About Us

Arc of Yates is a non-profit service organization for people with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1975 by parents of individuals with developmental disabilities, Arc of Yates began providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Yates County in upstate New York.

Today, Arc of Yates serves adults, seniors, and children with disabilities throughout Yates and surrounding counties. Services provided by Arc of Yates include Service Coordination, Community-based Services, Residential Living, Clinical Services, Employment, Habilitation, and Industrial.

With a focus on key values of integrity, diversity, results, quality, and respect, Arc of Yates is poised to support the evolving needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities and to enable them to lead healthy, meaningful and secure lives while achieving their maximum potential.

Arc of Yates is governed by a Board of Directors and operates under the direction of an Executive Director.

Arc of Yates provides access to public information, as required.
The following information is available for review at our Main Facility, located at 235 North Avenue, Penn Yan, NY 14527:

Staff Bios

Kate Ring, Executive Director

Kate Ring serves as the Executive Director responsible for leading the Arc of Yates in accordance with its mission, vision, and values as set forth by the Board of Directors.

Kate holds a M.S. degree in Business Management from State University at Oswego and a B.S. in Social Work from Trinity College. Kate was the recipient of two Fellowship opportunities from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Annette Agness, Chief Financial Officer

Annette Agness serves as the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the Agency’s financial services and human resource management.

Annette recently joined the Arc of Yates but has over 25 years of financial management experience working primarily with higher education and not-for-profit institutions and auditing experience working for public accounting firms.

She holds a Certified Public Accountant license along with a B.B.A. in Accounting and an MBA, both from St. Bonaventure University.

Barb Andersen, Senior Director for Staff Development

Barb Andersen serves as Senior Director for Staff Development and is responsible for all required training, as well as developing and implementing training opportunities for on-going professional development to ensure the highest quality of services to persons served by Arc of Yates. In addition, Barb coordinates the Agency Person-Centered Planning and Positive Approaches Initiative.

Barb has 20 years experience with the Arc of Yates in the Day Treatment and Day Habilitation program, initially providing direct support and case management. For 14 years, Barb served as Program Director overseeing the conversion from Day Treatment to Day Habilitation and the development of community based sites. Barb has also served as an Agency trainer for a variety of topics and is a member of the Training Team of the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes.

Barb holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Keuka College.

Deborah Fabris-Coon, Senior Director of Day Programs

Deborah Fabris-Coon serves as the Senior Director of Day Programs and is responsible for providing administration and oversight to the Keuka Lake School, the D.R.I.V.E. Program, Clinical Services, Community Support Services, and Day Habilitation Services.

With an extensive background as an educator, Deborah has taught students with special needs at the high school level and was a special education teacher at the pre-school level. Deborah also has an extensive background in school administration, having served in this capacity for over a decade.

Deborah holds a M.S. in Education from Nazareth College and also received a M.S. in School Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She received her B.S.in Elementary Education and Special Education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.