Executive Leadership

Ralph Boyd, President and CEO

Ralph Boyd first became acquainted with SOME during his seven years as chairman, president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for the national capital region’s largest corporate philanthropic program, which included major financial support for SOME’s affordable housing and supportive services for low income and formerly homeless families. As CEO of the Massachusetts region of the American Red Cross, Boyd oversaw services for 6.7 million people in more than 350 cities and towns throughout the region, including: disaster preparation, response, casework, and recovery services, food services and nutrition programs in underserved and high need communities, services to armed forces, international services, biomedical (blood) services, and health and safety programs.

He has spent many years working in service of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, including as Assistant Attorney General of the United States heading the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; as a co-founding board member, chairman and interim president and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, a consortium of six academically rigorous public charter schools in high need Washington, D.C. communities; and as chairman of the NHP Foundation, a national nonprofit developer and owner of affordable housing with supportive services for vulnerable residents. 

Most recently, Boyd’s work at the Urban Land Institute has focused on land use and real estate development, including the development of affordable housing. Boyd is a graduate of Haverford College and the Harvard Law School.

Father John Adams, President Emeritus

Father John Adams has directed SOME for more than 40 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.

Linda Parisi, Chief Development Officer                                                                                                                                                                                Troy Swanda, Chief Operating Officer
Tracey Turner, Chief Human Resources Officer

Operations Team

Suzanne Bond, Chief Administrative Officer
Berinna Doggett, Chief Clinical Officer
Elizabeth Garrison, Director of Compliance and CQI
Nechama Masliansky, Senior Advocacy Advisor
Julia Moran Morton, Chief Housing Development Officer
Thuan Nguyen, Chief Technical Officer
Rachel Nicholas, Chief Program Officer, Family Services
Belinda Sealey, Chief Program Officer, Single Adult Housing
Daryl Wright, Senior Director, Emergency Services                                                                                                                                                           

Board of Directors

Sr. Mary Bader, Chair, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families    
George C. McFarland
, Vice Chair, McFarland and Associates                                                                                      
Sr. Mary Catherine Guiler, Secretary, Substitute Teacher
Stefanie Gerard Cohn, Treasurer, Raffa PC
Jason E. Geno, HR Committee Chair, Human Capital Initiatives                                                                                                                            Ralph Boyd, Ex-Officio Member, President, SOME                                                                                                                                                               Linda Jo Smith, Honorary Member, Former Chairsperson, PEPCO (retired)
Fr. John Adams, Fr. John Adams, Honorary Member, President Emeritus, SOME


Audie (Butch) Abernathy, Building Technician Engineer
Kenneth W. Ellison, Attorney
Peggy Gott, Community Advocate
Marie Maser, Community Advocate
Mary Miller, Consultant
M. Craig Pascal, BB&T
Olivia B. Payton, Chateau Remix
Dr. William Vaughan, DDS, Dentist

Corporate Advisory Board

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


James Assey, National Cable & Telecommunications Association
William Bartling, Clark Construction
Angela Bradley, BTI Security
Patrick Butler, Association of Public Television Stations                                                                                                                                                   Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association
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
Julia Cullen, KPMG LLC
Prachee J. Devadas, Synergy Enterprises Inc.
Andrea Dynes, General Dynamics
Penny Eastman, Security Shield LLC
Toby Eckhardt, Focused Image
Terri Fariello, United Airlines
Etta Fielek, American Hospital Association
Rainey Foster, Leading Authorities, Inc.
Mike Gordon, C.C. Pace
Corey Griffin, 2GIP                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Leslie Hortum, Spencer Stuart
Erica Khatchadourian, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
William Kilmer, Mortgage Bankers Association
Mekita King, Washington Post
Gerry Lamb
Dennis M. Lucey, AKIMA
Katherine Lugar, American Beverage Association
Darryl Maxwell, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
James McCarthy, North American Millers’ Association
Larry McCarthy, McCarthy, Hennings, Whalen
Mary Miller, Consultant
Michael J. O’Neil, K&L/Gates
Craig Pascal, BB&T
Kathleen Rotondaro
Leslie Sarasin
, Food Marketing Institute
Daniel Schwartz, Bain & Co.
Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation
Mark Shields, Political Commentator
John Sturm
Sanjay Subramanian, PwC
JT Taylor, Hedgeye Risk Management
Otis Tolbert, Aon Risk Solutions                                                                                                                                                                                      
Alisha White, AMC Institute
Thomas Wilbur, Akridge
Michael Williams, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
William Glenn Yarborough, WGY and Associates, LLC

Header photo: SOME Corporate Advisory Board meeting at the Conway Center. Back row, from left to right: Michael Williams, Mike O'Neil, David Chavern, John Sturm, J.T. Taylor, James Assey, Gerry Lamb, Mike Gordon, Bill Calhoun, Jim McCarthy. Front row, from left to right: Alisha White, Penny Eastman, Steve Caldeira, Erica Khatchadourian, Glenn Yarborough, Vice Chair Leslie Hortum, Angela Bradley, Fr. John Adams, Chair Pat Butler, Matt Shay, Dennis Lucey. (partial listing)