SLN Staff

Executive Director

Katie Arnold

Katie Arnold is the first Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network. Katie has been involved in the Sibling Leadership Network (SLN) since the organization’s inception in 2007 and she has grown in her commitment and leadership of the SLN over the years in various roles, becoming Executive Director in 2012.  Throughout the years, Katie has played a key role in planning numerous SLN meetings and conferences and she has presented throughout the country on the importance of siblings and the SLN. As Executive Director, Katie’s focus is on growing the network of members and the capacity of the organization.  At the state level, Katie has been involved in the leadership of the Illinois state sibling chapter, Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters-SIBS.

Katie grew up in New Jersey as the second oldest of four siblings with disabilities, including her sister, Patrice, who has developmental disabilities. Katie’s sibling experience has shaped her worldview in many ways. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Katie lived at L’Arche Chicago, a community based on mutual relationships where people with and without developmental disabilities live together. She received her Masters in Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works as the Director of Community Education in the Institute on Disability and Human Development where she provides education and training on various topics which include enhancing the direct support workforce, self-directed supports, supporting healthy relationships and sexuality for people with disabilities, family future planning, and the sibling experience. Katie has received numerous awards, including UIC’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award for her dedication to the advancement of human rights of people with disabilities, the 2011 Chicago Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year, The Arc of Illinois’s 2013 National Leadership award, and AAIDD’s 2017 Leadership award. Katie’s passion for her work stems from her experience growing up with her siblings with disabilities.

Associate Director

Amy Halm

Amy began her work with the SLN as the Project Manager in 2016. Amy’s position brings together her professional passion and personal commitment to the sibling experience. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of Illinois LEND (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities.) Amy, her husband Dan and their two children live in the Chicago suburbs. Amy grew up in North Carolina with her younger sister Emily, who has Down Syndrome. After living 800 miles apart for most of their adult lives, Amy is thrilled that she now lives less than a mile from her sister and parents and can be together for important events and everyday happenings. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and MSW from The Ohio State University.

Media Consultant

Chris Berstler

Chris Berstler joined the SLN team as the Communications Consultant in May, 2020 and has moved to his current role as the SLN’s Media Consultant, where he manages creation of the SLN Podcast.

Chris has over 15 years of experience in design and marketing in a wide range of industries. He is committed to leveraging his diverse professional experience to create an engaging, meaningful experience for the growing SLN audience.

Chris grew up in Colorado with his twin sister, Crystal, who has Tubular Sclerosis. Chris returned to Colorado in 2015, after designing textbooks in Japan, to help his mother and sister work through the future planning process. This journey brought Chris to Rocky Mountain Sibs, the Colorado chapter of the SLN, where he completed their Allies in Leadership, Policy-making, and Systems Change training. Chris has used this training to better align his personal and professional goals with our communities.