Meet The Team

Ericka Plater

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Executive Director 

She is a nonprofit professional with more than 18 years’ experience in the areas of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, professional development, training, volunteer leadership coordination, and business planning. Ericka has utilized her skills to create programming in the fields of education, healthcare, philanthropy and community development. Ericka is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a DELP scholar, and holds a MS and MBA from University of Maryland University College and a BA from Howard University. Ericka is a mother of two daughters, Allese and Indigo and a son, Tyee. She resides in Summerville, SC and enjoys a good book or movie and time by bodies of water.

Donna D'Amato

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Director of Finance & Administration

Donna was born and raised in South Jersey, graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a specialization in accounting. Donna spent her career in finance and accounting working in for-profit and not-for-profit companies and held positions as a financial analyst, accounting manager, controller and CFO. Donna serves on the board of directors for Increasing HOPE and is a member of Charleston Leaders and Lowcountry Professional Networking Group. Donna and her husband relocated to the Charleston area in 2019. She and her husband live in Mount Pleasant with their two dogs, a chocolate lab named Kiawah and a Pomeranian named Rocco. They have three children, Kayla and Steven (twins), and their youngest son, Bobby. When they aren’t busy with family, you can find them sitting by the pool or at the beach and taking weekend trips to all the great places that are within driving distance to home.

Ryan Vrba

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Director of Programs

Ryan is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and relocated to Charleston in the fall of 2014. In 2007, he graduated from Lewis University with a BA in psychology. He worked as both a mental health counselor and an emergency room social worker before deciding to pursue a MBA in hopes of securing a management position with a nonprofit / social services organization. In 2015 he graduated with a MBA, and shortly after, he was hired at OLMCOS. 

Jennifer Meshanko

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Volunteer Services Manager

Jennifer joined the OLMCOS staff in 2012. She started as the special projects manager, coordinating special events. Her others responsibilities include HR recruitment and IT management. Jennifer is from Greenville, SC. She holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and a master's degree from Valadosta State university. She has prior experience working for nonprofits, as well as local and federal government agencies. 

Kristin Raymond

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Director of Advancement

Kristin grew up in Durham, North Carolina and relocated to Charleston in 2013. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years with various roles in volunteer management, program development, organizational management, and fundraising. Most recently, her focus has been on corporate/nonprofit philanthropic partnerships. Kristin has her master's in public administration with a focus in nonprofit management. She lives on Johns Island with her two kids, Zoey and Sullivan; her husband, Bryan; and their dog, Finley. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family. 

Jeannie Colson

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Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeannie Colson was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English in 2010. As the marketing and communications manager for OLMCOs, she is responsible for creating and implementing targeted marketing strategies to increase awareness and spread the mission of the OLMOCS. Telling the OLMOCS story through print and digital channels. When not working, you can find Jeannie hiking the nearest trails with her husband Neal and their Boykin Spaniel Eleanor, on the water immersed in the latest bestseller, crafting DIY furniture and home décor projects, searching for new recipes to try or at a Gamecock football game with family and friends – GO COCKS!

Hannah Wallace

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Events and Stewardship Manager

Hannah grew up in Raleigh, NC and recently relocated to Charleston. She graduated from Campbell University with a BBA in international business and further obtained an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit leadership and management from Liberty University. Hannah is passionate about serving and engaging local communities while connecting those most vulnerable to critical resources. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading a good autobiography on the beach and traveling with friends. 

Kelsea Perreault

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Senior Social Services Manager

Kelsea is originally from the seacoast area of New Hampshire and relocated to the Charleston area in 2021. She holds a BS in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and is in the process of obtaining her MSW. Having worked in the human service field for the majority of two decades, Kelsea has experienced the ins and outs of our changing society with agencies in NH, CT, IL and SC. When it comes to free time, she can be found rooting for the Red Sox, going to concerts, cooking and spoiling her yorkie. 

Tracy Middleton-Smalls

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Social Services Coordinator

Tracy is a Charleston native, but spent the majority of her youth traveling with her military family. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SC State University and has 20+ years’ experience in Case Management and Social Services. Her career has afforded her various opportunities. Tracy currently resides on Wadmalaw Island and enjoys reading, poetry, spending time with family and supporting her community.

