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Gail Stern


Gail currently works as a real estate broker. She also has many years experience producing special events for corporations. Gail brings a great deal of experience in the nonprofit sector, having led Mandala, an international adoption agency, for over 12 years. She is the mother of five children ranging in age from teens to mid-30s, one of whom struggled with mental health issues for several years. This provided Gail with firsthand knowledge and involvement with mental health services and increased her great compassion for other families raising special needs children.


Jordan Shamp


Jordan is an educator, having spent the last 10+ years teaching elementary physical education.  He's directed the after school program at Lerner Jewish Community Day School, and currently coaches middle school basketball at Carolina Friends School, where he graduated in '99.  He also recently helped co-found a contract management software company based in Durham.  Jordan has served his entire adult life on his family's charitable foundation board, and brings passion, energy, and unique vision and skills to Josh's Hope.

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June Minton


June has shared an interest in mental health issues since about 2010 after struggling to secure consistent and adequate treatment services for a family member in need of help. After joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), June participated in the Family-to-Family training and gained immense knowledge about the lack of available mental health services for individuals and family members searching for ways to help their loved ones. With this understanding and life experiences, which included the suicide of a sister at age 22, she became an advocate for improving access to treatment services for everyone. June has lived in Hillsborough since 1990, and works as a Real Estate Broker. She is the mother of two adult children who also live in the area. Besides her volunteer work on the Josh's Hope Board of Directors, June spends her free time hiking trails along the Eno River and Triangle Land Conservancy, as well as enjoying gardening, family time and playing with her dogs.


Julie Jarrell Bailey

Co-Founder and Board Member

Julie brings decades of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, having worked primarily in public relations and community program development. Among her achievements, in 2000 she established the Family Advocacy Network (FAN) program at Mental Health America of the Triangle which provided advocacy, training and support to parents raising children with mental health issues. Julie was also a recipient of the 2009 Heroes in the Fight Award presented by the NC Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness and, along with husband Steve, is the 2017 co-recipient of the NC Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Advocacy Award presented by the NC Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health. In addition to her work in advocacy and education, Julie is author of “The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion and Beyond,” (New Harbinger, 2001). She retired as Executive Director for Josh’s Hope in 2018 and remains an active volunteer in areas of need within the organization. In addition to her role at Josh’s Hope, Julie enjoys baking bread and canning/preserving produce grown on the Josh’s Hope farm, making handmade soaps and working on art projects to fulfill her creative needs.


Steve Bailey

Co-Founder and Board Member

Steve manages daily operational needs. He has 40+ years experience in business management and accounting practices, as well as training in mental health related topics, including Mental Health First Aid, QPR suicide prevention, Legal Guardianship, SSI/SSDI, family advocacy and others. His experience includes work in the non- and for- profit sectors having worked in both the mental health and construction fields. Steve has been the Fiscal Manager for the Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health since 2011.


Josh Donnelly

Board Member

attends UNC-Chapel Hill and is studying psychology. After struggling with mental health issues firsthand, Josh hopes to use his lived experiences to help others with similar struggles and their families. He has worked as a community advocate and served on the public policy subcommittee of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, attending the National Advocacy Forum in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Josh was inspired to start a nonprofit, Do You Mind?, to help educate and offer support to young adults struggling with mental health issues. He hopes to channel his experience from these projects and his passion for promoting positive mental health into supporting Josh’s Hope.


Linda McDonough

Board Member

is an administrator, educator, mental health advocate, writer and founder of Hope Creek Academy (formerly Just Right Academy), a K-12 private school for special needs students who have struggled without success in the public school system. She is no stranger to the nonprofit sector, having started the Augustine Project, Cedardell, Inc., and others in her lifetime, all in service to help disenfranchised populations. Linda is also the parent of a young adult child who has experienced lifelong struggles with mental health issues, which resulted in her developing great understanding of the mental health treatment system and gaps in services.