KIM SHUFRAN : Executive Director

Originally from Indiana Kim graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Nursing. With a desire to move west, she then lived in Seattle, Scottsdale, and Laguna Niguel CA working in clinical nursing and management. Finally in 1994 she came to Winston Salem to work at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where she incorporated her clinical experience as an Internal Consultant in Organizational Development. As her young daughter grew up, she  struggled socially and academically. When her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, CAPD, and Asperger’s Syndrome, she finally had an explanation for her challenges. Kim was ready to help her, but then realized that few resources were available. Thus to help her daughter and others, she designed and founded the iCan House in 2008. Kim lives in Winston Salem with her daughter, 2 dogs and 6 birds!

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STEPHANIE LEMMERMAN : Program DirectorIMG_6194

Stephanie grew up in Clemmons with twin brothers who now live entirely too far away from her. She moved to Boone in 2004 and attended Appalachian State University where she earned a BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She worked for a non-profit organization for two years during which she provided training and one-on-one services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. She received two years of graduate school training in School Psychology at ASU, focusing on assessment and early intervention with academic and behavioral issues. Though she misses the mountains, Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, hiking, drinking coffee, and exploring Winston-Salem.

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 COURTNEY PERRY: Program Manager
Programs: iClub Junior, iClub, Girl Talk, Meet-n-Eat


​Courtney grew up in Northern Virginia, about 10 miles outside of Washington, D.C. After several years in the big city, she moved to North Carolina where she fell in love with the accessibility to the beach, mountains, lack of traffic, and most importantly the people! The only thing that could make North Carolina better is her three sisters also living here. Before joining the iCan House team in 2015, Courtney worked in college administration where she served as Director of Student Services, writing individualized success plans to help at-risk students graduate. Courtney is a huge animal lover, as shown by her work experience with Bottlenose Dolphins in the Florida Keys and her current therapy dog, Henri. Courtney has a degree in Social Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a contributing author to the Huffington Post. She loves working with groups of all ages at the iCan House and feels lucky to be part of such a wonderful community in Winston Salem.

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SAM THOMASSON: Program Assistant
Programs: Real World Connections, Small Talk, Meet-n-Eat


Sam grew up in Welcome, NC, not too far away from Winston. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a double major in Women’s Studies and English and a minor in creative writing. After graduation, she followed her passion for working with children to a job in Durham. As an Americorps service member, Sam worked at Neal Middle School as an extended-day teacher, doing math interventions, writing curriculum, working with volunteers, teaching social skills and loving her class. After her service ended, Sam interviewed and fell in love with the iCan House. Sam is glad to be back in Winston, working as a part-time youth director, full-time cat mom, and iCan Program Assistant. Sam enjoys spending time with bodies of water, mountains, and her family.

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ELLIE SIMPSON: Program Assistant
Programs: Real World Connections, Small Talk, Meet-n-Eat


Ellie hails from Carrboro, NC where she grew up with her two older brothers and loving parents. Although a Tarheel born and bred, she received her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2015. Following an internship in a children’s hospital in Kansas City, MO, Ellie received her credentials as a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Throughout the course of her program and training, she had the opportunity to work with a wide range of populations and discovered her passion for empowering people to reach their full potential. Ellie is thrilled to be a part of that work at the iCan House and to have the opportunity to do so alongside a team of talented, dedicated, and fun colleagues. In her free time, Ellie can be found cooking, hiking, and dancing to songs in her car.

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