Grace Pfankuch

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Education Coordinator

Grace grew up near Milwaukee, WI, and recently relocated to Charleston from the D.C. area. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BS in elementary education and holds a South Carolina Educator Certificate. Grace is most passionate about helping others develop early literacy, math fluency and language skills. She is excited to help facilitate youth and adult learning programs at OLMCOS. In her spare time she loves to cook, read and spend time at the beach with her fiancé Charles, and dog, Honey.  

Ana Rivera

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Patient Liaison

Born and raised on Johns Island, Ana has a passion for helping out in the community she calls home. Ana recently graduated with an associate’s degree in human services from Trident Technical College, and is working toward a bachelor degree in human services from Saint Leo University. In her free time, you can find her trying out different restaurants and coffee shops.

Lydia Librado-Wylesky

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Wellness Center Office Assistant

She was born in Wisconsin, has lived throughout the US and at the age of 18 had the opportunity to live in the countryside of Mexico. After just one year, she returned to the US with a love for the culture and a fluency for the Spanish language. Her career includes customer service and office management and as our office assistant for the Wellness Center, Lydia handles all of the front desk and scheduling needs. Lydia is a strong-willed survivor who brings a unique understanding to what some of our patients experience each day. On her days off, Lydia can be found spoiling her four children and husband, spending time in her garden with her unique pets and helping her neighbors in need. Lydia joined OLMCOS with the passion to make a difference in the lives of her community.

Dr. Ashlee Franklin

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Dental Director 

Dr. Ashlee is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and relocated to the Charleston area in the spring of 2015. In 2007, she graduated with honors from Spelman College with a BS in biology. Later, she attended The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, where she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Dr. Ashlee has been practicing for 10 years and has worked in the private practice sector and previously served as an Area Dental Director, where she was responsible for the clinical operations of eight dental offices in the South Carolina area that focused on providing dental care to the underserved population. She enjoys serving others through her work as a dentist. In her spare time, she loves to try new foods, a good movie and traveling alongside her husband, Jimmy.  

Katie Lawhon

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Dental Assistant

Katie was born and raised in Andover, Kansas. She moved to South Carolina in 2011 to enjoy the weather. She is a certified dental assistant and has been in the dental community in Charleston for six years. She lives in Summerville with her eight-year-old son, Grayson. In her free time she loves to Kayak, go on road trips and do obstacle course races. 

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Dental Assistant

Cassandra was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where she completed high school and one year of college. After transferring she completed college in SC, she worked as a nurse for several years while owning her own wellness camp for children, and then went on to pursue a new career in dentistry. After losing her mother Cassandra moved to the Charleston area in 2014. Cassandra is married to Walter Glaspie Jr., a veteran of the US Army. She also has a daughter LaGia Millner, who is a senior cadet at the Military Magnet Academy. Skilled with her hands Cassandra enjoys cooking, camping and building things. Cassandra prides herself in serving with a SMILE!

Robert Iggleden

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Operations Assistant

Robert grew up in Nottingham in the center of the UK, moving to the US in 2008 and has a background in customer service, banking and accounting. Prior to moving onto the nonprofit sector he worked for several large banks and call centers in various service and data driven roles. When not working Robert spends time going on 'mini-adventure' days out with his wife Jaimie and little boy James Patrick. 

Vonceil Mitchell

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Lunch Program Manager

Oldest of five siblings, Vonceil was born and raised in Charleston. She obtained her bachelor's degree in early childhood education Saint Augustine University in Raliegh, NC. She has been working at the Neighborhood House location since 1991. She considers herself very independent; she never married and has no children. Vonceil loves animals and has a dog named Max. 

Gary Hamilton

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Maintenance

Gary is a Downtown Charleston native. He is devoted and dedicated to his family as well as the work that he performs at the Neighborhood House location. Gary maintains the facilities to provide clean, safe and comfortable environment for clients as well as staff. He also enjoys art, history and music in his free time. 

Gary is a Downtown Charleston native. He is devoted and dedicated to his family as well as the work that he performs at the Neighborhood House location. Gary maintains the facilities to provide clean, safe and comfortable environment for clients as well as staff. He also enjoys art, history and music in his free time.