Amy was introduced to L’Arche in college. After her first visit, she knew L’Arche was a very special place and that it would somehow be an important part of her life. Over the last two decades, Amy has served as a live-in assistant, house coordinator, grant writer, accompanier and friend. She was the Community Leader from 2007-2015 and is happily the Community Leader again!
Amy and her husband Patrick have two school-aged daughters who have been raised in the greater community of L’Arche. As a family, they enjoy the beauty of nature, camping, kayaking and spending time with friends. Amy comes from a family that lived and embraced difference and understood the notion of every person having unique gifts; having grown up with a sibling with disabilities taught her a lot about how to live and lead in L’Arche.
She has a Master’s degree in Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology (Berkeley) and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida in English and Religion. Amy is actively involved in Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement. She believes that L’Arche is one of the many small movements that help make the world a better place – one closer to God’s kingdom of peace and justice on earth.