meet the team

our executive team, staff, board, and advisory council

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executive team

Nancy Dow Moody
President & CEO

Nancy has been the President & CEO of Lifehouse since 2008. She first joined the organization in 1992 as the Director of Services/Associate Director. From 2005-2008, she served as the Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Nancy has over 35 years of experience in the management of programs for people with developmental disabilities. During her tenure at Lifehouse, she has developed numerous new programs, including the development of new affordable housing for our clients, the coalition for social and recreation programs for young teens and adults, a senior program, supported living programs, and the Marin Autism Collaborative. Nancy currently serves on the Marin Autism Steering Committee and Marin Waldorf School. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco, where she was a Merit Scholar and graduated cum laude.

Matthew Tarver-Wahlquist
VP/COO

Matt joined the Lifehouse team after three years as the Director of Residential Programs for The Cedars of Marin. Prior to Cedars, Matt spent nine years at Opportunity for Independence, where he began as a Direct Support Professional in a group home and went on to serve as the Director of Residential Programs, Director of Day Programs, and eventually Chief Planning and Communications Officer. Matt is on the steering committee for the Marin Autism Collaborative and served on the San Francisco/Marin Autism Regional Taskforce. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Matt has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College.

Viola Morris
Director of Finance

Viola joined our Lifehouse team in 2016 after ten years as the Chief Operating Officer for Conservation Corps North Bay, an education and job training program for young adults. Prior to CCNB, Viola served as the Deputy Director for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center in San Francisco, California. Viola received a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of San Francisco and completed The Center for Leadership Innovation’s Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program.

Ann Elias
Director of Development

Ann joined the Lifehouse team after 8 years at United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay, 5 years as Project Manager and 3 years as Development Director. Prior to UCP of the North Bay, Ann spent 7 ½ years as a Project Manager at Charles Schwab & Company. A native of Marin County, Ann and her husband Marc live in San Rafael and have raised 3 children. Peter, their oldest, lives in the Lifehouse Comito House in Fairfax and has been with Lifehouse since 2000.

program directors

 
 Katherine O'Connor Director of Services  Kate O’Connor has been the Director of Services since 2015, overseeing our Marin County Supported Living Program, Community Living Program, and Intermediate Care Facilities. After starting with Lifehouse as an on-call direct support counselor in 1995, the past twenty years have seen Kate play a vital role in the growth and evolution of the organization. Kate’s dedication and leadership have earned the respect not only of her Lifehouse colleagues but of her peers and collaborators at other organizations, the staff of the Golden Gate Regional Center, and most importantly the people we serve and their families. Kate holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State and an M.B.A. from Dominican University.

Katherine O'Connor
Director of Services

Kate O’Connor has been the Director of Services since 2015, overseeing our Marin County Supported Living Program, Community Living Program, and Intermediate Care Facilities. After starting with Lifehouse as an on-call direct support counselor in 1995, the past twenty years have seen Kate play a vital role in the growth and evolution of the organization. Kate’s dedication and leadership have earned the respect not only of her Lifehouse colleagues but of her peers and collaborators at other organizations, the staff of the Golden Gate Regional Center, and most importantly the people we serve and their families. Kate holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State and an M.B.A. from Dominican University.

 Michelle Condit Director of Autism & North Bay Programs  Michelle Condit has been Director of Autism Services since 2015. In her 14 years at Lifehouse, Michelle has excelled in a number of roles, including as QIDP of our ICFs and as a Supported Living Manager. Michelle is a certified in TEACCH and completed her PhD in Organizational Development. With Michelle at the helm, Lifehouse is well positioned to continue to be on the cutting edge of autism services in Northern California.

Michelle Condit
Director of Autism & North Bay Programs

Michelle Condit has been Director of Autism Services since 2015. In her 14 years at Lifehouse, Michelle has excelled in a number of roles, including as QIDP of our ICFs and as a Supported Living Manager. Michelle is a certified in TEACCH and completed her PhD in Organizational Development. With Michelle at the helm, Lifehouse is well positioned to continue to be on the cutting edge of autism services in Northern California.

 

board of directors

advisory council