Ivy, Human Resources Director
Ivy became interested in social work while in the fourth grade during a visit to her mom who was in the hospital. While Ivy and her dad were waiting in the lobby, Ivy was approached by a nun who was a medical social worker and as they talked about what the nun did for a living, Ivy became hooked. Ivy got the start of her dream career in 1978, as the Social Work Director at a nursing home in Miami, Florida.
During her career, Ivy held a variety of positions for the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families in the 23 years that she worked for them. The positions working in foster care; at Youth Hall (YH) where she decided whether adolescents were to be detained, handling calls or drop ins relating to neglect, physical or sexual abuse or abandonment of children eighteen and younger; working with the State and Local Ombudsman Council which was an advocacy group monitoring adult living facilities and nursing homes.
Ivy says that she was fortunate to spend eighteen of those years at the only urban maximum security forensic hospital in the state which became the first State-owned hospital to receive National accreditation which was through the Joint Commission. Ivy started there as the Director of Social Work, became the hospital’s EEO Coordinator and spent the last nine years there as the Assistant Hospital Administrator for Operations or the COO. Ivy established and has maintained very close friendships with many of her coworkers there, many of whom are closer to her and her daughter than family.
Ivy moved to North Carolina nineteen years ago and has worked in community mental health in Durham, Orange, Person and Chatham as Program Director for a child case management program or as the Human Resources Director at two agencies.
Her goals include becoming fluent in Spanish and obtaining a Masters in Divinity. When Ivy isn’t working, she enjoys reading, assembling jigsaw puzzles, spending way too many hours playing games on her cell phone and being with her two grandsons.
Velinda, Billing Specialist
Velinda started her career in April of 2016. She has always had an interest in the medical field for as long as she could remember, which inspired her to get her medical billing and coding diploma. When Velinda is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, reading a good book, cooking, and doing hair.
Nathan, Administrative Systems Specialist
Nathan got his professional career started with Blue Rose Counseling, though he showed a passion for technology for years in his previous settings, including making this website! Between taking classes relating to hardware and software, paired with a strong natural intuition, he has always taken an interest in computers. Nathan has an adorable bird named Mango, and when Nathan is not working, he enjoys working with food, or playing card or video games. Someday he’d even like to win a regional tournament for one of his games!
Dana, Office Administrator and Special Projects Coordinator
Dana comes from a background in insurance and is working towards her passion of addiction studies. She is currently in school for Neuropsychology with a focus in addiction studies with the hopes to give back to her community. When she's not working or studying, she's spending time with her dog and two cats.