Arc Putnam Administration

Much of The Arc’s success can be attributed to our leadership. Executive Director Jim Whittaker has led the agency since its inception in 1974, assembling  a professional team of experienced administrators who have not only brought their own unique talents to the agency, but who have dedicated their careers to making The Arc of Putnam County one of the premier service providers in our field and a centerpiece of the community.

Jim Whittaker

Executive Director


Jim has held the position of Executive Director of The Arc of Putnam County since 1975.  In that role he has led the agency from its origins as a small, day program to its current extensive array of services and supports. Jim also continues to serve in the capacity of Executive Director of Ride Solution of Putnam County, The Arc of Jacksonville, as well as several housing corporations.

Mr. Whittaker is actively involved with local, state and national organizations which focus on disability issues and has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions during his career.  Jim has provided consulting services throughout the country on an array of topics, specializing in disability housing and organizational restructuring and redesign.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Florida and resides in Palatka with his wife Reb.  The Whittakers are the proud parents of two sons, Grant who is a physician and Clay who is a practicing attorney.

Director of Finance

Director of Finance


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kari Bates

Program Director

Kari graduated from Palatka High School and went on to attend the University of Central Florida.  She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Health Services Administration from UCF.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kari interned and worked for a local not-for-profit agency that served adults with disabilities seeking employment.  After completing her bachelor’s degree, Kari worked for nine years in two different acute care hospitals and also became a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager through the Agency for Healthcare Administration.  Kari joined The Arc of Putnam County in 2016 as the Program Director. 

Kari enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children.

Katrinia McKnight

Residential Director

Katrinia McKnight

Katrinia joined The Arc in 1985, bringing with her valuable experience in forensic resident care. As a valued member of our staff she demonstrated a quality that matched the agency’s mission of care, and was quickly promoted to residential facility manager. Her professional growth as a manager sparked additional promotions to Behavior Specialist and Director of Specialized Residential Services, before being promoted to Residential Director in 1993 where her dedicated service continues.

Palatka is home to Katrinia and her son Kameron.

Achieve With Us

The Arc of Putnam County provides an array of outstanding programs and services, individually tailored living environments, meaningful day activities, work training and employment services that enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential.