Katie Arnold is Named Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network
Sibling Leadership Network Announces Katie Arnold as Executive Director
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Sibling Leadership Network is pleased to announce Katie Arnold as the organization’s first Executive Director. Founded in 2007, the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families. As Executive Director, Katie will help the organization grow its network of members and launch a fundraising effort to support the organization. Katie has been a committed volunteer for the SLN since its initial inception and she became the first Board Chair in 2010 when the organization incorporated as a nonprofit.
Katie’s sibling experience has shaped her worldview and influenced her career path, as she has been working in the disability field since 2001. Katie works as the Director of Community Education with the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which serves as the host and national headquarters for the SLN. Katie grew up in New Jersey as the second oldest of four siblings with disabilities, including her sister, Patrice, who has developmental disabilities. Throughout the years, Katie has played a key role in planning six SLN meetings and conferences and has presented in numerous venues throughout the country on the importance of siblings and the SLN. Speaking about her new role, Katie said, “I am excited to play a leadership role in the sibling movement and impact the lives of siblings and their families.”
Katie is committed to supporting siblings of people with disabilities at both the state and national level. The SLN currently has 12 state chapters (AL, DC, GA, IL, MA, MI, NH, NY, OK, OH, TN, UT & WI) and continues to nurture additional chapters throughout the country. Katie has been involved in the leadership of SIBS-Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, the Illinois state chapter of the SLN. Chapters are the grassroots of the organization and maintain more personal and consistent contact with people, ensuring that they obtain the information and support they need.
Early supporters of the SLN were essential to the organization’s launch, including the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University, the Sibling Support Project, and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Also, A National Gateway to Self-Determination has played an important role in supporting the development of the SLN. A new and exciting partnership with The Arc has strengthened the national awareness of the importance of including siblings. And, the SLN is part of the National Partners Council of the Autism NOW Center, a national initiative of The Arc. The Sibling Leadership Network contains leaders of sibling groups and organizations, advocates, and professionals.
We are very excited and fortunate to have Katie in this new role.