Board of Directors

Nicole Lavery

Chair
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Dr. Lavery holds many roles within the Erie community.    As an occupational therapist, Dr. Lavery has fifteen years’ experience in pediatrics, low vision and community practice.  Dr. Lavery began her career in pediatric occupational therapy at the Achievement Center followed by Shriner’s Hospital, where she created several advanced programs for children, including a visual motor clinic, and feeding clinic.  Dr. Lavery moved into low vision and community practice at the Sight Center of Northwestern PA and as the Director of Clinical Services, she directed the optics program, the children’s program, and assisted the optometrist in the creation and implementation of Erie’s only low vision clinic.  She was also responsible in creating and overseeing new programming at the Sight Center where she developed a summer sports camp, technology, and daily life skills programs for the youth of Erie with low vision or blindness.  In 2017, Dr. Lavery earned her doctorate degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh PA, and accepted a full time professorship position at Gannon University. As an assistant professor at Gannon University, Dr. Lavery is responsible for teaching both undergraduates and graduate occupational therapy students about their professional roles in psycho-social issues, medical science, emerging models of occupational therapy practice and advanced theory and technique.  Her main interests include creating and implementing community programs, community outreach and emerging models of practice. Dr. Lavery has also participated in and created an international clinical experience for her students in both Quito Ecuador, and Mexico City, Mexico.  Dr. Lavery’s other roles in the community include co-owner and vice-president of Lavery Brewing Company in Erie PA.

Celene Kalivoda

Vice Chair
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Kellie Young

Treasurer
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Vicki Washek

Executive Director
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Vicki has been a member of the L’Arche community in Erie since 1980 and became Community Leader in 2005.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Gannon University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Edinboro University.

Vicki is married, has 3 children and 5 grandsons.

Vicki tries to live her life as a woman of faith, believing that her faith should be visible through her actions and attitude.  A quote attributed to St. Teresa of Calcutta embodies this for her: “We are supposed to preach without preaching, not by words, but by our example, by our actions. All works of love are works of peace.”

Richard Hauser

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Michael Jones

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Brad Weisenbach

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Brad Weisenbach, AIAF, AIT, ARC

Brad Weisenbach serves as Vice President, Financial Planning & Cost Analysis with Erie Insurance. Brad joined Erie Insurance in 1993 as an accounting staff assistant in the Financial Reporting department of the Controller Division. He held varying positions with increased responsibility culminating as a control and balancing analyst reporting to the Controller-Senior Financial Planning Analyst of the Financial Planning and Analysis Division, Finance Business Partner of Distribution, Finance Leader of Services, and Director, Financial Planning & Analysis. In 2017 Brad was promoted to his current role as Vice President, Financial Planning & Cost Analysis.
Brad graduated from Penn State University, The Behrend College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Brad has completed the AIAF, AIT and ARC insurance designations. In addition, he completed the Six Sigma—Green Belt Certification and his Certificate in Leadership at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2016.

Benjamin Stumpf

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Dr. Benjamin Stumpf joined the L’Arche Erie, Inc. Board of Directors in 2015. Professionally, Dr. Stumpf is a School Psychologist for the Conneaut School District in Crawford County where he works extensively with students with exceptionalities and coordinates the district’s Emotional Support Program. Certified by the National Ski Patrol, Dr. Stumpf spends his winter weekends as a member of the Peek’n Peak Ski Patrol. He and his wife, Colleen, a former L’Arche Erie Director, have two children, Nathaniel (9) and Hannah (4). The four of them enjoy outdoor time together running, skiing, golfing, and kayaking.

Benjamin Speggen

Secretary
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Ben Speggen is Vice President of the Jefferson Educational Society and a contributing editor at the Erie Reader. Prior, he taught writing, research, and literature in the English department at Gannon University and hosted a public-affairs program for WQLN Public Media. He began his journey in L’Arche as an assistant, and he joined the L’Arche Erie Board of Directors in 2015 and was appointed to Secretary in 2019.

Terry Holmes

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Terry S. Holmes, JD, MBA is a loving Christian husband and father of five boys, a dog and cat.  Terry’s professional background ranges from twenty-eight years teaching in higher education to President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service detail monitoring over $200 million in construction as Plant Accountant. Terry’s volunteer background includes Vice President of the Enterprise Fund, Treasurer of St. Patrick’s Haven, Board of L’Arche Erie,  and Church Security.

Dr. Joshua Nwokeji

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Dr. Joshua C. Nwokeji is an academic and emerging entrepreneur. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at Gannon University.  In addition, Dr. Nwokeji is a chairperson for Gannon University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). With over 20 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Nwokeji has made research contributions in various areas including software requirements engineering, data analytics, computing education, enterprise architecture & modeling, competency analysis and pedagogy. He is married to Dr. Gladys C. Joshua-Nwokeji.

Richard Stachel

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Rick joined the L’Arche board of directors in 2019 and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. He is an Assistant Professor at Gannon University and and Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration Program. Rick grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in the 1970s, and because of that, he is a huge Steeler fan. Besides football, he enjoys swimming and running, but especially traveling. In 2020, he was fortunate to spend a week with the L’Arche Community in Querétaro, Mexico, something he experienced with a group of Gannon students and one he’ll continue to treasure.

Jinhee Yoo

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Jinhee Yoo Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Dahlkemper School of Business at Gannon University. She received her Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN; her M.A. in Sport Marketing from Kangwon National University in South Korea; and her undergraduate degree in French Language/Literature and Tourism Administration from Kangwon National University. Jinhee Yoo joined the Board of Directors in 2019.

Gregory Badach

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Gregory Badach has lived in Erie for nearly 49 years, having moved here with his parents in 1971.  Graduating from Iroquois High School in 1980 and obtaining a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from Gannon University in 1989 provided the education for Greg to begin an Information Technology career spanning nearly 35 years as a computer programmer, clinical analyst, database analyst, project coordinator and systems administrator; until my retirement due to health issues in 2018.  Greg’s faith, family, and friends are cornerstones of his life.  He has been married to his wife, Ann, for thirty-four years, and together have 2 daughters, Jessica and Abby, and two grandchildren, Benjamin, and Maxwell. Greg is active in the choir and bible study group at Our Lady of Mercy.  Greg enjoys volunteering at the Saint Martin Center Food Pantry, playing the bass guitar, singing and bowling.  Greg ‘looks forward to helping wherever I can as God guides me.”