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Our Team

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Atoya Hodges

Interim Executive Director

Atoya Hodges joined Western Wake Crisis Ministry in May 2024 as the new Interim Executive Director. With over twenty-five years of leadership experience across diverse sectors, Atoya brings a strategic mindset and a wealth of experience to the team. Her steadfast dedication to the mission promises to make a positive impact to WWCM and its community.

Atoya's commitment to long-lasting change is reflected through the influential roles she has played in mentoring within various non-profit organizations and she currently serves as the Board President of Athena of the Triangle.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to join Western Wake Crisis Ministry. My goal is to continue to support our steadfast commitment to aiding individuals and families in crisis. I look forward to continuing our important work and making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve."


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."


Jasmine Kamel

Administrative Associate

Jasmine joined our team in April 2024 as the new Administrative Associate. She brings with her over six years of non-profit development experience as well as an impressive background in fundraising and donor relations. Her passion for helping our most vulnerable populations has motivated her to raise millions of dollars between several non-profit organizations throughout Eastern North Carolina.

"What WWCM offers for our community is nothing less than remarkable. I am always seeking to utilize my personal experience and knowledge to make a strong, positive impact in our communities, and I feel there is no better place than right here to do that."

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.

2024 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Charity Golf Tournament

LIVE: WWCM On-Line Charity Auction

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