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


703-208-1119, Ext 115

Tia oversees the Trust department and will be your first point of contact for new trusts. She works one-to-one with families and individuals to plan futures and establish SNTs.

Tia connects with families, individuals, agencies, and attorneys throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. She educates the community, various organizations, and agencies about comprehensive Futures Planning and Special Needs Trust (SNT) services. She is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association.

Tia is a multi-lingual, well-traveled professional with over 23 years of experience in the world of disabilities. She's the mother of two daughters with disabilities and is passionate about 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.

Allie Shelby
Dir. of First Impressions


703-208-1119, Ext 101

Allie provides support to the trust team to ensure smooth operations. She schedules appointments, types trust legal documents, organizes and hosts trust workshops, and helps prepare marketing materials for outreach events. She answers the phone and helps keep our clients up-to-date regarding our upcoming information sessions. She also assists with other office tasks to make sure the trust department runs efficiently to meet client needs.

Allie attended the Woodrow Wilson - Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center and got her certification for Administrative Assistant.

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Sally Wilklow

Contact us for a brief consultation on how advocacy might benefit you and your loved one.

Sally is passionate about helping people live their best lives.  She has over 30 years of social work experience working with diverse populations. She received a BA in psychology and sociology from Union College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sally also has personal experience with disability, navigating its many challenges and services.  She and her husband raised their daughter, Hannah, who had severe and profound disabilities, until she passed away at the age of 12.

Sally uses a strength-based approach that emphasizes self-determination for successful advocacy. She starts with a thorough assessment of the client’s current situation to identify issues and needs, resources and strengths. She guides them to develop a realistic short-or long-term plan with concrete goals and strategies while accessing available community resources.


Karyn Tan
Project Coordinator


703-208-1119, Ext 120

Karyn works directly with each Trust team member with a focus on targeted outreach, social media and marketing support. She also supports the team on database refinement and trust review.

Karyn has over 15 years of experience in brand management, content creation and corporate communications. She achieved communications goals working across diverse cultures in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Singapore.

Her nonprofit journey started at the historic Athens Panathenaic stadium for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games, surrounded by 7000 joyous people with intellectual disabilities. The experience of promoting stories of inclusion altered Karyn's worldview and strengthened her belief in the abilities of every person. Since then Karyn has accumulated deep experience in nonprofit and disability-related content marketing at the state and international levels.

About The Foundation

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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 - Feed More
  • Michael Zoskey  - Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
  • Jouya Rastegar - The Baumann Firm
  • Rikki Epstein - The Arc of Northern Virginia Executive Director

Pro Bono Legal Counsel
Kelly A. Thompson, Thompson Wildhack PLC

The Foundation of The Arc of Northern Virginia oversees our special needs trust program.

The Foundation manages The Arc of Northern Virginia's endowment. Employees of The Arc of Northern Virginia serve as managers of the special needs trust program for beneficiaries and their families. The Director of Trusts reports to the Foundation Board.

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

Our Members of the Foundation board are experts in disability issues and money management. The board meets every month along with KeyBank financial advisors to discuss investment strategies and client relations.

Let's Talk About the Future

Take the first step toward creating a Special Needs Trust for a loved one with a disability.

Get in touch with Trust Director Tia Marsili by filling out our "get in touch" form. The information you provide will get us off to a great start.

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Trust Director Tia Marsili