Meet Our Administration Staff

Kevin Walk, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Walk

Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Walk joined Dismas House of St. Louis as Treasurer on the newly appointed Board of Directors in 2019. In July 2021, Mr. Walk became the first Chief Executive Officer of Dismas House leaving his 20+ year career in Corporate America to support Dismas House in its current and future endeavors. Mr. Walk has many years of successful business leadership experience in the corporate America, holding multiple management roles of increasing responsibility for several Fortune 500 companies.

In his short time with Dismas House, Mr. Walk has brought additional and needed change by hiring CFO, Mike Kean to better balance and align Dismas House with its financial objectives and obligations, as well as HR Director, Carly Haas to help improve employee experience with a focus around HR compliance, recruitment, retention, and overall HR best practices. In addition, Mr. Walk and the Dismas House leadership team have implemented several new systems within his first year with the organization, which will better support its employees, compliance, and the overall objectives of the organization.

Mr. Walk has been married to his wife for 10 years and they have 2 children. In his free time, Mr. Walk enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf and being outdoors. Mr. Walk shared “I am extremely humbled and honored to be a part of this organization. Dismas House has a proud 60+ year history, which has deep roots in the St. Louis community. I look forward to supporting our amazing and dedicated team, organization, and community for many years to come.”

Anthony Arington, Chief Operations Officer

Anthony Arington

Chief Operations Officer

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Anthony Arington joined the Dismas House team as State and Federal Program Director before earning promotion to COO. His previous experience was with the Mehlville School District, KLANCE Unlimited and Busch Creative.

Anthony earned a BA in Criminal Justice, an MS in Criminal Justice Administration, and an MA in Nonprofit Administration. He is working toward an MBA.

Anthony believes the Dismas House reentry model is vital to the success of returning citizens to our city and region by helping each person reach their highest level of success. He finds the work especially rewarding as each successful participant returns to their families and loved ones.

Carly Haas, Human Resource Director

Carly Haas

Human Resource Director

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Carly Haas, a corporate professional with more than 20+ years of leadership and HR experience, joined Dismas House as Human Resource Director in October.

Carly Haas was born in Farmington, MO and attended Missouri State University and Missouri Baptist pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Carly brings 20+ years of Management and HR experience to Dismas House, leading large teams to successful outcomes with a Fortune 500 company. Carly has been married for 17 years and has 2 children. As the HR Director, Carly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to updating our policies and procedures in the effort of creating consistency and efficiency. In addition, Carly looks forward to helping create a culture that recognizes our wins and solves for our opportunities. The culture will include recognizing our team for all the great work they do on a daily basis.

“After 20+ years in Corporate America, I joined Dismas House to bring my expertise and skill set to better the entire organization for all employees. I am passionate about people and their development.”

Michael G. Kean, Chief Financial Officer

Michael G. Kean

Chief Financial Officer

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Michael Kean is a finance and accounting professional with more than 30 years of experience with companies including Allied Group, Royal & Sun Alliance, National Western Life Insurance, SCOR RE and Midwest Employers.

His community service includes serving as a Director for Ready to Learn, a 501(c) 3 charity that puts books in underprivileged children’s hands.

After decades in the corporate for–profit world, Michael enjoys working with an organization focused on helping individuals become better citizens, thereby making our local community and the St. Louis region a stronger and safer place to raise families and enjoy the great lifestyle choices this area offers.

John W. House III, Program Director

John W. House III

Program Director

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John W. House III as program director is responsible for creating, organizing and managing the day-to-day services and activities available to clients.

A St. Louis native, John earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Christian Ministry. John believes strongly in the Dismas House mission of helping those returning to society from incarceration. He feels it is a privilege to be part of a community of individuals willing to work with those who have been marginalized to restore their place in society.

Arlivia Ross, Program Manager

Arlivia Ross

Associate Program Director

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Arlivia Ross has been with the company since 2018, serving as Case Manager and Social Service Coordinator. As Program Manager, Mrs. Ross oversees specific aspects of Dismas House programs, and directly supervises and manages the Case Management and Social Service Coordinator departments. Mrs. Ross has extensive experience in the criminal justice field and working in the residential reentry center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Harris Stowe State University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lindenwood University. Mrs. Ross has expressed how excited she is to be in her new role and eager to be a part of the future of the Dismas House of St. Louis.
Maurice Graham, Food Service Director

Maurice Graham

Food Services Manager

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Maurice Graham serves as Chef and Food Director. A graduate of Eurest Dining Culinary, and also a former student of Le Cole’ Culinaire, Chef Graham oversees the kitchen and staff for Dismas House of St. Louis, where he has been employed since 2011. With more than 25 years of culinary experience, he loves food and the chemistry of it. His interests are music and horticulture.
Tara Barrett, Director of Communications

Tara Barrett

Communications Director

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Tara Barrett joined the Dismas House team as an entry level facility monitor, then earned promotions within the organization after securing her degree in Criminal Justice. She previously had worked at Vatterott College, Hopewell Center and St. Jacobi.

Tara, a St. Louis native, oversees the organization’s continuing efforts to inform the community about Dismas House programs, results and benefits. She also is responsible for educating Dismas House employees on policy and program procedures and ensures those procedures are communicated effectively.

She believes Dismas House is the important bridge that gives clients access to community programs, services, and employment – hence better living.

Annie Ross, Quality Assurance Manager

Annie Ross

Quality Assurance Manager

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Annie Ross joined the Dismas House team in 1996 as an entry level employee. After completing her education in Criminal Justice she worked her way up to her current position as Quality Assurance Manager and has held this position for many years. Annie believes everyone should be allowed the chance at a better life and to excel at what they want to do.

