|Josh’s Hope Foundation is led by Executive Director Julie Jarrell Bailey. Julie left the field of public relations and marketing and became a family advocate after she and her husband Steve adopted three brothers from foster care who were diagnosed with mental illnesses and learning disabilities. She has implemented numerous programs in the community to help other parents of special-needs children, empowering them with information and advocacy tools, and teaching them how to navigate the complex system of care and special education services. She is a 2009 recipient of the Heroes in the Fight Award presented by the NC Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness and co-author of “The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide.”|
|Kerry Paksoy, LPC-A, LCAS-A, Clinical Program Director, holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University. He has a varied counseling background and training in crisis/detox, college, and employee assistance (EAP) settings. In addition to working for Josh’s Hope Foundation, Kerry works in EAP and maintains a private practice working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. His clinical perspective includes Solution Focused Brief Counseling as well as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Theory. Kerry’s professional experience also includes having worked with individuals on the Autism Spectrum to develop skills and plans towards independent living, as well as job coaching, training and Conflict Resolution at a local mediation center.|
|Norman Taylor, Tools For Hope Program Director, is a licensed general contractor with more than 24 years of experience in the construction field. Norman worked for a number of years in Taylor Construction, his family’s business, and served as district manager with Northern Tool Company.|
Board of Directors
|R. Steven Bailey
Steve has more than 30 years experience in business management and related fields, including: financial operations and fiscal oversight, systems development, sub-contractor management, project management, personnel and benefits management, budgeting and accounting, data management, and government reporting. As a parent of special-needs sons, Steve has become a staunch advocate for young people living with mental illness and their caregivers. Steve and his wife Julie began Josh’s Hope following the murder of their oldest son Joshua McCabe Bailey.
| Josh Donnelly
Josh Donnelly attends UNC-Chapel Hill and is studying psychology. After struggling with mental health issues firsthand, Josh hopes to use his experience to help others with similar struggles, and their families. He has worked as a community advocate, and served on the public policy subcommittee of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, attending the National Advocacy Forum in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Josh started a nonprofit, called Do You Mind?, which helps educate and offers support to young adults struggling with their mental health. He hopes to channel his experience from these projects and his passion for promoting positive mental health into supporting Josh’s Hope.
Samantha is a 2002 graduate from UNC School of Law and she worked for 12 years as a general practice attorney at Northen Blue, LLP in Chapel Hill. She left the firm in 2013 to open her own practice where she represents clients in all areas of district court and is now a District Court Judge serving Orange and Chatham Counties. Sam strongly believes in serving her community. In addition to her work on the Board of Josh’s Hope, she is Chair for the Orange County Board of Adjustment and serves on the Board of Directors for Caramore Community. She and her husband, Drew, have two sons and she hopes that her community service work will motivate her children to want to become active volunteers as they grow-up, too.
Gail currently works as a real estate broker. She also has many years of experience producing special events for corporations. Gail brings a great deal of experience in the nonprofit sector, having led Mandala, an international adoption agency, for over 12 years. She is the mother of five children ranging in age from 17 to 35, one of whom struggled with mental health issues for several years. This gave Gail an intimate knowledge of and involvement with mental health services and increased her great compassion for other families raising special needs children.
|Tara Hopkins, MSW
Tara has volunteered with and worked in nonprofits for 10 years. She is excited to help Julie and Steve continue to grow Josh’s Hope and extend it’s impact to serve and support young adults with mental illness, and their families. Tara is the Executive Director of Mali Health, a nonprofit improving maternal, neonatal and child health in Mali, West Africa.
|Lynn N. Giddens, PhD, Board Member Emeritus
Lynn is an educational psychologist and educator. Having previously served on the board of Mental Health America of the Triange, Lynn believes that education is the key to understanding mental health issues and works to bring awareness to the community at large. Lynn brings her background in psychology to both program and curriculum development projects at Josh’s Hope. Lynn also co-authored “The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide” with Julie Bailey.