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LIGHT is a self funded program of the Arc of Cape Cod. LIGHT provides services by referral to people with developmental disabilities throughout Cape Cod and the Islands.  To make a referral, please call Heidi at (774) 487-2694.  Your donation to LIGHT helps provide services to those who need them most.  Please consider making a donation today to:  LIGHT c/o Arc of Cape Cod
                                  PO Box 428
                                  Hyannis, MA 02601  
Heidi Champagne  is the founder and director of the LIGHT program.  Heidi has worked in programs serving the developmentally disabled for 16 years, and most recently worked for the MA Department of Developmental Services.  Using her experience with those going through the dying or grieving process, Heidi has lovingly created this specialized program to assist people with developmental disabilities through the grief process in a creative, supportive, meaningful and team focused manner. "Whatever it takes" has become Heidi's unofficial motto in helping those in need of LIGHT's services. Her understanding that each person's experience is unique and sacred assists her in listening to what is needed in each situation to which she is called. Heidi holds an Associates Degree in Human Services, and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Thanatology.  She is working toward becoming a Certified Thanatologist.  Heidi is a Reiki Master, and brings her healing skills and compassion to her work with LIGHT. 

Marie A Bartram, D. C. Ed
., is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, with a Doctorate in C.O.R.E. Education from Elfinstone College. She is also a Boston College graduate and has long strong roots to Cape Cod. Marie is an active member of the American Society of Alternative Therapists, and Cape Cod Hospice. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and a member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners. Marie is a Hypnotherapist and is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotist. She is founder, owner and director of ALL 4 HEALING Wellness Center where she offers programs to promote health, healing, and wellness to the community. Her passion, and compassion and caring nature is evident in all she does.


Penelope Chatterton has a Master in the Art of Teaching from the University of Massachusetts in Education with a core curriculum of art, dance and music. Her BA is in music from UNH, which she combines to add diversity to her programs. Penelope's real passion is healing and extending the "word". She loves group work and looks forward to teaching and learning, as the process never ends. 
Penelope is excited to lend her talents to those in need supported by LIGHT.



Cindy DiMestico joined the LIGHT Program because of her strong belief in its mission.   She is currently the program director for two Cape day hab programs within the Habilitation Assistance Corporation agency. Cindy has worked in this field for over twenty years. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Stonehill College and an MEd from UMass Amherst. Cindy is a founding partner in a company called Family Play Pals that offers training to people in the human service field who are searching for effective ways to make genuine, meaningful connections with the people they support. She is also on the board of Plan-It Network. She is a founding member of the Cape Cod and Islands Area Training Council which was started in 1994. Cindy does work with the Companion Animals Program.