Meet The Staff
Shadeé Gilliam is a Peer Navigator for the City of Charlottesville Home to Hope Program. Shadeé walks alongside "time-served" individuals who have reentered the Charlottesville community, helping them rebuild their lives post-incarceration. He navigates participants to resources, assisting/addressing basic needs (e.g. food, shelter, clothing, etc.). He is also a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) certified facilitator and has received training as a Peer Support Specialist. In his spare time, Shadeé coaches boy’s junior varsity basketball at the Covenant School and for the non-profit AAU program Team Thrill. He is also a husband and father of two.
Ramanda Jackson is one of four Peer Navigators for the City of Charlottesville initiative "Home to Hope". Through Home to Hope, she helps individuals who are newly released from incarceration. She works with participants on a one-on-one basis as well as in group form. Ramanda is a certified WRAP facilitator and has received training as a Peer Support Specialist. Prior to working with Home to Hope, Ramanda worked in the mental health and behavioral health field with at-risk youth and in alternative education with the school system for 15 years. She has worked as a volunteer for the City of Charlottesville School System, and in her spare time, she has worked with high school girls afterschool to encourage positive self-esteem and to give them a place to exhale from their day.
Whitmore Merrick is a Peer Navigator with Home to Hope. He specializes in peer support and facilitating Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) groups. He helps individuals who have been incarcerated and recently released to society, connecting them to resources such as housing, food, clothing and transportation. In addition to his work with Home to Hope, Whitmore has been employed with Charlottesville Area Transit as a bus operator for three years. He is also a business owner and created a movement known as Freedom for Felons, which informs those reentering the community of opportunities related to entrepreneurship, inspiring change and advocating for a second chance. Whitmore is a graduate of Charlottesville High School.
Stacey Washington is a Peer Navigator for the City of Charlottesville Home to Hope Program. Her passion is to help her peers in any areas that may be hindering them from achieving success and walking with them in recovery. She has certification in WRAP Facilitation Training and also completed Peer Support Specialist training. Prior to joining the Home to Hope team, Stacey worked in food management. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at home with her family and watching television.