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Stacy Engelsman, 
Executive Director 

Stacy joined The Arc of Allegan County in July of 2017.   She has 15+ years experience working for a local non-profit providing supports to adults and children with developmental disabilities.  Stacy served in several leadership roles and is interested in increasing the number of social and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities within Allegan County.  

Stacy enjoys spending time with her family while camping.  She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes out on family and friends. 

Linda Ivers,
Operations and Office Assistant
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Linda and her husband, Paul lived in the Chicago suburbs for many years but recently moved to Allegan. They have four children. Their son Michael attends the YAC in Otsego and their son Jimmy attends Davenport University. Their daughters live in different states, one in Illinois and one in Arizona.  Linda was a physical therapist for over 30 years.  Linda is very excited to be working at The Arc of Allegan County as she has used The Arc many times throughout the years to help them find resources and services for her son Michael.


Linda enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, word games and yoga in her free time.

Paula has 27 years’ experience working with special needs students, families, and teachers in a variety of West Michigan school systems. She believes that understanding students’ individual strengths and challenges is essential in discovering the best way for each to thrive. She is excited to help families maneuver the often complicated world of special education.

Paula enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Paula Koster,
Educational Advocate

Ally has over 14 years of experience working with children, families, and teachers in Chicago Public Schools.  Ally believes that all children must have authentic relationships with teachers and a sense of safety in their environment in order to thrive in their school community and be ready for learning. 


Ally recently moved home to be close to family, and spends her time raising her daughter, cooking and gardening with her husband.

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Allyson Szymanski,
Educational Advocate