Shonise L. McRae is passionate about helping others in the community. Shonise received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Social Work from Winston-Salem State University where she learned life is all about serving. When she is not fulfilling task for HOPE you can find her pursuing her own entrepreneurial dreams with Savory Sweets by Shonise where “You Dream It, I can bake it!” Shonise is committed to a life of service and advocacy sharing laughter and smiles along the way.
Tasia Wilson is a dual graduate of Winston-Salem State University with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate in Healthcare Administration. She is an experienced executive assistant with over 10 years in the field. Tasia is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients. Tasia is a case manager supervisor working in the field of affordable housing. In her management role, she has identified gaps in services and advocated for the residents she served. In addition to her professional duties, Tasia is also active in many organizations in her community.
Monty Pearson is a native of Clinton Maryland. Monty has over 15 years combined experience in the non-profit sector as well as re-entry services for ex-offenders. Monty has served as Family Services Coordinator for the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom & Justice, Board Vice-Chair for Black GirlsUnited, a board member of The Winston Salem TARHEELS and is a member of the Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals.
Professional Coding Editor II
Amy Smith began coding for provider based charges in 2007 when certified as a professional coder. She is currently working on certificattions of CRC (certified risk adjustment coder) and CPMA (certified professional medical auditor). During that time, she received HIPAA certification.
Previously, Amy worked 17 in the Wake Forest Baptist Health Cash Control department and insurance department reconciling insurance payments, applying denials which included copays and deductibles along with applying insurance monies from all insurances.
She worked closely with several insurance companies optimizing payments and reconciling denials quickly. She then began coding full-time in 2015.
Her focus has been primary care with training in behavioral health and inpatient charges and knowledge in other coding departments. She strives to educate providers with current updates to diagnosis and coding guidelines.
Don grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and came to Winston-Salem in 1984. After graduating high school, Don enlisted in the Air Force (during the Vietnam war). After a short stint in the Air Force, Don went to a trade school to learn drafting.
Later, Don began a career in construction that he still dabbles in, doing small jobs building cabinets among other projects. In 2010 he decided in favor of another career change, applied to Forsyth Technical Institute, and returned to school. In his first semester, he made the Dean’s List. Encouraged by this, Don chose to pursue Human Services, particularly in substance abuse treatment. He was required to intern somewhere for his last two semesters and was accepted at HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc., in the fall of 2015.
Don graduated with Honors in 2016 and 2017 with Associate degrees in Applied Sciences and in Art. At the end of his internship, because he believed he had found his passion, he asked Dr. McRae if he could stay on as a volunteer. “Absolutely!”, she responded. Don offers education, empowerment, and hope at HOPE Counseling. Don is a Certified Peer Support Specialist. In his spare time, Don enjoys playing guitar in the contemporary band at his church and he also enjoys pen and ink drawing, watercolor and oil painting, photography, and fishing.