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Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

 

Hospitality House is proud to have a dedicated and passionate team of leaders who are committed to the men, women and children we assist and live the values of dignity, respect, compassion and integrity each day. Feel free to email us. 

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Tina B. Krause (she/her)

Executive Director

Wilkes County resident and Guilford College alumnus Tina continues to oversee existing supportive services, implement new programs and coordinate our Volunteer Program while managing a staff of twenty-three. Tina joined Hospitality House as Director of Services in August 2011 after serving as Director of Community and Program Services for United Way of Wilkes. After three years she assumed the role of Hospitality House Executive Director in July 2014. During her United Way tenure she received the Randy Lyons Memorial Award for Excellence in Service for Wilkes County Children. Tina currently serves on the NC HMIS Governance Executive Committee and coordinates the Northwest NC Continuum of Care for the seven rural mountain counties serviced by Hospitality House. Previously, she served eight years as Program Coordinator and Educator for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Camping Services. During those 8 years she was a two time recipient of the YMCA Rose Award for Excellence in Service.  She has also served as a founding board member for Wilkes Circles of Care and the Watauga representative on the Agency Advisory Council for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. 

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Todd Carter (he/him/they/them)

Chief Development Director

Hired in August 2011, University of North Carolina alumnus and proud Tar Heel, Todd Carter works with individuals, businesses, faith communities, foundations, and civic organizations in our seven county service area to offer opportunities for support of the programs and services made available to the children, women and men served by Hospitality House. He handles all public relations, donor relations, social media, and marketing, organizes all fundraising events and campaigns and meets one-on-one with current and potential donors interested in contributing financial gifts to the mission of Hospitality House. He is also on the Board of Directors for Ashe County Coalition for the Homeless (ACCH), is the founding 2nd Vice President and past President of the Watauga Branch of the NAACP, and is co-founder of the High Country LGBTQ Youth Alliance. Previously he served on the board and as a supervisor for the North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program. #GoHeels!

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Shane Johnson, MSW (he/him)

Director of Grant Funding / Local System Administrator

Originally from Florida, Shane and his family moved to North Carolina while he was in 7th grade. After his discharge from the Army, he lived with his wife and 2 children in Mount Pleasant, SC where he received his Bachelors in Social Work from Limestone College in 2016 and then attended the University of Southern California and earned his Masters in Social Work in December 2018. In 2017, Shane and his wife decided to relocate to Beech Mountain. He started at the Hospitality House in the Summer of 2017 as an MSW intern, eventually taking a role as a Shelter Associate, and then was promoted to Director of Grant Funding in January 2019. As our Local System Administrator, he manages the data entry for the state MCAH data information system which focuses on data collection in order to root out the patterns of chronic homelessness so that it can be a concrete and approachable topic with solvable aspects. These are critical requirements for our state and federal grants. Shane enjoys all activities in the mountains including, backpacking, snowboarding, and climbed Mount Rainier in Washington state.

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Jenna Crawley, MA, LCMHC, LCAS (she/her)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Therapist

Originally from Kilmarnock, Virginia, Jenna joined the Hospitality House team in August 2013. With a Master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Appalachian State, and a certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Jenna works one on one with Hospitality House clients, providing assistance in mental health and addictions. When not at work, Jenna loves to be outside and hanging out with family. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her almost 3 year old daughter skipping rocks on the river. “I love everything about the Hospitality House! The staff and the residents are amazing. I feel truly honored to be working with everyone here. It is finding the glimmer of hope in otherwise challenging times."

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Sonya Hamby

Lead Service Coordinator: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

Boone native, Appalachian State alumnus, and Lead Service Coordinator Sonya Hamby serves the twenty-nine residents of our Joint Component programs and manages a staff of three social workers and nine shelter associates. Sonya is also the Agency Lead for HMIS and SOAR active caseworker. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, she dedicates her time to helping residents continue along the path to employment, housing, goal-setting, and building life skills. Sonya has been with Hospitality House since 2005. A beach girl at heart, Sonya loves sunshine and warm weather and loves spending time with her husband Shad and dog “O.”

