Executive Leadership

Father John Adams, President

Father John Adams has directed SOME for more than 35 years. He was ordained in 1969 and received his master's degree in Social Service ('70) at Catholic University of America. After initial assignments as a social worker, he started Christ House, which provides meals, shelter, and crisis intervention to the poor and homeless in Alexandria, VA.

In 1978, Fr. McKenna, SJ, founder of SOME, invited Fr. John to become the Director of SOME. Under his leadership, SOME has grown from a small soup kitchen with one employee and two volunteers to an organization that provides more than 1,000 daily meals and more to those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in the city.

Fr. John has often been recognized for his work at SOME, as Washingtonian of the Year, a Freedom Forum Free Spirit, an Olympic Torch Carrier, a Congressional Victory Against Hunger Award recipient, and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Marymount University.

Barbara Richard, Chief Operating Officer
Suzanne Bond, Chief Administrative Officer
Ann Chauvin, Chief Clinical Officer
Elizabeth Garrison, Director of Compliance and CQI
Shannon Leftwich, Chief Human Resources Officer
Thuan Nguyen, Chief Technical Officer
Rachel Nicholas, Chief Program Officer, Family Services
Linda Parisi, Chief Development Officer
Scott Powell, Chief Financial Officer
Emily Price, Chief Program Officer, Center for Employment Training and Senior Services
Belinda Sealey, Chief Program Officer, Single Adult Housing

Board of Directors

Linda Jo Smith, Chair, PEPCO (retired)
Sr. Mary Bader, DC, Vice-Chair, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families
Sr. Mary Catherine Guiler, Secretary, Academy of the Holy Cross
Stefanie Gerard Cohn, Treasurer, Raffa PC
Jason E. Geno, HR Committee Chair, Human Capital Initiatives
Fr. John Adams, Ex-Officio, President, SOME


Audie (Butch) Abernathy, Building Technician Engineer
Joyce Burnette, Disabled American Veterans
Br. John Gleason, The Brothers of Holy Cross
Peggy Gott, Community Advocate
Msgr. Ralph Kuehner, St. Francis of Assisi
Marie Maser, Community Advocate
George C. McFarland, McFarland and Associates
Olivia B. Payton, Red Top Communications Center
Thomas Penny, Courtyard by Marriott
Dr. William Vaughan, DDS, Dentist
Henry Valentino, Honorary Board Member, Federated League of Americans Around the Globe

Corporate Advisory Board

Patrick Butler, Chair, America’s Public Television Stations
Leslie W. Hortum, Vice Chair, Spencer Stuart


James Assey, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Angela Bradley, BTI Security
Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association
William R. Calhoun, Jr., Clark Construction Group, LLC
Kathleen Walsh Carr
David Chavern, News Media Alliance
Suzanne P. Clark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Patrick Cleary, NAPEO
William E. Conway, Jr., The Carlyle Group
Prachee J. Devadas, Synergy Enterprises Inc.
John Doyle, Doyle McDonald
Andrea Dynes, General Dynamics
Penny Eastman, Security Shield LLC
Toby Eckhardt, Focused Image
Alison Engel, Gannett
Terri Fariello, United
Rainey Foster, Leading Authorities, Inc.
Bill Ginivan
Mike Gordon, C.C. Pace
Corey Griffin, 2GIP
Joseph Kelley, Eli Lilly and Company
Erica Khatchadourian, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
William Kilmer, Mortgage Bankers Association
Mekita King, Washington Post
Gerry Lamb, General Dynamics
Dennis M. Lucey, TKC Global
James McCarthy, North American Millers’ Association
Larry McCarthy, McCarthy, Hennings, Whalen
Evelyn Miller, National Geographic Partners, LLC
Mary Miller, Edison Electric Institute
Michael J. O’Neil, K&L/Gates
Craig Pascal, BB&T
Kathleen Rotondaro
Daniel Schwartz, Bain & Co.
Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation
Shaun Sheehan, Tribune Company
Mark Shields, Political Commentator
John Sturm, University of Notre Dame, Washington Office
Sanjay Subramanian, PwC
JT Taylor, Hedgeye Risk Management
Otis Tolbert, Aon Risk Solutions
Alisha White, HelmsBriscoe
Thomas Wilbur, Akridge
Michael Williams, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
William Glenn Yarborough, WGY and Associates, LLC