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Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Linda P. McRae

PsyD., MDiv., MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, CSOTS, CCS, SAP

President/CEO
Dr. Linda completed a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2003. She completed a Masters of Social Work at North Carolina A&T State University and UNC-Greensboro in 2007.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Master’s Addiction Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She completed a Doctor of Psychology degree at Graduate Theological Foundation in 2016. Dr. Linda serves as the CEO of HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc. (HOPE), a clinical practice that provides programs and services that seek to promote hope and healing providing outpatient substance use disorder treatment, mental health and behavioral health services.

Dr. Linda has worked in the field of Human Services for more than 20 years providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and families facing psychological, behavioral and substance abuse problems. Dr. Linda provides individualized clinical interventions using multi-modal approaches: cognitive behavioral therapy, brief therapy, psycho-education, stages of change, and motivational enhancement techniques as well as several core orientations in her work including family systems and person-centered theory. Her special interests include family and relationships, church and social justice, domestic violence, grief, and bereavement.

Dr. Linda works with clients to change their unproductive patterns of interpreting, understanding, and thinking about themselves and their environment, guiding them to reshape the way they think and act. Dr. Linda seeks to produce cognitive and behavioral reorientation in clients who are at risk of varied social and psychological ills. Dr. Linda’s favorite saying is, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Dr. Linda is a provider of HOPE and believes that everyone given the proper care can grow, thrive, and live their very best life.

Ronald L. McRae

BS, MDiv

Chief Operations Officer
Ronald L. McRae completed undergraduate studies at Winston-Salem State University. He has both Sociology and Political Science degrees. He completed a Masters of Divinity degree from Shaw University May 2010. Mr. McRae is a firm believer in education and service.
Mr. McRae is the founder of Boys2Men Mentorship Program where he shapes the lives of young men in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County area. Mr. McRae is also the founder of Real Fathers/Real Men helping to build and give focus to the importance of fatherhood. The McRae’s are the founders and Executive Directors of More Than Conquerors, Inc. morethanconquerorsinc.com, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate and transform lives.

Mr. McRae has worked in the field of Human Services for more than 22 years. He pours into the lives of so many and believes that anybody can change and become a productive member of our society. He joined HOPE in 2018 as the Chief Operations Officer helping his wife, Dr. Linda McRae, cast vision and programming for this growing organization. Mr. McRae is also the Senior Pastor of Salem Christian Church where he has served for more than 20 years. He loves God and loves people. His primary passion is “changing the minds of the next generation.”

Levonia Gravely

Executive Assistant

After a 33 year career with Duke Energy as a Work Management Specialist, Levonia Gravely joined the Staff of HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services as an Executive Assistant in November 2014.

Levonia brings experience in having worked in a fast paced environment requiring a high level of confidentially serving customers, maintaining documents, files and the ability to make decisions quickly. She is flexible and prioritizes in order to support the office staff along with the ability to converse effectively with clients and various vendors.

Levonia lives in Winston Salem along with a son and three grandchildren.

Clinical Providers

Dr. Kendra Davis

DMin, MRC, M.Div., MAC, LCAS, CSOTS, CCJP, CCS, IAADC

Kendra Davis, trainer, professional development coach and empowerment specialist, is a 1999 & 2009 graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (1999) & a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (2009).She is also a 2016 graduate of Apex School of Theology where she earned a Masters of Divinity. Dr. Kendra obtained her Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Studies May 2017 from Apex School of Theology.

Dr. Burch is an Internationally Certified, Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor, licensed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB), the NC Problem Gamblers Program and the National Association of Forensic Counselors.

Her current license and certifications include: Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional (CCJP), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS)

Kristen Swinney

LCMHC-A, LCAS-A

I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Liberty University received in May 2020. I am seeking to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina as approved by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC). As your counselor, I am here to support you in making meaning, creating comfort, and uncovering resources to help you be your best self. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, taking an evidence-based, client-centered, and existentially informed approach, I aim to provide a safe and supportive space where we can collaborate and work at our own pace to help you reach your goals.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups, and I have served clients in outpatient settings. I have served clients through Practicum in Georgia when I worked as a Chaplain intern providing counseling to those in the hospital setting. Throughout my internship, I worked providing services and treatment to those with substance use disorders. In my current position at HOPE Counseling & Consulting Services, I work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds on issues including substance use, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship challenges, grief and loss, career transitions, and other mental health and life concerns.

I am honored to assist you in your journey.

