Kristin Kelly Blinson, President/CEO of Hope Haven, Inc. stepped into the role on July 1st, 2020. Prior to joining Hope Haven, she served as at Charlotte Rescue Mission, first as Director of Development in 2012 and then Vice-President/COO in 2017. Under her leadership, they developed new relationships with partners who helped launch Community Matters Café, a new social enterprise and Life Skills Program in uptown Charlotte. Kristin’s fundraising career began at Davidson College, where she raised millions of dollars for need-based financial aid as part of the college’s commitment to diversity and equity in the student body. Her early career as a public-school teacher shaped her passion for working with people who experience the systemic inequities of race, socio-economic status, and educational opportunity. That passion has informed Kristin’s volunteerism as well: teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants, tutoring adults in a GED readiness program, and leading mission teams to Bolivia. Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a master’s degree from Middlebury College. In addition, she completed two certificate courses through Wake Forest University: the Faith-Based Non-Profit Leadership Program and Business Essentials for Non-Profit Organizations. She is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE). Kristin is married with 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and a service-dog-in-training named Champ.
“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou
Karen believes in the connection of mind, body, and spirit. As a Senior Vice President with Hope Haven Inc., she brings over two decades of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sector leading successful teams in development and implementation. She has a proven record of executing strategic plans to promote the internal and external growth of the agency. Karen completed her undergraduate studies at Fayetteville State University with a BS in Criminal Justice. She completed her graduate degree at Capella University with an MS in Human Services with a specialization in Social and Community Services. She is enthusiastic about delivering exceptional results and operating lasting change. Whether it is training leaders, facilitating training, speaking publicly, or working one-on-one, Karen challenges perceptions while fostering authenticity to empower others to impact change. Karen was raised in a small town in Eastern NC and has called Charlotte home over the last 20 years. In her downtime, Karen loves to travel and spend time with her family. She prides herself as a servant leader who shows up as her authentic self every day.
“Being president doesn’t make you it reveals who you really are.” – Michelle Obama
Scott has worked in the field of Health and Human Services since earning his BS in Criminal Justice from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh NC. During that time, he aspired to become a NC State Trooper, but during his senior year while completing his internship at Wake County Courthouse he learned that being on the punitive side was no longer an interest and decided that helping people was more aligned with his passion. In 2002 Scott entered the Health and Human Services field by accepting the position as case manager working with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There, he was tasked with assisting recently released inmates with reintegrating back into society. In 2011 Scott decided to leave Raleigh and return to the Charlotte area to be closer to his family. During this time, he began pursuing his professional career in counseling. Working at several of the surrounding agencies from McLeod to Anuvia, Scott found his fit at Hope Haven. Initially he was hired as the Director of Programming, where he worked for almost three years. In 2023, Scott was promoted to Vice President of Clinical Services, where he remains today. Scott enjoys visiting the Daniel Stowes Botanical Garden to relax but feels it’s necessary to stay current all things Clinical Addiction.
“We cannot solve problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Rohan has worked in non-profit health and human services fields for 34 years. His early career was spent helping people with developmental disabilities before moving to Hope Haven to help people struggling with addiction. He has been in charge of operations at Hope Haven for 26 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. Rohan was instrumental in converting an old run-down motel complex to the residential campus that exists today. As Vice President of Operations, Rohan oversees the facilities team, IT, and Hope Haven’s commercial laundry business. Rohan grew up in Australia and became a U.S. Citizen in 2017. He is married to Kim Shaw, and together they operate Small City Farm just out the outskirts of uptown Charlotte. You can find them at their farm stand every Saturday morning! His favorite thing about Hope Haven is the way people come together from all walks of life to help others.
“Helping people is in my blood. It’s something I have to do to keep my soul content.” – Rohan Gibbs
Jamie Green is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Hope Haven, providing leadership for all agency accounting, human resources, and social enterprises. As an accountant by trade, she holds a BS in Finance from Florida State University and MS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University and has worked in public accounting as an auditor. Jamie has worked specifically in nonprofit accounting for the last 16 years, leading nonprofits in their financial health through scaling operations, economic downturns, and new leadership. Her strong analytical skills and intuitive ability have made her a trusted leader and co-worker throughout her career. Jamie is a leader who believes in investing in other people to help build the next generation of leaders. This is evident in her personal life as well; Jamie adopted a teenager over a decade ago and is grateful for all they learned together on that journey. She champions wellness – mind, body, and spirit -- both for herself and for all Hope Haven staff members. Jamie also serves on the board of Cultivate Vibrance.
“Fear must bow to faith.” – Steven Furtick
Christy Baker, Director of Development, has been with Hope Haven since August 2020. Her love for nonprofit work began at Elevation Church where she served as Outreach Director, managing a team of Outreach Coordinators and Liaisons, overseeing an on-campus benevolence team, and ensuring successful planning and execution of more than 400 Outreach events annually. In this role she also championed a new system of care for volunteers that greatly enhanced team retention and growth. She successfully advocated for the needs of church partners by sharing stories of impact and compelling cases for support, which resulted in significant financial and volunteer resources for nonprofits throughout the greater Charlotte area. Through this experience, she became deeply involved in the work of Charlotte Rescue Mission and joined their staff in 2013 where she served as Community Engagement Manager. Here, she was responsible for an extensive two campus volunteer program that drove exponential growth in giving and volunteer involvement. Christy is passionate about building bridges and fostering genuine connection between people of all racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. She is proud to have been named “Most Encouraging Nonprofit Leader” by SHARE Charlotte as she thrives on caring for others and seeing them succeed. Christy is the proud mother of three young adults who grew up volunteering alongside her at all kinds of nonprofits and are now each working to make life better for others.
“Love does.” – Bob Goff