Meet Our Staff
OUR NEW STAFF BIOS AND PICTURES WILL BE UP SOON!
Since becoming a missionary at her church over 30 years ago, Shannon Mouton has continued to serve, in and out of season. She has given of her time and talents at various organizations throughout the DMV–Whitman-Walker Institute (formerly, Whitman-Walker Clinic), Food & Friends, Calvary Women’s Services, the Potter’s House–and gone on two medical mission trips to Kingston, Jamaica. Shannon has served on numerous non-profit boards, including Calvary Women’s Services, the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, the IN Series and The George Washington Alumni Association. She was the founder of the Dr. Virginia M. Manning Missionary Society (Jerusalem AME Church, Clinton) and is currently a member of the Alice Marie Chapman Women’s Missionary Society (Ebenezer AME Church, Ft. Washington). Shannon’s professional experiences in the corporate, higher education and nonprofit sectors, have afforded her opportunities to build and strengthen communities, launch innovative programs and bridge generational, economic and racial divides. Shannon is a graduate of Mount Vernon College, now part of The George Washington University, and she is humbled to serve as the Executive Director of Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services.
Emergency Services Manager
A passion for adventure and helping others motivated Alli to move to Laurel after earning her bachelor's degree in Child & Family Studies from John Brown University. This same motivation led Alli to participate in two service projects in Guatemala, volunteer as an intern at Bethany Community Church, and pursue her position at LARS. It is Alli's desire to help others find stability and safety amidst hard stages of life. When she is not at work Alli loves to be the best aunt she can be to her nieces and nephews both here in Laurel and in her hometown of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Audrey Vaught, MSW
Manager of Supportive Housing & Self-Sufficiency Programs
While earning her degree in Criminal Justice at University of Maryland College Park, Audrey was inspired to pursue a career in Social Work. Audrey received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in clinical mental health from The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work in 2015. Before becoming the Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator at LARS, Audrey spent a year providing in-home case management and support services to families and children with behavioral needs. Audrey is a Laurel resident and is thrilled to be working for an organization that impacts her local community.
Administrative & Data Coordinator
After working in the school system and in medical settings, Jessica joined the LARS team to give back and use her skills to help individuals and families. Raised by doctors who instilled in her to treat everyone with respect and dignity, these values have helped shape her into the woman she is today. She strives to also pass these values along to her two children. In her free time Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.
Mark Huffman, LMSW
Director of Client Services
After a career as a Christian pastor, Mark entered the field of social work because he wanted to be an advocate for social justice and directly engage the effects of poverty, inequality, and racism. Mark received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore specializing in community action and social policy as well as clinical work. He is the father of three grown daughters and wants them to know they are each his favorite, in their own way.
311 Laurel Ave
Laurel, MD 20707
CLIENT SERVICE HOURS:
Monday and Friday: By Appointment Only
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: No appointment needed, walk-in appointments are now available
(Clients wishing to schedule a Wednesday appointment can still do so)
DONATION DROP OFF HOURS:
Monday: 9:30AM - 1:30PM & 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 1:30PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM- 1:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 1:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 1:30PM
Please drive around to the back parking lot and ring the back doorbell and someone will assist you. Please do not leave donations outside or on the front porch. If you have any questions, please call Bethany Kerley at 301-776-0042 Ext 38 or send an e-mail.
Site Last Updated • January 31, 2023