Founder and ceo
Maridel Williams earned a B.A. in Management & Human Resources from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Masters in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University. After raising a family, a career in business and a call to ministry, Maridel has found her life’s calling in empowering the potential in women affected by addiction, abuse, abandonment and incarceration. Serving as CEO of the growing non-profit agency, she leads staff members and community volunteers who provide educational opportunities to pre-release ex-offenders, as well as resources, mentoring and an ever-growing array of re-entry services to help facilitate the success of their clients after release. She married her high school sweetheart, John, a long time ago. They have three married children, nine of the most brilliant grandchildren on the planet, and even a great-grand as of Aug 28!
While not at Doors of Hope, Maridel and her husband enjoy trips to the beach and touring the backroads on their Harley every time they get a chance.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, DIRECTOR OF POST-RELEASE PROGRAM
Jackie Miller has been with Doors of Hope since July of 2013. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12 and taught for 15 years before joining the DOH staff. Jackie married her college sweetheart 23 years ago and is a mother to triplets that have just finished their first year in college. Her responsibilities at Doors of Hope include overseeing general operations on a day to day basis, Director of the Re-entry Program (post release), grant administrator, serving as Agency Director in the Executive Director’s absence, and overseeing the MTSU interns.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Emily is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication. As Resource Development Coordinator, she assists with Doors of Hope events, volunteer coordinating, fundraising, community outreach and communications.
When she's not at work, Emily is probably traveling with her husband, enjoying a cup of coffee, or loving on their pup, Wally. You can follow Wally on Instagram- @thewallydoggo
Case Manager/INTAKE COORDINATOR
Alisha interned at Doors of Hope for a year before graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Social Work degree. Alisha coordinates the intake of new clients and case manages women in the Post-release Re-entry Program helping them re-enter society by mentoring, supporting, and making sure they are on the right track to succeed by living a healthy and sober lifestyle. Her motivation to work with this population developed from her own experiences in dealing with close family members who were/are in active addition.
After work hours, Alisha enjoys being a cat mom to her two fur babies and spending time with her husband.
peer recovery specialist
Callie has been with Doors of Hope since 2016. She graduated from Tennessee Technology of Nashville with a practical nursing degree. Her two biggest passions are her family and helping women recover from drug addiction. Her responsibilities include teaching classes and coaching the clients in their recovery.
Callie enjoys playing softball, working out, spending time with her 6 children, and going out on dates with her husband.
Lauren started as an intern at Doors of Hope during senior year. She is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Social Work. Lauren works as a case manager for women in the Pre-release re-entry program at the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center and for Project Hope at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Lauren enjoys spending time with friends or lounging anywhere near a beach or pool.
Shaneeka is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Social Work. She first became interested in the re-entry population while watching family members struggle to re-enter society without resources. This motivated her to inquire about the services that are available. Through the MTSU Social Work Department Shaneeka found an internship placement at Doors of Hope, where she completed her Practicum. She is a case manager that is compassionately engaged at coaching clients toward successful re-entry.
When not at work, you can find her spending time with friends and family or reading a good book.