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.

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.

Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Volunteer Coordinator

Laura Martin has spent the last decade learning and leading in the Triangle area non-profit sector. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Dress for Success Triangle, seeking to broaden the economic opportunities available to women seeking careers. Prior to joining DFST (Dress for Success Triangle), Laura spent eight years at Raleigh-based, StepUp Ministry. Laura has a strong commitment to local workforce development efforts and specifically to better economic access and opportunity for all.

Rick Godette

Rick Godette

Care Coordinator

Rick Godette, Care Coordinator, 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.

Katrina Pareja

Katrina Pareja

Coordinated Entry Support Specialist

Katrina Pareja is excited to make compassion a career in her role as the Coordinated Entry Support Specialist. Katrina previously worked at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, and she currently serves on the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of the Triangle NC Board of Directors as Administrator. Born and raised in Charlotte, Katrina has called Raleigh home for over 10 years. Katrina earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Nonprofit Studies at NC State University.

Darrell Cox

Darrell Cox

Grant Writer

Darrell Cox joins the Oak City Cares team after serving as the Grant Writer Associate at Catholic Charities for two and a half years. Darrell is no stranger to the nonprofit world. He has worked for several organizations as the Executive Director or Program Director, including the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, a multi-service facility for homeless individuals and families in poverty. He supports Oak City Cares as the Grant Writer.

Marie Brady

Marie Brady

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Marie Brady joins the Oak City Cares team with a diverse skill set and over 30 years of professional experience. With prior roles in the retail, banking, pharmaceutical, and multi-family housing industry, Marie brings her expertise to the team as the Finance and Operations Coordinator. Marie is recently retired and is looking forward to giving back to the community through her role at Oak City Cares. Originally from Pittsburgh, Marie has called North Carolina home for 22 years.

Kitty Banks

Kitty Banks

Weekend Meals Coordinator and Coordinated Entry Support Specialist

Kitty Banks has always seen food as a way to bring people together, or in her words, minister to people’s souls. Prior to joining the Oak City Cares team, Kitty worked at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for over 17 years where she held several roles, including Catering Kitchen Manager. With over 19 years of nonprofit experience in the Triangle area and over 30 years of experience in the food industry, Kitty brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Oak City Cares as the Weekend Meals Coordinator and Coordinated Entry Support Specialist.

Betsy Baker

Betsy Baker

Assistant Weekend Meals Coordinator

Betsy Baker’s passion is connecting and creating positive relationships with the guests and volunteers of Oak City Cares. After graduating with a BA in Social Work and working in South Carolina for 15 years, Betsy is delighted to bring her compassion and talent back to the Triangle area.

Board of Directors

Dr. Brian Klausner


Mr. Rick Miller-Haraway


Mr. Pablo Escobar


Mr. Thomas Lindgren


Mrs. Barbara Goodmon

Mr. Barkley Sample

Ms. Kimberley Jones

Mr. Tom Gipson

Ms. Michele Grant

Mr. Joey Spencer

Mr. Casey Turner

Mr. Michael D’Ercole

Rev. Paul Anderson

Mr. Brad Crone

Rev. Dr. Latonya Agard

Ms. Joyce Kohn

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
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
The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End Homelessness
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


9am-5pm Monday-Friday
9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday for weekend meals (enter at the side entrance)

1430 South Wilmington Street,  Raleigh, NC 27603

We are accessible via the #21 bus from downtown Raleigh.

Oak City Cares

1430 S. Wilmington St.,
Raleigh, NC 27603

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