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.

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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.

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Shamika Walls, PhD, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Shamika is an executive financial professional with healthcare and clinical research experience whose primary focus is improving operational efficiencies using budgetary and data analyses to standardize processes, restructure human capital, maximize revenue, and reduce expenditures. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Wofford College and received an MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Management from Gardner-Webb University. She completed her PhD in Health Service Policy and Management from the University of South Carolina. With over 15 years of experience in financial management and extensive knowledge in the clinical, health care policy, and operational management, she enjoys the challenge of working to promote efficiency, internal control, and quality while providing effective leadership. The Chief Operating Officer role at CaringWorks combines her background in operational leadership with her passion for behavioral healthcare and serving the most vulnerable populations of the community.

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Chris Hester

Chief Financial Officer

Chris is a seasoned accountant with over 30 years of business and non-profit experience.  In his early career, he worked primarily in the telecommunications field, holding various positions from Controller to Director of Finance. His non-profit experiences in the Atlanta area include working as the CFO/COO for Quality Care for Children, Frazer Center, Georgia Legal Services Program, Jerusalem House, and the Center for the Visually Impaired.  He has extensive experience in budgeting, cash management, inventory control, general ledger management, human resources, information technology, and building operations management.  Chris holds both Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and Master of Public Administration (Non-profit Management) degrees from Georgia State University. He brings not only strong analytical skills and a policy and procedural background, but also a passion for the work that CaringWorks performs in the community.  As an integral part of the management team, he ensures that CaringWorks complies with all financial and reporting standards and acts as a good steward of the funding entrusted to the organization.

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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.

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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.

PROGRAM STAFF

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Dornisha Freeman

Program Manager
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Dominic Johnson

Program Director
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Freda Perry

Program Manager
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Gerry Richardson

Program Director
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Sharolyn Griffin

Program Manager
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Ailene Gordon

Program Manager
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Marshall Marrotte

Program Manager
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Caroline Olok

Program Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Colin Edelstein

Board Chairman

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Richard MacKelfresh

Vice-Chairman

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

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Allyson Mccarthy

Secretary

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Courtney Showell

Treasurer

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Aisha Tucker-Brown PhD, MSW

Board Member

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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Neil Campbell

Board Member

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse

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Rita B. Gibson

Board Member

University Community Development Corporation

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Ray Kuniansky

Board Member

Columbia Residential

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Lorri Mills

Board Member
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Tyrone Rachal

Board Member

Red Rock Global

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Beth White

Board Member

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