Leadership

Wendy Tarr, Program Director, ARCH

Wendy manages ARCH and the Think Tanks on Poverty as part of her role as Executive Director and co-founder of The Vincentian Ohio Action Network (VOAN). Wendy has worked in the reentry community in Central Ohio for five years and is an appointed member of the Franklin County Reentry Advisory Board. She has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and faith-based community organizing primarily focused on economic justice, immigration, and criminal justice reform issues. Prior to this position, Wendy was the Midwest Regional Organizer for "Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform," a network of faith, law enforcement, and business leadership working to establish consensus on immigration reform, led by the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC. Wendy also worked for eight years in Southern California, where she led the Orange County Chapter of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and organized diverse faith communities to support low-wage workers in struggles for living wages, affordable accessible healthcare, and responsible development initiatives. wtarr@svdpcolumbus.org   

Vanita Nevis, Program Coordinator, ARCH 

Vanita coordinates with faith-based organizations to enhance their prison ministry and become involved in reentry programs. She provides administrative and ‘boots on the ground’ support to those seeking assistance, connecting returning citizens and families with local resources. This includes accompanying returning citizens to government agencies, the furniture bank, finding temporary shelter for those who are unhoused, etc. Prior to her work with ARCH, she was also the administrator for the Central Ohio Citizen Circle (Circle). She also worked for the State of Ohio's Small Business Development Center and launched a Restored Citizens Program, teaching reentry and entrepreneurship classes for incarcerated Ohioans called R.E.S.E.T.   vnevis@svdpcolumbus.org

Dana Davis, Business Network Manager, ARCH 

Dana is responsible for building a network of employers offering second chance employment. Dana helps employers find handpicked candidates by creating a hiring pool to assist employers with their hiring goals leveraging various partnerships, and supports workers in overcoming barriers as they return to the workplace. Dana comes to this position knowing firsthand the impact of incarceration and what it can do to a family. Her childhood and life experiences have fueled her passion & desire to help others impacted by incarceration. She has built strong community partnerships to align with the needs of the clients she serves throughout her 10 years of experience in the reentry field working in case management, program management, and workforce development. Dana is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University. ddavis@svdpcolumbus.org 

Lesha Farias, Outreach Consultant, ARCH 

Lesha is a Lead Organizer and outreach consultant for ARCH. She expands reentry services and ARCH in the areas surrounding Franklin County. She is also the co-founder of the Newark Think Tank on Poverty and coordinates our Think Tanks on Poverty in Perry County, Zanesville, and Lancaster. Prior to working for VOAN, Lesha was the Senior Program Director at the Ohio Campus Compact where she managed the AmeriCorps Vista Program at Denison University for 14 years. lfarias@svdpcolumbus.org 

Sarah O'Donnell, Program Assistant, ARCH 

Sarah O'Donnell helps ARCH with our volunteer recruitment, administration, and communications. She came to ARCH through the Americorps VISTA program in 2019 and has been a huge asset to the ARCH's program development. Sarah has a passion to help people in the community and support the growth of nonprofits working to alleviate poverty and inequity and address social justice issues. Sarah also has a degree in creative writing from Denison University. sodonnell@svdpcolumbus.org 

Young Leaders & Volunteers

VOAN receives interns from OSU, Notre Dame, Denison University throughout the year for various lengths to gain professional and organizing skills with our Think Tanks on Poverty and ARCH program.