Dismas House and its staff gives people this chance. Annie’s job is to review and audit all files and materials from all departments and attempt to keep everything running and maintained as required by contract.

Matthew Dallavis

Matthew Dallavis

PREA Coordinator

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Matt Dallavis was born in St. Louis, MO, and is a 1999 graduate of Lindenwood University and a 2014 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Tara Barrett, Director of Communications

Tara Barrett

Director of Communications

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Tara Barrett joined the Dismas House team as an entry level facility monitor, then earned promotions within the organization after securing her degree in Criminal Justice. She previously had worked at Vatterott College, Hopewell Center and St. Jacobi.

Tara, a St. Louis native, oversees the organization’s continuing efforts to inform the community about Dismas House programs, results and benefits. She also is responsible for educating Dismas House employees on policy and program procedures and ensures those procedures are communicated effectively.

She believes Dismas House is the important bridge that gives clients access to community programs, services, and employment – hence better living.

Maurice Graham, Food Service Director

Maurice Graham

Food Service Director

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Maurice Graham serves as Chef and Food Director. A graduate of Eurest Dining Culinary, and also a former student of Le Cole’ Culinaire, Chef Graham oversees the kitchen and staff for Dismas House of St. Louis, where he has been employed since 2011. With more than 25 years of culinary experience, he loves food and the chemistry of it. His interests are music and horticulture.
John W. House III, Program Director

John W. House III

Program Director

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John W. House III as program director is responsible for creating, organizing and managing the day-to-day services and activities available to clients.

A St. Louis native, John earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Christian Ministry. John believes strongly in the Dismas House mission of helping those returning to society from incarceration. He feels it is a privilege to be part of a community of individuals willing to work with those who have been marginalized to restore their place in society.

Carly Haas, Human Resource Director

Carly Haas

Human Resource Director

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Carly Haas, a corporate professional with more than 20+ years of leadership and HR experience, joined Dismas House as Human Resource Director in October.

Carly Haas was born in Farmington, MO and attended Missouri State University and Missouri Baptist pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Carly brings 20+ years of Management and HR experience to Dismas House, leading large teams to successful outcomes with a Fortune 500 company. Carly has been married for 17 years and has 2 children. As the HR Director, Carly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to updating our policies and procedures in the effort of creating consistency and efficiency. In addition, Carly looks forward to helping create a culture that recognizes our wins and solves for our opportunities. The culture will include recognizing our team for all the great work they do on a daily basis.

“After 20+ years in Corporate America, I joined Dismas House to bring my expertise and skill set to better the entire organization for all employees. I am passionate about people and their development.”

Dante Scaife, Compliance Manager

Dante Scaife

Compliance Manager

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Arlivia Ross, Program Manager

Arlivia Ross

Program Manager

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Arlivia Ross has been with the company since 2018, serving as Case Manager and Social Service Coordinator. As Program Manager, Mrs. Ross oversees specific aspects of Dismas House programs, and directly supervises and manages the Case Management and Social Service Coordinator departments. Mrs. Ross has extensive experience in the criminal justice field and working in the residential reentry center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Harris Stowe State University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lindenwood University. Mrs. Ross has expressed how excited she is to be in her new role and eager to be a part of the future of the Dismas House of St. Louis.
Annie Ross, Quality Assurance Manager

Annie Ross

Quality Assurance Manager

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Annie Ross joined the Dismas House team in 1996 as an entry level employee. After completing her education in Criminal Justice she worked her way up to her current position as Quality Assurance Manager and has held this position for many years. Annie believes everyone should be allowed the chance at a better life and to excel at what they want to do. Dismas House and its staff gives people this chance. Annie’s job is to review and audit all files and materials from all departments and attempt to keep everything running and maintained as required by contract.
Matthew Dallavis

Matthew Dallavis

Legal Technician / PREA Coordinator

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James McCormick

James McCormick

IT / Maintenance Director

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Other Positions

Below is a list of the positions that exist at Dismas House of St. Louis.

 

Case Manager

Responsible for providing casework to program clients. The core position focus is assisting clients with reentry while recording client progress and maintaining documentation.

Social Service Coordinator

Responsible for developing and coordinating employment, program and treatment assistance for clients. The position’s core focus is defining needs and assisting clients in the reentry process.

Facility Monitor

Responsible for monitoring and recording client signouts, counts, and activities within the policies and procedures, and any related duties as assigned.

Residential Reentry Specialist

Responsible for conducting drug testing, handling subsistence payments, updating case status, and conducting and completing home and employment visits for clients of the Dismas House of St. Louis Residential Reentry Center. The core position focus is to ensure clients maintain compliance within the drug testing and subsistence program.

Food Service

Responsible for performing a wide range of duties involved with preparing and/or serving foods and beverages in one or more of a variety of food service environments. May perform such duties as preparing salad items, hot foods and/or cold foods and/or assisting in the preparation of baking, broiling, frying, or assembling food items, as appropriate and other related job duties assigned.

Housekeeping

Responsible for duties and tasks related to maintaining the facility’s laundry operations to include control and supervision of workers and the safe operation of the equipment used. The Housekeeper will perform a variety of housekeeping duties including vacuuming, mopping, surface cleaning, dusting, changing, and laundering linen.

Maintenance

Responsible for repairs and facility preventative maintenance. The core position performs a variety of maintenance duties including basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC and groundskeeping and any related tasks as directed by the Maintenance Manager.

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