Co-Founder and Board Member
As its co-founder and Executive Director, Steve is a guiding force in leadership at Josh's Hope. What started as a way for him to cope with grief over the loss of his beloved son, Josh, has grown into a vital program helping hundreds of individuals in the community who live with a mental health condition and their family members since the organization incorporated in 2010. Steve has worked in business management and accounting practices for over 40 years. In addition to his lived experiences as the parent of children with mental health diagnoses, he has also been trained in mental health related topics, such as Mental Health First Aid, QPR, Transitions to Adulthood, Legal Guardianship 101, Mental Health Advocacy, Navigating the System of Care, and others. He has served on two task forces for NC Department of Health and Human Services representing the parent voice for the mental health population and has been the Fiscal Manager of the Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health since 2011. Along with his wife, Julie, he is the co-recipient of the 2017 NC Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Advocacy Award presented by the Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health.