Community Advisory Board

Johanna C Johanna C is so busy helping the community she hasn’t provided us with a bio yet!

Johanna C
Johanna C is so busy helping the community she hasn’t provided us with a bio yet!

Tosheria Brown Tosheria Brown is the Program Coordinator of the Oak City Outreach Center in Downtown Raleigh and is employed by Catholic Charities. As a Business Management undergraduate of NC State University, she has called Raleigh her home for many years. She is originally from Rockingham, NC and spent 7 years living in San Diego, CA where she was employed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car before relocating back to Wake County. At the Oak City Outreach Center, Tosheria schedules all of the volunteers and community partners that serve at the Center each weekend to provide the meals and events which support our friends experiencing homelessness and/or hunger in the Downtown Raleigh area. Under her leadership and compassion, over 50 service partners and 120 host volunteers are currently connected to the effort of building community through active engagement and hospitality. Tosheria brings experience and a wealth of knowledge working directly with our friends experiencing homelessness so that we better understand how to serve this population.

Tosheria Brown
Tosheria Brown is the Program Coordinator of the Oak City Outreach Center in Downtown Raleigh and is employed by Catholic Charities. As a Business Management undergraduate of NC State University, she has called Raleigh her home for many years. She is originally from Rockingham, NC and spent 7 years living in San Diego, CA where she was employed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car before relocating back to Wake County. At the Oak City Outreach Center, Tosheria schedules all of the volunteers and community partners that serve at the Center each weekend to provide the meals and events which support our friends experiencing homelessness and/or hunger in the Downtown Raleigh area. Under her leadership and compassion, over 50 service partners and 120 host volunteers are currently connected to the effort of building community through active engagement and hospitality. Tosheria brings experience and a wealth of knowledge working directly with our friends experiencing homelessness so that we better understand how to serve this population.

Zinith Barbee Zinith Barbee comes to APATT with no religious motivation, social vision, or ministry leadership. Instead, he feels more a beneficiary of people with those pursuits. His passions are roads and rocks. He was a civil engineer designing parts of the state highway system and a hydrogeologist regulating groundwater quality at landfills. Medical trauma redefined him. He describes himself as “being on the good side of a coinflip” and recipient of exemplary care from his religious and residential communities. He volunteers in his neighborhood school where he talks to children about rocks, which he calls his “best therapy” after neurosurgery for the tumor that disabled him. Zinith knew chronic homelessness long before engineering and geology. He once lived in his car and worked where benefits included free meals—restaurants. In addition to working as a dishwater, bus boy, and short-order cook, he worked in a hospital, two factories, and a school. He credits these places with not only teaching him the discipline, ethic, and efficiency crucial to his life but where he learned from others about humanity, hospitality, and hope  Whether homeless or homeful. Zinith never viewed strangers as “the other” but saw himself as “one of them.” He says he never imagined he would one day help build the highways on which he used to hitchhike. For him APATT is another “coming full circle.”

Zinith Barbee

Zinith Barbee comes to APATT with no religious motivation, social vision, or ministry leadership. Instead, he feels more a beneficiary of people with those pursuits. His passions are roads and rocks. He was a civil engineer designing parts of the state highway system and a hydrogeologist regulating groundwater quality at landfills. Medical trauma redefined him. He describes himself as “being on the good side of a coinflip” and recipient of exemplary care from his religious and residential communities. He volunteers in his neighborhood school where he talks to children about rocks, which he calls his “best therapy” after neurosurgery for the tumor that disabled him. Zinith knew chronic homelessness long before engineering and geology. He once lived in his car and worked where benefits included free meals—restaurants. In addition to working as a dishwater, bus boy, and short-order cook, he worked in a hospital, two factories, and a school. He credits these places with not only teaching him the discipline, ethic, and efficiency crucial to his life but where he learned from others about humanity, hospitality, and hope  Whether homeless or homeful. Zinith never viewed strangers as “the other” but saw himself as “one of them.” He says he never imagined he would one day help build the highways on which he used to hitchhike. For him APATT is another “coming full circle.”

Katherine Blankenship Katherine Blankenship is originally from Asheville, NC, a place where she credits the formation of her love of service, the mountains, and her love of God. She is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and presently serves as the Director of Mission Immersion for Raleigh Youth Mission, a branch of Youth Mission Co. Through her ministry Katherine works to name creative gifts and profound truths in the lives of youth and adults, most often through music, art, prayer, and laughter.  

Katherine Blankenship
Katherine Blankenship is originally from Asheville, NC, a place where she credits the formation of her love of service, the mountains, and her love of God. She is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and presently serves as the Director of Mission Immersion for Raleigh Youth Mission, a branch of Youth Mission Co. Through her ministry Katherine works to name creative gifts and profound truths in the lives of youth and adults, most often through music, art, prayer, and laughter.

 

 
Scott Day Scott Day is a volunteer member of our Community Advisory Board. He comes from Long Island, NY and loves Raleigh! Some of his favorite spots are Pullen Park and downtown Raleigh.  He loves music and has a heart for Progressive Rock.

