Our mission is to create a healthy, compassionate, resilient community.


Our Focus

The Charlotte Resilience Project is a community initiative focused on creating AWARENESS of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and toxic stress, providing INFORMATION AND RESOURCES on trauma-informed care and resilience, and leading MOBILIZATION efforts to support successful outcomes for children and families.


Information and resources


We are AIMing for a resilient community.

Our Vision

Charlotte is a community that supports successful life outcomes through trauma-informed care and resources that build resilience in children and families.

To download a copy of our brochure, click here.

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Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Health Department

Liz Winer, Winer Family Foundation

Executive Committee

Katrina Graue, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

William Hammill, MD, Novant Health 

Will Jones, Thompson Child and Family Focus

Ellen McIntyre, PhD, UNC Charlotte 

Stacy Nicholson, MD, Atrium Health

Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, PhD, Leading on Opportunity

Carmen Hooker Odom, Cardinal Innovation Board

Cotrane Penn, PhD, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Michael Ruhlen, MD, Charlotte AHEC 

Judge Elizabeth Trosch, North Carolina Courts

Steering Committee

Kelly Blasky, Charlotte AHEC

Cherene Caraco, Promise Resource Network

Wanda Douglas, North Carolina Families United

 James DuRant, MD, Novant Health

Tamikia Greene, Mecklenburg County Health Department

 Janice Gruendel, PhD, UNC Charlotte

Sara Horstmann, MD, Atrium Health

 Jacqueline McKnight, PhD, County Department of Social Services

Tchernavia Montgomery, Crisis Assistance Ministry

Kristie Opiola, PhD, UNC Charlotte

Amber Pierce, Reach Out and Read

Anna Priester, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Justin Perry, Perry Counseling

Kathyrn Firmin-Sellers, United Way of Central Carolinas

Bob Simmons, Council for Children’s Rights

Jillian Totman, Thompson Child and Family Focus

Our Partners


Eric and Lori Sklut