Hope VI FreshStart

Our Staff - HOPE VI & FreshStart

Doris LaddDoris Ladd
HOPE VI Director

Doris Ladd accepted the HOPE VI Director position in January 2007. She is a Kingsport, Tennessee native and has lived in and been an active part of the community all her life.

After earning her B.S. degree in accounting from East Tennessee State University, Doris went to work at AFG Industries, the second-largest glass manufacturing organization in North America. She started in Cost Accounting and worked her way up through the ranks to work in Plant Accounting, and then moved up to the Treasurer's position. She completed her time at AFG as the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the financial concerns of the entire organization.

Her community involvement includes work with the United Way-Agency Relations Committee and Meals on Wheels, American Heart Association, Relay for Life, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the YMCA. She is also a past chair for Fun Fest.

Maria CatronMaria Catron
HOPE VI CSS Coordinator

Maria Catron is the HOPE VI Community Supportive Services (CSS) Coordinator. Prior to accepting this position, she was the Grants and Community Development Coordinator for KHRA. She started her in tenure at KHRA in 2003.

Maria was born in New York City (but was lucky enough to move to God's country) and later relocated to Rogersville, Tennessee, where she was raised. She is currently pursuing a degree in marketing and Public Relations at Northeast State Technical Community College.

Her community involvement includes work with South Central Kingsport Community Development, Inc., South Central Kingsport Weed and Seed Program, and numerous youth sports activity programs including the traveling sports teams in which her sons participate. She enjoys gardening and reading.

Wendy RamseyWendy Ramsey
HOPE VI Relocation
& Supportive Housing Coordinator

Wendy Ramsey leads the role of Relocation & Supportive Housing Coordinator. She is responsible for all aspects of the relocation process. She conducts resident interviews and assessments, provides information to residents on the relocation process, and identifies housing needs and preferences. Following evaluation, she locates three comparable homes where residents may choose to reside after relocation from Riverview or Sherwood and Hiwassee streets.

Ramsey was born and raised in Erwin, Tenn. After graduating from Unicoi County High School, she attended East Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Social Work from Radford University, Radford, Virginia. Before joining the HOPE VI team, she worked for Mountain States Health Alliance as a Medical Social Worker/Discharge Planner.

Shaune EberhartBrenda "BJ" Dowell
Assistant to Director, HOPE VI

Brenda is the newest member to the HOPE VI team and Assistant to HOPE VI/Redevelopment Director. As a resident of Sullivan County since 1986, she brings over 8 years experience in contracting with the Federal Government, over 6 years experience in residential real estate, and several years in administrative support roles including 4 years at HVH&MC.

Recognizing the advantages of having a good family support system, Brenda understands many of the challenges facing single parents today. As a single parent, working full-time, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College; and continued on to earn a Master's Degree in Business Administration from King College.

She is excited about the future of housing opportunities in Kingsport and being part of a team involved with making a difference in the lives so many residents in the Model City.