ARC Announces New Executive Director

March 23, 2021

Misty Ladd (left) ARC Office Manager and Sophie Parson (right) new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Augusta Regional Clinic has appointed a new executive director.

Sophie Parson officially joined the clinic on March 8 th and is taking over after the retirement of Janice Morgan who led the ARC for the last 6 years. Sophie’s experience includes nonprofit management, fundraising, communication, and corporate finance. She most recently served as director of development for Building Goodness Foundation, a Charlottesville based nonprofit.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Sophie onboard,” said board chair Dr. Laura Jean Brand. “She brings strategic experience which will be valuable to the ARC’s development as the need for affordable high-quality dental care is surging in our community”.

The clinic has been serving residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County since 1993 by providing high-quality healthcare to uninsured and underinsured patients. Last summer, and as a result of the expansion of Medicaid and other local programs in support of underserved patients, the clinic closed its pharmacy and primary care facility to focus and grow its dentistry activity. The organization’s 14 staff members and volunteers now see about 2,550 patients per year including 900 children.

Parson’s arrival coincides with a leadership reorganization at the ARC with Misty Ladd’s appointment to Office Manager last Fall. Misty first joined ARC’s Dental Clinic in 2008 as a Certified Dental Assistant and after a short move to Richmond rejoined ARC in 2016.

“We value Sophie and Misty’s deep commitment to medically underserved community members around us. Our goal is to be able to welcome any member of our community in need of affordable dental care.

We believe that with this new leadership team we are definitely moving toward to making this vision a reality. We are very excited for the future”, continued Dr. Brand.