Meet the Team

Administrative Staff Members

Teamwork makes the DREAM work!

The Administrative team works together to ensure that the Core Members continue to have a place to call home. Between loads of paperwork and pulling the strings behind the scenes to keep the engine running smoothly, the team understands that the Core Members are the driving force behind everything they do. It is because of this that each team member finds time to devote and nurture their own loving relationships with the core members, as daily little reminders that the Core Members are the heart of L’Arche.

Amy Finn-Schultz

Community Leader/Executive Director
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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.

Amy@larchejacksonville.org

Nora Santamaria

Rainbow Workshop Director
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I was blessed to be born in a country called Venezuela, to have a husband named Eduardo, two children, Andrea and Guillermo, two wonderful grandchildren, Natalie and Noah… and one more on the way! I had the blessing of graduating as an architect, and working in the navy several years before I worked at the Central Bank of Venezuela. I was blessed with the opportunity to emigrate to this beautiful country. One which has opened its arms to me and my family. That adventure lead me into finding my second family: L’Arche Jacksonville in Florida. Rainbow Workshop has been my inspiration for almost 10 years. Here, I have been able to share all the gifts that God has given me with the most wonderful human beings in the world, the core members.

Rainbow@larchejacksonville.org

Patty Baker

Community Care Coordinator
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Patty Baker joined L’arche Jacksonville as the Community Care Coordinator in September 2021. Patty had worked in Ohio with children and adults with intellectual disabilities for 29 years. When she took the interview with L’Arche she knew right away that it was a great fit for her; and God made the way possible for her and her husband Eric to make the big move to Florida from Ohio.

Patty is a graduate of Ohio State University with an MA in Music Education  and University of Dayton with a BM in Music Therapy. She and Eric have 2 dogs and 2 cats that made the move with them from Ohio. They also have 2 grandchildren and 5 adult children between them who unfortunately remain in Ohio and Michigan. Eric and Patty enjoy traveling, going to concerts, and watching Ohio State University Football (Go Buckeyes!). They also are becoming comfortable in their new life in Florida and their home in the L’Arche community.

Patty@larchejacksonville.org

Claire McGrath

Community Life Coordinator
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Claire was first introduced to L’Arche in college, and was excited to join L’Arche Jacksonville as a live-in assistant after she graduated in 2015. What started out as a “gap year” became a longer-term calling, and Claire’s last seven years in L’Arche have been filled with joy, growth, and lots of laughter with the core members she considers family.  Since 2015, Claire as been a live-in and live-out assistant, House Coordinator, Assistant Outreach Coordinator, and now Community Life Coordinator.

Claire lives in Atlantic Beach with her husband, Pete, and their pets: a dog, a cat, and a parrot. They enjoy surfing, backpacking, hiking, camping, travelling, and spending time with family. Claire’s parents, sister, and adorable nephew, Malcolm, live just a few blocks away from their Atlantic Beach home.

Claire graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is grateful to the core members for creating a community of belonging and celebration at L’Arche Jacksonville.

Claire@larchejacksonville.org

Karla Smith

Business Manager
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Karla Smith has been with L’Arche Jacksonville for almost 10 years, but has worked in nonprofit for over 19 years. She worked at United Way of Northeast Florida and BASCA. Now, she is our business manager extraordinaire. Really, she is the question lady. Everyone goes to her with all their questions. She grew up in Orange Park, FL. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

She has one handsome son, Michael, who is 20 years old. Krista, her sister with intellectual/developmental disabilities, is her most favorite person ever.

When not working, Karla and her husband, Jeremy, enjoy taking their renovated RV motorhome to various state parks in FL, GA, and AL. They also love to kayak with their 1 year old dog Sable.

We know Karla loves working at L’Arche Jacksonville because she makes the drive from Middleburg 5 days a week.

Karla@larchejacksonville.org

Nancy Smith

Development Advisor & Graphic Designer
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Over the years, Nancy has worn several hats within the L’Arche community. First and foremost, she is the proud sister of core member Tommy!  Since 1998, she has been a member of the Auxiliary Committee; a volunteer Development Assistant; Golf Committee member since 2001; Chairman of the Family Support Committee; Development Director from 2008-2011; and Development Advisor since 2017. As a career Graphic Designer, Nancy is involved in marketing for L’Arche and directs the design of L’Arche print and digital communication materials including brochures, fundraising appeals, website, and email.

A Florida State grad with a BA in Communication Design, Nancy has been married to Jeff Smith since 1975 and has two wonderful children, Adam and Erin, plus a fantastic granddaughter Ansley.  Adam lives in Jacksonville Beach; Erin and husband Ben live in Atlanta with their two large, lovable dogs, Brody and Gus.

nsmith32223@gmail.com

Fr. Tom Poth

Pastoral Minister
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Bio pending

Lois Morris, RN

Community Nurse
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Originally from Boston, Lois has lived in Jacksonville for over 30 years.  She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and taught for 11 years. However, she returned to school to earn a degree in Nursing, has been an RN since 2010, and worked in pediatric home health, a hospital, long-term care facility, and corrections nursing, before coming to L’Arche in 2020.  She loves her work with the core members, and considers it a privilege to hold this position.

Lois has one son who also lives in Jacksonville. She loves to travel and read, but her greatest passion is animals; she is currently the ‘mama’ to 5 cats!  For 13 years she provided foster care for both the Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care & Protective Services.  She still does some rescuing and tries to help get stray cats spayed and neutered to aid in the terrible problem of homeless animals.  It is a very rewarding “hobby”!

She is proud and happy to work with all the core members, to always advocate for them within the health setting, and just have great fun with them!

nurse@larchejacksonville.org

Shannon (Shae) Williams

Development Assistant
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Mallory Koch

L'Arche Jacksonville Photographer
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mallory@larchejacksonville.org