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Karen carroll – executive director

Karen has worked in the non-profit community in Forsyth county for 15 years; first as Executive Director at Hope House, a mental health group home and most recently as the Program Manager at Mentor Me North Georgia. She has a passion for children and is committed to seeing our youth succeed. Karen was raised in Forsyth County and has lived here a majority of her life. She graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in psychology and is a registered Mediator. In her free time she enjoys traveling, UGA football, and spending time with her family and two children. 


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Tonya Budke is a Human Services Professional at Jesse’s House. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Georgia. Working with youth in foster care is her passion. She began working at Jesse’s House as a direct care specialist and was promoted to her position as an HSP. Tonya's goal is to provide each and every resident who comes to Jesse’s House with the support needed to navigate through a challenging time in their lives. She also works to teach each youth in her care to have a healthy perception of themselves and to develop the independent living skills needed as they transition to adulthood.


My name is Hannah Thrasher and I am a Human Services Professional at Jesse's House. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of North Georgia in 2015 and have recently started working toward my Master's degrees in Social Work as well as Business Administration at Kennesaw State University. I began as a direct care staff at Jesse's House in 2016 and transitioned to the role of Human Services Professional in 2017. I believe that Jesse's House is life-changing for the youth that benefit from the program as well as those who work to improve the lives of the girls here. I am honored to have a part in these girls' lives and I, along with the amazing team here, strive to provide them with the best service possible to prepare them for their futures.

Sinnetra Fuller - Specialist Supervisor

Shelly Gates - House Manager