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Hospitality House has a dedicated team committed to helping residents rebuild their lives. If you have questions for a particular staff member, feel free to e-mail us.
Tina Krause: Executive Director
Wilkes County resident and Guilford College alum Tina Krause assumed the role of Executive Director on July 1, 2014 after serving as Director of Services for the previous three years. Tina continues to oversee existing supportive services, implement new programs and coordinate our Volunteer Program while managing a staff of seventeen. 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. During her United Way tenure she received the Randy Lyons Memorial Award for Excellence in Service. Krause currently serves as an ally for the nonprofit Wilkes Circle of Care, of which she was a founding board member and is on the Agency Advisory Council for Second Harvest Food Bank and coordinates the Northwest N.C 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.
Todd Carter: Director of Development
Ashe County resident and UNC Alum 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 residents. He handles all public relations, donor relations, social media and marketing, organizes multiple fundraisers 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 current President of the Watauga Branch of the NAACP, is a founder of the Lauren Jaquays LGBTQ Youth Alliance and serves on the board and as a supervisor for the North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program. #GoHeels!
Heather Burgess: Director of Finance
Ashe County native and Appalachian State Alum, Heather Burgess joined Hospitality House in 2014 after many years with Gates Corporation. She is responsible for the overall financial operations of Hospitality House. She spends her days crunching numbers, paying bills, and balancing our budget. While not at work, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Joey and two sons, Kaden and Brodie. She is an active member of Bald Mountain Baptist Church in West Jefferson.
Bob Taylor: Grants Manager
Hired in July 2014, in the newly created position of Grant Manager, Bob comes to us from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. In joining Hospitality House, he relocated from Carrboro, NC back to Boone where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State. He received his Masters of Public Affairs degree from UNC-Greensoboro in 2013. Bob's responsibilities include managing the federal and state grants that constitute 20% of our funding, researching additional funding opportunities, writing all local and faith-based grants and assisting Tina with the NC Northwest Continuum of Care.
Sonya Hamby: Lead Service Coordinator: Transitional & Family
Boone native, Appalachian State Alum and Lead Service Coordinator Sonya Hamby serves the twenty-nine residents of our Transitional and Family Housing programs, manages a staff of three social workers and five shelter associates. 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”.
Dwijen Buckendorf: Service Coordinator: Emergency Shelter
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Dwijen recently moved to Boone with his wife Megan and two kids Olivia and Nolan. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Western Washington University, Dwijen has been working as a social worker for eight years. Now serving as the Emergency Shelter Coordinator, he counsels his clients, evaluating their homeless situation, guiding them through the steps to begin rebuilding their lives while providing the structure of accountability they need to be successful. Emergency Shelter Services are comprised of two male dorms and two female dorms that house a total of twenty-four residents. In his spare time Dwijen likes long walks on the beach, a good rib-eye steak, and Seahawks football. Go Hawks!
Jenny Carson: Service Coordinator: Permanent Supportive
Jenny manages our Permanent Supportive Housing Program which includes nine residences at the Hospitality House, the eight unit Rock Haven Independent Living Facility and Scattered-Site Housing. This program is designed to provide support and stability for those living with permanent disabilities. Jenny enjoys getting to know the residents and derives much satisfaction in cultivating these relationships. The ability to invest in people and to encourage their long-term success each day is what motivates and sustains her.
Graham Doege: WeCAN/Prevention/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 - Watauga 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.
Jordan Duke: Facilities Manager
An Appalachian State alum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Appropriate Technology, Jordan manages the repairs and maintenance on our properties, ensuring the grounds and interiors of the Hospitality House and Rock Haven are taken care of at all times. He is responsible for maintaining agency HVAC systems, performing minor facility repairs, overseeing our fire and safety program, working to improve our environmental sustainability and overseeing our solar thermal project. In July 2014, Jordan returned part-time to Appalachian State seeking a degree in Engineering.
Allison Jennings: Food & Nutrition Coordinator
Allison, a culinary arts graduate, manages the Bread of Life Community Kitchen, oversees distribution of the Food Box Program, coordinates the harvest of fresh vegetables and herbs from our Community Gardens, teaches "Cooking Matters" classes and oversees our Kids Summer Feeding Program. She maintains inventory from the Second Harvest Food Bank, coordinates food for open house events like "Low Country Shrimp Boil," "Fish Fry" and "Pig Pickin'" and Food Day. She handles all food donations and works to ensure that healthy, creative and nutritious meals are served to all residents and any community members who are hungry. Allison, a tireless advocate for social justice and people who are hungry and food insecure, is the founding Vice President of the Watauga Branch of the NAACP.
Jenna Crawley: 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, 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.”
Born and raised in Newland, NC, Chatty Majoni has been serving as the Circles of the High Country Program Coordinator since 2013. After graduating from NC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations, Chatty took off on adventurous missions to places like Venezuela and Kenya. Chatty spends her time planning and sustaining the Circles Program, a high impact initiative to end poverty in the High Country by building relationships, resources, and awareness in the community. Outside of work Chatty enjoys home crafts and has recently started many new sewing projects. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and family and spending time with her husband Steve.
Ethan Flynn: NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA
Ethan is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. He was introduced to the opportunity of becoming an AmeriCorps member near the end of his internship at the Hospitality House and accepted the position as NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and project manager of Welcome Home Thriftique. As project manager, Ethan runs our thrift store and coordinates Foundation For Success, our job skills training program geared towards the service of Hospitality House residents and clients.
