Our Team

As a peer-led and driven organization, our team is based in Middle Georgia and is dedicated to serving our local community. Meet our leadership team and board of directors. If you’re interested in getting involved with iHOPE, Inc., reach out to our team!

Our Leadership Team

  • Tarusa Stewart

    Founder, Executive Director

    In February 2015, a Recovery Symposium in Houston County had focused conversation on recovery and fostered collaborations that led to the development of iHOPE Inc, a 501c (3) recovery community organization serving Middle Georgia, Addiction Recovery Support Center.

    iHOPE is an acronym for Intentional Holistic Opportunities to Promote Empowerment. Today, Mrs. Stewart, the founder and Executive Director of iHOPE, the Advisory Team, and the Board of Directors continue the recovery movement by building peer/ally leadership and recovery partnerships that help keep people well in our communities.

    Mrs. Stewart has been a woman in long-term recovery since February 13, 2002. She is on a journey to support others in recovery by living her recovery out loud to empowering other recovery leaders in her community.
  • Dana Greenwood

    Program Manager

    Dara Greenwood is a woman in long-term recovery. She is a certified peer specialist in Mental Health 
and Addictive Diseases. She is the Program Manager at iHOPE Inc., where she leads a team of recovery champions. Dara Greenwood lives her recovery out loud and knows from experience that if people have the supports that are needed, people can and do recover.
  • Demetrice Burner

    Forensic Peer Mentor Project Director

    Demetrice is a woman in long-term recovery. She has not used any mood-altering substances since June 26, 1986. Demetrice is passionate about healing and committed to spreading the message of HOPE.

    She has worked in the field of addiction since 1994. She had obtained CADC1, CAMS11, MAT, and RSP Certifications. Long-term recovery has opened a world of opportunities she never dreamed of. It has enabled her to raise her three biological children, and she is now raising three adopted children. She is passionate about recovery and committed to spreading the word of HOPE.
  • Faydra Kirkhart

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    Faydra Kirkhart is the Executive Administrative Assistant for iHOPE, Inc. She has her associate’s degree in Social Work Assistance from Athens Technical College and has worked for previous non-profits assisting with advocacy and community outreach. Faydra has always felt that the power of advocacy and community are a large part of her mental health recovery journey, and both have had a special influence on her, even today.

Our Board of Directors

  • George Braucht

    Board Member, Secretary

  • Adria Kitchens

    Board Member/Treasurer

  • Jason E. McClendon

    Board Member

  • Willie May

    Board Member

  • Dorothy Lowe

    Board Member