Wendy Tarr, Program Director, ARCH

Wendy manages ARCH and provides support to 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. [email protected]

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.   [email protected]

Dana Davis, Business Network Manager, ARCH 

Dana is responsible for building a network of employers offering second chance employment. Dana helps employers find talented returning citizens who qualify for open positions; leverages new and existing partnerships to connect employers with resources, and counsels returning citizens directly 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. Prior to ARCH, Dana worked as a case manager with family programs at Alvis 180 and was also a program coordinator with Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland managing the Bonds Beyond Bars program. She is an entrepreneur and has had her own businesses in the past, including a transportation agency that helped transport families to visit their loved ones at the prison. She has also previously worked in a staffing agency, helping many people with criminal records obtain employment. [email protected]

Sarah O'Donnell, Communications and Program Development, ARCH 

Sarah O'Donnell supports ARCH with our administration and communications. She came to ARCH through the Americorps VISTA program 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. [email protected]



Young Leaders & Volunteers

VOAN receives interns from OSU, Notre Dame, Denison University throughout the year who assist ARCH -- bringing insight, creativity, and passion to our work!