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.

Julie Pearson

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Director of Finance & Administration

Julie received a BS in biology from Penn State University and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She held management roles in financial operations and administration for the nonprofit sector for many years until moving to the nonprofit world in 2009 when she joined Person-to-Person in Darlen, CT, an emergency assistance organization, where she was chief operating offer. Julie grew up in Philadelphia, but has lived in multiple places since then, including 10 years in Australia. Upon returning to the States, she and her family settled in Darlen, CT, where she raised three children, Tim, Jen and Katie. Three years ago, Julie and her husband, Herb, relocated to join family in SC. In her spare time she loves cooking, playing tennis, walking and reading at the beach. 

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 Development

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 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 manager for OLMCOs, she is responsible for creating and implementing marketing  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 fiance’ 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!

Emory Trouche

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Development Coordinator 

Emory was born and raised in Charleston. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to joining OLMCOS, she worked in administration for a finance company. As the development coordinator, she will be managing the database, researching and tracking grants and processing gifts. In her free time, she enjoys oil painting, travel and adventure.

Kalen Milford, Sr. 

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Social Services Manager

Kalen is Charleston native, born and raised on the Peninsula of Charleston. Kalen has a bachelor's degree from Charleston Southern University in social sciences, where he was also a 3-year letter winner in football. He then pursued a career as a package deliverer at UPS before he gave in to his love of working within and serving his community. He later obtained a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership from Springfield College, which gave him the confidence and skills needed to begin doing the social service work that he loves to do for the Charleston community. Kalen is a husband to Shavawn Milford and a father to Kalen Jr. and Kristian Milford. His long-term goals are to support and lead a family that will positively contribute to the community in where they reside, which aligns with his mission to aid the City of Charleston in any way that he can, including advocating for Charleston residents in the political realm.    

Crentina Clayton

Social Services Coordinator

Crentina is originally from Columbia, SC., and relocated to Charleston following a promotion in leadership. She comes to OLMCOS with 20 years of experience in human services and management and nonprofit work. She hold a MA is counseling and a BS in social work. Crentine enjoys "Lowcountry Living" with her husband, Wallace and their beautiful daughter, Shelby. In her spare time she enjoys music, thrillers and spending times with her amazing village. 

Kelly Criscitiello

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Education Manager

Kelly is originally from Raliegh, NC, and relocated to attend the College of Charleston where she graduated with a BA in Spanish and secondary education. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Kelly is a bilingual educator with 15+ year's experience teaching Spanish and ESL in the local public and private sectors. In addition, she has 10+ year's experience in managing and designing programs to fit the needs of her students as the owner of a language school. She is passionate about customizing educational programs to best serve the community. Kelly resides in James Island with her husband and two children, Dante and Elena. In her free time, she likes to travel, practice yoga and find outdoor adventures. 

Stacy Flemming

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Wellness Center Manager

Stacy recently relocated to Charleston from her home town of Charlotte, North Carolina and is excited to get to know and serve her new community. After receiving her Bachelors in Recreational Therapy from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Stacy began her career working in the Long Term Care industry. She received her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and has spent the past 9 years serving senior citizens in her community as a Certified Care Manager and through a variety of Healthcare Management roles. Stacy enjoys a day at the beach or on a hike, quality time with her family, cooking new recipes and exploring all that her new home has to offer. 

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. 

Ann Martinez

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Wellness Center Support Staff

Ann was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is the mother of four - three girls and one boy. She worked for 18 years as a certified medical assistant in the emergency room department of Jacobi Medical center of NY. she moved to Charleston, SC in June of 2009 and began working with OLMCOS Wellness Center shortly after. She operates as a full-time bilingual administrative assistant for the dental clinic. Ann enjoys the scheduling of providers, students and patients. 

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. 

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