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Ethan Flynn (he/him)

Service Coordinator: Emergency Shelter / Winter Seasonal Shelter

Ethan is a 2015 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. Near the end of his senior year internship at Hospitality House he accepted a post-graduate position as NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and project manager of Welcome Home Thriftique. In August 2018, at the end of his two-year VISTA term, Ethan was hired by Hospitality House as a full time Supportive Services Specialist and then promoted to Service Coordinator of our Emergency Shelter program. Born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Ethan enjoys Boone for its hiking trails, sense of community, and SNOW!

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Graham Doege (she/her)

Service Coordinator: WeCAN / Rapid Rehousing

Graham comes to us from New River Behavioral and was working as our HPRP Coordinator for six months prior to moving into this new position in 2012. She oversees WeCAN - Western Crisis Assistance Program, providing counseling to those who find themselves in a serious situation but who are not homeless. She administers the BREMCO Operation Round Up and NRLP Good Neighbor Round Up programs, serves as our In-Take Specialist, manages the Rapid Rehousing Program and helps people find resources that they need to maintain housing and prevent homelessness.

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Harley Atkins (he/him/they/them)

Service Coordinator: Permanent Supportive Housing / Scattered Site Housing

Originally from Mount Airy, NC, Harley moved to Boone in 2013 to attend Appalachian State University. During Harley’s time at Appalachian, he fell in love with the Boone community and decided to stay in the area after graduating in 2016. Harley worked for Crossnore School and Children’s Home before joining Hospitality House in 2019. Before assuming his current role, Harley served as the Supportive Services & Permanent Supportive Housing Specialist/RISE Coordinator. Harley strives to promote equality and empowerment among individuals and to be an advocate for those in need of support. In his free time,

Harley enjoys hiking, camping, and being outside. 

Marnie Slawson (she/her)

Service Coordinator: Homeless Prevention and Diversion

Marnie recently graduated from Appalachian state with a degree in English and, in the future, she plans to pursue a masters in social work. Marnie began as a volunteer at Hospitality House in August of 2018 and was proud to join the staff as a Shelter Associate in May of 2019. She is passionate about the mission of Hospitality House and is honored to have a place within an organization whose mission is so in line with her own values. She finds satisfaction in building kinship with those who use services at Hospitality House. In September of 2020 Marnie was promoted to her current position. In her free time Marnie loves hiking, yoga, and anything that gets her outside (and discussing her self-described “obsession” for Hospitality House with friends, family, and anyone willing to listen). 

Brandon Randall (he/him)

Permanent Supportive Housing / Scattered Site Housing Specialist 

Brandon is a native Floridian who made a move to Boone after listening to the call of the mountains. He is a 2018 graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Biology and he plans to further his education and attend a master’s program for Genetic Counseling. Brandon has worked several different jobs within the medical field before deciding to join Hospitality House as a Shelter Associate in 2020 before being promoted in November to his current position. In his time off you can find him hiking, at a brewery, playing guitar, making music with friends and trying not to take life too seriously.

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Logan Shaut (he/him)

Coordinated Entry / Outreach and Supportive Services Specialist

Boone native Logan Shaut is currently enrolled at Appalachian State University studying Social Work. He previously graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Peace, War, and Defense. He started as a Shelter Associate in 2019 and and was promoted to the position of CE / Outreach & Supportive Services Specialist in November 2020. Logan has a great admiration for the people of the High Country as well as its beautiful environment that continue to inspire him to work for the betterment of both. He is looking forward to traveling to each of our seven counties to engage and support the unsheltered homeless population. He loves snowboarding, Jeopardy!, and walking his dogs, Duke and Daisy, on the Greenway Trail.  He has worked in several Non-Profit organizations but Hospitality House is, by far, his favorite.

