Stephen Richard – Executive Director

Steve began his career at Central Aroostook ARC in 1975 and has been the Executive Director since 1976.  Over these 40 years, Steve has watched the association expand and evolve from providing services only to children to one that consists of eight programs and supports individuals of all ages in varying capacities.  Steve has also seen the agency budget grow from half a million dollars to an operating budget of over 6 million dollars, and from a handful of employees to almost 150.


Carl Michaud – Chief Operating Officer

Carl began his career at Central Aroostook Association in 2008. As the Chief Operating Officer, Carl is responsible for the oversight of daily business operations, including finance, accounting, human resources and maintenance.


April Archer – Director of Adult Services

April Archer began her career at the Association in December of 2006 as a Direct Support Professional in the Adult Services program. In 2014 she began assisting Allen Deeves with his programs and soon  took on the role of Home and Community Support Coordinator, a position that she held for five years. She became the Director of Adult Services in December of 2019.


Don Chapman – Director of Case Management

Don began his career at Central Aroostook Association in 1996 and has worked in many areas of the agency including Work Services, Residential Services, and Case Management. Don oversees the Case Management Program, which has grown substantially; now serving close to 200 clients.


Allen Deeves – Director of Community Programs

Allen began working for Central Aroostook Association in 2013. He is responsible for Home and Community Supports and Shared Living programs. In his time here the number of Shared Living homes he oversees has more than doubled.


Paula Perkins – Director of OTC

Paula was hired by the Association in 2000 as a special education teacher for the OTC program. When the lead teacher was forced to leave for family matters, Paula absorbed her responsibilities. In 2002 she was named the Director of OTC.


Tracy LeVasseur – Director of Residential Services

Tracy began serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 1996 when she accepted the position of Residential Advisor at the Personal Services of Aroostook Waiver Home in Presque Isle.  Shortly into her tenure there, she was offered and accepted the position of Waiver Home Manger and she remained in this role until coming aboard Central Aroostook Association in the fall of  2002. In her years with the Association, she has worked primarily at the Opportunity Training Center, and also as a Children’s Targeted Case Manager for a year. She was named the Director of Residential Services in October of 2021. She oversees the operation of 3 waiver homes in Presque Isle. Tracy comes to this position with a BA in Human Services that she earned in January of 2020 from Southern New Hampshire University.


Tanya Staples – Communication Specialist

Tanya joined Central Aroostook Association in 2022 after working as an administrator in public schools for ten years. She brings experience with marketing, communications, and organizational leadership. In 2008 she earned her M.S.ED. in Educational Administrative Management from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.