Founder and ceo
Maridel Williams earned a B.A. in Management & Human Resources from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. 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-1 and taught for 15 years before joining the DOH staff. Jackie married her college sweetheart 21 years ago and is a mother to triplets that have just started 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.
Co-Occurring Disorder Case Manager
Sarah's background is with the mental health population. She specializes in working with clients who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Sarah's hope is to offer help in reducing trauma symptoms in her clients and help them gain self- compassion, awareness, and hope for their future. Sarah provides Group classes daily for the clients in the program.
When Sarah isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and exercising for her own mental health.
INTAKE COORDINATOR/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 processing applications to our programs, coaching the clients in their recovery, and coordinating intake of new clients.
Callie enjoys playing softball, working out, spending time with her 6 children, and going out on dates with her husband.
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, fundraising, and communications.
When she's not at work, Emily is probably traveling with her fiancée, enjoying a cup of coffee, or loving on her pup, Wally. You can follow Wally on Instagram- @thewallydoggo
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.
Alisha Silva interned at the Doors of Hope for a year before graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Social Work degree. Alisha 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 fiancée.
Carly Spence is a graduate of Doors of Hope. She is also the receptionist in our main office where she provides assistance to staff, clients, and members in the community. She often encourages other clients in their program and on their recovery. Carly is actively working on getting back into college to become a Social Worker to provide re-entry services to other women in recovery.
When Carly is not at the front desk, she is enjoying time with her three beautiful children or drinking an ice cold Pepsi.
Director of pre-release reentry program
Stephanie graduated with her Master’s Degree in Business Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She is the Director of the Pre-Release Reentry Program at the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center and Project Hope at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Stephanie makes sure that new clients are welcomed in a way that has become customary at Doors of Hope.
Recently, Stephanie became a mother to a beautiful baby boy named Brooks on Halloween 2018. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to have family time with her son and husband Sam.