The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness Board

The Board of Directors is the fiduciary body charged with steering the organization toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

David Smoot


David L. Smoot PhD serves as Chair of the Board for the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.  He was active in developing the Oak City Outreach Center and in planning the Oak City Center Multi-Service Center. David became active with the Partnership through efforts of downtown churches to engage more effectively with those who are experiencing homelessness. He has been the Missions Chair and Administrative Board Chair for Edenton St UMC. David draws on his experience as a Child & Family Psychologist in working with those without homes and with service providers. He trained at Ohio University, Penn State, and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in DC before coming to Raleigh in 1988. Smoot also has served the NC Psychological Association as the Legislative Chair, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, and President. He and his wife, Beth, who co-founded The Green Chair Project, raised two children in Raleigh.

Why he serves: The first and last answer for me is the people. Several years ago, I became friends with people living on the street and it was a great awakening for me to discover how strong our friendship could become. Later, I met some of the most amazing people who day in and day out serve these friends and I knew I wanted to be part of the solution to homelessness. In the middle of those two reasons, my faith and my thirst for more effective ways to see everyone have a home compel me to be part of the Partnership to End Homelessness.

Kim Lawyer – Vice Chair

Kim is the Engagement Manager for the Apartment Association of North Carolina. Her focus is on member engagement through committee volunteers, communication outlets, and the annual conference. She has been working in Association Management since February 2012 but her nonprofit experience began even earlier while still in college at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). Her association background consists of meeting and event planning as well as internal operations. She is an active volunteer with both the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She helped launch AENC’s young professionals network, FUEL, and served as the committee Chair in 2015-2016.

Why she serves:

“My passion is helping other people and building community. Being involved with the Partnership allows me to make a different in the community I live and work in, and help be a part of the solution to end homelessness.”

Sara Warren


Sara Warren is the Budget and Management Analyst for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.  She provides analysis and support for a variety of functions including budget, finance, human resources and technology.  Over her six years with the Sheriff’s Office, Sara has worked on projects that seek to improve jail services and inmates’ interactions with the criminal justice system.  She co-chairs the Wake County Mental Health and Criminal Justice Advisory committee and has facilitated a partnership with SAS analytics using data to identify high utilizers in Wake County an effort to divert them into services rather than jail.

Sara has worked as budget analyst in Fairfax County and with Wake County prior to serving the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.  Sara is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Political Science (’05) and a Masters’ in Public Administration (’07).

Why She Serves: 

“I serve because I am dedicated to creating a community collective to solve large complex problems.  Homelessness is an issue that is at the root of so many problems across disparate systems and a coordinated approach that is client-centered can help foster rehabilitation and hope within our community.  The Partnership is our community’s answer to bringing people together in an effort to solve the problem of homelessness in Wake County.  I am honored to be part of it.”

George Adler

George Adler has worked in the City of Raleigh Department of Housing & Neighborhoods, Community Development Division since November 2008. The focus of his work is affordable housing and homelessness.


Why he serves:

“The Partnership serves a vital coordinating function for the delivery of services to individuals and families without homes, the only organization of its kind in Wake County. This positions the Partnership to assist homeless service providers and interact with the federal government. As a knowledgeable source of information, the Partnership can also explain the challenges and successes of working to end homelessness as we know it to the general public, elected leaders, and business people throughout our community. For that reason, the City of Raleigh takes great interest in supporting the Partnership financially and through participation on the Board. I am proud to represent the City of Raleigh on the Board of the Partnership.”

Danielle Butler

Danielle Butler has served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Wake County since December 2015. Prior to this, she was Director of Crisis & Homeless Services at a nonprofit that addressed youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. Within both organizations, Danielle has managed and provided oversight of programs including shelter, day shelter, outreach, aftercare, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent housing. She obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Non-Profit Management from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2013. Danielle presently sits on the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness Board. She previously sat on the National Advisory Board for the Runaway & Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center managed by National Safe Place.

