Meet The Team
Executive Director, Hope Rising
Shannon brings proven gifts for leadership, communications, and volunteer empowerment. Shannon has served for 23yrs in local ministry. She has been instrumental in launching recovery programs, expanding outreach initiatives, and sharing the mission through multifaceted communication. Shannon is a relational leader who is passionate about connecting people with resources which will empower them to experience health and freedom.
Jen Evans, LGPC
Staff Therapist, Hope Rising
Jennifer graduated from Towson University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has 18 years of counseling experience, including 14 years working in the Carroll County School System where she provided individual, group and family counseling. She has also worked with adults in Baltimore City and hospitalized adults at HCGH.
Jen is a Red Cross Volunteer counselor on the Disaster Mental Health Team.
Rev. Dr. Jenny Smith
Sr. Pastor of Wesley Freedom UMC
Rev. Dr. Jenny Smith is passionate about serving all people's journey through life's struggles towards abundant health. Pastor Jenny served for many years in the Celebrate Recovery Community and has a doctorate degree in wholistic wellness. Pastor Jenny is available for one-on-one appointments to discuss how your relationship with God impacts your wellness. Her hope is to share the love, forgiveness, healing and presence God's offers which help us to become whole and well.
Rae Ann Schafer
Financial Secretary and
Board Member and
Grant Writing Lead