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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 P. McRae

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

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.

Levonia Gravely

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)

Dr. Karen Stukes

FNP-BC

Karen Stokes is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and their families, she is a passionate healthcare professional with a background enriched by comprehensive medical education. She has an A.D. in Nursing from Davidson County Community College, a B.S. in Nursing, and an M.S. in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Winston-Salem State University.

My commitment to excellence is exemplified by my affiliation with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, where I continually strive to enhance my knowledge and skills. As a healthcare advocate, my mission is to empower patients and their families through education, particularly in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac conditions.

In addition to clinical practice, she is an active member of the North Carolina Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. These affiliations enable me to stay current with the latest advancements in healthcare and connect with like-minded professionals who share my dedication to providing high-quality patient-centered care.

Aleesta Clodfelter

Aleesta Clodfelter

Aleesta is a dual graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Criminal Justice. She is very experienced in working with individuals in home settings and treatment-based facilities.

Her levels of experience have been seen through individuals who deal with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and suicidal/homicidal ideations just to name a few. She has worked with children and adults of all ages including individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities. Aleesta has used her passion for helping others to strengthen their belief in themselves. Aleesta is a firm believer in overcoming adversities, and rising above all negativity you may face. Aleesta is excited to begin her journey at HOPE, and wishes to encourage people to strive for nothing but success in their lives.

Kristen Swinnely

LCMHC-A, LCAS

Kristen Swinnely obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, as well as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.  She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, taking an evidence-based, client-centered, and existentially informed approach as your counselor. She is here to support you in making meaning, creating comfort, and uncovering resources to help you be your best self. She aims to provide a safe and supportive space where clients can collaborate and work at their own pace to help you reach your goals.

She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Kristen works 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. She is honored to assist you in your journey.

Administrative/Support Personnel

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

Healthcare Administrator

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.

Tasia Wilson
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.

Amy Smith

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.

Amy Smith
Amy Smith

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 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.