Board Members

Thank you to our Board of Directors and Mental Health Advisory Board for their hard work and dedication to Erin’s Hope for Friends.

Stacy Horst – Co Founder & President

Mrs. Horst is a licensed Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams. In addition to owning her own Real Estate Firm she has many professional certifications. Most importantly Mrs. Horst has served in multiple roles for non-profit organizations (Civic and Faith Based); most notably she was Director for CAP (Child Assault Prevention) in Medina Ohio.

Darren Horst – Co Founder & Secretary

Mr. Horst has over 25 years of business experience in major corporations and start ups. Currently Mr. Horst is Vice President and General Manager of Central Garden and Pet – Controls Group. Mr. Horst serves on two Boards: TechPac LLC and RISE. Mr. Horst has served on a number of non-profit boards in the capacities of President, Treasurer, Communications Chair and several other committee capacities.

Christine Carrier – Chairman of the Board

Ms. Carrier has over 30 years in the television communications industry. She is currently Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing at Starz Entertainment. Ms. Carrier has been involved in a number of charity organizations and boards generally organizing/implementing fund raising events.

Darrell Kinkaid – Vice President

Mr. Kinkaid is the Vice President, Technical Services for Arby’s Restaurant Group. He has over 30 years of Restaurant Industry Management Experience in multiple roles. Mr. Kinkaid is also a certified Stephens Minister.

Andrew Swimmer

Andrew Swimmer – Member

Mr. Swimmer is a CPA and currently CFO of NCR’s Hospitality Solutions Group. He has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience including international assignments in London and Mexico. Mr. Swimmer, along with his wife, Sherri, are also involved in several ministries focused on the Hispanic community, locally, in Ecuador and El Salvador.

Dr. Tracie Doe – Member

Tracie currently serves as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Support and Specialized Services in the Cobb County School District. She has served in public schools for 28 years and started her career as an educator of students with disabilities. She continues to work to ensure meaningful opportunities for all students. She enjoys reading and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Joanne Voorhees – Treasurer

Mrs. Voorhees is a finance and marketing executive with over 30 years of experience in both public and private accounting, business finance and marketing. Currently she is the Senior Director of Business Finance Data Management at Verint Systems. Mrs. Voorhees and her husband are also raising a teenage son with High Functioning Autism.

Nikita Kini – Executive Director

Ms. Kini graduated in December 2017 with her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy from Georgia State University. Interning for the Georgia Department of Public Health and Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition in the past, she gained valuable experience in how public health programs are implemented and executed.

Dr. Julia Pezzi – Member

Dr. Pezzi is a retired School Psychologist and Dr. Pezzi has served on several non-profit boards. She currently serves as Vice-President on the board of Camp Horsin’ Around; a camp facility for children with serious and chronic illnesses, or physical difficulties.

Rachael H. Williams – At Large Member

Mrs. Williams is the daughter of Darren and Stacy Horst., the founders of Erin’s Hope for Friends. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design, Cum Laude, in Spring of 2017. Currently, she is the proud owner and photographer of Rachael Joyce Photography. Mrs. Williams has spent much of her life surrounded by those with special needs, and has participated as a counselor and small group leader ministering to many throughout her schooling. As a result, Rachael has found a passion in bringing out the best in her peers, and fueling the confidence of those around her, which she now aims to do within her portraiture!

Mental Health Advisory Board

Dr. Jeffrey Jones

PhD, Clinical Psychologist and owner of Beyond Words Private Practice – a social coaching and advising therapy

Dr. Scott Davis

PhD, Practicing Clinical Psychologist specializing in helping Children and Teens