Board of Directors

Carolyn Rumer

President of the Board
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Carolyn Rumer serves as the president of the Board. She joined the L’Arche board in January 2017. Carolyn is an attorney and former L’Arche GWDC Assistant who works for the Legal Aid Society of DC. Carolyn attended law school at the University of Virginia. Before law school, Carolyn completed a B.S. in Anthropology and Honors History at the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ

Vice President of the Board
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Fr. Thomas P. Gaunt is the vice president of the Board and the former president of the L’Arche GWDC board, which he has been a member of since January 2005. Fr. Gaunt was first involved with people who have disabilities 40 years ago at the “Shriver Camp” and then at Misericordia Homes in Chicago.  He served as a pastor in North Carolina for more than 10 years and is now the executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

Françoise Aubry-Kendall

Board Member
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Françoise Aubry-Kendall has been a member of the board since April 1989. She was involved in L’Arche in her native country Haiti prior to coming to L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. Françoise retired from working as a resource management officer at The World Bank Group in 2016.

Constance Battle, MD

Board Member
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Constance Battle has been a board member since January 2008 and has served as the Board president and vice president. She is an adjunct professor in the department of prevention and community health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Nadine Reid

Board Member
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Nadine Reid is a finance professional with extensive budgeting, accounting and auditing experience, at senior levels, in US Federal Government, the World Bank, the private sector and a big four audit firm. Miss Reid has worked at the World Bank for the last twelve years. Previously, she was the Chief Accountant at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Jamaica office for eight years. Miss Reid graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BSc. Accounting, first class honors as well as MSc. Accounting and Computer Based Management System degrees.

Kevin B. Belford Esq.

Board Member
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Kevin B. Belford, Esq., joined the L’Arche board in January 2010 and brings his nonprofit legal expertise to the finance committee. He is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the American Gas Association.

Laura DeMaria

Board Member
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Laura DeMaria joined the L’Arche board in September of 2017. Laura is the Executive Director of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED). Laura is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American University School of Public Affairs, where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.

Tim Malone

Board Member
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Tim Malone joined the L’Arche board in January of 2018. He first connected to L’Arche through St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington where he served as the Senior Associate to the Rector. Several members of the L’Arche community attended there. Tim brings twenty years of experience in the Federal Government as a Mental Health Therapist. He specializes in family therapy, couples counseling, and substance abuse work.

Bob Asselin

Treasurer of the Board
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Bob Asselin serves as the treasurer of the board. Bob first came to L’Arche as a volunteer through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in 2004-2005. Following his retirement from a career as a USAID Foreign Service Officer and international development and nonprofit organization consultant, Bob returned to Washington, D.C. to retire in 2012 and quickly reconnected with L’Arche. He used to work as a part-time assistant at Ontario House and supported the community’s outreach and fundraising efforts. He joined the board in January 2015.

Christine Madigan

Secretary of the Board
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Christine Madigan became a board member in January 2012 and serves as board secretary. She has thirty years of experience in real estate and long-range planning. Christine is an executive vice president at Enterprise Homes, Inc.

Malcolm Young, PhD

Board Member
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Malcolm Young, PhD, joined the board in January 2000. He is also a member of the board of L’Arche Homes for Life, and joined the L’Arche USA board in 2008 where he served for 9 years. He brings his management consultant skills to the governance committee.

Mike Clemente

Board Member
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Mike Clemente joined the L’Arche board in 2020. He is a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C. and a former Assistant at the L’Arche community in Clinton, IA. Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Yale Law School.

Philip Ward

Board Member
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Philip Ward is Senior Counsel, practicing general business law at Williams and Connolly. He received his A.B., with distinction, from Stanford University in 1971, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Development and Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review. Mr. Ward has served on the Washington Advisory Council of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now known as Human Rights First), the Board of Directors of CARA at Georgetown University, the Board of Governors of the John Carroll Society, and the Board of Directors of Carroll Publishing.