Originally from Indiana, Kim graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Nursing. With a desire to move west, she then lived in Seattle, Scottsdale, and Laguna Niguel CA working in clinical nursing and management. Finally in 1994 she came to Winston Salem to work at Wake Forest Baptist Health, where she incorporated her clinical experience as an Internal Consultant and Instructional Designer in Organizational Development.
As her young daughter grew up, she struggled socially and academically. When her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, CAPD, and Asperger’s Syndrome, she finally had an explanation for her challenges. Kim was ready to help her, but realized that few resources were available. Thus to help her daughter and others, she designed and founded the iCan House in 2008. At 24, her daughter now lives and works in Raleigh with her husband and their bird Nori. Erica is living what is possible, as it’s about what she CAN do!
Now with an adult daughter on her own, Kim is adapting to life on her own in Winston Salem with her 3 dogs and 7 birds!
Melissa WadenProgram Director
As the Program Director Melissa oversees all iCan House programs and events; ensures open communications and relationships with members and their families; manages staff and team performance which includes staff training and inservices.
With a Masters in Social Work, BA in Psychology, and BS in Social Work, Melissa brings extensive experience in clinical, educational, nonprofit, and leadership roles. And she is passionate about the work we do, radiant with positive energy, and quick witted and sharp minded.
Originally from HIgh Point, Melissa lived in Fort Worth Texas for several years while working with the Dallas VA as a Clinical Social Worker. She then moved to Upper Marlboro Maryland for a few years while working at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center as a Clinical Social Worker. After living out of the state for approximately 8 years Melissa returned to Jamestown NC and is home to stay.
Melissa has an extensive background with children, youth, and adults that are challengedby intellectual developmental disabilities and other mental health disorders. Melissa studied Psychology and Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro, where she devoted much of her time outside of school to community leadership, grass roots projects, and community health and empowerment efforts in partnership with The United Way, Leadership Connections, Guilford County Health Department, Housing and Urban Development, and the Greensboro Urban Ministries. Melissa also co-founded a 501c3 grassroots organization that assisted individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families where she served as Executive Director for many years as well. Melissa has had extensive training in Behavior Modification, Motivational Interviewing, and treatment modalities that focus on empowering individuals and meeting them where they are. She is ecstatic to be with the iCan House.
Chloe TylerProgram Facilitator
Chloe is originally from a small town in New Hampshire. While she loved the rural environment and small-town feel of her hometown, college was a perfect opportunity to explore new opportunities and warmer weather. Chloe graduated from High Point University in 2018 with a B.A. in Special Education-Adapted Curriculum. She graduated with an M.Ed. in Special Education-Adapted Curriculum in May 2019. Chloe discovered iCan House through a trip with her master’s class in 2018. Just a few months later, Chloe was honored to join the team and iCan House continues to be the best part of her week.
When Chloe is not at iCan House, she works at Archdale-Trinity Middle School as a Cross-Categorical teacher. Chloe was named the beginning teacher of the year for Randolph County Schools in the spring of 2019. Chloe enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling and she has a small photography/videography business. Chloe also loves her two cats, Finn and Avery and is a foster mom for Forsyth Humane Society.
Benita DavisProgram Facilitator
Benita has worked with children and families for over 20 years as a social worker She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Durham, NC when she was in high school. Benita is a proud graduate of Winston-Salem State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education. Her master’s degree in Social Work is from the Joint Master of Social Work Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Benita educates, encourages and empowers those that she serves. She has experience working with neurodiverse individuals and currently works in the school setting with diverse populations utilizing her School Social Work license.
Living in the Triad, Benita has two amazing children and a furry child too. She enjoys spending time with close friends and family. Benita embraces the rich history of iCan House and is excited about being a part of the iCan House community. She is a group facilitator for iClub, iClub Jr. and Meet-n-Eat.