Caseworker, Northwest Office
|Benja joined Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington in 2019 and worked as a Caseworker Associate through the Westmoreland|
Service Corps until June 2020. After his fellowship, he stayed on board and officially joined SMGW as a caseworker in July 2020. Born and raised in Prince George’s county, Benja also has connections to Washington, D.C. Benja graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in Religion and a minor in Spanish. Benja has worked at various nonprofits in Washington DC and is excited to be a part of Samaritan Ministry.
Development Associate, Northwest Office
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|“I’m Charlie Day, Development Associate, and I hail from North Carolina, but grew up primarily in the Philippines, Guatemala, and Peru. I’m passionate about justice and community outreach, and in the past has worked with the NAACP, primarily with the local Hispanic community in Boone, NC. During my time there I worked on local outreach and fundraising, as well as some event organizing. I hold a BA degree in Political Science and received a Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Appalachian State University. I looks forward to supporting all of SMGW’s work to raise up the local community.”|
Operations Director, Northwest Office
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|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.
|David B. Wolf|
Executive Director, Northwest Office
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|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.
Program Trainer, Skyland Workforce Center
|Deirdre Duffy was a graduate of the STRIVE DC Job Readiness Training program in January of 2015. With over 15 years of community outreach and casework experience, after graduating she was offered the position as Retention Specialist, then Job Developer, during which she established 59 new business partnerships as potential placements for STRIVE DC graduates. Deirdre was promoted to Program Trainer in March 2016 Ms. Duffy has an AA in General Occupational Technology, Early Childhood Education, and is pursuing her BA in Psychology and Cultural Diversity.|
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 and. since August, 2019, 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.|
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
| Jeff Hale|
Development Director, Northwest office
|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.|
Program Director, Northwest Office
|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.”|
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.”|
Lead Caseworker, Southeast Washington DC (Anacostia) office
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joined SMGW in 2016, left for a brief period to pursue a related interest, and re-joined us in 2019. Prior to her time with SMGW, Naima worked for 10 years in the health care and human services fields. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Trinity Washington University and has completed some studies toward a Master of Social Work from Catholic University of America.
| 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.|
Casework Intern, NOVA office
|Sylvie Bowen-Bailey grew up in Duluth, MN and studied at Knox College in Galesburg, IL where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Chinese. After graduating in spring 2020, she joined the Westmoreland Service Corps and began her internship as a Casework Associate at the NOVA site during August. Sylvie is excited to be part of the team at SMGW.|
Employment Caseworker, Skyland Workforce Center office
|Ms. Nalty gained social service experience while working with a Los Angeles, CA nonprofit collaborative during her time as a Global Studies major at Azusa Pacific University. She conducted client services and met one-on-one with community members connecting them to critical resources weekly. Prior to joining the STRIVE team, Ms. Nalty volunteered with Samaritan as a Casework Associate in the Northwest, Southeast, and Skyland Workforce Center offices for one year. She assisted participants with various goals from pursuing continued education and stable housing to applying for benefits and solidifying employment.|
Retention Specialist, Skyland Workforce Center office
|Ms. Petty communicates with STRIVE participants to maintain a supportive relationship, obtain updates about their employment status, and offer job retention support and coaching. Ms. Petty, a graduate of the STRIVE DC Job Readiness Training program, holds a BA in Management from Catholic University of America. She previously worked as an Enumerator with the U.S. Census Bureau, and most recently as an outreach member at her local church. She looks to make an impact by helping participants fine-tune where they want to go and what they want to accomplish.|