Our Staff

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Sarah Parks

Executive Director

Sarah Parks is a social worker from South Carolina who first felt the call to work with the homeless population of New Orleans in 2003 after spending a summer volunteering with a local transitional housing program for homeless women and children. After receiving her Bachelors of Social Work from Winthrop University in 2006, Mrs. Parks followed her call to move to New Orleans with the goal of serving those in need. In the past 10 years that she has lived in New Orleans she has served with various social service agencies including those that serve the homeless as well as at-risk adolescents. The call to serve the local homeless population is one that Mrs. Parks is devoted to and she is grateful to serve through Grace at the Greenlight.

Email: sarah@graceatthegreenlight.org
Phone: 504-239-4544

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Chris Beary

Founder

Chris Beary is a local attorney, CPA and entrepreneur who is a native New Orleanian. Traveling under the Pontchartrain Expressway several times a day, he felt compelled to start a ministry that would provide for the homeless' basic needs of food, water and God's love. Important to him is also facilitating a vehicle for others to give knowing their dollars are directly providing food and water - 100% of each donation. Mr. Beary is a longtime supporter of local charity and currently serves as the Treasurer and Vestry Member of Christ Church Cathedral and is a founder of and the Treasurer and Board Member for Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative.

Email: wcbeary@bearyinterests.com
Phone: 504-388-2501

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Jennifer Diggs

NAMB Student Missionary

Jennifer Diggs is a NAMB student missionary currently attending the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Jacksonville State University. Jennifer moved to the city 2 years ago from Alabama. She began volunteering with the homeless shortly after moving down. Jennifer has a passion for seeing hope restored and lives changed through power and grace of Jesus.

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Melissa Baker

Director of Outreach & Programs

Melissa recently graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from Northwestern State University and will be heading to LSU to pursue her Masters of Social Work in the Fall. Melissa has joined our team as Director of Outreach &Programs and she spends most of her days working tirelessly with our Going Home Program.

Email: melissa@graceatthegreenlight.org
Phone: 504-410-5248

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Lexi Chavez

Outreach Coordinator

Lexi Chavez,Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and management from Arizona State University. Lexi Chavez is assisting with grants, outreach and will be responsible for increasing development within our Meals with Love Program.

Email: lexi@graceatthegreenlight.org
Phone: 619-862-5004

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Missionary Paulette Pierre
Kitchen Coordinator

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Javier Velez
Volunteer

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Sister Mary Clements
Food Line Coordinator

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George Grant
Head Barista

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Hassidee Muhammed
Sous Chef

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Deacon Bob Gordon
Head Chef

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Reggie Landry
Volunteer

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Marquette Pierre
Volunteer