Executive Director, 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.
Tripp is the Tools for Hope program director at Josh’s Hope Foundation and a resident artist at Liberty Arts Studio and Foundry in Durham, NC, where he runs the metal casting and welding programs. He received his MFA from East Carolina University and studied abroad at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn, Estonia. His works have been exhibited in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and across the US. He has taught at East Carolina University, Craven Community College, and Durham Technical Community College. Tripp has a longstanding relationship with The Hope James Foundation, who recently produced the documentary “Temple of the Heart”, by filmmaker Ajit Anthony which features Tripp and the healing journey he discovered through art. He has presented at NC Art Therapy Institute and participates in many of their events to educate and inspire all those who are affected in any way by trauma and mental health issues.