L’Arche Boston North Administrative Team
L’Arche Boston North owes its continuous success and community growth to its committed office staff. These staff members are important members of the L’Arche family – they handle day-to-day operations while keeping L’Arche organized and running.
- Jennifer Matthews, Executive Director/ Community Leader
Jennifer Matthews came to L’Arche Boston North in 2006. She started her L’Arche career as the office manager and went on to serve as the Program Coordinator in 2007 and Community Leader in 2017. Jennifer is currently working towards her Masters of Social Work Degree at Salem State University. Jennifer is married with two children: Jackson, age 5, and new addition Ben, born in December 2016. Her family also includes two black labs, Fenway and Riley.
- Vanessa Henry, Community Coordinator
Vanessa is a native of Massachusetts; however, she learned about L’Arche while living in Washington, DC, working as a case manager for the Office of Aging and Disability in Arlington, Virginia. There she was assigned case management of L’Arche Highland House, and it wasn’t long before she was won over by the gentle nature of assistants and Core Members. After deciding to move back to the Merrimack Valley in 2008, it seemed natural for her to connect with the Boston North community and begin sharing time as an assistant. In her 6 years here she has also served in the role of Head of House and currently is the Community Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her nephew and mentoring youth at her church.
- Michael Richard,Program Coordinator
Michael joined L’Arche Boston Northin the spring of 2013. He was an occasional volunteer who wandered into a community that he now joyfully calls home. He has lived andshared time at Assisi House as first an Assistant, and then House Manager for almost 3 years. Michael was promotedto the Program Coordinator role in July 2017. When Michael is not spending time in community, he enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with his family, particularly his two nieces.
- Diana Giard, Outreach and Spirituality Coordinator
Hailing originally from the Midwest, Diana Giard now claims New England as her home. A lover of people, she enjoys accompanying fellow community members through their L’Arche journey and witnessing their growth.She did a stint of community organizing and still holds social justice issues close to her heart, informing her faith and life’s mission. Her first encounter with L’Arche occurred when theCleveland community welcomed her with loving arms. In 2010, she left to get aMaster of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and form student leaders in Campus Ministry. Returning to L’Arche in 2014, she finds that coming to L’Arche Boston North–serving an assistant, Head of House, and now Pastoral Minister–has been an incredible gift. Living a life of L’Arche is a family affair for Diana, as her husband and children are members of the community. Feel free to contact her!
- Molly LeBlanc-Medeiros, Administrative Assistant
Molly came to L’Arche as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2011. She loved living at Gandhi House and stayed on to become Head of House and later to attend graduate school at Merrimack College while working collaboratively with a team of Core Members to investigate the concept of Meaningful Day. She spent 6 months as a volunteer at the L’Arche community in Kolkata, India, and returned to live as an assistant at Pat House. She is a member of the L’Arche USA Inclusion Team and the L’Arche International Faith and Culture program. She lives at Martha and Mary House with her sisters and a Core Member through Shared Living. She shares time in several L’Arche Boston North homes and at the office.
- Nicole Harry, House Manager
Nicoleoriginally joined L’Arche Boston North the Summer of 2013 as the House Manager of Peace House. WhileNicoleleft her full time role in Community to run a food pantry, L’Arche remained in her heart and she was a relief assistant when Community needed her.Nicolewas excited to come back to Community full time in the Summer of 2018 as House Manager of Pat House. When not in community,Nicoleenjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family, especially her nephew.
- Sara Pottberg,House Manager Sara is the House Manager at Peace House. Sara was introduced to L’Arche by a priest, who gave her a book titled The Fountain of Tears by Jean Vanier. Over time, Sara began to reflect on Vanier’s words.Sara became a part of L’Arche in July 2007 when she joined the L’Arche Boston North community as a live-in assistant. She is originallyfrom Peru-Amazonas. Sara worked in Lima-Peru for 4 years as a kindergarten teacher and in Ecuador-Santo Domingo de los Colorados for 1 year with children with malnutrition. She has a degree in Psychology.When she is not working, Sara enjoysspending time with her family and friends.
- Ariana Bachman, House Manager
Ariana joined L’Arche Boston-North in 2008, having being a friend of community for several years. She has held a few different roles in community and has been an assistant in all four homes at one time or another. She became Head of House in 2011 and tries to use her experiences as an assistant to better live out the HOH role. Ariana has truly made L’Arche her second family, with Core Members and assistants often being a part of her family celebrations and Holidays. Ariana is arguably the coolest Head of House and maybe even the coolest person we have; this community is so blessed to have her!
- Sophie LeBlanc-Medeiros, House Manager Sophie LeBlanc-Medeiros is the third of her sisters to join the L’Arche Boston North community. She is a dancer, a writer, a photographer, and a traveler; she has spent time in places as far away as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Turkey. Sophie moved to Assisi house in September of 2016 after spending six months volunteering at Friends of Camphill in Bangalore, India. There, she shared life with adults with developmental disabilities and ran their candle workshop. Before her time in India, Sophie worked on Cape Cod for Community Systems, Inc., a group home-based organization supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Since moving to Assisi House, she has developed an understanding and deep love for the friends with whom she shares a home and life. She looks forward to the joys and challenges that accompany her new House Manager position at Assisi House.
- Jennifer Matthews, Executive Director/ Community Leader