Newsmakers to Feature: "The Arc" and State Office of Developmental Programs

Published 08/07 2013 11:59PM

Updated 09/08 2013 07:15PM

   On this Sunday’s Newsmakers the discussion will focus on the programs and services that are available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The monthly public affairs program is hosted by Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and the I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick.

  Bugda and Mehalshick will have as their guests Fred Lokuta, Deputy Secretary of the State Office of Developmental Programs and Pamela Zotynia, Executive Director of the Arc of Luzerne County. The panel will take a close look at how working together-The Arc and the State Office of Developmental Programs provide many opportunities for those with disabilities and families.  They will also discuss the new TRACE program, a unique two-year workforce development pilot program developed by The Arc of Luzerne County. 

Newsmakers will air this Sunday, August 11th at 6:30 a.m. on WYOU and at 11:30 am on WBRE.

For more information on “The Arc”
(570) 970-7739
TRACE is a unique two-year workforce development pilot program developed by The Arc of Luzerne County, designed to assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism  prepare to successfully  enter the workforce. - 

The Arc of Luzerne County

The Arc
State Office of Developmental Programs

About Our Guests:


Biography:  Fred C. Lokuta
Mr. Lokuta has served the Commonwealth for over 28 years in DPW’s Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). He began his career as a Direct Support Worker and as his career advanced, he experienced a diverse range of opportunities that included assignments in ODP’s Harrisburg Headquarters, Northeast Regional Office within the Office’s Community Bureau and several State Centers throughout the Commonwealth.  For the past several years, he has served as White Haven Center’s Facility Director and more recently as the Acting ICF/ID Division Director.  Mr. Lokuta has served as Acting Deputy Secretary for ODP since November 2012 and was then appointed Deputy Secretary for ODP in February 2013.
Mr. Lokuta has been nominated twice for the Governor’s Award for Excellence and has been recognized by the Department of Public Welfare for the development and implementation of a local Leadership Development Institute for future leaders. 
Mr. Lokuta, his wife and two children reside in Luzerne County.


Biography -Pamela Zotynia-

Pamela Zotynia has been the Executive Director of The Arc of Luzerne County since July 2006. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Advocacy Programs. She served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for over a decade, serving as President of the organization from 1998-2000. In her current position, she oversees the organizations mission to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/D) throughout Luzerne County.
Ms. Zotynia is a member of the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties ID/D Training Council for Quality, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Employment Coalition, and the Independent Monitoring for Quality State-wide Steering Committee, the Pennsylvania Conference of Executives of The Arc of PA.
Ms. Zotynia has two children, Tiffany Stacy and Robert Zotynia, a self-advocate who currently lives at home with community-based supports.



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