Ethan has a heart for service and is committed to providing another resource for Hospitality House clients through Welcome Home Thriftique. Born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, Ethan enjoys Boone for its hiking trails, sense of community, and SNOW!
Sam Barr: Data Specialist / Shelter Associate
Sam Barr is a recent graduate of Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Sam started out at the Hospitality House as an Intern and did such a great job he was added to our team. He loves working at Hospitality House for the client interaction and great life experience as well as gaining more experience for his future career as a social worker. As a certified data specialist, he manages the data entry for the state CHIN (Carolina Homeless Information Network) and federal HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) data information systems. These are critical requirements for the state and federal grants that we receive. Sam assists with compiling data for grants and other non-profit uses along with his other duties as a shelter associate. Originally from Washington, D.C., Sam enjoys hiking, Frisbees, and going to concerts. On a typical work day, you can find him managing the front desk and providing great customer service to all to come through the door.
Marissa Hayler: Shelter Associate
Marissa is a recent graduate of Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work. Marissa started out at the Hospitality House as an intern and did such a great job she was added to our team. She loves working at Hospitality House for the client interaction and great life experience as well as gaining more experience for her future career as a social worker.
Amanda Osgood: Shelter Associate
Amanda "Mandi" is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She is finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and will be pursuing her Masters of Social Work in The Fall of 2016 at Appalachian State University. Mandi has always had a passion for helping people. She started as a volunteer and fell in love with Hospitality House and its people. Hoping to gain experience in the field of Social Work from the residents and her coworkers she joined the team in July 2015. Mandi loves the beauty of the Appalachian mountains during all of its vibrant seasons and isn't looking to leave any time soon. She enjoys the outdoors, considers herself a cheese connoisseur, prides in her Italian heritage, which leads to her love of cooking, and most importantly, she is a die hard New England Patriots Fan! #PatriotNation
DJ Phillips-Hyatt: Shelter Associate
Rachel Davis: Shelter Associate
Originally from southern Minnesota, Rachel moved to Boone in September 2015 with her fiance so they could live in the beautiful blue ridge mountains. In college Rachel studied International Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology and hopes to pursue a career that allows her help make the world a better place. Since November Rachel has been working as a Shelter Associate and really enjoys interacting with the Hospitality House clients and helping make their day. In her spare time Rachel enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, gardening, practicing the ukulele and playing with her dog.
Will Graham: Shelter Associate
Will has been a Shelter Associate since August of 2015. He enjoys his work, running the front desk and talking with our residents. In his free time he has been apprenticing under a sculptor and enjoys creative writing.
Lauri Wilson: Garden Coordinator
Lauri, a Virginia native was always interested in gardening, sustainable living and looked forward to living in the Blue Ridge Mountains one day. Coming from New Mexico where she worked in individual health and wellness then public health in aging, obesity prevention, and physician education for tribal elders; she came here to manage a Heifer International project focused on food security and growing small family farms. The Hospitality House garden project was one of the projects supported under her management. Now Lauri is honored to build on the work of previous coordinators and volunteers to continue developing a diverse and sustainable program the meets the needs of residents and clients and expectations of board and staff. When not at the Hospitality House she supports an active biodynamic farming/gardening community, works on her own recently acquired ½ acre property and delights in spending time with family.
Celeste Law: Lead Kitchen Intern
Originally from Singapore, Celeste has been living in Boone for twenty years. She started volunteering at Hospitality House in February 2014 and since then she has become our most dependable kitchen intern. She is here every day to assist with lunch and dinner and helps Allison with food boxes and keeping the kitchen organized. She loves to cook and others love her cooking. There is never a day that Celeste doesn’t brighten up the room with her hard working, positive attitude. We here at Hospitality House consider her apart of our family and we are so thankful for all that she does.
Hospitality House has volunteers and volunteer interns who give of their time and talent in a staff position. Beceause of these committed individuals, Hospitality House can offer enhanced services to residents.
- Jacque Dunbar, WeCAN
- Marian Peters - Physician Assistant
- Marg McKinney - Support, Care & Community Kitchen
- Cynthia Morris - Music Therapy
- Lexi Danner - Art Therapy
- Julie Trueman - Administrative
- Tina Ihnat - Administrative
- Bruce Rohrer - Front Desk
- Noah Jennings - Front Desk
- Marjory Holder - Mental Health Therapist
- Pastor Luke Edwards - Chaplain, King Street Church
- Brandon Swigunski - Emergency Shelter Intern
- Marli Byrd - Permanent Supportive Housing Intern
- Alex Stofanik - Transitional Housing Intern
- Catherine Circeo - Circles of the High Country Intern
- Sarah Lafaille - Psychology Intern
- Ashley Childers - Nutrition Intern
- Jessica Norman - Psychology Intern
- Philip Trent - Grant Writing Intern
Board of Directors
The Hospitaity House Board of Directors works to ensure the agency is meeting the needs of the community in a responsible fashion. If you are interested in serving on the boad please e-mail Tina Krause , executive director. The 2016 Board of Directors are:
Chris Burns, Chair
Steve Murphree, Vice Chair - Ashe County
Karen Howard, Treasurer
Patti Curtis, Secretary
Lora Ann Campbell, Hearts of Hospitality House President
Gary Newman - Wilkes County
Dr. David Kline
Gene Ammons - Avery County
Fred Graf - Wilkes County
Dr. Christina May - Advisory Board
Allen Moseley - Advisory Board