L’Arche Portland Announces New Executive Director

Author: Mendoza College

L’Arche Portland announced today the appointment of Andrew Noethe as its new Community Leader/Executive Director effective June 17, 2013. At L’Arche Portland, people with and without intellectual disabilities work together to create home and build community. Noethe’s training and extensive experience in nonprofit administration and pastoral leadership will support L’Arche as the community moves into a period of growth.

“Andy brings a wealth of gifts professionally,” said Board President Monica Ranaghan. "First and foremost, he excels at creating communities of honesty, integrity, and non-violence with people marginalized by society. In addition, he comes with a developed network in the nonprofit and faith-based sectors, and he brings great potential to help elevate awareness about the impact of L’Arche Portland. Andy appreciates the value of partnership, and he has proven experience in cultivating key relationships through his work as Director of Programs at Saint Andre Bessette Church.”

Noethe understands the importance of getting out the message that people with intellectual disabilities can thrive when living in community with other people — people with and without intellectual disabilities. “L’Arche Portland not only shifts perceptions, but changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and people throughout our broader communities,” says Noethe. “I am thrilled to join a life-changing organization that truly is a sign of hope to the world.”

As Executive Director, Noethe’s priorities over the next four years will be guided by the mandate that was developed and confirmed by the entire L’Arche community earlier this year. This mandate specifies four areas of focus for L’Arche Portland in 2013-2017:

• fostering growth and commitment of community members,
• announcing the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities,
• creating a plan for growth,
• developing resources to support the mission of L’Arche.

Andrew is originally from Middlebury, IN, and has two degrees from the University of Notre Dame, including a Master of Nonprofit Administration. He previously worked at St Andre Bessette Catholic Church (formerly known as the Downtown Chapel), where he directed outreach and programs for people afflicted by addiction, poverty, mental illness, and who were experiencing homelessness. In 2009, he was presented with The Spirit of Holy Cross Award by the Congregation of Holy Cross.