At The Arc’s Special Needs Trust (SNT) program, Tia Marsili and her team manage trust services and support to families and individuals with all disabilities in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Tia has an unparalleled experience working on issues concerning services and financial programs for our population with special abilities. As the mother of two young adults with disabilities, Tia has been with The Arc of Northern Virginia for 14 years, and previously served as child and family advocate in Fairfax County, Florida, Germany, and Denmark.
“Financial security is one of the cornerstones of well-being for people with disabilities. I help parents and guardians provide this security with a customized special needs trust at The Arc of Northern Virginia.”
Tia’s impressive scope of knowledge in the field of disability-based resources comprises the available state and federal government programs and services, the allocation of and maximization of services, as well as financial assistance & incentives. She works one-on-one with families to outline plans for the financial future of their family members. The foundation of this future is a well-designed special needs trust that safeguards the individual’s assets, maintains her or his benefits and improves quality of life. She further can assist with counsel on issues of social security, Medicaid waivers, employment, healthcare, housing and transportation.
“Planning Jill’s financial future was an overwhelming task for us. Where to begin? Luckily we found the Trust Program at The Arc of Northern Virginia. With Tia’s guidance and her team’s diligence, we could establish the right trust for our daughter and are now much more at ease.”
In her daily work Tia not only conducts family consultations, she also works with specialized attorneys, banks and other service providers, e.g. she closely works with KeyBank, the SNT’s Trustee. Tia also leads the special needs trust marketing and public relations. This outreach includes educating the larger community and organizations on families’ need to be confident for the future of their loved one with a trust. Tia is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events that focus on disability programs and social equality.
Beyond all her specific qualifications and experience, Tia has a rich international background, having lived in Germany, Denmark, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong. A native of western Pennsylvania, she spent her university years and much of her adulthood abroad, giving her both broad perspective and unique language abilities. While studying and living overseas, she worked extensively as a tour manager, translator, and language teacher in Europe, and pursued a variety of freelance opportunities such as an interpreter for the UN-FAO, personal assistant at ABC News, Newsday, and TIME in China. Tia holds a degree from the University of Copenhagen in Sinology, a German language certificate from Trier University and a Chinese Language Certificate from Beijing Language Institute, PRC, and studied Classical Chinese at Fudan and Heidelberg Universities.