Our Team

While CaringWorks’ staff is composed of highly qualified professionals, we believe the right training is of limited value unless it’s paired with a heart that’s truly invested in this demanding work. Our people are both well qualified and deeply passionate about what they do, because we have seen that caring really does work.

Carol Collard, PhD, LMSW
President and CEO

With a background in marketing and residential real estate, Carol Collard became a passionate participant in the fight to reduce homelessness while working for Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. In 1998, Carol returned to school to study social work and ultimately earned a PhD in the field. Dr. Collard has worked for more than 20 years in supportive housing and in grappling with the complex issues that can result in homelessness. Her combined expertise has given her the ability to operate a nonprofit agency with a caring heart and a mind for business. At CaringWorks, which she co-founded, she oversees a 40-member staff that operates supportive housing programs across Metro Atlanta. Carol earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, and both a master’s degree and PhD in social work from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and is also an associate professor of Social Work at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Carol works daily to ensure that those in CaringWorks’s programs are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Scott Walker, MSW
Director of Residential Services

Long before Scott Walker began his career in social services, he was a social-services client. As a child in the New York State foster care system, Scott respected and admired the care shown by his social worker, and from that moment a seed was planted. The desire to help others be successful led Scott to Stony Brook University to earn his masters in social work, then to series of positions in the social services field—first in his home state, with state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), and then the NYC Board of Education in both Director and Dean of Students capacities. After moving to Atlanta more than a decade ago Scott worked for Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), coordinating housing programs for individuals with disabilities. This experience led him to CaringWorks in the summer of 2013. Today, while focusing on providing quality services in the role of the agency’s clinical director, Scott is also pursuing a certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), bringing his story full circle.