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 Medical Center, where she incorporated her clinical experience as an Internal Consultant 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 then realized that few resources were available. Thus to help her daughter and others, she designed and founded the iCan House in 2008. Kim lives in Winston Salem with her daughter, 2 dogs and 6 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.
Janice HernandezCurriculum Coordinator & Team Lead
After travelling and working in the Midwest and the Middle East, Janice recently returned to her hometown of Greensboro. Janice has a broad range of experience in management, curriculum development, training and facilitation, feedback management, and documentation, compliance and records keeping. For the past 10 years she was the Training and Curriculum Specialist with Navy Child and Youth Programs. While in that position she supported military service members and their families both stateside and overseas. Her last assignment was in the Middle East where she worked for 6 years in the country of Bahrain. Her professional experience spans 15 years working with infants, toddlers, youth, teens, young adults, families, and Early Childhood Professionals. Janice has a Master’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Child Studies.
Janice loves to travel and experience new adventures, visiting wonders of the world while living in the Middle East. She also had the opportunity to experience a variety of new foods and cultures.
Janice loves all things vintage, retro, and antique. In her spare time she explores vintage and thrift stores taking in all the nostalgia around. She enjoys making new connections and being a supportive team member. Janice is excited to join the iCan House team and meet the members and families.
Sarah BrittAdministrative Coordinator
Born and raised in North Carolina, Sarah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro, focused on organizational communication, specifically within nonprofit organizations. Before joining the iCan House team, she worked in both administrative and case management roles and spent time traveling internationally to volunteer with nonprofit organizations in Romania, Thailand, and Uganda. She is passionate about using storytelling and narrative to empower individuals and build effective systems of communication within organizations. When she is not working, she loves spending time at home with her husband, her son, and their cat or finding time to journal at a local coffee shop. She also enjoys cooking, story-driven video games, and reading.
Natalie PulliamAdmissions Specialist & Faciltator
A Winston-Salem native, Natalie is ecstatic to return to her home city and work with iCan House and the greater Winston community. She graduated magna cum laude in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lee University (Cleveland, TN) before moving to Radford, Virginia to obtain a Master of Science in Music Therapy. She is currently completing her final year of academia and master’s thesis focusing on the impact of music therapy with children and adolescents.
Natalie has extensive clinical and educational experience working with neurodiverse children, adolescents, and adults. Her passion for people and music ultimately influenced her desire to become a board certified music therapist to work with children and adolescents across all developmental stages and abilities. She is passionate about using music to connect and communicate with others while fostering an environment that promotes freedom, creativity, and self-expression. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, hiking, traveling, and her dog, Cash. She also is actively involved with the worship team at her church in Kernersville.
Before coming to iCan House, Natalie worked as the graduate assistant for Radford University’s Department of Music. There, she coordinated events and communication with prospective high school students, planned and oversaw audition days on campus, and launched and managed the department’s social media along with other administrative duties. Her clinical experience paired with her organization and communication skills led her to the iCan House admissions position, where she will be communicating with all new club members and their families. She is overjoyed to join the iCan House team!
Carl KarpinskiProgram Facilitator
Carl has joined the iCanHouse as Program Facilitator for the Real World Connections guys and seniors. A native of Winston Salem, Carl spent 28 years with Wells Fargo Bank before retiring in 2016. He caught the education bug while substitute teaching and now works as a TA in a special needs class at Diggs Latham Elementary school. Carl and his wife Leslie have 3 kids and 2 grandsons (with another on the way)! Carl’s free time is usually taken up with a number of outdoor pursuits, cycling being his primary passion. Carl is excited to be working with the young men in Real World Connections and a part of the dynamic team.
Angel PeelProgram Facilitator
After working in health care for many years as a paramedic and phlebotomist, Angel wanted a change of pace. As a teaching assistant in the cross cat and functional skills class in Randolph County schools, she works directly with program facilitator Chloe Tyler. Angel learned about iCan House through Chloe’s enthusiasm about our programs and curriculum. Angel is excited to be a part of the iCan House team, working with iClub and the adult Meet-n-Eat group. When not working at iCan House, Angel is busy with her 14-year-old son and his many activities and interests!
Barbara SextonProgram Facilitator
Barbara grew up in North Carolina, attended College at UNC Charlotte and Lenior-Rhyne, and moved to Winston-Salem in 2000. She has worked with children and families in many settings, including as a school counselor for over 20 years. She is very active – cycling, walking, boating – anything that involves the outdoors! Barbara lives in Bermuda Run with her husband and black lab Zoey. Her older daughter, Cameron graduated Harvard 2018 and attends Elon Law School. Her younger daughter, Danielle recently graduated from Dartmouth. Her step-son lives and works in Charlotte, and step-daughter lives in Orlando and works at Disney. Barbara very much looks forward to building authentic relationships with the club members and their families and is excited for this new adventure! Fun fact: Barbara played college basketball, as did both her daughters, and she once played in a pick-up game with Michael Jordan.
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.