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 Leadersocial_linkedin_box_blueEmail_Icon
      image of jenJennifer Matthews came to L’Arche Boston North in 2006. She started her L’Arche career as the office manager and has gone on to serve as the Program Coordinator since 2007. 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 one large black Labrador.
    • Vanessa Henry, Community Coordinator social_linkedin_box_blueEmail_Icon
      image of vanessa henryVanessa 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 began 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. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her nephew and mentoring youth at her church.
    • Michael Richard,Program Coordinatorsocial_linkedin_box_blueEmail_Icon
      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, Pastoral Minister social_linkedin_box_blueEmail_Icon
      image of diana giardHailing 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 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 son are both members of the community. Feel free to contact her!
    • Anna Weaver, Head of House Email_Icon anna
      Originally from Pennsylvania, Anna received her B.S. in Psychology before working as an assistant manager in a community for adults with disabilities in Virginia. In 2014 Anna spent a year in the L’Arche Edinburgh community in Scotland. After her year of voluntary service in Scotland Anna knew she wanted to be part of a L’Arche in the US and joined the L’Arche Boston North community in September of 2015. Anna hopes to use her experience and education to continue to enhance the lives of those around her as she steps into the HOH role.
    • Sara Pilco, Head of HouseEmail_IconSara is the Head of House Manager at Peace House. Sara stared as an assistant in July 2007.
    • Ariana Bachman,Head of HouseEmail_Icon
      Ariana joined L’Arche Boston-North in 2008, after being a friend of community for a few years before that. 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 and this community is so blessed to have her
    • Sophie Leblanc-Medeiros,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–spending 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 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.