Posted 5:50 PM 10/27/2011 : ARC members stage coup to reinstate fired director
The ARC of the Pikes Peak Region is holding its annual membership meeting this evening where members are expected to vote to remove the non-profit's board of directors. The move comes after the board fired Executive Director Teddi Roberts this summer.
A letter sent by the board to its members on October 12 explains that Roberts was fired in August because she lied about having a masters degree, used the ARC's tax exempt status and credit cards for personal use, and kept a car and money that had belonged to a ward of the ARC who died, even though she was obligated to give them to the state Medicaid fund.
Melody Landers was a member of that board but was actually voted off back in May when she first started raising questions about Roberts. She later turned over her evidence to the Colorado Springs Police and the Attorney General's office.
"I think that the only reason why the fired Teddi was because they did in fact find out that the state and local authorities were doing an investigation," Landers said.
However, there are some ARC members who think the board shouldn't have fired Roberts. Four of them; Pamela Bowen, Jim Colvin, and John and Mary Murphy, sent a letter to the ARC's membership calling for the removal of the current board and for Roberts reinstatement.
In a phone call, Colvin said he was concerned with the board's procedural misconduct and with Roberts termination but declined an on camera interview. Pamela Bowen at first agreed to an interview, but later declined when our camera crew arrived.
Colvin, Bowen, the Murphy's and Lani Glaser sent a second letter to the ARC members two weeks ago listing of seven violations of the group's bylaws as reason for demanding the board's removal.
They claim the board failed to provide members with a membership list when requested, failed to pass a resolution scheduling an annual meeting, that the nominating committee, failed to provide a list of nominees, failed to observe the role of executive director, failed to provide financial statements and failed to notify wards of a change in guardianship in a timely manner.
The letter also criticizes the board for not justifying Roberts termination, but doesn't repeat the previous call for Roberts reinstatement.
News 5 contacted Roberts for an interview but she said she was too emotional and didn't, "want to be drug through the mud again." Board president Danielle Dunaway could not be reached for comment and treasurer Steve Imke declined a request to be interviewed.