler, The United Way of Tyler/ Smith County as well as several other agencies. Other professional experience includes working for over five years as a supervisor for CASA for Kids of East Texas.

Rhonda Boaz

Program Manager

1994 – I began volunteering my time at the Alzheimer’s Alliance after finishing TJC and while looking for a job. The Alzheimer’s Alliance decided to hire me as their office administrator. Later on I was given the additional position of Education Coordinator for a 16 county area and Newsletter Editor.

2005 – I left my position at the Alzheimer’s Alliance and worked in a Law Office until 2007. I really missed the non-profit sector and decided to begin looking for an opening at another non-profit.

2007 – I began volunteering my time at The Arc of Smith County. A position became available for an office assistant and I was hired. Within a few months I was moved into the position of Program Director. I’m also the volunteer coordinator, AP/AR, and office administrator.

Being the Program Director at The Arc is one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and in the process earn a special place in someone’s heart. Working with this population was a great way to accomplish those goals. So much more has been given to me because they show me so much determination, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, laughter, love and acceptance.

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