The Berkshire County Arc announced today that Christopher Peltier has been named Clinical Director, a new position that oversees the behavioral and nursing staff for BCArc programs that serve more than 1,000 individuals throughout the Berkshire and Hampden counties.
Most recently he worked for 10 years at the Amherst Public Schools as a Behavior Analyst & Autism Specialist. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and attended Mt. Greylock Regional High School.
“Our priority is making sure the people we serve have meaningful and happy lives,” said Kenneth Singer, president and CEO of BCArc. “Chris has the experience, expertise, and the passion we look for in our employees. The BCArc community – particularly the individuals we serve — are fortunate to have him join our team and lead the nursing and behavioral programs.”
Chris will oversee all clinical services that include supporting more than 40 residential programs and several day programs. Before his Amherst position, Chris worked as the Director of Family Support and Children’s Services for the United Arc of Franklin & Hampshire Counties; served as the clinical coordinator for Mentor Clinical Care in Northampton, Mass.; and was Residential Coordinator for Meridian Associates in Belchertown, Mass.
He has served on several statewide boards, including Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, Uniting Families for Change (board president), DDS Statewide Family Support Council Advocates for Autism – Massachusetts, and DDS Regional Advisory Board (president).
Chris received his Undergraduate degree from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, a Master’s degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and did his post-Graduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He is nationally board certified as a Behavior Analyst, and licensed in the state of Massachusetts as an Applied Behavior Analyst. Chris is also a certified Special Education teacher.
About Berkshire County Arc
Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc provides a broad range of community-based services to 1,000-plus individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and autism throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts. With nearly 800 employees, the agency offers four day-programs, 40 residential programs, employment services, citizen- and self-advocacy programs, respite services, family support services, community-based day services, transitional services, an adult family care program, and a mail business called Zip-n-Sort Mail Services, partly staffed by individuals with disabilities.