Abbie Szymanski

Chair

Abbie Szymanski is the Government Affairs Events Manager for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

 

Why she serves: 

She believes the Partnership is a catalyst for change in the Raleigh/Wake County area. “The Partnership is helping to support a vulnerable population by creating relationships and solutions for agencies working with these members of our community. It is a step in the right direction for change and positive progress.” Abbie serves on the board because she is passionate about helping those in the community that need help. She feels that everyone deserves food and shelter as a basic human right, and wants to be part the movement to see this change happen in this area.

Annemarie Maiorano

Vice Chair

Annemarie Maiorano is the Deputy Director of Wake County Human Services. For her, the Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness helps to raise public awareness about homelessness and develop strategic, thoughtful approaches to help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Partnership engages and coordinates with the community so that resources are used efficiently and effectively.

 

Why she serves: 

She serves on the board to represent Wake County on matters that pertain to homelessness and homeless service delivery.

Ellen Ferrone

Secretary

Ellen retired at the end of 2007 after 30 years with BAE Systems in the fields of Program Management and Human Resources. Her focus included detailed coordination for multi million dollar contracts and employee development.

 

Why she serves: 

“The Partnership brings that high level of coordination across the city of Raleigh, Wake County and numerous Agencies that is so vital to serving our community of marginalized. It is not enough to have money and resources, we need to optimize where funds are going and assistance is being provided. The Partnership has the ability to do this and look at the bigger HUD picture. The Partnership Board is a window into all the City and County can and is doing for our community. Working with the homeless, transitioning from homelessness into housing has been her passion for the past 5 years. From a personal level the Board taps me into many services that are available. On a broader level it helps me connect the many ministries at my church with the huge need in our City. Many people want to give, some just don’t know where to go. I’m privileged to be able help make those connections.”

Lindsay Schuster

Treasurer

Lindsay Schuster is a certified public accountant with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She performs financial statement audits primarily for financial institutions and not-for-profits.

 

Why She Serves:

Lindsay believes that serving on the Partnership board allows her an opportunity to give back to the community that she has grown up in and enable her to advocate for those members of the community who do not have the ability or voice to do so. The Partnership allows many, distinct organizations to come together to work towards a common goal of ending and preventing homelessness in our community.

George Adler

George Adler has worked in the City of Raleigh Department of Housing & Neighborhoods, Community Development Division since November 2008. The focus of his work is affordable housing and homelessness.

 

Why he serves:

“The Partnership serves a vital coordinating function for the delivery of services to individuals and families without homes, the only organization of its kind in Wake County. This positions the Partnership to assist homeless service providers and interact with the federal government. As a knowledgeable source of information, the Partnership can also explain the challenges and successes of working to end homelessness as we know it to the general public, elected leaders, and business people throughout our community. For that reason, the City of Raleigh takes great interest in supporting the Partnership financially and through participation on the Board. I am proud to represent the City of Raleigh on the Board of the Partnership.”

Danielle Butler

Danielle Butler has served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Wake County since December 2015. Prior to this, she was Director of Crisis & Homeless Services at a nonprofit that addressed youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Within both organizations, Danielle has managed and provided oversight of programs including shelter, day shelter, outreach, aftercare, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent housing. She obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2013. Danielle presently sits on the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness Board. She previously sat on the National Advisory Board for the Runaway & Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center managed by National Safe Place.

Jon Camp

Jon Camp moved to Raleigh to work as a reporter for ABC11. Jon has worked pro-bono for the United Way’s 100,000 Homes Campaign, entertained at Healing Transitions of Wake County, and volunteers at myriad area non-profits. Jon joined the board of the Wake-Raleigh Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness in 2014. He served a brief stint as Vice-Chair in 2015-2016 and helps primarily with communication, messaging, and community engagement. Jon was born in Seattle, Washington. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Syracuse. He has earned two regional Emmy’s, moderated U.S. Senatorial and Congressional debates, and covered presidential and gubernatorial campaigns in multiple states.

