Director of Community Life & Advocacy 
Denise Tift

Denise began her career with The Arc Eastern Connecticut in 2005 when she was hired part time as a life skills instructor.  Her interpersonal skills, compassion and her willingness to learn led Denise to join the Arc full time and eventually become a Supervisor for the In-Home Supports (IHS) Department. During her time in IHS, Denise developed programs to facilitate The Arc’s mission.

As The Arc continued to grow, Denise’s dedication and vision led to her appointment as Director of Community Life & Advocacy before becoming The Arc ECT's Director of Community Outreach.  She brings with her a great team spirit and a natural sense of people.

Denise has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management. She is married and has four grown daughters.  She loves spending her free time with her four grandchildren.  Denise loves to travel when the opportunity arises.

Denise can be reached at: 

(860) 889-4435 extension 110

The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County merged in July 2019 to form The Arc Eastern Connecticut.  Both agencies were established in 1952 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities in order to ensure equal participation and choice in school, in the workplace, and in their communities. Combining program and staff strengths, The Arc Eastern Connecticut now serves the entire eastern CT region and is the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.


The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street

Norwich, Connecticut 06360

T: 860.889.4435

F: 860.889.4662



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