Kowshara Thomas, Executive Director 

Ms. Thomas assumed the position of executive director in August 2019 after serving as Joseph’s House’s senior nurse case manager for a year. As executive director she is responsible for the delivery and quality of resident care (physical, emotional, and spiritual), including accompaniment of those who are dying; developing partnerships with service providers and referral resources; recruitment of staff and volunteers; supervision and training of staff and volunteers in the delivery of compassionate care; and direction for and development of the Joseph’s House community.

Ms. Thomas has more than 20 years of experience providing patient care in long term, hospice, primary, and pediatric care as well as surgery. Prior to Joseph’s House, she served in several positions at Capital Caring, providing nursing care to patients with terminal illness including education to patients and their families to decrease anxiety and facilitate patients’ living until death. As senior nurse case manager at Joseph’s House, Ms. Thomas was responsible for evaluating referrals, assessing resident needs, developing care plans, supervising RNs, LPNs, and nurse’s aides, and managing the care of residents.  Read Kowshara’s letter.


  • Anita Massaro, RN – Nurse Case Manager
  • Celeste Leon, RN, BSN – Nurse Case Manager
  • Julie Bramon, RN – On Call Nurse
  • Kara Leonard, RN, BSN – Program Director
  • Kristen Jones, MSW, LICSW – Social Work Director

Community Care Aides

  • Cathy Fitch-Jackson
  • Chioma Agbarakwe
  • Esme Trahair
  • Heidi Mills
  • Jamie Duggins
  • Nikki Williams
  • Ramona Strickland
  • Sangmo Tsering

On Call / PRN Staff

  • Angela Meyer – PRN Community Care Aide
  • Julie Bramon, RN – On Call Nurse
  • Joe Servidio – PRN Community Care Aide
  • Pat Kennelly, RN – On Call Nurse

Volunteers / Interns

  • Anna Stephan – Jesuit Volunteer Corps Service Year
  • Helen Taney – Ignation Volunteer Corps
  • Jimmy Clarke – Washington AIDS Partnership Americorps Service Year
  • Kevin Dailey – Ignation Volunteer Corps
  • Owen Lewer – Lutheran Volunteer Corps Service Year
  • Reagan Dunham – Washington AIDS Partnership Americorps Service Year
  • Sabrina Bellar – Mennonite Voluntary Service Year


  • Douglas Kebengwa – IT consultant
  • Meredith Haussler – Accounting Consultant