Tracy Freeman

Tracy is the Planning Room Supervisor of Healing Transitions at the Women’s Campus (formerly The Healing Place of Wake County). She has served in that role since May of 2014 and does so to provide hope to men and women who are homeless and suffer from substance and alcohol use disorders. She currently attends Wake Technical Community College to obtain her credentials as a Substance Abuse Counselor. Her hopes are to be able to provide valuable education, hope and encouragement to the homeless population that she serves.

Why she serves: 

My love and passion is helping others especially individuals who suffer from homelessness as I have had my own experience with it. I serve because I want to be part of a solution that benefits the community as a whole.

Lorena McDowell

Director, Department of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization Wake County Government. Lorena currently leads Wake County’s Department of Housing Affordability & Community Revitalization. Before accepting this position, she served as Vice President of Programs for Northern Virginia Family Service, a nonprofit organization that works to empower Northern Virginians to achieve self-sufficiency through its resources and services. Lorena has also served as a Continuum of Care lead in Atlanta, GA. Working under then Mayor Kasim Reed as a Deputy Director, she was responsible for managing, planning and/or advising on approximately $32 million in state, federal and local funding dedicated to providing housing and supportive services for residents experiencing homelessness. Lorena also led Lorena McDowell Consulting, LLC – a firm dedicated to helping government and nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, best practice program development and training as well as funding acquisition.

Why she serves:

I believe that safe, affordable and healthy housing should be a fundamental right for all and I know that it will take collaboration between the public, private and nonprofit sectors to make this a reality. For this reason, I will continue to vie for a seat at each of those tables and will always offer up a space at mine.

Maddie Horner


Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is the Executive Director for Greater Raleigh Merchants Association/Shop Local Raleigh. For Jennifer, the Partnership provides a service to a sector of population in our community we may often forget, ignore, or don’t even realize exists. She is aware that many community members wish to help, get involved, and make a difference but are often unsure of how or where to start.


Why she serves: 

Volunteering with the Partnership is a step in the right direction for her: supporting others, supporting the Partnership staff, and working as a member of a team to work together. She believes we are called to serve. Serving on the board allows one the opportunity to put others above one’s self and give back.

Peter Morris


Dr. Morris moved to North Carolina to attend medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Morris practices pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine as a hospitalist and medical director for over 25 years for Wake County (Raleigh and surrounding area) Human Services Agency.  Dr. Morris now serves as the executive director of Urban Ministries of Wake County.


Why he serves:

Rather than “do for” or “do to” or even “do with,” he believes it is more important to “be for” our neighbors – to be for them in crisis, in health, and in opportunity, with service and advocacy. He prefers to serve not clients, but neighbors with hospitality; not consumers in a food pantry, but shoppers in a self-serve client-choice nutrition program; not residents, but guests in the Helen Wright Center for homeless women; and not see patients, but partners in health in the Open Door Clinic.

Michelle Mozingo

Michelle Mozingo serves as the McKinney-Vento District Liaison for Wake County Public Schools. She is responsible for ensuring the local school system identifies, serves and supports students experiencing homelessness. She is a licensed School Social Worker who continues to increase awareness of the challenges of families in transition, address their needs through collaboration, and learn how families can improve connections to services.


Why she serves: 

She believes that collaboration between education and the Partnership provides the potential for the comprehensive and coordinated provision of services that meet the needs of families in transition to provide pathways out of homelessness.

Nicole Wilson

Nicole Wilson, a North Carolina native, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care Center. Nicole joined the Durham VA after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Nicole obtained a Masters in Social Work in 2010 and has focused her career solely on serving our Nation’s Veterans. Nicole currently serves at Grant and Per Diem Liaison, which includes working with local non-profit organizations that provide transitional housing services for Veterans.


Why she serves:

While serving on the Board, she desires to continue to work towards the goal of ending Veteran’s homelessness.