4-county GLOW Arc merger complete

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 October 2021 at 8:55 am

Organization covers 2,400 square miles, making it largest geographic area for Arc chapter in the state

Martin Miskell leads the newly merged Arc GLOW.

A merger is complete to form a new four-county organization serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Arc of Genesee Orleans and Arc of Livingston-Wyoming have merged following 18 months of planning to form the new Arc GLOW. This is the first four-county chapter of The Arc New York.

This follows the merger in 2016 of the former Arc of Orleans and Genesee Arc.

GLOW Arc leaders said programs and services will expand to cover four counties, a service area that covers roughly 2,400 square miles. Geographically it is the largest Arc chapter in the state.

“As a unified organization the employees of Arc GLOW will benefit from collective knowledge and to continue to use the best practices, procedures, and policies that are focused on the people we serve and their families,” the organization said in a news release.

Martin Miskell is the leader of Arc GLOW. He was executive director of the Livingston-Wyoming chapter. Miskell began his Arc career as director of finance at the Livingston-Wyoming chapter in 2002, becoming associate executive director/chief financial officer in 2007 and executive director in 2015.

“The merger will offer all four counties more program and service opportunities for individuals and families served,” Miskell said in a previous statement. “We have experienced changes over the last decade in the field of disabilities and this merger will make the agency and its services more fiscally sustainable and poised for the future.”