About Us and Mission

Security and Reliability are our Mission

All families want their loved ones with disabilities to be safe and secure throughout their lives. The Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia works with families and people with disabilities to make the future secure.

Our Mission

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

We Focus on Reliability
Our mission is make it easy for people with disabilities to have money they can rely on as they grow older. We do that through our special needs trust program. We do that through careful planning and constant learning. We offer services people can afford. And we do it with compassion and understanding.

We Protect Benefits
Our special needs trusts are a way to set aside money for the future so government benefits are not at risk. Government agencies base benefits on the money a person directly controls. Monthly income, savings and assets all must be under low limits.

A special needs trust avoids those limits on money. That's because the trust is not controlled by the person with a disability. The money is controlled by a trustee.

Our Staff are Experts
Our Special Needs Trust team helps keep track of money so benefits stay safe. Our team makes sure payments follow the rules. And whenever rules and laws change, we know about it. We work with people with disabilities and their families every day, every week, year after year. That expertise makes a big difference to our clients.

Count on Our Team
Key Private Bank serves as the trustee and investment manager. The Foundation of the Arc of Northern Virginia serves as trust manager. Our teams work together to make sure the trusts work smoothly and safely for beneficiaries.

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About the Special Needs Trust from The Arc of Northern Virginia

The Arc of Northern Virginia Personal Support Trust is for people in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

We manage all of the special needs trusts. We are experts in finance and disability policy. We know, care for and understand people with disabilities. Serving the community is our mission. That makes us the ideal partner to set up and manage your trust.

Get In Touch. We Can Help.

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Tia Marsili
Director of Trusts

TMarsili@thearcofnova.org

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

EGu@thearcofnova.org

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

TNsabimana@thearcofnova.org

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
Advocate

CGirgenti@thearcofnova.org

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.

About The Foundation

The Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia is in charge of all of the elements of our special needs trusts.

The Foundation manages The Arc of Northern Virginia's endowment. Employees of the Foundation serve as managers of the special needs trust program.

Members of the Foundation seek people and organizations that might want to support The Arc.

Members of the Foundation board are experts in disability issues and money management. The board meets every other month.

Foundation Board Members

  • Douglas Church, Jr, Chairperson - Retired, Virginia Heritage Bank
  • Alan Harbitter, Past Chairperson - Harbitter Consulting, LLC
  • Alexander Yellin, Secretary - CNA, Research Analyst
  • Jeffrey Wilklow - Campbell & Company
  • Rikki Epstein - The Arc of Northern Virginia Executive Director
  • Kathleen Miller - Members Trust Company Trust Officer

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