Erin has a background in social work and non-profits. She was a home-based family support worker in Georgia for four years after which she became an intern for a non-profit organization. During her almost 12 years with the organization, Erin worked in the United States and in various countries experiencing other cultures before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
She has two children who keep her quite active and were former participants in our programs for several years. The Family Place has allowed her to become more involved in our wonderful community.
She loves sports, travel, reading, and working to make a difference in people's lives.
Denise joined The Family Place team in 2020. She brings with her an extensive knowledge base and experience level that benefit the many families who attend our programs.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has post-graduate education in nonprofit management.
Denise has worked with at-risk youth, trained therapeutic foster parents, and managed specialized treatment facilities for victims of severe abuse and human trafficking.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, working out, reading, cooking and being out in nature.
Nikki Parker earned a Bachelor of Arts in social work and later a Master of Arts in the same field of study where she grew up in Louisiana. Shas worked with children, youth, and adults in various settings from the classroom to camps, on a university campus, and even during travel overseas.
She began working at The Family Place on 2015 where she facilitates both Parent and Grandparent chats in Brevard as well as chats at the Haven and the Housing Authority. Nikki also helps with the Foster Parent Chat and Incredible Years (IY) Parenting Program. She loves meeting people and learning their story.
Nikki has been joyously married to Wes Parker since 2007. They have two boys who are teaching their parents a lot!
Nikki and Wes love the small community and outdoor activities of Brevard, and you can often find them in the forest somewhere on an adventure.
Rebecca Columbo grew up in New Jersey and happily transplanted to Brevard in 2002.
She was a public school teacher for five years in New Jersey and for twelve years at Brevard High School. She has also led preschoolers in a local community organization since 2002.
Becky co-facilitates the Incredible Years (IY) class with Felice St. John. She participated in the class twice as a parent and believes the program enriches her parenting experience and builds a solid community of parents learning together.
Becky now spends much of her time exploring all Transylvania County has to offer with her adventurous young son.
Felice is a Pittsburgh native who moved to Brevard from New Jersey in 2015 with her family for an intentional change of pace.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts from the University of Georgia in public relations.
While living in NY/ NJ, Felice worked for a youth development non-profit in East Harlem. She co-facilitates the Incredible Years (IY) parenting class with Becky Columbo. It continues to teach and inspire her as a mom as she shares the information with others.
Felice loves spending time with her husband and their son and daughter exploring the beauty and fun of Brevard.
Charlotte grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Science from Western North Carolina and has worked in a variety of settings. From teaching preschool, to working with adults with disabilities, she has always enjoyed helping people reach their full potential.
As the CONNECT Outreach Coordinator, she works alongside low income families encouraging them to overcome barriers to personal success and stability through goal setting. She assists families in housing and transportation needs, as well as connecting them to resources for their children to nurture growth and well-being.
She is the mother of four and grandmother to four grandchildren.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, kickboxing, reading, gardening, creating décor, and studying history and genealogy.
Jason Trent is a local business owner with several insurance offices throughout Western NC. He’s happily married to his wife Kellie for over 22 years, and they are extremely proud of their three sons in college and their little girl. For the last two decades, Jason has been passionate about the well-being of young children. For as long as he can recall, he and his wife have served in their church’s children and youth programs, and they also served in the Boy Scouts of America program for a decade with their three sons. In 2015, he and his wife were called into the ministry of fostering children, and they have passionately served in this area ever since. Jason’s heart is now called to partner with others in the community who share in this passion to bring lasting solutions to the epidemic of trauma impacted children and families.
Susie Taylor was one of the first families to come to The Family Place over 20 years ago. She has helped The Family Place grow as a committed volunteer and board member. She and her husband, John, own the world's coolest toy store, O.P. Taylor's.