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The Arc to Bid Farewell to Beloved CEO

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After almost 20 years working devotedly as a Chief Operations Officer and the last eight as CEO for The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach resident (and longtime friend of The Beachcomber) Julie McNabb is set to retire on Jan. 2, 2017.


“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with Dr. McNabb over the years,” says Arc President Wayne Campbell. “We are sorry to lose her but happy for her to start the next chapter in her life.”


Dr. McNabb joined the Arc of the Emerald Coast after nine years of experience working with people who have developmental and other disabilities. During her tenure, she was responsible for helping over 450 people with disabilities and their families live in our community, as well as employing a staff of 250. A product of our local universities, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Troy State University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of West Florida.


“You cannot ‘retire’ from the relationships you make over the years with clients, staff and the community,” says McNabb. “The people of the Arc will always have a piece of my heart.”


The Arc of the Emerald Coast (formerly Horizons) began serving people who have disabilities and their families in April 1992 in Okaloosa and Walton counties, and began services in Santa Rosa County in March 2015. The Arc’s mission is to provide a path from disability to capability. By offering a variety of community‑based residential, vocational, transportation and other support services, the Arc of the Emerald Coast helps people reach their dreams and live meaningful lives.

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