The Women’s Center of Wake County staff has over 100 years of combined experience in human services. In addition, over the course of their lives, some of the staff have experienced homelessness, incarceration, or domestic violence. With a combination of education, professional, and life experience, the staff is a group of strong women who both understand the needs of the women and families with whom we work and provide role models showing that barriers can be overcome with positive results.
Brace Boone, III - Executive Director
Brace is joining Women's Center of Wake County from Raleigh Rescue Mission, where he served as Director of Development and Director of Corporate Fundraising and Relationships since 2013. Earlier in his career, Brace has worked in sales and business development in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and has served as President of a privately held company delivering competitive market intelligence across multiple industries.
Brace has the passion, skills and enthusiasm to address the needs of the homeless women of our community. He will lead The Women’s Center in its next phase of growth.
Jane Tobia - Associate Executive Director
Jane began her career at the WCWC in 1990 as Assistant Director, working primarily in the areas of data management and project supervision. In 1991, she left the agency on personal sabbatical, but returned in 1998 as Associate Executive Director. She has a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in social planning from The Ohio State University. Her most interesting previous work experience was with United Way, where she worked in planning, evaluation and allocations in both Columbus, Ohio and Baltimore.
Jane’s current areas of responsibility include management of day-to-day operations, coordination of the agency’s Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) data system, funder compliance, and staffing of several board committees. She thinks that the challenges of working at a small nonprofit have helped her to grow both professionally and personally.
Jane and her husband live in Cary. In her free time, she enjoys music and fitness activities and contributing to the lives of two twenty-something sons – one late bloomer and one overachiever.
Jeri Jeffreys - Clinical Program Manager
Jeri returned to her home town of Raleigh in 1989 after living in New York and Philadelphia for 18 years. She has a Masters in Education from Temple University, is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. While her primary interest is addiction, she has over 30 years of experience working in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, adult education, family violence, and sexual health.
Jeri began at the Women’s Center of Wake County as a volunteer in 1995 and has been a full time staff since 2000. She is currently the Clinical Services Coordinator, providing mental health and substance abuse engagement services to women in need of treatment readiness. She is also the Program Coordinator at Oak Hollow, a permanent housing program for formerly homeless families. Outside of the Women’s Center, Jeri is an addiction specialist with Southlight Judicial Services and the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. She is also a member of the advisory board and a consultant for the Research Triangle Institute.
Jeri resides in Raleigh with her young daughter and numerous pets
Elaine Whitefield - Housing Services Coordinator
Elaine is from a small town in eastern North Carolina near Greenville, NC. She received an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Pitt Community College and a B.A. from East Carolina University in Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology. She has also completed coursework for an M.A. in Counseling from North Carolina Central University and is nearing completion of her thesis. Elaine has been a certified NC Housing Counselor since 2001 and retains an inactive NC Real Estate Broker’s License.
Elaine’s lifelong passion has been to help others improve their quality of life. She has served for more than 16 years in the human service field in various roles in the public and private sector as a crisis counselor, employment specialist, job developer and placement specialist, career counselor and job coach, workforce development trainer and professional, group facilitator, director of homeless and housing services and, currently, as a housing placement coordinator at the Women’s Center of Wake County.
For more than nine years at the Women’s Center, Elaine has assisted single women and women with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness obtain and maintain housing and employment. She also developed, coordinated and facilitated the Life Enhancement Group which was sponsored by the J. Jill Foundation for three years for women coming from difficult and life changing situations. In 2007, the group and the Women’s Center were featured in the J. Jill national catalog.
Elaine has served and continues to serve on community initiatives and grant development committees to better serve the needs of the women who seek assistance and multi-level support from the Women’s Center of Wake County.
Viki Redding - Director of Fund Development and Communications
Viki joined Women's Center of Wake County from Raleigh Rescue Mission, where she served as Director of Marketing, serving men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Wake County. Viki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Multimedia from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. and certificates in Web Design and Interactive Multimedia from University of California, Santa Barbara. She worked on feature films, TV and commercial productions as a Camera Assistant (IATSE, Local 600) for 10 years in Los Angeles before moving to Raleigh in 2001, where she now resides with her husband and son.
Tameka Brown - Reception and Welcoming Services Coordinator
Tameka was born and raised in Fuquay-Varina, NC. She moved to Raleigh 14 years ago as a single mom. At age 24, Tameka graduated from Cosmetology School and at age 26, graduated from a Culinary Arts program, while taking computer classes. Tameka came on board at the Women’s Center in 2005 as the Receptionist and stayed for 14 months. Tameka returned 6 months later, again as the Receptionist, and was then promoted to Basic Needs Technician. She has been in that position for 6 years, assisting clients with their daily basic needs.