Paula Boyd

MA

I have worked with families and children for well over 25 years.  Most of my career has been within a school setting.  Working in both private and public schools, I have had the opportunity to support children and youth socially and emotionally as they strive towards academic success.  I have worked as a Guidance Counselor, Life Skills Teacher, Director of a Preschool Program, and classroom teacher.  All these positions have given me opportunities to work with many children and adolescents, including those with developmental delays and trauma.  I get to serve my community by teaching a trauma informed class through our local DSS office to families looking to foster and foster to adopt.  Finally, my community work through a nonprofit organization called Lydia’s Hope has allowed me to serve families who are part of the foster/adoption system of Forsyth County and offer hope through supportive care.

I received my undergrad degree in Psychology from Liberty University with a concentration in Crisis Counseling.  I have a Master of Arts in Human Service Counseling and am working toward a second master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I am certified in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) which I obtained in October 2018, from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.  

I am excited to work with HOPE Counseling and continue to offer hope to families and children who are hurting.

Felecia York Brown

MSW, LCSWA

Felecia Brown earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from North Carolina State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in the state of North Carolina. Felecia has experience in many areas of counseling such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, substance use, mood disorders, and anxiety. Felecia provides counseling for couples, singles, and partners regarding relationship issues. Felecia has experience working with divorce related issues and children experiencing divorce related issues. Felecia has experience providing spiritual counseling. Felecia has worked extensively with LGBTQ especially with the transgender population diagnosed with HIV.

Felecia enjoys counseling because of the impact it can make in others. Ideally moving people forward to a more wholesome self, this involves establishing coping skills, forming safe attachments within the therapeutic relationship discovering who they are through various reflection techniques while in concert with self-awareness interventions and understanding solutions to problems. Felecia is a member of National Associations of Social Workers. Felecia is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy informed. Felecia sincerely believes that life’s challenges and hardships can be turned into areas of hope, meaning and purpose.

Don Parham

Peer Support

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 Viet Namwar). 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.

Lisa Teems

CADC

Native of Surry County. wife, mother, and grandmother graduated in 2001 from Surry Community College with a diploma in Nursing. I practiced as an LPN in the Triad and surrounding counties from 2001-2014. In 2019 I began working at Choose Life with the late Dr. John Pulliam. I graduated from Forsyth Tech with an AAS in Human Services Technology in May 2020. I’m grateful to have an opportunity to work HOPE Counseling to positively impact individuals affected by substance abuse and addiction using life experiences and my academic studies. I am currently working toward a B.S. in Christian Counseling at Liberty University.

LaToya Davis Lucas

Nurse Practitioner

LaToya Davis Lucas is the CEO and founder of Lucas Exceptional Healthcare and Consultation. As an adult nurse practitioner, she specialized in providing care to adolescents and adults across the lifespan. She focuses on maintaining health and wellness in acute and chronic conditions. She can assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic diseases. In addition, she has a significant focus on health promotion, self-care and providing health education to individuals, families, groups and communities. LaToya prides herself in providing empathetic care to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the clients that she provides care for. LaToya understands that collaboration and the interdisciplinary team model is important in providing holistic care.

LaToya Davis Lucas has been in healthcare for over 26 years. In addition, LaToya has been a board-certified adult nurse practitioner for more than 11 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Carolina A&T State University, A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Post Masters in Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

LaToya is the wife to Harry Lucas Jr. The mother of two children and two bonus children. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Davis

I hold a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I graduated from Capella University in March of 2022 with honors. I have been serving children, adolescents, adults, and families for the past year and have some previous experience working in a substance abuse facility. I have a passion for working with those affected by trauma.

 

I aim to provide a safe and supportive space where we can collaborate and work together in order to help you reach your goals. I work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds on issues that include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, issues surrounding the LGBTQ community, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, substance use disorders, anger management, and other mental health issues that individuals face. I wholeheartedly believe that the hardships we face can be turned into a positive by aiding individuals in finding meaning or purpose in life and helping individuals discover their authentic self. I am very passionate that anyone can create lasting change in their life through counseling and advocacy. I am truly excited to continue the work I love with HOPE Counseling & Consulting!

Administrative Staff

Shonise McRae

Shonise McRae

Administrative Assistant

 

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

Tasia Wilson

Healthcare Administrator

 

Tasia Wilson is a dual graduate of Winston-Salem State University withan undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate in HealthcareAdministration. She is an experienced executive assistant with over 10years in the field. Tasia is able to tailor her skills to meet the needsof 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.

Montayae Pearson

Montayae Pearson

Administrative Assistant


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.