Dismas House of St. Louis – Administration

Meet Our Administration Staff

Anthony Arington

Anthony Arington

Chief Operations Officer

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.

Michael G. Kean

Michael G. Kean

Chief Financial Officer

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

John W. House III

Program Director

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.

Tara Barrett

Tara Barrett

Director of Communications

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.

Arlivia Ross

Arlivia Ross

Program Manager

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

Maurice Graham

Food Service Director

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.

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.


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.


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.