Speaker Date Topic
Stephanie Katz Dec 18, 2018
The Arc of Montgomery County

For over 60 years, The Arc Montgomery County (The Arc) has helped connect people of all abilities to build inclusive and fulfilling lives through its commitment to individualized, high-quality lifetime services for individuals affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. The focus is on helping infants, children, youth, and adults live as independently as possible at every age with meaningful connections in their communities. Each day, The Arc directly supports over 500 children, youth, adults, seniors, and families. It provides inclusive child care, in-home support services, residential services, employment opportunities, vocational training, respite care, and recreational activities, plus support groups and other opportunities for families to share their experiences. Also, The Arc runs a thrift store in Kensington, MD where all income supports Arc programs.


About Stephanie D. Katz

Stephanie Katz is the founder and principal consultant of CETA Benefit Consulting Group, LLC. She has over 30 years of experience in the design, implementation, communication, and administration of human resources and employee benefit programs. Last June, Stephanie received the Joseph Wharton Award for significant contributions to her profession and the community.


Perhaps the largest recipient of her community service has been The Arc Montgomery County, where she has helped in efforts to change the way people with intellectual and developmental disabilities interact with their communities. About 15 years ago, she encouraged her clients to use participants in The Arc’s vocational and day services to assemble benefit open enrollment packets. Then, for several years, she served on the Arc’s Business Advisory Committee which helped to launch a shredding service.  In more recent years, Stephanie has assisted with development and marketing efforts for The Arc’s Thrift Store, actively participated on several committees, and served on their Board and in multiple officer roles.  Last year, she received the Board Member of the Year Award.  And, last June, she was installed as President of the Board of Directors.

No Meeting - Christmas Day Dec 25, 2018
No Meeting - New Year Jan 01, 2019
Sonja Der Jan 15, 2019
Performance Coaching

Sonja Der is a small business owner of Bridge Performance Coaching. Bridge provides strategic solutions to other business owners, managers, team leaders, non-profit organizations, and individuals who feel "stuck," most often when going through times of transition. Sonja has a background in the health field as a speech-language pathologist. She brings systems understanding, organizational prowess, sharp intuition, and over 25 years of combined leadership and coaching experience to her clients. Because of Sonja's practical application of strengths assessment tools within the work environment, she has branched into recruiting and front-end hiring oversight for clients as well.