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 team of more than 90 people who operate supportive housing programs and services 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 she has also served as 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 Starr

Chief Operating Officer

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.

CaringWorks Behavioral Health Clinical Director Nadine Oldham

Nadine Oldham, LCSW

Clinical Director - Behavioral Health

As Clinical Director of CaringWorks, Nadine directs the organization's behavioral health services. She is responsible for 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. Nadine has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in case management, program management, and clinical oversight in the areas of homelessness, substance use, foster care, and mental health. Nadine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with licensure in Georgia and New York, and she also holds a Master’s Addiction Counselor Certification (MAC). Nadine received her Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in African Studies from Binghamton University. 


Stephanie Burkes, JD, LCSW

Director of Residential Services

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 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.



Dornisha Freeman

Program Manager

Sharolyn Griffin

Community Engagement Specialist

Ailene Gordon

Program Manager

Dominic Johnson

Hope House Program Director

Stephanie Johnson

Program Manager

Marshall Marrotte

Program Manager
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Mary Catherine Pelham

Associate Director of Residential Services

Karma Russell

Program Director



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