Who We Are

Our Roots

On February 9, 1938, the Kitsap Children's Benevolent League was established in Bremerton by Senator Lulu Haddon, and a small group of parents, and concerned individuals. The Kitsap Children's Benevolent League was the second chapter to be formed in Washington State. The League defined itself as a society dedicated to the welfare and happiness of children and adults residing in state institutions. 

Since 1938, The Arc of the Peninsulas, has provided services locally to tens of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the Olympic Peninsula region. In the process, we have tirelessly promoted the acceptance and inclusion of people of all abilities, advocated for the most current research-based improvements, and opened new doors in helping people achieve a lifetime of success.

Throughout our proud history, The Arc of the Peninsulas has been a leader in securing services and advocacy for the rights of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. As the local chapter of The Arc of the United States, we are proud to be affiliated with The Arc of Washington State.


Our Leadership Team

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Chris Tibbs

Executive Director

Kim Bushnell

Chief Operating Officer

George Skurtu

Director of Business Operations

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Tari Landsberger

Program Manager

Empowerment and Friday Night Dance

Cole Huber

Program Manager

Community Inclusion and Family Support

Kimberly Adams

Parent 2 Parent Coordinator

Kitsap & Jefferson Counties


Our Board of Directors

Alice Tawresey

Board Chair

former Bainbridge Island Mayor

The Honorable Jeffrey P. Bassett

Board Vice Chair

Kitsap County Superior Court Judge

Bill Mahan


Chair, Paratransit Services, former Kitsap County Commissioner

Tracy Bushnell

Chapter Representative

(Past Board Vice Chair)

Principal, Servitium Group

Richard Richardson

Board Member


DeMorris White

Board Member



Contact Us.

3243 N. Perry Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98310

(360) 377-3473

©2020 The Arc of the Peninsulas ("PENARC"), a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.