The Hope Center Team

Jennifer Weiss, Executive Director

Jennifer Weiss, a lawyer and community volunteer, previously served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. During her 13-year tenure, she co-chaired the House Finance Committee and the Wake County delegation, chaired the Judiciary IV committee and was a champion for children, senior citizens and public health. Weiss is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A long-time supporter of The Hope Center, Jennifer is dedicated to helping young people aging out of foster care gain the support they need to live successful lives.

Laura Goulian, LCSW, Clinical Director

Laura comes to the Hope Center from SAFEchild where she spent several years facilitating parenting groups for survivors and perpetrators of interpersonal violence. Prior to joining SAFEchild, Laura served as a foster care case manager in Washington, DC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Laura worked as a writer and editor prior to earning her master’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Kelliann Miranda, Transition Specialist

Kelliann comes to the Hope Center from InterAct of Wake County where she served as the Bilingual Crisis Line Coordinator. She was vital in the development of a domestic violence and sexual assault hotline established for the Hispanic community across 5 counties. In her years at InterAct, she also provided direct services in crisis counseling and case management to both English speaking and Spanish speaking victims of abuse. She recently pursued a Weekend Residential Counselor at Wrenn House which rekindled her passion for at-risk youth and youth within the foster care system.

Raisaunya Jones, Transition Specialist

Saunya, a former foster youth and advocate in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, at-risk youth, and homelessness, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, she pursued her passion for helping those in transition take the best next step forward. In addition to her role at The Hope Center, Saunya works as an advisor at the UNC Horizons Program and teaches dance, where she promotes self-care and healthy living practices. Her experiences in the foster care system motivated her to want to be a voice and to help others find theirs on their paths to success and self-discovery.

Meredith Yuckman, Program Coordinator

Meredith’s passion for addressing homelessness grew from working at a nonprofit in Trenton, NJ. She has 15 years of experience developing mentoring relationships and shaped a comprehensive youth program in a blighted town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Meredith has a Master’s Degree is Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. At The Hope Center at Pullen Meredith recruits and trains volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors. She also coordinates our Jamie Kirk Hahn Career Development Program and works closely with Wake County Department of Social Services to develop and facilitate the county’s independent living skills program.

Erin Witcher, Development and Communications Director

Erin’s passion for children and families affected by the foster care system led her to The Hope Center, where she oversees grant submissions, reporting to foundations, and heads up communication efforts. As a mother, attorney, and Guardian ad Litem, she advocates for incorporation of trauma-informed practices into mainstream thinking and believes there is no cause as worthy of funding as setting people’s feet on a path to a full and thriving life.

Kellie Burris, Office Manager

Kellie came to the Hope Center after several years of volunteering in the nonprofit sector and brings with her a passion for creating positive social change in her community. At the Hope Center, she helps keep the office running smoothly and is also involved with donor communications.

 

Jadie Baldwin-Hamm, SAFEchild Parenting Coordinator

Jadie brings a wealth of experience parenting children, including foster children, and has an MSW. She helps organize and lead our Wednesday Life Skills group and recruits and trains volunteer parenting mentors. In this pilot program, seasoned parents will provide additional support and guidance to young parents in the areas of positive parenting, nurturing relationships, and the life skills necessary to maintain safe, thriving homes.