Our Board & Team

Who We Are

HomeStretch originated in 1991 when volunteers at the local North Fulton Community Charities recognized the pressing need for affordable housing in the North Fulton area. As the number of at-risk families seeking housing assistance increased, the charities found themselves limited to providing only emergency, short-term aid.  

To meet this growing demand, volunteers established the North Fulton Housing Ministry within the North Fulton Community Charities. Drawing inspiration from various transitional housing programs across the United States, they amalgamated the best practices to create HomeStretch, The Housing Initiative of North Fulton. 

our team

Cheryl Carter

executive director

A results-oriented administrator with over 40 years of executive level experience in the development growth and leadership of not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Carter possesses solid capabilities in outcomes-based program development, fundraising, event production, media relations, market research, public/private partnership development and public speaking. Cheryl’s passion lies in creating programs that empower individuals to overcome poverty.

Cheryl has served on the Board of Directors for various nonprofit organizations and has received prestigious awards for her community leadership and professional contributions. Before her nonprofit career, she served in the US Army’s 103rd Military Intelligence Division, earning recognition for her service.

Cheryl holds degrees in Business Administration Management and Human Services Management, and she resides in Grayson with her husband Drew, an entertainer. They have three successful adult children and a high school senior.


Monica Brown

Program Resources Manager 


Deborah Kennedy

Business Manager


Max Myers

Facilities Manager

Cristina Patten

Development Manager

Raven Whavers

Lead Client Services Advisor


Christopher Ambrose

Youth & Family Client Services Advisor


Kenneth Allen

Board president

Kenneth Allen, a seasoned Business Development Executive at Oracle Corporation, brings over three decades of solution sales expertise honed through roles at IBM, Unisys, HP, and now Oracle. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Oracle is a leading multinational computer technology corporation specializing in enterprise software and cloud computing solutions.

Kenneth’s journey began with a BSBA in Accounting from Western Carolina University in 1982, followed by an MBA in Accounting from Kennesaw State University in 1987. Beyond his professional endeavors, Kenneth is deeply engaged in his community. He serves as a Deacon at Zion Missionary Baptist Church and has contributed to his alma mater’s Alumni Board at Western Carolina University.

Additionally, Kenneth actively participates in the Kairos Prison Ministry and has dedicated years to coaching youth football teams like the Roswell Rec and Roswell Jr Hornets. His personal life is enriched by his marriage to Ina Allen, also an alumna of Western Carolina University, and their family, which includes three sons – Joshua, Jordan, and Zachariah – and five beloved grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Robert W. Hagan

President Emeritus

Lee Hollingsworth

Vice President

Jim Taylor


Tony Kirk


Lynn Adcock

Board Member

Stephen Clausen

Board Member

Will Colley

Board Member

Nanette Gregory

Board Member

Lorraine Head

Board Member

Robert Perry Jarrell

Board Member

Meg Lamb

Board Member

Gordon Owens

Board Member

Gregory Roth

Board Member

Jim Savage

Board Member

Greg Solheim

Board Member

David White

Board Member