Our Team

At CHP, we are blessed to have a team of caring, committed leaders who desire to invest in the community and help those in need. We look forward to working with you!

Melissa Line

Melissa Line -Executive Director

Contact: Melissa@communityhelpingplace.org

Melissa Line came to CHP as the Executive Director in June 2019, after working with families and children professionally for 20 years. Melissa holds a BS in Family Psychology and an MSW with a concentration in Families and Children. Melissa is overjoyed to work with the wonderful team of staff and volunteers at Community Helping Place and looks forward to the future!

Paula Payne

Paula Payne – Director of Development and Operations 

Contact: Paula@communityhelpingplace.org

Paula Payne has been with CHP since 2008, being the driving force behind the Free Clinic. Paula has previous experience in the management of a Free Clinic in Kentucky, a Business degree, and vast experience in operations and management.
Beginning in January 2021, Paula will assume a new position as Director of Development and Operations for CHP.

Debi Holloway

Debi Holloway – Director of Client Services

Contact: debi@communityhelpingplace.org

Debi Holloway joined the staff of CHP in 2017 as the part-time client navigator, eventually moving into her current full-time position where she provides direct support and oversight of the Food Pantry, Summer Food Program, Emergency Assistance and The Spirit of Christmas program. Debi’s educational and life experiences in social work have given her many useful skills and tools for serving those in need in our community.

Erin Cook

Erin Cook – Clinic Director

Contact: erin@communityhelpingplace.org

Erin Cook a Certified Medical Assistant came to us after years of working with well known area Doctor Kim Kurtz to head up the new clinic’s operations.

Blaze Blazek and his dog

Brad Blazek – Counselor

Brad Blazek began offering counseling and therapy through CHP in 2019.  Now with a team of case workers he helps clients sort through and tackle root issues.  Our clients often sing his praises as a valuable life line.

Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams came to CHP as a new Lumpkin County resident, moving to the mountains from Florida! Barbara began volunteering in our thrift store and became a fixture in the move of our clothing store to the Rock House. In October of 2021 Barbara became our Store Manager, A mother of four, Barbara has many years of experience running a resale clothing business in Florida, before coming here to share her talents with us!

Blue Barry – Director of Pest Control

Blue Barry joined the CHP staff after being rescued from behind the Rock House and rehabilitated. His official job title is Director of Pest Control, but he has quickly moved into his secondary roles as Official Greeter and Emotional Support Cat for the office. Blue Barry can be found in the laps of clients and staff alike, always ready to be petted and provide comfort and support.

Board of Directors:
Brian HInkel, Chair
Barbara Day Miller, Vice Chair
Father John Hamilton, Secretary
Ron Larson, Treasurer
Robyn Adams, David Baker, Casey Cain, Shelly Dinsmore, Dr. Melanie Dunlap, Kathy Galbraith, Kay Hall, Patricia Jarvis, Pam Jones, David Luke, Rev. Robin Parr, Susan Roach, Rebecca Varner, Alice Moore Wherry