Congratulations to Richard Dean, who was recognized for his service to The Arc of Howard County at the Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) Volunteer Award Luncheon on June 19. Richard has been involved with The Arc of Howard County for almost two decades and has served on nearly every committee and held every office. He has been a valuable advisor and a leader who has led by example through his personal engagement, shared expertise and financial generosity.
Richard has a long tenure with The Arc. He served as an outstanding Board Member from 1996 to 2002, a period of growth for The Arc and served every office with distinction: Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President. In 2001 he joined the Capital Campaign Committee, helping The Arc take a giant step forward in expanding its headquarters on Homewood Road. Richard is the current Chair of the Resource Development Committee and former Chair of the Nominating Committee. In addition, he most recently chaired The Arc’s hugely successful 50th Anniversary Campaign, which engaged a wide variety of people in raising funds for The Arc.
As the father of a young woman served by The Arc of Howard County, and the step-father of another young woman served by The Arc, Richard sets the example for other parents of children with developmental disabilities; he seeks as much independence as possible for his children, and he helps the agencies that his family needs to make life better for his daughters now and in the future, when he and his wife are no longer here to help them.
While The Arc of Howard County has substantially benefited from Richard’s involvement, he has also served The Arc of Maryland as a board member since 2008 and as treasurer since 2011.