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.
Ashlee is charged with directing daily operations as well as steering the strategic direction of all CaringWorks programs to ensure clients receive the full spectrum of programs available to assist them in exiting homelessness. Ashlee has a proven record of delivering results for over 15 years across nonprofit management, program design and implementation, and partnership building. Specifically, she has deep experience in developing and managing programs to end homelessness in the metro-Atlanta area. As a leader, Ashlee has a history of building a work culture where team members feel supported and empowered to live out the organization’s mission every day. Ashlee received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Huntington University.
As an integral part of the management team, Ophelia ensures that CaringWorks complies with all financial and reporting standards and acts as a good steward of the funding entrusted to the organization. Ophelia has an extensive background in finance and accounting spanning 30 years across nonprofit and corporate entities with considerable experience working with grants and trust funds. In particular, she has expertise in streamlining daily accounting processes and reporting and establishing clear procedures for reaching financial goals. Ophelia is known for building high-performing teams and empowering her teams through collaboration and strong leadership. Ophelia received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Jackson State University. She was named 2019 Points of Light attendee to the national American Express Leadership Academy.
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.
Sophia has extensive experience developing and implementing programs for individuals with SMI, SED, and COD, with a particular specialty in working with low-income and/or homeless adults. As Clinical Director of CaringWorks, her responsibilities include hiring, training and management of staff and contractors, policy and procedure development, adherence to regulations, fidelity to evidence-based practices, grant compliance, documentation and reporting, strategic partnership development, and outcome measurement. Prior to joining CaringWorks, she developed strong management skills by working for a CMO for three years, with primary responsibility for supervision, adherence to regulations, and budget management. Sophia gained her experience working with the target population working at Mercy Care and Grady Healthcare System. She was the Behavioral Health Manager at Mercy Care, a community-based health clinic. She supervised 12 staff members, including six LCSWs, two substance abuse counselors, two LPCs, one LMSW, and one CARES Specialist. She was responsible for hiring, training, payroll, grant management, and direct provision of both individual and group therapy. At Grady, Sophia led the Assertive Community Treatment Team and worked directly with consumers, providing outreach, engagement, assessment, treatment, and case management. Sophia holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Southern Mississippi. She has over 10 years of experience in direct care and program management.
Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of clinical social work experience. She graduated from Marshall University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In 2009, she graduated from Barry University with a master’s degree in Social Work. Stephanie has spent 15 years as a social worker in various settings, including outpatient behavioral health; inpatient psychiatric care; hospital-based medical social work; policy and administration; medical home health; psychiatric home health; and hospice/end-of-life care. In her efforts to become a more well-rounded and efficient advocate, Stephanie entered law school in 2014, graduating with a focus in family law, healthcare law, and criminal law. Following graduation, she began a dual career in law and social work, applying legal skills and knowledge to the practice of social work.
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