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.
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 and Ben. Her family also includes two wonderful dogs, Riley and Ranger.
Director of Residential Services
Michael joined L’Arche Boston North in the spring of 2013. He was an occasional volunteer who wandered into a community that he now joyfully calls home. He has lived and shared time at Assisi House as first an Assistant, and then House Manager for almost 3 years. Michael was promoted to 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.
Community Outreach and Development Coordinator
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.
Director of Finances
Tammy Gagnon came to L’Arche in 2016. Her hard work and dedication to our community keep us on a strong financial footing, and she is always available with a listening ear whenever anyone in community needs help. Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her four children, and is a woman who practices her faith with strong conviction.
House Manager, Peace House
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 originally from 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 enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
House Manager, Pat House
Angelet joined L’Arche Boston North in fall 2021. She has been working in this field for the past 17 years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Education, Medical Assistant, and a Bachelor’s Degree in religious art. She loves working with people – this is her passion. She is married with two children, Oliviah and Carter. They love to have fun, going out for activities, vacation, and socializing with family and friends.
House Manager, Nazorean House
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. This community is so blessed to have her!
Homemade Hummus Program Leader
Ron Scott Sanderson was raised in Burlington, MA, attended Burlington High School, and went to Middlesex Community College to study Hotel Restaurant Management. He joined Marriott and worked for 17 years in positions in Food and beverage from Banquet Captain to Restaurant Manager. For the next 17 years, he worked as Restaurant Manager, General Manger and Regional Restaurant Manager for casual and fine dining concepts. For 2 weeks out of every year for the past 7 years, he has volunteered at Joni and Friends New England, where his passion for food was combined with vision to develop an establishment to train people with all abilities to work in food and beverage industry. Recently, Scott worked in a group home in Lincoln through NuPath. “As I start a new adventure as Homemade Hummus/Culinary Program Leader with L’Arche Boston North, I am excited for this opportunity for my passion and vision to assist people with all abilities to achieve knowledge and training to pursue careers in restaurants. I have lived in Billerica, MA, for over 26 years with my wife of 31 plus years, Wendy. Cooking for others brings joy to me. I enjoy cooking for 4 children once a week. My interests include golf, reading, and sports. I am involved at Grace Community Church, where I volunteer and serve on board as an elder.”