Laura Barnes, President and Alumni
Nicole Vaughan, Treasurer
Margie Steadham, Secretary

Laura Barnes attended H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, DC. She then attended Project Empowerment for 6 months to improve her resume and work skills. She has worked in many jobs; as a cook, as a cashier, as a secretary, as a home health aide, in retail sales and in grounds care. She worked for Marriott as a dishwasher and at the Andrews Air Force Base and Walter Reed commissaries.


Ms. Barnes suffered addiction for 20 years but obtained her sobriety through the transitional housing program at So Others May Eat (SOME). She was a resident of Bethany’s transitional housing program for 2 years. She then moved in to her own permanent housing with her family in 2017. She became a Board member of Bethany, Inc. in 2018. She is the mother of 6 children, 5 girls and one boy, and four grandchildren.


In her words “We all fall down, but we can get up no matter how challenging our life is. Keep your dreams alive no matter what.”

Patricia Carol Bullard-Bates, Ph.D., Founder and Vice-President

Patricia Carol Bullard-Bates is one of the founders of Bethany, Inc. and has been on the Bethany, Inc. board since its inception. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Philosophy in 1971, did some coursework in Psychology at Harvard University and Columbia University and then attended Washington University, receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1976.


She completed a three year postdoctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in 1979, and then worked at the University of North Dakota Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota as a clinical neuropsychologist until 1981. She then worked at the Royal Ottawa Rehabilitation Center until 1984 and at the St Vincent Hospital, both in Ottawa, Canada. In 1987 she moved to Washington, DC to join the staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital as a neuropsychologist and has worked there ever since.


She joined one of the faith communities of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC and became interested in the problems of homelessness and addiction in the Washington, DC area. She founded Bethany, Inc. with several others committed to the problem of homelessness, and recovery from addiction.


The program opened in 2004 in SE Washington, DC.