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.
Casey Mackey, Transition Specialist
Casey comes to The Hope Center as a Transition Specialist after a year of interning with our partners at Wake County Human Services and having studied social work at NC State University. As a former foster youth, Casey understands firsthand the challenges and opportunities that face young people aging out of care. He is passionate about empowering young people to help them get the resources and support they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.
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.
Aryn Banks, SAFEchild Fostering Family Success Program Coordinator
Aryn has extensive experience in parenting education. Her previous work also included domestic violence and sexual violence prevention. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree. At The Hope Center, she provides positive parenting and life skills classes, as well as case management services to our young people and their children.
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.