 

Why he serves: 

Jon has spent years trying to help people out of homelessness and he believes the Partnership plays a critical role in making that happen in Wake County: “It’s the axis between the mission, the money and the manpower.” As an investigative reporter for ABC11, Jon brings to the partnership a cat-perch look at the community we serve, a curious mind, and a serious knack for story-telling. Ask him what he’s gotten back in the three years he’s been on the board.. he’ll tell you far more than he’ll ever put in.

Officer Wendy Clark

Senior officer Wendy Clark is a member of the Raleigh Police Department. She has worked with the police department for over 10 years. She is currently a member of the Police Recruiting Unit. Before, she was a Community Police Officer. She works with members of various agencies attempting to connect mostly homeless/mentally ill individuals with services, and works tirelessly to keep them out of the criminal justice system.

 

Why she serves:

“The Partnership is the champion for the homeless population. I have witnessed the Partnership play an extraordinary role in securing a location where the homeless population can feel safe, fellowship and have a place to use the restroom.” Officer Clark feels it is her duty to be the voice of the people and make sure that all members have a good view of the obstacles that most of the homeless population encounters. Officer Clark is on the streets with the people and witnesses the day to day obstacles that the homeless population has to deal with, such as, transportation, shelter, medical care, support, safety, companionship, just to name a few.

Wilbur Davis

Wilbur Davis has served as a greeter at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church and the Salvation Army since 2008. He has spent every Saturday volunteering at the Oak City Outreach Center since its opening on June 14, 2014 and serves on the Center’s Revisory Committee. He has served on the Board for the Partnership for two years.

 

Why he serves: 

The compassion that Sacred Heart and the Salvation Army have shown Wilbur over the past few years have motivated him to give back to the community. He hopes to help those struggling with life on the streets and those trying to find a job and a stable home. “When people experience homelessness, they’re at their weakest and folks tend to take advantage of them. I want to help break that cycle.I have compassion for these people because I know what they have gone through. When they hurt, I hurt. I want to serve as an example of a success story of the homeless population. I have been off the streets for 12 years. I hope to inspire someone.” He encourages all to lend a helping hand to those experiencing homelessness.

Michelle Goryn

Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle now calls Raleigh home. Michelle began her career in the policy world in Washington, DC, where she worked in the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association. She later made her way back home to North Carolina where she joined the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) as a Policy Manager. She now works independently as a consultant in the areas of strategy and policy. She has completed projects for organizations including Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, and the Campus Y’s CUBE. She is currently working with UNC’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on a comprehensive, campus-wide economic development strategy centered around innovation. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Languages from Georgetown University and a Masters in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

Why she serves: 

Michelle joined the Board of the Partnership in October 2015 because she is passionate about improving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable neighbors. She was most drawn to the Partnership’s role as a collaborative network within the community. It is her belief that the most important achievements— such as providing safe, reliable and permanent housing to those in our community who need it— are born from strong collaborations among committed partners, bringing the best ideas together to address some of our greatest challenges.

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the Chief Growth Officer at EdNC.org — where he manages their partnership development, fundraising, new programmatic areas, Fellowship program, social media, and guides content around adverse childhood experiences. Nation enjoys being able to serve within an organization that promotes collaboration and innovation around a critical issue for our community.

 

Why he serves: 

He believes we have the ability to combat and potentially eliminate hunger and homelessness within our community if we only build the public will. He serves on the board because he believes life is for service and he believes in the mission of the Partnership.

Ashley P. Holmes

Ashley Holmes is an attorney with the law firm of Vandeventer Black LLP here in Raleigh. She believes homelessness and the greater issue of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing Raleigh today, and that our community needs to address this issue head on before we reach a crisis point. The Partnership is one of the leaders on this issue, and she is particularly impressed by the way the Partnership has fostered a sense of community around this issue.

 

Why she serves: 

Holmes serves on the board because she loves living in Raleigh, and doesn’t want anyone to have to struggle to live and work in this great city. She wants to use her time and skills to create positive change on this issue.

