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Our Team


Jen Swick

Administrative Associate

Jen joined Western Wake Crisis Ministry in May 2021. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Computer Engineering, worked in the telecommunications industry for 9 years, and brings skills associated with administering many homeschool co-ops while homeschooling her children for the last 16 years.

“I have followed WWCM’s work for the past few years and have volunteered with my family at local ministries along with helping organize service projects in the homeschool community. I am invested in helping WWCM reach our local community and excited for the opportunity to serve others through this ministry.”


Trudie Laches

Pantry and Operations Manager

Trudie joined Western Wake Crisis Ministry in May 2023. She brings a wealth of operations
experience in both for-profit and nonprofit, client-facing food service, grocery and hospitality roles.

“Joining WWCM is an honor and a privilege. I’m honored to be part of this team of passionate and dedicated people and it’s a privilege to support WWCM’s ongoing mission of community service, outreach and assistance. It is so satisfying and gratifying to be part of something that means so much to so many.”


Melinda Race, BSW

Case Manager

Melinda joined Western Wake Crisis Ministries in July of 2023. She is a social  worker bringing experience in working with individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Previous roles include program development and financial wellness centered on a strengths based approach.

"I am thrilled to join the team at WWCM and partner with other organizations and people of Western Wake to serve the people of our community."


Berta Cuevas

Front Desk Client Specialist

Berta started as a volunteer with WWCM and then joined the staff in November 2022. Her years as a school secretary and work with youth ministries have given her invaluable experience in serving the community. Berta is bilingual. She speaks Spanish fluently and is eager to learn other languages to better serve our clients.

"The best part of my day is when a client who's walked in with the weight of the world on their shoulders walks out a little lighter and more hopeful."


Annie Kaiser

UCAP Eligibility Specialist

Annie joined WWCM in June 2021. She has worked as an administrator, fundraiser, and hospitality chair for various non-profit organizations in the Raleigh-Cary-Apex area. Annie works in the Utility Customer Assistance Program with the Town of Apex. She's fluent in English and Spanish.

"Making a difference in people's lives is very important to me, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to help others through the WWCM organization."

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Kimberly Harris

Community Engagement and Development Manager

Kimberly joined Western Wake Crisis Ministries in February 2024. Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, speaker, and workforce strategist who partners with Fortune 500 companies, executives, solopreneurs, celebrities, and career seekers to grow their personal and professional brands. Kimberly is a Co-Founder of GGBCC; Founder of RE-EMERGE, a service that provides employment opportunities for people with felony convictions; Former Vice President of Print for the Charlotte Chapter of Black Journalists (CAABJ), an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; President of the Kaitlyn Carter Scholarship Foundation; and founder of Develop Coworking, a professional collaboration environment. Kimberly has been a featured guest on countless print, news, and radio programs across the country. Through her busy schedule, she continues to advocate for women’s rights and diversity in the workplace in addition to the safety, health, and well-being of workers in a post-pandemic future.

“I am honored to join Western Wake Crisis Ministry. The organization will build on the tremendous momentum of the past forty years serving the community. I look forward to joining the effort to bring the organization to the next level while continuing to live the mission: A brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free and housing-stable community".

Board of Directors

We are led by an ecumenical Board of Directors, with the combined strength of the Apex faith community, civic groups, businesses, schools, neighborhoods and individuals:

Our Board can be reached via email at

(Board meetings are generally held virtually on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m., and are open to the public. However, please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information.)

WWCM is fortunate to have many amazing volunteers without whom we could not function on a daily basis!

Citizen of the Year Award
Honoring our Volunteers

Partner Agency with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. WWCM distributed 150,646 pounds of food in 2021-2022

WWCM will be CLOSED Dec. 22 - Jan. 1. Please hold all food donations until we reopen on Jan. 2.

2023 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Charity Golf Tournament

LIVE: WWCM On-Line Charity Auction

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