Leadership

Meet Our Team

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson

Executive Director

For over 25 years, Kathy Johnson has worked to advocate on behalf of people who are marginalized and often misunderstood. She had a 20-year distinguished career at InterAct in Raleigh, where she served in multiple roles, including two stints as Interim Executive Director. Prior to joining Oak City Cares, she served as Executive Director for Pendleton Place, a foster care agency in Greenville, SC. In her experience at both InterAct and Pendleton Place, Kathy was involved with building and maintaining multi-service, multi-agency collaborative partnerships which is critical to the success of Oak City Cares.  Kathy received the Triangle Business Journal Award for Women in Business in 2021, in recognition of her leadership at Oak City Cares.

Tosheria Brown

Tosheria Brown

Director of Programs and Services

Tosheria Brown, previously the Program Coordinator for the Oak City Outreach Center since its opening in 2014, is now the Director of Programs and Services at Oak City Cares. Prior to her current work in the non-profit field, Tosheria worked in the for-profit sector for over 15 years where she developed her skills in customer service, project management, and relationship building. Tosheria has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a true desire for serving our friends experiencing homelessness and other levels of transition. She sees the humanity in each person she encounters and has a compassion that allows her to exemplify a caring, empathetic, and nonjudgmental spirit.

David Brashier

David Brashier

Development and Communications Manager

David joins Oak City Cares after two years working in university campus ministry. He attended Appalachian State University where he majored in communication. Through his classes and volunteering with his campus ministry, Reformed University Fellowship, he was deeply engrained in learning about poverty from rural to urban contexts and meaningful, legitimately helpful ways to help neighbors who experience poverty. He is particularly indebted to the staff and patrons of HOPE for the Inner City in Chattanooga, TN for giving him the passion and experience which inspired him to come on staff with Oak City Cares. In this role David oversees fundraising and communication activities for the organization. In his free time, David enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, yoga, watching Durham Bulls games, interior design, and gardening.

Rick Godette

Rick Godette

Coordinated Care Support Specialist - Team Lead

Rick Godette lives his life by the motto, “One positive thought in the morning can change our whole day.” Rick has a heart for caring for people in need. Prior to joining the Oak City Cares team, Rick held many roles in fellowship and outreach at his church, St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church. Through St. John’s MCC, Rick currently provides a hot meal in Moore Square for Raleigh’s homeless population Tuesday through Thursday, and he previously started the food pantry for families in need. Rick is excited to continue caring for our friends experiencing homelessness at Oak City Cares and to remind everyone that there are brighter days ahead. In his spare time, you can find Rick working in the yard and tending to his plants.

Tamika Bunch

Tamika Bunch

Administrative Assistant

Tamika is a Raleigh Native and has more than 10 years of background and a Degree in Healthcare and Business Administration. Tamika has held leadership roles in various capacities such as Inpatient Mental Health & Community Engagement in the private sector. Tamika aims to inspire and encourage people to be their best version of themselves in any situation. Tamika brings to Oak City Cares Strong Administrative, Organization and Team building skills. In this role, she will work closely and support the Executive Director by assisting and carrying out the mission of the organization while providing operational support.  As a part of self care Tamika enjoys Travling,DIY projets, Zumba, and cooking.

Kenyetta Boone

Kenyetta Boone

SOAR Specialist

Kenyetta Boone joins the Oak City Cares team as a SOAR Specialist (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, Recovery). In this role, she aims to remove the burden of navigating the disability benefits application process, from individuals who may be experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining Oak City Cares, Kenyetta worked as a Disability Examiner with Disability Determination Services. Having 12 years of experience processing disability claims for the State of North Carolina, she brings a wealth of knowledge about the Social Security Administration program and looks forward to helping others manage this complex application process. Understanding the detailed criteria required for someone to get approved for disability benefits, Kenyetta strives to do everything possible to help our guests, who meet that criteria, secure their benefits as quickly as possible. She is happy to serve as an advocate for our guests with chronic disabilities.

Lottie Anderson

Lottie Anderson

Coordinated Care Support Specialist

Before moving to North Carolina, Lottie Anderson spent over 20 years as an electrician in Brooklyn, NY, and a Peace Officer (law enforcement) for 12 years on Roosevelt Island. Lottie moved to NC and changed career paths and was a Residential Counselor at a group home and later worked at Passage Home as the Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator. More recently, Lottie worked at the South Wilmington Street Center (right next door to OCC) serving as a Guest Service Technician seeing to the needs of the homeless men population in Wake County. Lottie wholeheartedly believes our society works best when we all work together to assist each other who are in need, that’s what it means to be human

Otis Whitaker

Otis Whitaker

Basic Needs Services Coordinator

Oak City Cares welcomes Otis Whitaker to the team as our Basic Needs Services Coordinator. Otis first became involved with Oak City Cares as a dedicated volunteer, and now is on the OCC team full-time. Otis finds joy in helping people and seeing them develop and achieve their goals, all while making someone smile or laugh. He will ensure a smooth and fair process is experienced by all and hopes to always be a lending hand to neighbors in need.

Additional Team Members

Additional Team Members

Devan Grissom, Basic Needs Assistant                                                Cotina Smith- Outreach Care Coordinator
Joey Spencer, Weekend Meals Assistant                                             Tomeka Pryor- Care Coordinator
Alton Philyaw, Coordinated Care Support Specialist                        Annie Martin- Care Coordinator
Andrea Thompson, Weekend Meals Assistant                                  Dawn McCullough- Care Coordinator
Bridget Griggs, Weekend Meals Assistant                                           Victoria Munn- Volunteer Coordinator
Teresa Gaddy- Coordinated Care Support Specialist                       Trenice Wynn, Weekend Meal Assistant

Meg Sink, Director of Development                                                       Vincent Goodwin, Coordinated Care Support Specialist 

Susan Morey, Finance & Operations Coordinator

 

Board of Directors

Rick Miller-Haraway

Chair

Michael Debender

Vice-Chair

Pablo Escobar

Treasurer

Michele Grant

Secretary

Brad Crone

Drew D’Asaro

Amy Fraccola

Tom Gipson

Dr. Derrick Hoover

Kimberly Jones

Dr. Brian Klausner

Joyce Kohn

Tom Lindgren

Rebecca Meyer

Stephanie Poley

Barkley Sample

Roberta Smith

Rev. Frank White

Our Partners

Our Provider Partners

These organizations are part of the ever-growing list of those collaborating to provide medical assistance, behavioral health care, veterans’ services, outreach, employment services, and coordination of care and support to Oak City Cares guests. Visit our Providers Page for the full list of partners.

Salvation Army's Project CATCH
NC FIT
Advance Community Health - Primary Healthcare/Integrated Behavioral Health
Haven House Services - Homeless Youth Services, Street Outreach and Coordinated Entry Support
Interact - Domestic Violence Services and Coordinated Entry Support
Monarch Health - Behavioral Health
StepUp Ministry - Employment Training Program
The Durham Veterans Administration - Veteran's Services
Wake County Human Services - Public Health - Immunizations and Health Testing
Wake Network of Care - Resource Support
WakeMed HEART Team - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals with serious mental illness
Triangle Family Services - Street outreach for unsheltered individuals
SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SouthLight Healthcare
FIGS of Wake County

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