Leadership

Community Leader and Executive Director

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, and 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 finishing her Master’s Degree in Social work at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. Eva-Elizabeth served as an assistant and as the Service Team Leader at 6th Street house for four years before transitioning to supporting the service team with program development until stepping into her new role in Fall 2017.

 

 

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 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 Development and Communications

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 and Communications. 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.

 

 

 

 

Director of Professional Services

Mary Harvey became a part of L’Arche in 2012 when she joined the L’Arche Spokane community as a live-in assistant. She joined L’Arche GWDC as a live-in assistant at Euclid House in 2013. For the past three years, she supported the Arlington homes as Service Team Leader before becoming Director of Professional Services in 2018. Prior to joining L’Arche, Mary completed her undergraduate education at Saint Joseph’s University.  When she is not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband (whom she met in L’Arche Spokane when they were both assistants) and two dogs.

 

 

 

 

Photos by Brian Taylor