The Rev. David B. Wolf, Esq. has been the Executive Director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington since August 20, 2012. Prior to that, David served as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Paterson, NJ, and as President-CEO of St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation, a non-profit working to alleviate hunger, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy in Paterson, one of the poorest small cities in America.
Previously, David served in Washington, DC as Assistant Rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and, before his ordination, as an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department. He holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University and an M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Jennifer Seager-Valentine joins us as director of the Next Step program, and brings with her over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world. Her most recent position was at a large NYC organization where she provided oversight for a workforce development program serving persons with serious mental illness. Prior to that, she worked at NYC’s largest public staffing firm and helped her team to place 2600 people in jobs in one year. Her previous experience includes leading programs serving veterans, persons with HIV, and children with developmental delays. She has advised master’s level social work students at and taught at various colleges. Jennifer is excited to join Samaritan Ministry and be a part of its transformation, as well as move with her husband to the Maryland area where she has already felt welcomed by the area’s “southern hospitality.”
Chris Martin joined SMGW in March 2019 after a brief period as a retiree of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining Mobil. Chris views his role at SMGW as a calling more than an occupation.
The son of an Episcopal priest, he had early and frequent involvement in helping others. Within ExxonMobil he held a wide variety of individual and management roles in IT, commodity trading, supply, business planning, finance, public affairs/communications, and other related functions. He was also integral to professional development and workplace culture initiatives over much of his career.Outside ExxonMobil he has served on various boards including community associations, Vestries, and nonprofits. After retirement he served one term as Project Leader for Compass Pro Bono consulting.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in International Finance from George Washington University.
Jeff Hale, CFRE, joined Samaritan Ministry in June 2020 following more than six years as Vice President of The Sheridan Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm. Prior to that, Jeff served as Director of Development with the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, where he oversaw all aspects of fundraising. Previous positions include tenures at Ford’s Theatre, the National Gallery of Art and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jeff is active in the DC Chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southeast Ministry, a social services organization located in Ward 8. As Development Director, he works with the staff and volunteer leadership to ensure that SMGW has the financial and volunteer resources it needs in order to serve the community. Jeff is an avid baseball fan and enjoys playing and composing music in his spare time. He and his family, including his wife, Alice, and their two sons, live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.
| Jane Bishop|
Caseworker, Northern Virginia Office
| A cradle Episcopalian who has lived around the world, Jane’s life experience gives her a solid grounding in a wide range of outreach ministries, a deep appreciation for diversity, and a significant set of skills and capabilities that are uniquely suited to the role of caseworker.|
Jane retired from a multi-faceted 35+ year career as a senior writer/editor and team leader with the Office of Head Start (OHS) and later with HealthMark Multimedia. She has also developed curricula and provided English-language instruction from preschool through university in Egypt, Singapore, and the United States.
Jane holds a TESOL Certificate (with Distinction) through the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, an MA in Architectural History from Yale, and a BA in Fine Arts from McGill University in Montréal
Development Associate, Northwest Office
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| Gloria Ducker|
Outreach Specialist, Skyland and Southeast/Anacostia offices
|Since her retirement in 2008 from full-time employment, Gloria has served as SMGW‘s Southeast Office (Anacostia) Front Office Coordinator since August, 2019, and part-time as Outreach Specialist. She earned a MSW from Howard University School of Social Work and has over three decades of professional and volunteering experiences, in health and long term care, community and social services. She has served on non-profit boards and community development organizations in the metro Washington area. Gloria is an active member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, a SMGW partner parish, and in lay ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She’s a collaborative leader, devoted team player and uses her God given gift of “compassion , synergy and hospitality” in services to others. Gloria resides in Maryland and married to Otis Ducker.|
| Sy Jones|
Volunteer Manager, Northwest Office
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|Ms. Jones has an extensive background working with students and volunteers in university settings. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as advanced degrees in education administration. For the past four years, she has served as Volunteer Manager.|
Caseworker, Southeast Office
|Benja Reilly joined the SMGW team as a Caseworker Associate at the Northwest office in the Fall of 2019. More recently, in 2021 Benja became the caseworker for the Southeast/Anacostia office at Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington. Benja has experience in the non-profit field in Washington DC and a desire to make a change in the world. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Religion with a minor in Spanish from Carleton College. Benja enjoys meeting new people and learning new things.|
Lead Caseworker, Church of Our Saviour (Silver Spring)
|“Professionally, I’m an educator,” says Kathy Staudt, “I have a doctorate in Comparative Literature and teach classes in literature and theology and spirituality at Wesley Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary. I also offer spiritual direction to clergy and laity and lead retreats and adult education programs.””I chose to work with Samaritan because I wanted to know my neighbors in need and work with people to make their lives better. I am deeply distressed at the harm that our inequalities in income, class and race have created in our society and passionate about inviting people to transformation in all kinds of ways. The Next Step Program seems like a rich way for people to work together in community to improve lives.”|
|Ruby started at Samaritan an a communications intern over the summer of 2021, and stayed on as a staff member in 2020. She attended Howard university to study marketing. She has experience in social media, graphic design, and digital marketing, and loves to use her skills to make an impact.|