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is the Executive Director for Greater Raleigh Merchants Association/Shop Local Raleigh. For Jennifer, the Partnership provides a service to a sector of population in our community we may often forget, ignore, or don’t even realize exists. She is aware that many community members wish to help, get involved, and make a difference but are often unsure of how or where to start.

 

Why she serves: 

Volunteering with the Partnership is a step in the right direction for her: supporting others, supporting the Partnership staff, and working as a member of a team to work together. She believes we are called to serve. Serving on the board allows one the opportunity to put others above one’s self and give back.

Peter Morris

MD MPH MDiv

Dr. Morris moved to North Carolina to attend medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Morris practices pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine as a hospitalist and medical director for over 25 years for Wake County (Raleigh and surrounding area) Human Services Agency.  Dr. Morris now serves as the executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County.

 

Why he serves:

Rather than “do for” or “do to” or even “do with,” he believes it is more important to “be for” our neighbors – to be for them in crisis, in health, and in opportunity, with service and advocacy. He prefers to serve not clients, but neighbors with hospitality; not consumers in a food pantry, but shoppers in a self-serve client-choice nutrition program; not residents, but guests in the Helen Wright Center for homeless women; and not see patients, but partners in health in the Open Door Clinic.

Michelle Mozingo

Michelle Mozingo serves as the McKinney-Vento District Liaison for Wake County Public Schools. She is responsible for ensuring the local school system identifies, serves and supports students experiencing homelessness. She is a licensed School Social Worker who continues to increase awareness of the challenges of families in transition, address their needs through collaboration, and learn how families can improve connections to services.

 

Why she serves: 

She believes that collaboration between education and the Partnership provides the potential for the comprehensive and coordinated provision of services that meet the needs of families in transition to provide pathways out of homelessness.

Sejal Patel

Sejal Patel serves as the Quintiles Senior Pricing Systems Analyst. One of his biggest passions in life is to make a difference in the community, no matter how big or small.  Growing up, he visited his grandparents in India many times and saw how much they gave back to the community and supported the less fortunate.

 

Why he serves: 

After living in Raleigh for almost 16 years, Sejal decided there was no better way to honor his grandparents than to support causes in the local community that were near and dear to his heart. He is focused on helping the homeless, bridging the hunger gap, and advocating for those in community who are less fortunate.

Malcolm White

Malcolm White is the Community Relations Housing Specialist for Alliance Behavioral Healthcare in Wake County. Alliance is the managed care organization for public mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services for children and adults in Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties. Alliance oversees a large network of private providers.

 

Why he serves: 

Malcolm believes that housing is a healthcare intervention and that the Partnership can be the catalyst for collaboration to prioritize affordable housing and develop and strengthen supportive communities. He is proud to serve on the Partnership board and help create a cooperative Housing First service system that treats people with dignity and ends the plague of homelessness in their lives.

Nicole Wilson

Nicole Wilson, a North Carolina native, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care Center. Nicole joined the Durham VA following obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Nicole obtained a Masters in Social Worker in 2010 and has focused her career solely on serving our Nation’s Veterans. Nicole currently serves at Grant and Per Diem Liaison, which includes working with local non-profit organizations that provide transitional housing services for Veterans.

 

Why she serves:

While serving on the Board, she desires to continue to work towards the goal of ending Veteran’s homelessness.

Matt Wolf

Matt Wolf is a Lifestyle Director for WTS International, a lifestyle and fitness design company who has recently expanded into the North Carolina market. In his role he is responsible for lifestyle programming for a new David Weekly 55+ Active Adult community in Chapel Hill, NC. Prior to WTS International, Matt worked at Shaw University in Institutional Advancement as an Athletics Development Officer. Born in Philadelphia, Matt started his career with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, and then spent 15+ years working in youth and adult programming with the YMCA throughout Greater Philadelphia. Matt relocated with his family to Raleigh, NC in 2012. He served on the National Board of Directors for Back on My Feet a national non-profit organization founded in Philadelphia.

 

Why he serves: 

“I serve because the opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives has been a family practice since I can remember. The Partnership allows me to connect with those in need and those that can provide.”