Founders

Rosy's Path

Rosy began in the Human Services field during her freshman year in college, working in direct-care support for Holy Angles, a residential home for individuals that are medically fragile. After commuting from Pfieffer University to Holy Angels on the weekends throughout her education, she earned a full time position. During her time in Gaston County, Rosy worked as an educational aide, leading a classroom of individuals living with severe and profound disabilities specific to autism. She also provided residential support to adults with substance abuse and mental health issues for several years.

In 2006, Rosy joined Therapeutic Services Group, in Mecklenburg County, providing home and community support for an individual with autism. She supported that family until 2008, when she accepted a position as an educational instructor for TGS’s Day Support program.  As a part of her many duties, Rosy developed and implemented client-specific programs to enhance service delivery and maximize client development. She was responsible for evaluating needs and progress, training staff and communicating with the service team, as needed.  Rosy’s primary focus is in the development of socialization and communication programs for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other communication handicaps.

Rosy Moore

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Kathy's Path

Beginning in 1999, Kathy began working as an educational assistant at Gaston Comprehensive Day Center, a school for school-aged children with severe and profound handicaps. While in Gaston County, she served as a residential manager for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, as an early intervention para-professional, as well as a one-to-one educational aide.  After relocating to Mecklenburg County, Kathy began employment with Therapeutic Services Group, providing community and home support to an individual with autism. During her time with TSG, she served individuals with disabilities in many areas. However, her main focus was as the Day Support Director,  Executive Manager, QA/QI Coordinator and Accreditation Specialist. Under her supervision, the TSG Day Support Program grew from 25 participants to 137 in just four years and was awarded an “Exemplary” rating from C.A.R.F. International, as well as three consecutive national accreditation certifications.

Currently, Kathy resides in Matthews, NC and serves as the CEO for Illumination Foundation of North Carolina. In addition, Kathy provides residential support for an individual living with autism

Kathy Moore

Jodie's Path

Jodie grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut and attended Central Connecticut University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jodie began her career in human services by providing residential and employment support to individuals with physical impairments. In 1998, she relocated to Charlotte, NC and worked as a job coach for Goodwill Industries. Throughout her career, she has supported individuals with disabilities and human service professionals in many capacities,  including: case management, community services, employment services, direct care support, residential services, industry training and consultation.

Jodie currently resides in Matthews, NC and is employed by Therapeutic Services Group as the Director of Operations. Jodie leads the TSG team of 30 professionals, 15 administrative employees and over 400 contractors that provide CAP waiver services and IPRS residential services to over 250 individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health disabilities. She has been employed by TSG since 2006.

Jodie DePascale

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Sakeem's Path

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sakeem aspired to become a successful chef, attending Johnson and Wells University, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Hospitality and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management.  Through the years, Sakeem proved himself a very talented chef, serving in the role of Executive Chef for several grand hotels and fine-dining establishment. Eventually settling in Charlotte, NC with a growing reputation for his skill, Sakeem opened The Perfect Palate, where he provided personal chef services.

In 2005, Sakeem was involved in a tragic car accident that would change his life completely, spending days in a drug-induced coma due to traumatic brain injury, caused by a head injury during the accident. After much rehabilitation Sakeem eventually left the hospital and was forced to enter a new, uncertain world. Though he had seemly recovered physically, here were unseen effects of his injuries. Sakeem had lost his vision in one eye and tragically, his ability to taste or smell. In addition,  he struggled with symptoms common to traumatic brain injuries such as: emotional outbursts, depression,  memory loss, confusion and assault on the senses.

With the support of his family and after acceptance Sakeem rebuilt his life and committed himself to helping others like him. 2009, He began volunteering for a program in Charlotte, NC, working with a young man who had also suffered from traumatic brain injury. Through volunteering Sakeem built his self-confidence and empowered Randy to make great strides in his development.  In addition Sakeem completed and maintained NCI Instructor Certification, attended various disability specific workshops and conferences.

 

Sakeem is Co-Founder of Illumination Foundation of North Carolina and continues his work in advocacy and life skills development for the disabled.

Sakeem Harmon

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Allen's Path

Born and raised in Gaston County, NC, Allen attended East Carolina University out of high school, majoring in Exercise Physiology, with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. Unfortunately, near the end of his junior year at ECU, he was paralyzed in a diving accident during a vacation in Cancun, Mexico. After taking some time to adjust to his new life, Allen re-dedicated himself to his education, graduating from ECU with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and with an MBA from Gardner-Webb University.

Allen is a Co-Founder and CFO of Illumination Foundation of North Carolina.

Allen Boyd

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