Meet the CaringWorks Team

Professionals with a passion

CaringWorks’ staff is composed of highly qualified professionals 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. A large percentage of our team members have life experience in addition to their professional training and certifications.


Carol Collard, PhD, LMSW

President and Chief Executive Officer

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' programs are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.


Scott Walker, MSW

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Scott Walker, CaringWorks’ Vice President (VP) & Chief Operating Officer (COO), began his career in social services over 25 years ago. He received his Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from Stony Brook University and since 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) in the role of Administrative Coordinator. He also worked with the New York City Board of Education (NYC/BOE), in both Dean of Students and Director positions. After moving to Atlanta almost 20 years 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 daily administrative operations of the agency. His primary objectives are to provide strategic direction and guidance to staff, also encouraging the promotion of quality services to all clients. 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association (GSHA).


Verdina Walker

Chief Financial Officer

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, LPC, MAC

Clinical Director

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 Peters

Director of External Affairs

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.



Dornisha Freeman

Program Manager

Dominic Johnson

Program Director

Freda Perry

Program Manager

Gerry Richardson

Program Director

Ricky Cooper

Program Manager

Sharolyn Griffin

Program Manager


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Colin Edelstein

Board Chairman

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Richard MacKelfresh


Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


Courtney Showell



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Allyson Mccarthy


Turco McCarthy, LLC Architecture and Design


Aisha Tucker-Brown PhD, MSW

Board Member

Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Neil Campbell

Board Member

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

Rita Gibson

Rita B. Gibson

Board Member

University Community Development Corporation


Ray Kuniansky

Board Member

Columbia Residential


Lorri Mills

Board Member
Tyrone Rashal

Tyrone Rachal

Board Member

Red Rock Global


Beth White

Board Member


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