Scott Day
Scott Day is a volunteer member of our Community Advisory Board. He comes from Long Island, NY and loves Raleigh! Some of his favorite spots are Pullen Park and downtown Raleigh.  He loves music and has a heart for Progressive Rock.

Michael Holloway Michael Holloway is a volunteer Community Advisory Board member. He loves movies and if he could he would live in Blue Ridge Movie Theater. His all time favorite movie is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Coming from Miami, Florida in 2003, he chose to stay and loves it here.  He loves to write poetry, loves his friends, and knows just about everyone. He loves his church family from Hillyer Memorial too. He runs ‘God in school is cool’ where he organizes donations and personally gives out school supplies to kids in Raleigh.

Michael Holloway
Michael Holloway is a volunteer Community Advisory Board member. He loves movies and if he could he would live in Blue Ridge Movie Theater. His all time favorite movie is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Coming from Miami, Florida in 2003, he chose to stay and loves it here.  He loves to write poetry, loves his friends, and knows just about everyone. He loves his church family from Hillyer Memorial too. He runs ‘God in school is cool’ where he organizes donations and personally gives out school supplies to kids in Raleigh.

Rev. Sarah McCoy Rev. Sarah McCoy is a member of the Community Advisory Board. A Raleigh native, she is a graduate of NCSU and Campbell University Divinity School. She is currently working on her second graduate degree from Campbell University, this time with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Sarah is an ordained clergywoman and enjoys doing non-parish, community ministry with the people of Raleigh. She lives in Cary with her 13-year-old shelter rescue, Maddie. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, hiking and spending time with those she loves, particularly her niece and nephew.

Rev. Sarah McCoy
Rev. Sarah McCoy is a member of the Community Advisory Board. A Raleigh native, she is a graduate of NCSU and Campbell University Divinity School. She is currently working on her second graduate degree from Campbell University, this time with a Master of Arts in Counseling. Sarah is an ordained clergywoman and enjoys doing non-parish, community ministry with the people of Raleigh. She lives in Cary with her 13-year-old shelter rescue, Maddie. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, hiking and spending time with those she loves, particularly her niece and nephew.

Soteria Shepperson Soteria Shepperson is originally from Richmond, VA. She received a B.S. in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in 2008 and has also built a community identity as a poet, advocater, and instructor at Wake Tech. She has served as an instructor in a men’s shelter, Director of Volunteer Services in a non profit and a leader in various ministries. Her name “Soteria”  draws on the Greek term symbolizing deliverance, preservation, safety, and salvation. Soteria has a number of influences that shape her life as a child of God including giving back to others and imparting into them. She believes in a ministry that lifts up the experiences of those around her. She has worked with at risk youth for years and has found joy in the relationships that have come from these experiences. She is blessed by the presence of several mentors who have offered their time, experience, joys, and struggles. Her hope is to reciprocate those relationships in a way that in can be a voice of change.

Soteria Shepperson
Soteria Shepperson is originally from Richmond, VA. She received a B.S. in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in 2008 and has also built a community identity as a poet, advocater, and instructor at Wake Tech. She has served as an instructor in a men’s shelter, Director of Volunteer Services in a non profit and a leader in various ministries. Her name “Soteria”  draws on the Greek term symbolizing deliverance, preservation, safety, and salvation. Soteria has a number of influences that shape her life as a child of God including giving back to others and imparting into them. She believes in a ministry that lifts up the experiences of those around her. She has worked with at risk youth for years and has found joy in the relationships that have come from these experiences. She is blessed by the presence of several mentors who have offered their time, experience, joys, and struggles. Her hope is to reciprocate those relationships in a way that in can be a voice of change.

 
Tim Trapp Tim Trapp is a volunteer member of the CAB. He is from a little town inside Wendell, NC. He serves at First Presbyterian Church downtown as an Deacon, drives the church bus, works with IWake Interfaith Hospitality Network, sings in the choir, and cooks the Early Birds Breakfast and Wednesday luncheons. He is excited to help people have a better life through A Place at the Table, as well as help himself have one! He believes the Lord will bless APATT! His favorite foods are boiled chicken, spinach, and cooked tomatoes.  

Tim Trapp
Tim Trapp is a volunteer member of the CAB. He is from a little town inside Wendell, NC. He serves at First Presbyterian Church downtown as an Deacon, drives the church bus, works with IWake Interfaith Hospitality Network, sings in the choir, and cooks the Early Birds Breakfast and Wednesday luncheons. He is excited to help people have a better life through A Place at the Table, as well as help himself have one! He believes the Lord will bless APATT! His favorite foods are boiled chicken, spinach, and cooked tomatoes.

 

Beth serves on the CAB, as well as the Board of Directors.

Beth serves on the CAB, as well as the Board of Directors.

Allison serves as the Secretary on the CAB, and is on the Board of Directors.

Allison serves as the Secretary on the CAB, and is on the Board of Directors.

Cindy lead the CAB, as well as serves on the Board of Directors.

Cindy lead the CAB, as well as serves on the Board of Directors.