Simplifying the System Committee

The Simplifying the System Committee includes PAR members who are interested in simplifying the complex web facing families and consumers who seek to obtain services and supports for their loved ones who have intellectual disability or autism. Members work for supportive state policies and practices that will better educate families and ensure that families are not erroneously turned away from eligible service and supports due to the complexity that exists when they try to enter the ID/A services system.

Jeanne Meikrantz, Chair

Executive Director
The Arc of Chester County
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Jeanne Meikrantz has been serving as the Executive Director for The Arc of Chester County for the last six years. IN her role of Executive Director she is responsible for overall management and operations of the organization that serves individuals with disabilities from birth through the lifespan. The Arc of Chester County provides services and supports to over 3,000 people a year and has an annual budget of over thirteen million dollars.  

A graduate of Kutztown University Jeanne has nearly four decades of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families and those who love and care for them. Her passion for social justice and equal rights began during her time volunteering at Pennhurst in 1978. After graduation Jeanne began working as a direct support professional, at Ken Crest Services in 1982. Since that time Jeanne has committed her life to serving others in whatever capacity she has been needed by working in multiple services settings and in various positions such as advocacy, management, administration, policy and operations in both the non-profit sector and in government.  Jeanne has served on a number of boards, committee’s and councils including the MAX Association Board, The Pennsylvania Conference of Executives for The Arc of Pennsylvania Board, The Chester County Self Determination Committee, Church Council and most recently the Chair of PAR’s Simplify the Systems Committee just to name a few. 

Born and raised in the Philadelphia region Jeanne enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has been married to Gary for thirty three years and is the proud mother of two incredible adult children. Jessica is married to a wonderful man, TJ who serves our country in the Navy. TJ and our first grandchild Jacob are 2 wonderful additions to their family. Jeanne’s son Cody is in his second year of college. Jeanne loves the Philadelphia Eagles, traveling up and down the east coast to Norfolk Navy Base and is really enjoying this new chapter in her life if being a grandmother.