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, CaringWorks’ Vice President of Residential Services, began his career in social services over 25 years ago. He received his Master's of Social Work (MSW) Degree and has held a number of positions in the field. Scott started his career in New York in State Government with the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD). He also worked with the New York City Board Of Educations (NYC/BOE) in both Dean of Students and Director capacities. After moving to Atlanta more than a decade ago, Scott worked for Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) coordinating housing programs for individuals with disabilities. This experience led him to CaringWorks in the summer of 2013. In his current capacity, Scott is responsible for the residential operations of the agency. His primary focus is on providing quality services to all clients and helping to encourage and support their independence. Scott completed Executive Leadership programs with the Georgia Center for Non Profits High Potential Diverse Leaders (HPDL) and United Way of Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) in 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association.
Verdina Walker joined CaringWorks after working with the March of Dimes for ten years as Assistant Regional Controller. Verdina received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) for her service to her fellow alumni and alma mater. In 2010, she was honored to be included as one of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Currently, Verdina serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Northwest Georgia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. She was recently nominated as one of Atlanta’s Women of Distinction by the March of Dimes for her work in the nonprofit sector. She believes in her responsibility to give back.
Terence Wilkins began his career in the field of education. Mr. Wilkins has served as a Special Education Teacher, Guidance Counselor, and Principal. All these roles have prepared him to work with all populations in various capacities. The last ten years of his career focused on working in the behavior health field treating individuals who struggle with life challenges such as substance abuse, mental health symptoms, and anger. His focus on helping individuals discover their strengths, building support systems, and developing healthy lifestyles sets the foundation for assisting them with accomplishing life successes. His evidence-based approach allows him to effectively address emotional and behavioral issues for individuals from diverse backgrounds. Mr. Wilkins holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education, Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a second Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University. He is currently in the final stages of completing his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Wilkins is a Licensed Psychotherapist and a Masters Addiction Counselor.
Barbara started her career in the corporate world and gained experience in staffing, operations, human resources and sales. She joined the non-profit sector in 1998 and has worked in services focused on employment, mental health, disabilities, and housing. Barbara was the founding CEO of First Step Staffing and also held leadership positions with Goodwill of North Georgia and Jewish Family & Career Services. Prior to joining CaringWorks in 2017, she consulted with non-profits involved in social enterprise throughout the southeast region of the country. Barbara was born and raised in New York and has lived in Georgia since 1998. She has a Masters degree from Mercy College in Human Resource Management and is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association. In addition, she serves as a Board of Director for First Step Staffing, Inc., Project Community Connections, Inc. and the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House.