Norma Dallas has been promoted to Assistant Director of Community Supports (ADCS) with The Arc Southern Maryland, an organization that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout Southern Maryland. In her new role, Norma oversees staff and vocational programs in three offices, located in St. Mary’s, Calvert, and Charles counties.
Norma is passionate about ensuring that people with IDD are provided opportunities to live, work and thrive in their communities, meeting with youth as they transition from high school and begin their journey with The Arc as young adults. Norma also works with local businesses and partners to ensure inclusion, through work and volunteer opportunities, for individuals supported by The Arc.
Director Ron Mould says “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Norma for years as she has been promoted through our organization. Norma is a true team player whose keen insight and positive attitude are invaluable.” Norma began working with The Arc in 2008 as an Employment Team Specialist. Since then, she has been promoted multiple times and has been recognized as both Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year. Norma recently graduated from The Arc’s leadership training program, which is attended by rising employees of The Arc nationwide.
Prior to her employment with The Arc, Norma worked with locally based company, Direct Mail, most recently serving as their Production Manager for about four years. Collectively, Norma has over twenty-five years of supervisory and management experience. During her time with Direct Mail, Norma had the opportunity to work with and hire individuals from The Arc, which sparked her connection with the agency and its mission.
Norma was born in Washington, D.C., but was raised in Calvert County, graduating from Calvert High School.