We work with families to plan and safeguard the future for people with disabilities


From "What if?" to "Here's how." Every day, we introduce families to the security of our special needs trust program.

Learn About Setting Up a Trust


We're there for our trust clients.
We listen, support and guide them every day.

Learn How to Use Money from a Trust


We are in the community every day, speaking up and acting in the interests of people with disabilities.

Learn About the Advocate Program


Come to us for workshops, online videos, downloadable resources and referrals to knowledgeable experts.

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We've Set Up

1,400+ Trusts

We Manage More Than

$25.5 Million

Improving Lives for

Since 1999

Serving Families in

VA, MD and DC


What are our clients are saying about us?

KATE, sister of a trust beneficiary Virginia

His siblings and I were panicked.

It is impossible to think of all the future needs of your family member.

And this offers a sense of security for those who support that family member.

Elizabeth, Attorney Virginia

The greatest strengths of The Arc of Northern Virginia is their experience and their expertise in the special needs arena.

They're not going to make a mistake.

LINDA, mother of a trust beneficiary Virginia

My son is safe.

It's the reliability, it's the validity, it's the loyalty they have. It's the understanding of all individuals with disabilities.

It's the dignity that they want to provide for people later in life.

Get in Touch with Our Team

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Tia Marsili
Director of Trusts


703-208-1119, Ext 115

Tia oversees the Trust department and will be your first point of contact for new trusts.

She works with families, individuals, agencies, and attorneys throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She specializes in educating the community, various organizations, and agencies about comprehensive Futures Planning and Special Needs Trust (SNT) services.

Tia is a professional with over 23 years of experience in the world of disabilities. She's the mother of two daughters with disabilities. She works one-to-one with families and individuals to plan futures and establish SNTs.

Born in the USA and educated in Denmark, China, and Germany, Tia is a graduate of The University of Copenhagen with a degree in Sinology. She is multi-lingual, well-traveled, and has a passion for creating systems that provide equality.

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Evelyn Gu
Assistant Director


703-208-1119,  Ext 103

Evelyn maintains the systems and documents supporting the SNT program. She offers Trust clients daily on-site and over-the-phone support by providing personal contact with families and individuals, troubleshooting Trust account issues, and processing Trust checks and documentation.

With a background in psychology and business operations from the University of Virginia, Evelyn has worked to support efficient, high-quality service delivery for various clients.

She enjoys helping individuals and families receive the necessary information and tools they need to plan for the best possible future outcomes.

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Trinitas Nsabimana
Account Manager


703-208-1119, Ext 119

Trini is your point of contact for special needs trust spending requests.

She provides on-site and phone support to clients every day. She works closely with our clients to ensure they have timely and effective access to funds. That helps clients pay for the services they need, such as medical, dental, and vision care, vacations, clothing, furniture, and utility bills.

Trini holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of District of Columbia and has extensive experience working with a variety of clients in different sectors.

Caroline Girgenti


703-208-1119, Ext 120

When caring for someone with a disability, you sometimes need extra help. Our professional personal advocate, Caroline Girgenti, can help in dozens of ways.

We charge an hourly rate for advocate services. Our personal advocate program is for anyone who needs the extra help in navigating disability services.

Caroline meets and works with beneficiaries and families. She helps sort through issues and goals to see what services are needed. Services range from big tasks, like finding a job, to smaller ones, like filling out forms and applications.

Caroline is an experienced Program Manager who has worked in the mental health and intellectual disabilities fields. She's skilled in nonprofit, program, and project management; as well as leadership, policy analysis, and program development. Caroline earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and holds an Masters degree from George Mason University.


To arrange a consultation or workshop, send us a message.

Tax Forms Mailed March 29

If you are a current trust client, please note Key Bank mailed the Grantor Tax Letter (K-1 Form) on March 29. If you need an electronic copy, please contact the Assistant Director of Trusts as soon as possible.

Please understand that K-1 forms are required to be filed on or before April 15, the same day one is required to file Form 1041. It is not a 1099 form, which are typically filed before January 31.