Carol Collard, PhD, LMSW
President and CEO
With a background in marketing and residential real estate, Carol Collard became a passionate participant in the fight to reduce homelessness while working for Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. In 1998, Carol returned to school to study social work and ultimately earned a PhD in the field. Dr. Collard has worked for more than 20 years in supportive housing and in grappling with the complex issues that can result in homelessness. Her combined expertise has given her the ability to operate a nonprofit agency with a caring heart and a mind for business. At CaringWorks, which she co-founded, she oversees a 40-member staff that operates supportive housing programs across Metro Atlanta. Carol earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, and both a master’s degree and PhD in social work from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and is also an associate professor of Social Work at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Carol works daily to ensure that those in CaringWorks’s programs are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Wanda Rainey-Reed, LCSW, MAC, CCS, CACII
Vice President and COO
A college graduate with a successful private-sector career, Wanda Rainey-Reed had cause to completely re-evaluate her working life after she fell prey to a substance addiction. Once she was in recovery and in a healthier place, she made a radical shift in order to focus on working with those who have fallen through the safety nets of society, particularly individuals who have experienced homelessness, or have mental health and substance abuse histories. Today Wanda is a Certified Addictions Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Those certifications act in service of a caring heart formed from having first-hand experience with the struggles many of her clients face. In addition to her VP/COO role at CaringWorks, Wanda also serves as CEO of CaringWorks Treatment and Recovery Services, LLC, an affiliate of CaringWorks, Inc. which provides community behavioral health services.
Scott Walker, MSW
Director of Residential Services
Long before Scott Walker began his career in social services, he was a social-services client. As a child in the New York State foster care system, Scott respected and admired the care shown by his social worker, and from that moment a seed was planted. The desire to help others be successful led Scott to Stony Brook University to earn his masters in social work, then to series of positions in the social services field—first in his home state, with state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), and then the NYC Board of Education in both Director and Dean of Students capacities. After moving to Atlanta more than a decade ago Scott worked for Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), coordinating housing programs for individuals with disabilities. This experience led him to CaringWorks in the summer of 2013. Today, while focusing on providing quality services in the role of the agency’s clinical director, Scott is also pursuing a certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), bringing his story full circle.