About Us

Our Mission

The mission of St. Coletta of Greater Washington is to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities to discover their full potential.

Our Vision

Our vision is for people with intellectual disabilities to be recognized and accepted as valuable contributors to the world around them.

Students performing at our gala night
three students holding artwork

Value Statement

At St. Coletta we believe in the immeasurable value of the individual human spirit and the right of each individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. We respect the dignity of all persons entrusted to our care and our goal is to serve them in an atmosphere that encourages their talents, celebrates their successes and builds their self-esteem.

Our History

St. Coletta was founded in 1959 by parents of a child with Down Syndrome. The school began in the basement of St. Charles Borromeo School in Arlington with five students. Over the intervening years it moved to several different locations in Arlington and in 1996 school leaders made the decision to purchase a permanent facility in Alexandria that would allow for growth. The larger facility allowed the school to begin an adult day program as well as to expand the student population. In September 2006 we moved our school program to our DC campus. In 2008 we started an adult program in Rockville.

Students gardening

Support Our Work

We are a non-sectarian, non-profit organization. We depend on the support of caring individuals to be able to offer the tailored instruction and variety of activities that help our students and adults develop all their potential.
Contributions to St. Coletta are tax-deductible, much needed, and greatly appreciated.

We are good stewards of your contributions. One-hundred percent (100%) of your donation goes directly to programs for our students and adults. Thank you.

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Board of Trustees


Sue Goodhart
Executive Vice President | Compass


Delmas Johnson
(Former U.S. Department of Transportation Director for Strategic and Program Planning, NHTSA)


Chris Bettencourt, CFP®
Bethesda Financial Advisors


David Pryor, Jr.
Director Government Affairs

Chief Executive Officer

Michael A. Rodrigues

Pablo Chavez
Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs

Karla H. Crockett
Director, Luxury and Lifestyle, Brand Communications, Hilton

Leah Damato
St. Coletta Employee
Former St. Coletta student

Terrence Dwyer, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R.
Rheumatologist, Associate
Greater Metropolitan Orthopaedic Institute

Karen Gray

Sandra Markwood
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Antoinette Saddler, MD
George Washington University
Medical Faculty Associates

Mike Smith
Cornerstone Government Affairs

Special Education PCS Board


Peggy O’Brien, PhD
Director of Education 
Folger Shakespeare Library


Francis Campbell
DC ANC Commissioner
DCPS Dedicated Aide
Recipient Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award


Charles Henstenburg
Former St. Coletta School parent

Education Committee

Frances Slaughter
Nursery School Teacher (3-5 year olds)
Recipient Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award

Parent Representative

Josh Lewis
Parent of a St. Coletta student
Chief of Staff
EPA Office of Air and Radiation

Carla Ware-Easterling
Licensed Graduate Social Worker, Department of Behavioral Health
Mental Health Services Division, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program

School Principal

Christie Mandeville

We look forward to hearing from you.

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