FARMINGTON — Melissa Firestone has been hired as the new executive assistant of The Arc of San Juan County, the nonprofit’s board has announced.

Firestone replaces Dolores Harden.

Firestone, who was born and raised in Farmington, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005, according to a press release.

She returned to Farmington in 2007 and earned a K-12 teaching license from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

She joined the board of The Arc of San Juan County in 2011 and volunteered at free art workshops the nonprofit offered. She has also served as the board’s treasurer and vice president.

The Arc of San Juan County is a nonprofit that offers support and opportunities for people with disabilities. For more information, call 505-325-8998, email, visit or stop by The Arc Thrift Store at 200 W. Broadway Ave. in Farmington.

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