About Us

About Us

Our Mission

One Hope United increases opportunities for children and families by providing quality solutions that enhance lives, communities and futures.

Our Vision

For Every Child and Family, Life Without Limits.

Our Values

Do the Right Thing
We serve the best interests of our clients and staff. We act mindfully and responsibly, honoring our commitments. We’re willing to challenge the status quo.

Fully Contribute
We bring our presence, passion, and ideas to every interaction, and we respect differing views and backgrounds so that others can do the same.

Empower One Another
We collaborate with, care for, and encourage each other toward greater impact, treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Turn Hope into Action
We believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. We advocate for those in need and do what it takes to build a better future for all.

Seek Impact Every Day
We make things happen, and make them count. We leverage all our resources and make data-informed decisions for maximum, sustainable results.

Always Keep Improving
We pursue excellence in an atmosphere of innovation. We embrace change, take prudent risks, learn from failure, and recognize success.

About Us

Founded in 1895, One Hope United is a multistate nonprofit that helps children and families build the skills to live life without limits. We serve over 10,000 children and families each year through education centers, child and family services, behavioral health resources, and residential programs. With our evidence-based and trauma-informed practices, we empower children and families to see and create a future where, regardless of their past, they can reach their full potential.


Board of Directors

Christopher Hoffman, Chair
Scott Moeller, Vice Chair
Janelle Okerenimkpe, Secretary
Garrett Johnson, Treasurer
Anthony Austin
Frank M. Clark, III
Deanna Freise
Carmela Griffin
Jerry Haralson
Jeremy Harvey
Patrick Kingston
Steven P. Sorenson
Jeffrey L. Williams
Andrea Wirt
RJ Young
Damon Cates, Interim President & CEO

Life Directors

Bill Beck, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Theresa Dear, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Paul Earle, Life Director
Ermit L. Finch, Life Director
Clarke Robinson, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Toni Sandor Smith, Life Director, Chair Emeritus
Edgar Santiago, Life Director, Chair Emeritus

The Cabinet & Executive Leadership

Damon Cates, EdD, Interim President & CEO, Chief Advancement Officer
Chris Nordloh, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Nicole Dunham, Chief People Officer
Sarah Tunning, Chief Program Officer
Dennis Delgado, Executive Director, Community-Based Family Services
Melissa Webster, Executive Director, Residential & Day Treatment Services
Kenny Shackelford, Executive Director, Early Learning & Child Development
Juliana Harms, Executive Director, Behavioral Health
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