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Eric Johnston

Facilities Manager

A 2015 graduate of Appalachian State, Eric began working at Hospitality House early in 2019. He considers it his privilege to maintain, service, and repair the grounds of our primary facility and Rock Haven; as well as, scattered site locations around Wilkes and Watauga. He is responsible for maintaining agency HVAC systems, overseeing our fire, safety, and IT programs, managing volunteer groups, working to improve our environmental sustainability and overseeing our solar project. After volunteering and working at various High Country non-profits, Eric finds this position to be an exciting way to connect with his community as well as enjoy the intricacies of working toward sound, secure, and sustainable facilities and grounds. He also thinks bicycles, plant-based cooking, stewardship, gardening, and non-fiction books to be pretty cool too. 

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Keeva (she/her)

Director of Emotional Support

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Keith Nelsen (he/him/they/them)

Food Service Coordinator

After living and working in several places around the country, Keith, his wife Patty, and their five children settled in the High Country ten years ago where he made it back into the restaurant business. With experience in everything from chain casual dining to fast food and owning his own business, Keith brings a wealth of knowledge to our Hunger Relief programs. More importantly, his passion for food brings an opportunity for our residents and guests to expand their meals beyond the ordinary. Outside of work he is busing keeping up with his five children.

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Clara Coffey (she/her)

Garden Coordinator / Volunteer Coordinator

Clara Coffey is a Watauga County local who, after graduating from Watauga High School, set off to learn as much as possible about sustainable agriculture through a hands-on approach. She started her education with Heifer International, a non-profit organization that funded the original Hospitality House Gardens Project. She then traveled around the US learning everything she could about various agriculture practices. Clara grew up in St. Luke's Episcopal Church which has been involved with the Hospitality House since its inception. Since moving back to NC Clara has run an organic farm in Blowing Rock and sold produce at the Watauga County Farmers Market for six years. She is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of gardening and wishes to share that with the Hospitality House residents and surrounding communities. She is also a proud mother of two humans, a dog, thirteen chickens, and two ducks. In her free time she creates hand embroidered art and owns a small business with her cousin that rents out vintage dinnerware for weddings and events.

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John Murphy (he/him)

 RISE of the High Country Coordinator

A rising senior at Appalachian State University, majoring in Communications / Public Relations and minoring in Religion and Nonprofit Management, John joined the staff in the Spring of 2019 and was promoted to RISE Coordinator in November 2020. From Highlands, N.C., John enjoys living in the High Country and experiencing the outdoors and adventuring with his dog, Lt. Dan. John's background in ministry is why he is so passionate about the mission of Hospitality House and helping those in need.  

Kennedy Freeman (she/her)

Data / Intake Specialist

Kennedy graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel hill in May 2020, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Education.​ She interned in our gardens for the summer of 2019 and absolutely fell in love with Hospitality House. In fact, Hospitality House was the main reason why she moved to Boone following her graduation! In January 2021, Kennedy was promoted from Shelter Associate to her current position. Kennedy also works as a nanny, but in her free time she loves dancing, hiking, encouraging people, soaking up the sun, and going for long drives on the parkway -- really anything that involves admiring nature’s beauty. 

Gabby Maze (she/her)

Food Service Associate

Gabby is an Appalachian State University student majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Non-Profit Management. She started volunteering at Hospitality House in February of 2020 and became a staff member in March. She is an integral part of our Hunger Relief programs, working both in the Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. When she's not whipping up gourmet meals in our kitchen, she spends her free time making stained glass art and painting. After graduating she plans to renovate a school bus and travel the country selling her art. Once she settles down, her dream is to open her own store or run her own Community Kitchen some day.  

Tristin Shears (he/him)

Lead Shelter Associate

Tristin is a senior at Appalachian State University, he is an Interdisciplinary Studies major and plans to graduate in Fall of 2021. After two years with the agency, Tristin was promoted in November 2020 to Lead Shelter Associate, focused on training and safety protocols. Originally from Jonesville, N.C., Tristin loves to watch sports, play sports, and hang with his friends or cats in his free time. 

Koria Johnson (she/they)

Shelter Associate

Koria is from Pinehurst, NC and uses She/They pronouns. She graduated from Appalachian State in 2019, with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. She is planning on getting her MSW/LCSW certification within the next two years and hopes to eventually become a therapist. Koria started at Hospitality House in June of 2020 as a Shelter Associate. She is very passionate about reproductive justice and community building.

