Luke Smith began his journey in L’Arche when he was 13, his calling to join L’Arche was realized in 2010 as one of the founding assistants of L’Arche GWDC’s fourth home, located in Arlington, Virginia. In 2011, Luke spent four months living in L’Arche London (England) before returning to Greater Washington to take on a leadership role in the Virginia homes. Luke is Irish, but grew up in England, and hails from a diverse and multi-cultural hometown of Wolverhampton. Luke studied geography in Aberystwyth (Wales) focusing on the development of communities and the geography of disability. Prior to coming to L’Arche, Luke was active with (L’Arche’s sister organization) Faith and Light, taught high school students with disabilities in New Jersey, and worked at Myddelton Grange, a retreat center in the North of England.
Human Services Leader
Eva-Elizabeth Chisholm first came to L’Arche in 2011 after graduating from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work with her Master’s Degree. She served for four years as the Service Team Leader of Sixth Street House in addition to her role as an assistant in both Virginia homes. In April 2016, Eva-Elizabeth began her current role, developing future opportunities for adults in the district looking for an alternative to traditional employment or day programming.
Director of Human Resources
Caitlin Smith joined L’Arche as a member in our DC homes in 2009 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. In 2010, Caitlin moved to Virginia and was a founding member of 6th Street house. Over the years, Caitlin has held a number of roles in our homes and in our leadership teams, stepping into the role of Director of Human Resources in the Spring of 2017. Caitlin also has played an active role in the development and leadership of the L’Arche Diversity Commission.
Director of Finance and Operations
Dave Wiley came to L’Arche in 2017 with much senior management experience in the field of community-based economic development and social service delivery. Committed to the cause of economic justice, and dedicated to the highest standards of quality and integrity, he has consistently built teams that share these same values. Before joining L’Arche, he worked for the Center for Responsible Lending and Jubilee Housing. Dave has served on the board of L’Arche and L’Arche Homes for Life. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College and a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.
Director of Professional Services
Tamara Cobbs came to L’Arche in 2015 from the Transitional Housing Corporation where she worked as an Assessment Specialist for several years. Her previous experience includes opportunities with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, The League for People with Disabilities, and Abilities Network Inc. As the Director of Professional Services, Tamara currently oversees government contracts and supervises direct-care provision. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Johnson C. Smith University and received a Master’s of Science Administration in Public and Community Health Administration from Trinity University in December 2015.
Director of Contract Compliance
Don Kelly first came to L’Arche in 1994 and has contributed to L’Arche in various capacities in the 20 years since. Don graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s in religion and from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a master’s level degree in divinity. Before coming to L’Arche, Don worked as a youth minister and in various capacities at homeless shelters and transitional housing agencies. He also spent 6 years coordinating pharmacy services for HealthCare for the Homeless / Unity Healthcare.
Director of Communications and Development
Sarah Moore came to L’Arche in 2012 and served as Home Life Header at Highland house for five years before taking on the role as Director of Development. During her time at L’Arche, Sarah has been involved with Advocacy at the local and National level and has helped to organize and lead many events for L’Arche Greater Washington DC.