David Wolf, Executive Director
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 George Washington University and an M. Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary.
Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Office
(202)- 722- 2280 x313 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Grove came to Samaritan via the financial services industry, where he worked largely for banks over the past 25 years, and also for a financial stewardship agency. His roles have varied, but typically involved operational and financial management, as well as HR support. David grew up in the Greater Washington area and attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he received a BS degree in Business Administration in 1989. In 2004, David left for a banking position in Texas, returning to the area in 2009.
A resident of Vienna, VA, he became aware of Samaritan Ministry through his church, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter (CHC) in Vienna, a Samaritan Partner Congregation.
David is heavily involved in leadership at CHC and has served as Junior Warden; member of the Budget, Finance, and Development Committees; as well as a co-chair of the Church’s Capital Campaign. He is a passionately committed volunteer with FACETS (a Northern Virginia based non-profit) that sponsors the Hypothermia Prevention Shelter in which he serves. He also sings in the CHC choir and serves on the altar in various capacities.
Program Coordinator and Lead Caseworker, Northern Virginia Office Cell: (202)695-3126
Office: (703)-271-0938 ext. 302 JBishop@SamaritanMinistry.org
A cradle Episcopalian who has lived around the world, Jane Bishop’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 and program coordinator.
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 for students from the preschool through university levels 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.
Lead Caseworker, Northeast/Northwest DC
Cell: (202)854-0136 Office: (202)722-22280, ext. 302 rbowling@SamaritanMinistry.org
Rachel Bowling is an experienced and deeply compassionate social worker who just prior to joining Samaritan served as a Rapid Rehousing Stabilization Specialist with Episcopal Community Services in San Francisco. In that role, she provided intensive support to unhoused people who had received two-year housing subsidies, helping them find market-rate housing, employment, and needed community resources.
Previously, she worked with the Richmond Area Multi-services’ Street Crisis Response Team, directing and providing a behavioral health response to 911 calls regarding outdoor mental health and substance use crises. And prior to that, she was a substance use disorder counselor with HealthRight360, also in San Francisco.
“I was attracted to Samaritan Ministry by its mission, and continued to pursue the interview process because of its people,” Rachel says. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated and loving colleagues.”
Bowling is also decorated Army National Guard veteran.
Casework Intern, varied offices
Cell: (202)780-6044 email@example.com
Conor James is serving as a volunteer associate caseworker at Samaritan through a year-long placement with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which promotes social justice across the United States. Conor grew up in New York State and just before beginning work at Samaritan, graduated with a BA in classics from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Becoming a Jesuit volunteer has been a dream since he was just 11 years old and his oldest sister had the experience. He lives in community with six other Jesuit volunteers in a house in DC, and finds the opportunity to learn from Samaritan caseworkers and participants alike to be extremely gratifying.
Samaritan’s caseworkers’ coaching and support “helps [participants] to realize that there is always a next step that can be taken in any situation, and that they have the ability to do so, even if it requires looking to someone else and asking “how?” Conor says. “My goal is to contribute to this work of empowering our participants as much as I can.”
Development Associate, Northwest Office Office: (202) 722-2280 x304 CJohnson@SamaritanMinistry.org
Carol Johnson came to Samaritan Ministry in September of 2021 in the position of Development Associate. Carol has served as Database Manger, Database and Membership Coordinators for various non-profit organizations in the areas of Faith-Based, Transportation, Advocacy, Education and Health for over three decades. She also served as Database Manager for Amtrak’s Litigation Support for ten years managing teams of contractors building a database for one of the largest cases in Amtrak’s history.
Carol lives in Washington DC, surrounded by three generations of family. She has two adult children, four grandsons, four great grandsons and two great granddaughters.
In her role at Samaritan, Carole finds it gratifying to be able to combine her passion for service and duty with expertise in data management and donor relations.
Congress Heights Office
Denise Johnson is a third-generation Washingtonian and a proud Ward 8 resident. She attended Ballou High School and Southeastern University. After 38 years of service to the D.C. government working with at-risk youth and as a human resources specialist, Denise retired. She joined Southeast Ministry in 2020 and became a Samaritan employee with the merger of Samaritan and Southeast in late 2022. Denise has always had a passion for serving the community and helping youth and brings a welcoming spirit to her work with adult learners.
Anacostia Office and STRIVE Training Locations
Doris holds a Master’s in Psychology and Counseling, and is a board-certified addictions counselor, anger management specialist, mental health specialist, and peer specialist. Prior to joining Samaritan in early 2024, she worked in the field for 15 years, becoming experienced in individual counseling, group counseling, case management, client support, and addiction counseling. Among the settings where she did this work are Kin-Etic Behavioral Health Services, Goshen Health Care, and CATAADA House, all in Washington DC.
“It’s aways a pleasure to work with other people who want to help people achieve their goals,” says Doris.
Previously, Doris worked for several years in project and program management in the private sector. Doris holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from GWU School of Business and a Certificate of Ministry from Calvary Bible Institute.
Volunteer Manager, Northwest Office
Office: (202) 722-2280 x307 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sy 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 several years, she has served as Samaritan’s Volunteer Manager.