Sarah Minter (she/her)

Shelter Associate

Sarah is a rising senior at Appalachian State University, majoring in Sustainable Development with a minor in Spanish. She plans to graduate May 2021 and go to grad school for sustainable management and later work with non-profit organizations. In her free time, Sarah enjoys travelling, yoga, and anything outdoors. She is passionate about sustainability and social justice and has loved working for an organization that upholds these values. 

Justin Marks (he/him)

Shelter Associate

Justin was born in Florida but grew up in Roswell, Georgia and is now a senior at Appalachian State. He is pursuing a degree in Sustainable Community Development and Social Change. Justin loves hiking, helping others, road-trips and making art. He first started helping out at Hospitality House as a volunteer. In 2019, he won the Community Impact Award for Appalachian State. 

Corey Piel (he/him/they/them)

Shelter Associate

Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, Corey went to a rural high school and played football and baseball. After graduating in 2012, Corey attended the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana and studied History. During his time there Corey learned that his true passion lies in education. After graduating from Evansville in 2016, Corey struggled to find a solid job. Corey eventually moved back to Kokomo and eventually found a residential school and facility for children with mental disabilities in Lafayette, IN called TC Harris. Corey describes this time as the most rewarding and hardest thing he has ever done in his life. Corey then began attending Purdue's online program for a Master's degree in Higher Education and is slated to graduate in February of 2021, either wanting to teach at the high school level or the collegiate level. Corey moved to Boone in July of 2020 and loves video games, going to the gym, and watching sports -- the Yankees, Pacers, and Colts. Corey also loves racing, especially NASCAR and Formula One. Corey has made it a life goal to make the world a better, brighter place for everyone.

McCormick Grubb (she/her)

Shelter Associate

McCormick is a 2020 graduate from Appalachian State with a major in Sociology and minors in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language. She loves a lot of things, but some of them include reading, growing flowers, swimming, and artwork. She has experience working with children, organizing service projects, and working in food service. She is passionate about issues of inequality and sustainability, and she's excited to begin work in the nonprofit realm at Hospitality House. 

Tori Rodriguez (she/her)

Shelter Associate

Originally from Morganton, NC, Tori has loved the mountains and foothills her whole life. After graduating high school with her associate’s degree in 2019, Tori came to Appalachian State University to study Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies. Tori began as a Public Relations intern in early 2021 and quickly fell in love with Hospitality House. She started as a Shelter Associate shortly after. She is passionate about the mission of Hospitality House and considers herself lucky to work in a field where she gets to build relationships with those who use services at Hospitality House. When she’s not at Hospitality House, Tori enjoys tie-dyeing, cooking, getting tattoos, and finding new roads and areas to explore in the High Country. 

Taylor Cromer (he/him)

Shelter Associate

Howdy! My name is Taylor and I moved to Boone 6 years ago from Randleman, NC. I began working as Shelter Associate in December 2020 and in the warmer months I also work in Todd, NC with RiverGirl Fishing Company. I like to Rollerblade on the Greenway Trail, play video games with friends, and I have a lizard and a cat! One day I hope to live on a communal farm with my friends and also work alongside a community care group.

Molly Vaziri (she/her)

Shelter Associate

Molly was born in Los Angeles, California but grew up in Raleigh N.C. She is a senior at Appalachian State majoring in Public Health with a minor in Philosophy. After she graduates in May of 2021, she plans to take a gap year to travel before attending graduate school for an Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration. In her free time, you can most likely find Molly working out, watching the show Broad City, or napping. She also is proud to announce she has recently survived her first global pandemic! 

CONTACT 

828-264-1237

Street: 338 Brook Hollow Road

Mail: PO Box 309

Boone, NC, 28607

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Hospitality House, a regional nonprofit transitional living facility and crisis assistance resource center, serves seven rural North Carolina counties (Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell, and Yancey) providing housing, prevention, and nutrition. Since 1984, the mission of Hospitality House has been to rebuild lives and strengthen community by providing a safe, nurturing, healthy environment in which individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises are equipped to become self-sufficient and productive. Federal Tax ID 56-1442966.

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