Meet Our Directors

head shot of CEO Dan Burke

Daniel Burke has served as the President and CEO of The Arc of South Norfolk and its affiliate Lifeworks, Inc. since October of 2010. Dan has spent his entire career with The Arc of South Norfolk and Lifeworks, Inc. Dan began his career as a teacher/counselor in the Individual Support Program of The Arc of South Norfolk in 1983 and soon after became a program manager. Dan progressed in his career to a Residential Program Director for The Arc and when these programs transitioned to Lifeworks, upon the creation of that agency, Dan continued as a Residential Director for Lifeworks. In 1993, Dan became the Director of Employment Services in the Lifeworks Employment Services program in West Roxbury.

Dan was promoted to Vice President of Lifeworks in 2001, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Employment and Residential Services programs. When Bill Abel, the first President/CEO of Lifeworks and The Arc announced his retirement transition plan in 2007, Dan was promoted to the President of Lifeworks, and in 2009 became the President of both The Arc and Lifeworks Inc. Originally from Dalton, MA. Dan received his Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Services with a minor in Psychology from Syracuse University. Dan has also served as volunteer with the sports program supported by The Arc of South Norfolk. Dan is a board member of The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers; The Arc of Massachusetts Council of Executives and serves on the board of several community organizations. Dan can be reached at (781)762-4001, ext. 401 or

Daniel Sullivan joined The Arc of South Norfolk in 2012 as Vice President.  In this role Dan works with the management team to carry out the mission and vision of our organization.   Dan earned his Masters degree from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  His career has included working in the public and private nonprofit sectors in various fields including juvenile justice, child welfare and behavioral health. Dan can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 313 or

Kay Lee Blanchard, LICSW is the Clinical Director of The Arc of South Norfolk’s Harbor Counseling Center. When she began her career at The Arc, she was the Intensive Family Supports Coordinator for adults. Kay held that position for 17 years and then in 2015, she became the Clinical Director. Kay earned her Masters degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work In her spare time she enjoys watching her boys participate in sports, reading, running, and spending time with her three dogs. Kay Lee can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 301 or


Tessa Cannata is the Associate Director of Family Support. As a parent of a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tessa was a founding member of the Family Autism Center in 1996. In 2006, Tessa joined the Family Support team where she assists families in navigating the complex service system and helps them feel part of a supportive community. Tessa holds Bachelors’ degrees in Human Services (Community Mental Health) and Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Tessa can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 303 or

Brian Clark has been Director of the Family Autism Center since 2013. He has been in the human services/special education field for over 15 years in a variety of capacities.  In his role, Brian helps parents & individuals navigate the complexities of having an autism diagnosis; creates recreational programs and supports families in connecting with their community.   Brian lives in Norwood and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, being outdoors, sports, history and all-things Star Wars. Brian can be reached at (781)762-4001 ext. 310 or

Diane Demeritt is the Senior Associate Director of The Arc of South Norfolk’s William F. Abel Therapeutic Day Habilitation Center. Prior to overseeing the day- to- day operations of the Day Program, Diane was Associate Director of Family Support. Diane was previously employed as a Crisis Counselor on a 24-hour crisis hotline in Connecticut and managed several residential programs supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Connecticut as well as Massachusetts. Diane earned her B.A. degree in Human Services from Norwich University in Vermont. In her spare time, Diane loves spending time with her husband, two sons, two cats and dog. Diane enjoys learning about history, antique furniture and experimenting with new recipes. Diane can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 349 or

Lisa Knox is the Director of the William F Abel Therapeutic Day Habilitation Program. Having been in this role for thirteen years, she has been honored to work with an inspiring community of family, staff and participants. Prior to this, Lisa was a Residential Director for the Arc’s sister agency, Lifeworks for 6 years. Lisa also has extensive experience running residential programs for the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Mental Health youth. Lisa has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling as well as an undergraduate degree in English Literature, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In her spare time, Lisa volunteers at the Winslow Animal Farm Sanctuary where she is also a member of the Board of Directors. Lisa can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 345 or 

Pamela Martino is the Director of Family Support. Pam first joined The Arc as relief staff in the William F. Abel Therapeutic Day Habilitation Center, working during summer breaks from college.  In 2005, Pamela joined the Family Support Department where she held positions as both a Coordinator and Associate Director. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  Pamela enjoys the opportunity to get to know and support many families.  In her spare time, Pam loves spending time with her family, reading, and being outdoors. Pam can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 307 or

Courtney Maynard is the Associate Director of Social and Recreation where she coordinates social and recreational programming for adults. Courtney has been involved in social and recreation program development since 2013 and enjoys creating programs with a purpose. Prior to working at The Arc, Courtney was the Director of Community Support Services for Citizens of Maine. Courtney holds degrees in Psychology as well as Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Maine. Courtney enjoys spending time with family and exploring her local community. Courtney can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 308 or


Elizabeth Parker is the Director of Human Resources for both Lifeworks, Inc. & The Arc of South Norfolk. Elizabeth has spent her entire career in the Human Service non-profit sector, and is familiar with all aspects of Human Resources, i.e. recruitment, training, and employee relations. Elizabeth has a Masters degree in Public Administration, and certifications in both Professional Human Resources (PHR), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, reading when she can, and traveling as often as possible.

Roger Parks is the Director of the Adult Family Care program, and has been part of the AFC team since 2015. Prior to joining The Arc of South Norfolk, Roger provided support to individuals in residential settings for more than 10 years with Lifeworks, Inc. He enjoys working with individuals and families to connect them with resources and encourage them to reach their full potential. Roger holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. In his spare time, Roger enjoys hanging out with his family, learning about health and nutrition, watching sports, and taking trips around New England. 


Susan Tufts Kagan is the Director of Development. Prior to her present role, Susan was the Director of Social/Recreation for The Arc. Susan has been an advocate for equal access to education, recreation and the community for people of all abilities for more than twenty years with the Institute for Community Inclusion and the Disability Rights Fund. Susan has served as a consultant to area non-profit organizations and was the Executive Director of Outdoor Explorations as well as the Executive Director of Parent Talk in Needham.  Susan has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Rehabilitation Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Connecticut. Susan resides in Westwood with her two sons and two dogs. Susan can be reached at (781) 762-4001, ext. 304 or