The Joseph’s House staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, personal care aides, and administrative staff. We seek to practice compassionate care so that the act of service itself becomes a source of healing, both for the served and the server.

Gabriel Ademiloye, LPN, Nurse
Gabriel joined Joseph’s House’s nursing staff in 2005, serving as the overnight nurse five days a week. He is also working to develop a community clinic in his native Nigeria.

Wondimu Dalkero, Resident Care Aide
wondimuA native of Ethiopia, Wondimu joined the Joseph’s House staff in 2012 after completing the nurse aide training program at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. He  is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Trinity University.


Cathy Fitch, Resident Care  Aide
Cathy betterCathy began working at Joseph’s House in 1998 and has extensive experience working with seniors and individuals at the end of life. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program.


Tabitha Gingerich, RN, BSN, MSN, Nurse Case Manager
IMG_8828Tabitha has worked in community health and primary care for the majority of her nursing career. Most recently, she practiced as a nurse practitioner in skilled and long-term-care facilities in Virginia. She is passionate about high quality, holistic health care for all persons throughout the lifespan and specifically at the end of life. She recently completed an Advanced Practice Nursing Externship in Palliative Care. At Joseph’s House, Tabitha is responsible for evaluating referrals, assessing resident needs, developing care plans, and managing the care of residents.

Sarah Hoops, Resident Care Aide
SarahSarah started volunteering at Joseph’s House in the summer of 2012 and joined the staff in 2013. She was an assistant at L’Arche Mobile, a community of individuals with and without developmental disabilities, in 2009, and has enjoyed working in the caregiving field since then. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program.

Scott Sanders, Deputy Director
ScottScott first connected to Joseph’s House through his service at Community Hospices, where he volunteered on the inpatient unit for 11 years. He served on the Joseph’s House Board of Directors for six years. He has been active in HIV/AIDS issues and non-profit  management for over 25 years, as an activist, staff member at Whitman-Walker Health and amfAR, and an organizational and communications consultant to non-profit organizations. He is trained in the use of compassionate touch for those at the end of life and is a graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program. He holds a mayoral appointment on Metropolitan Washington Regional Ryan White Planning Council. Read his contributions to the Lean on Me blog.

Sangmo Tsering, Resident Care Aide
sangmo samll 2A native of Tibet, Sangmo has worked as a resident aide at Joseph’s House since 2010.




Nicole Williams, Resident Care Aide
IMG_7554Nicole  joined Joseph’s House  as an intern studying mental health at Montgomery College and is now working as a resident care aide as she continues her studies.



Patricia Wudel, Executive Director
pattyPatty started volunteering for Joseph’s House in the early 1990s, often being on-call overnight while working elsewhere full-time during the day. She has served as Executive Director for Joseph’s House since 1998, and is responsible for overseeing the work while steering its mission. She is a graduate of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program. Prior to coming to Joseph’s House, Ms. Wudel was an Assistant at the Daybreak L’Arche community in Toronto. She coordinated care for adults with developmental handicaps. She also served as Executive Assistant to a federal Member of Parliament, Ottawa, managing the office, coordinating research and constituency support, and supervising staff. Read her contributions to the Lean on Me blog.

Animal Staff

Gracie & Rambo 





The two resident cats have distinct personalities and responsibilities in the house. Gracie, is often the first in the house to become aware when someone is beginning the dying process. She used to be considered “the ornery one,” but she is turning into a softie. Rambo, the younger and more playful of the two, only comes out after dark.


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Lola is a wayward gal from Plaquemines Parish, LA, who ended up at the Washington Animal Rescue League and then the home of one of our staff members. She visits the house most mornings and afternoons where she enjoys joining the community for breakfast and curling up on the couch for some snuggle time.


In Memoriam