About Us

HopeWorks’ mission is to guide Memphians in need of a second chance through essential education, counseling and career development programming to establish a relationship with God while building stability, confidence and a hope-filled future.

Conceptualized in 1988, HopeWorks received its 501(c)(3) status in 1998. HopeWorks believes that investment in the individual education and well-being of its students will create Christ-centered communities with strengthened relationships, improved economies and generational impact.

Providing Hope and Jobs for more than 30 years

HopeWorks provides support to Memphians in three main categories:

1. Adult Education/

We help people access essential educational opportunities, including high school equivalency degrees and English language courses.

2. Employment Services

We work to eliminate restrictive barriers and aid Memphians as they pursue viable, passion-filled career opportunities.

3. Holistic Reentry

We provide life-breathing counseling support, mentorship, technical education and career pathways to Memphians pre- and post-release from prison.


The HopeWorks Team

Ron Wade
Executive Director

Laura Harrison
Director of Personal & Career Development

Gilda Shelby
Finance and Data Specialist

Louise Koonce
Development Coordinator

Kathryn Jackson
Payroll and HR Assistant

Carrissa Davis
Assistant Director of AESL

David Simpson
Chief Operating Officer

Nicole Kennell
Director of AESL

Latrina Stewart
Director of Workforce Development & Outreach

Dr. Stephane Cole
Director of Adult Education

Synnamon Taylor
Assistant Director of Adult Basic Education

Rohbi Yow
Assistant Director of Adult Basic Education

The HopeWorks Board

Dawn Greater, Board Chair

Eric Gentry, Secretary

Chris Evans

Patrick Parson

Charles Maxwell, Treasurer

Robert Beckett

Ronnie Martin

Thomas Woods