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

Coordinated Entry 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.

Amanda Rapant

Amanda Rapant

Director of Development

Amanda Rapant joins the Oak City Cares team with over 5 years experience in the non-profit industry. Amanda has a background in non-profit operations and development. She also brings writing and editing skills to her Development and Communications role at Oak City Cares. Amanda is originally from upstate New York, but has lived in North Carolina for the last 5 years. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking with her husband and rescue dog, attempting to garden, reading, baking and volunteering at a local dog rescue.

Casey Slock

Casey Slock

Development Assistant

Casey Slock shares great enthusiasm for serving those experiencing homelessness, especially those with severe and persistent mental illness.  That passion coupled with her varied marketing and program management experience brought her to Oak City Cares where she is excited to support the Resource Development Team.  Away from work, Casey is devoted to supporting her family and Wake County schools community.

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 Entry 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

Emily Tingen

Emily Tingen

Care Coordinator

Emily Tingen was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. Emily earned her BSW from University of North Carolina Wilmington, and obtained her MSW from University of North Carolina State. Throughout the last two years she has devoted her time working towards assisting individuals experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness. She strives to be a vehicle for change for individuals she serves in the community through her advocacy for individuals facing oppression and discrimination.

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.

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

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.

Additional Team Members

Additional Team Members

Greta Johnson, Weekend Meals Assistant
Tiffoney Hayes, Weekend Meals Assistant
Andrea Thompson, Weekend Meals Assistant
Stacie Patterson, Weekend Meals Assistant

Board of Directors

Mr. Rick Miller-Haraway


Mr. Thomas Lindgren


Mr. Pablo Escobar


Ms. Kimberley Jones


Mr. Brad Crone

Ms. Amy Fraccola

Mr. Tom Gipson

Ms. Michele Grant

Dr. Derrick Hoover

Dr. Brian Klausner

Ms. Joyce Kohn

Ms. Rebecca Meyer

Mr. Barkley Sample

Ms. Roberta Smith

Mr. Joey Spencer

Mr. Casey Turner

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
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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