Grantwriter, Northeast DC Office
Loretto McNally is a seasoned development professional with experience in a wide range of fundraising environments. In her previous position, she served as the Grants Manager for the Public Religion Research Institute (prri.org) where she was responsible for all aspects of writing and reporting on grants, including interim and final reports. She also has experience in Individual Giving and has been a Director of Development, having served in that role at both the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Olney Theatre Center. Prior to that, Loretto spent seven years as a Senior Manager at Independent Sector, the flagship organization in the United States for monitoring and tracking charitable philanthropic activity, among other positions. Loretto currently lives in Silver Spring, with her husband, David.
Dr. Cheryl Mercer
Strive Employment Readiness Trainer, Various Locations Cell: 571-616-0427 email@example.com
It was a mutual blessing when Dr. Cheryl A. Mercer came on board at Samaritan Ministry as our STRIVE Employment Readiness Trainer in December, 2023.
“This next chapter for me — working as an advocate for people gaining their foothold in life again — is so exciting because it combines everything I’ve done and everywhere I’ve been with where I am now and where this is taking me,” Cheryl said.
Among the diverse experiences that have prepared Cheryl for her post at Samaritan was the one she held immediately before — serving as a college professor for inmates seeking their baccalaureate degrees though Goucher College’s Prison Undergraduate Studies Partnership in Maryland.
Cheryl has also taught life skills and job readiness to recently released inmates and served as Chair of the Board at Fairview Residential Reentry Center for Women in Washington, DC. And at Prince George’s Community College, she instructed youth and young adults in skills needed for entering the workplace.
An ordained minister, Cheryl especially appreciates that Samaritan is a faith-based organization.
Employer Specialist, all offices
Cell: (202) 922-7032 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Quinn joined Samaritan Ministry as Employer Specialist in August 2021, after serving as an SMGW volunteer. Her diverse background includes over 25 years in Marketing and Human Resources. After earning a master’s degree in human resources from American University, Diane joined the DC Department of Public and Assisted Housing. Under Mayor Kelly, Diane was reassigned to DC Parks and Recreation. Diane’s last DC Government assignment was with the Department of Transportation.
Next, Diane joined Sunrise Senior Living as Manager of the Office of People and Culture. After Sunrise, Diane joined Total Care Services as HR Director and then worked two years for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, to assist in implementing an HR automatic tracking system.
Diane is currently on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Washington, is an active “Daughter of the King” and serves on the Board of the DuPont Circle Citizens Association.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Reid
Associate Caseworker, Arlington, Va. and SE DC offices
Cell: (571)355-9927 email@example.com
Before joining Samaritan Ministry in June, 2023, Gabby Reid had applied her bachelor’s degree in human development (summa cum laude) from the University of the District of Columbia in a few different preschool settings. Most recently, she had taught and performed administrative duties with the House of Representatives Child Care Center. Through this work, she gained experience helping support her students’ parents as well as the children, and she’s also worked as a volunteer to aid people experiencing homelessness at New Hope Housing. An opportunity to volunteer at the NW office of Samaritan Ministry piqued her interest in working with us, as she was particularly impressed by Samaritan’s Next Step program and STRIVE workforce readiness training.
“It gives me a boost in my self esteem because I’m helping others,” Gabby says of her job at Samaritan. “It’s very empowering.”
Education Coordinator/ABE Instructor,
Congress Heights Office
Cell 202-807-0065. Office: 202-562-2636 firstname.lastname@example.org
Demetria Savoy was born and raised in Washington, DC’s Ward 7. She joined Southeast Ministry in 2016 as a full-time ABE/GED instructor. In 2020, she was promoted to the Director of Academic Development and Student Affairs. She became a Samaritan employee when Southeast and Samaritan merged in late 2022.
Demetria earned her B.A. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in health science and policy/sociology. She also has twenty-plus years of case management experience with out-of-school youth and 28 years of experience teaching math through her tutoring service with youth and adults. Ms. Savoy has a well-earned reputation for transforming learners who fear and hate math into learners who love it.
Lead Caseworker, Anacostia and Congress Heights offices
Cell: (240)755-8042 email@example.com
Crystal Warren holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. and had worked in case management for 15 years before moving to Samaritan.
Highlights of her past work include helping public housing residents to relocate for Housing Opportunities Unlimited, assisting women who had experienced domestic violence and incarceration for Community Family Life Services, and aiding the families of military veterans participating in the So Others Might Eat (SOME) housing program. The District is her hometown and as a resident of Ward 8, Crystal especially enjoys having the chance to give back to her community through her work at Samaritan.
Communications Associate, Northeast Office Cell: (831)238-1217 Office: (202)722-2280, ext, 315 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Wood is an award-winning reporter, writer and editor with a passion for using great storytelling to help make the world a better place.
She learned about Samaritan through St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, a Samaritan partner congregation where she is a parishioner. She finds it rewarding to apply her journalistic skills and experience to getting the word out about Samaritan and building support for its life-changing programing.
Sarah is awed by Samaritan’s caseworkers’ and volunteers’ ability to improve individual lives every day by instilling new hope and self-confidence in participants, and empowering them to more effectively tackle being the change they want to see in their lives. She also sees the work of everyone connected to Samaritan — not least our donors — as a powerful force in helping to repair the broader societal breach caused by the unjust racial and economic systems that contributed so greatly to the poverty and lack of opportunity that Samaritan’s participants must work to overcome.