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!
Contact Kim at [email protected]
COURTNEY PERRY: Program Director
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, the lack of traffic, and most importantly, the people! The only thing that could make North Carolina better would be her three sisters also living here. Courtney attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a degree in Social Sciences. 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. At iCan House, Courtney enjoys getting to know each member as an individual and providing them with tools to help increase their quality of life while building their self-esteem. Courtney is a huge animal lover, in fact she met her husband working at Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. She has a therapy dog, Henri, who will often accompany her on visits to schools, libraries, nursing homes, and sometimes iCan House! Courtney 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.
Contact Courtney at [email protected]
Emily grew up in our very own Winston-Salem! She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2015 where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. In 2017, Emily received her Master’s in Social Work from UNCC. During her Master’s program, Emily fell in love with the non-profit world. Prior to working at iCan House, she served as a family advocate intern at a child advocacy center in Charlotte, NC, as well as worked with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In each role, she advocated for underserved populations and connected individuals with community resources. Post graduation, she wanted to return to Winston- a community she loves so much! Emily interviewed with iCan House and was absolutely in love with the mission, the staff, and of course- the members! She is so excited to be a part of the team! In her spare time, you can find Emily running, hiking, trying new recipes, or at the Humane Society snuggling puppies!
Contact Emily at [email protected]
BRITTANY FELTS: Program Coordinator
Programs: iClub Jr., iClub, Meet-n-Eat
Brittany was born and raised right here in Lewisville, NC just outside of Winston-Salem! She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina in 2014 and proceeded to earn her Master’s in Business Management from Wake Forest University in 2015. Following a corporate career, she moved out to Denver, Colorado for several years gaining experience in operational project management. Deciding to take a huge leap of faith, she began teaching middle school working with youth from a range of diverse backgrounds and learning abilities. This allowed her to discover her passion for empowering others to overcome obstacles and helping them achieve their goals. She recently moved back to her home state to be closer to family, especially her new niece and nephew. Brittany is so excited to join such a wonderful and supportive team at the iCan House. When Brittany isn’t enjoying working with our members, you can find her skiing or fishing in the mountains, experimenting in the kitchen or out on the lake!
Contact Brittany at [email protected]
AMY WIARD: Program Coordinator/Volunteer Services Manager
Programs: Girl Talk, Girl Talk Senior, Small Talk, iCan Work, Real World Humanities
Amy comes from a small North Carolina town just outside of Raleigh, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. After completing an internship with Hospice and Palliative Care, she began working with individuals with disabilities at the Enrichment Center, teaching music. She has a true passion for helping others, and looks forward to the many opportunities to do so here at the iCan house! When she’s not busy working, she enjoys photography, art, and music. Her favorite thing, however, is being able to go on hiking adventures with her dogs: Luna (the deaf dalmatian), Ellie (the lovable lab), and Kairi (the newly adopted beagle mix)!
Contact Amy at [email protected]
RICKI LEFEBVRE: Group Facilitator
Programs: Girl Talk, Real World Connections & Meet-n-Eat Social Events
Ricki grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA before heading to New England to further her education. She attained a B.A. in Psychology and in Theatre with a Concentration in Dance from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapies: Dance/Movement Therapy with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Massachusetts. Ricki followed her husband down to North Carolina in 2012 and has been involved with iCan House ever since. Her favorite part of working with iCan House is the sense of community, compassion, and belonging that exists among members, staff, and families. Ricki is a full-time licensed elementary school counselor with Stokes County Schools. When she is not working, Ricki enjoys baking, cuddling with her sweet pup Penny, and dancing.
STEPHANIE LEMMERMAN: Group Facilitator
Programs: Meet-n-Eat social events, Real World Connections social events
Stephanie attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where she obtained a BS in Psychology, a passion for working with individuals with developmental differences, and a love-hate relationship with winter weather. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee, gardening (sometimes successfully but always joyfully), and spending time in the mountains. Stephanie has worked for the iCan House since February of 2013 and is excited to see the organization continue to grow and meet the ever-changing needs of the community. She loves being part of the iCan House family and admires their consistent passion, patience, and humor.
NILAM PATEL: Group Facilitator
Programs: iClub Juniors, Real World Connections & Meet-n-Eat Social Events
Nilam is a southern girl at heart. She grew up in a small, conservative town in south Georgia for most of her life. She received a B.S. in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and a M.S. in Public Health, focusing on Epidemiology, from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. After completing graduate school, she pursued a non-profit career in Raleigh, North Carolina where she discovered an interest for the non-profit sector. After a few years, Nilam decided to move to Winston-Salem after marrying her husband, a native North Carolinian. During the past few years, Nilam worked with a local non-profit managing programs within the public school system. Through this adventure, she discovered her passion for working with children and young adults which led to volunteering at the iCan House in her free time. She has been involved with the iCan House ever since and has found the experience to be very rewarding. When Nilam is not helping out at the iCan House, she enjoys reading, spending quality time with her husband and family, being outdoors and dabbling into anything creative and artsy.
Programs: iClub Junior, Real World Connections & Meet-n-Eat Social Events
Michelle Johnson is a native of Winston-Salem, NC. She was raised with ten brothers and sisters and felt blessed to be the middle sibling. She attended private school until the ninth grade and completed the rest of her education in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. She graduated from Reynolds High School.
In 1991 Michelle enrolled in Winston Salem State University where she declared her major as a Regular Education Teacher. During her first semester, Michelle took a class in Special Education and changed her major to that field and a minor in English. During her time in college Michelle also worked part-time with infants and elementary-aged children. Michelle worked part-time for Charles Hines Agency where she attended to the needs of a child with a disability for six years. Currently, Michelle is employed with the WSFCS as a Paraprofessional.
Michelle enjoys reading, journaling, taking walks, helping others and spending time with family and friends, her four children and five grandchildren. Michelle is actively involved in her church, St. Peter’s World Outreach Center.
Michelle looks forward to completing the year and a half left of her degree and pursuing her masters in Speech Pathology. Michelle is excited to work with the staff, students and parents of the iCan House.
CONNIE PATRICK: 2018 Summer Intern
Connie is originally from a small town on the outskirts of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is currently residing in Winston-Salem for the summer with her aunt, uncle, two little cousins, and their Shih Tzu. A southern girl at heart, she enjoys cooking and being around family. Connie also enjoys meditating, doing yoga, and reading.
Connie currently attends Coastal Carolina University where she focuses on getting her B.A in Psychology. She also minors in philosophy and has a keen focus in researching social injustice. Upon graduation, she will attend law school. Her dreams are to one day become a criminal defense attorney in the hopes of fighting against social injustice. Along with her passion for studying social injustice, she also has a passion for working with children.
Connie’s motto is “change starts with the kids.” She is conscious about setting time aside to volunteer and serve in the community. Most of her volunteering experiences are dedicated to shining a light in young kids lives as she wishes to continue doing so, while at iCan House.