ORLANDO, FL – Paul Stengle, CEO of the Arc Alliance received a national award for his work on behalf of vulnerable populations at the National Guardianship Association Conference in Orlando on October 16, 2023. The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) selected Stengle from thousands of guardians across the country for the National Certified Guardian Excellence Award, celebrating his outstanding work on behalf of the guardianship community.
The CGC honored Stengle’s recent work in Pennsylvania to modernize state guardianship legislation and his pivotal contribution to the formation of a Pennsylvania guardianship network. The CGC noted in particular Stengle’s work educating the Governor, legislatures, and state leadership over the last several years, resulting in important legislative proposals to update guardianship laws.
“This was a major accomplishment for the guardianship community,”– Denise Calabrese, Executive Director for the Center for Guardianship Certification.
Paul Stengle has worked with vulnerable populations for more than 50 years and has served as the Arc Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 1986. The Arc Alliance supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages in Montgomery, Berks, and Bucks Counties. Among many other services, the Arc Alliance provides guardianship services when appointed by the courts. Courts appoint guardians to make personal, medical, financial, and end of life decisions for incapacitated individuals in local communities.
As a nationally certified guardian, Stengle personally represents several individuals, in addition to overseeing the work of staff guardians and representative payees.
The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) was created as an allied foundation of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) to enhance the quality of guardianship services through national certification. NGA seeks to protect adults under guardianship by ensuring that their guardians receive quality education and access to resources. The association is recognized as the leading national resource for professional development of guardians.