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 -Executive Director
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 – Director of Development and Operations
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 – Director of Client Services
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 – Clinic Director
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.
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.
Jules Procopio joined the staff of CHP in September 2019 after serving as a volunteer, and then as the administrator, handling lots of challenging situations! Jules soon became the “go to girl” for anything related to graphics, design, and communications and although it is a new set of skills for her, she is learning fast. She has previous experience with regional and national nonprofits in project management, leadership and program directing. Jules has an array of experiences, and skills that have become an asset at Community Helping Place, providing support for every department and program.
Thrift Store Operations
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!
2022 Board of Directors
- Brian Hinkel – Board Chair 2022
- Ron Larson – Treasurer
- Rose Proctor – Secretary
- Rev. John Hamilton, DLMA Representative
- Bonnie Bowling (incoming chair 2023)
- Shelly Dinsmore
- Joy Edelberg
- Mike Ethridge
- Kathy Galbraith
- Kay Hall
- Patricia Jarvis
- Pam Jones, Immediate Past Chair
- Barbara Day Miller
- Rev. Robin Parr
- Bob Saba
- Alice Moore Wherry
- Casey Caine