Our People


Eileen Ayuso, Executive Director
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Jeffrey Foster, Program Director
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Joy Martin, Executive Chef
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Marsha Strauss, Office Administrator
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 Board of Directors

Clint CoramBoard Chair

Clint Coram is a retired manufacturing manager for Reynolds Tobacco. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Clint volunteers at The Shalom Project’s Food Pantry every Tuesday morning and serves on the Steering Committee for the Peters Creek Community Initiative. Clint has enjoyed volunteering with his wife to support Shalom’s various programs, and he attributes his continued involvement to the opportunities that Shalom provides volunteers to build meaningful relationships with community residents. Clint brings a positive and humble demeanor to his work with Shalom, characteristics that embody the vision of community work that we strive to uphold.
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Fleming El-AminVice Chair

Fleming El-Amin is a member of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, representing District A since March of 2017. A native of East Winston, Fleming went on to become a Wall Street banker, an educator for Forsyth County Schools, a member of the Forsyth County Board of Elections, Program Coordinator for Interfaith Winston-Salem, and chair of the Forsyth County Democratic Party. Committed to serving the city that raised him, Fleming has brought his skills in community organizing and local government to the work of The Shalom Project as Vice Chair of the Board. Fleming believes that Shalom has earned a reputation for compassionately supporting marginalized groups in the community through their relational approach. It is this dedication to the human element of nonprofit work that continues to inspire his commitment to our mission.
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Jim Armentrout, Chair, Finance Committee

Jim Armentrout is a former lawyer and current consultant for Ramey, Inc, a local water and sewer contractor. Jim has lived in Winston for over 40 years, serving in various civic, school, and political groups alongside his wife, Johnne. Prior to supporting The Shalom Project as Chair of the Finance Committee, Jim served as Chair of the Forsyth County Board of Elections and supported the Forsyth County Mental Health Association. Jim has remained committed to the mission of The Shalom Project because he believes that we give people more than material support, as we emphasize maintaining a positive social environment for our clients.
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Jon HylandSecretary

Jon Hyland is a freelance graphic designer who is currently serving as Secretary of the Board. Since coming to Shalom, Jon has used his graphic design skills to help design The Shalom Project’s website as well as the marketing materials for our biggest fundraisers. Jon creates the posters for the Big Chill each year,  and helped produce the videos featured on our website. He also shoots event photography, including many of the pictures found on this site. Prior to working as a freelance graphic designer, Jon worked for certified B Corporation, M Creative, a strategic communications company for nonprofits . Jon lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and daughter, and is committed to continuing to support organizations that promote the public good and advance socio-economic justice.
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Dawn Calhoun

Dawn Calhoun is an Associate Dean at Wake Forest University.  She serves the Wake Forest community in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Originally from Illinois, Dawn moved to Winston-Salem to attend Wake Forest University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. In Winston, Dawn has spent time volunteering with various organizations including Brenner Children’s Hospital and the Triad Information Reading Service. Additionally, Dawn enjoys coordinating volunteer efforts in her office. An avid photographer, Dawn is the official photographer for The Unbroken Circle Band.  Her work has been featured in the Winston-Salem Journal and on the concert posters advertising The Shalom Project’s Unbroken Circle Concerts that take place at Wake Forest every February. Dawn sees her work with The Shalom Project as helping to realize Wake Forest’s motto, Pro Humanitate, as she believes that the compassionate and empathetic support that Shalom provides the community will set a positive example now and for the next generation of Winston-Salem residents and beyond.
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Rev. Kelly Carpenter

Reverend Kelly Carpenter is the founder and former executive director of The Shalom Project. Inspired by the Hebrew meaning of “Salem,” Rev. Kelly established The Shalom Project to help provide peace for marginalized residents in Winston-Salem. Rev. Kelly currently serves as the pastor of the historic Green Street United Methodist Church, where he works to organize the community around issues of race and social justice. He still holds an active role at The Shalom Project, serving on the steering committee for the Peters Creek Community Initiative, fundraising as a key “ice sitter” at the Big Chill,  and helping to facilitate the Welcome Table community dinner on Wednesday nights.
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Sarah H. Carter
Retired, Hanes Hosiery
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Cassaundra El-Amin
Retired Educator
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LaShun Huntley
Southside United Health Center
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David Matthews

David Matthews is a longtime resident of Winston-Salem and a proud Wake Forest alumnus of the class of 1962. Throughout his time in Winston, David has committed much of his time to supporting local nonprofits, helping to bring Habitat for Humanity to Forsyth County, and serving as an interviewer for Crisis Control Ministries. In addition to his work on The Shalom Project’s Board, David is also currently leading a research group at First Baptist Church that is evaluating poverty mitigation techniques. David aspires to serve the community in whatever way he can, whether that be through supporting our ice sitters at the Big Chill, or helping to brainstorm ideas for our social justice based programs.
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Dana Mora

Dana Mora is a Family and Community Medicine Research Project Manager at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She immigrated to the United States from Colombia as a child, an experience that has inspired her to serve immigrant communities in Florida and North Carolina throughout her life. As a researcher, Dana has worked conducting occupational health research among immigrant workers and their families. Dana volunteers as a Spanish language interpreter at The Shalom Project’s free medical clinic on Wednesday nights, where she enjoys connecting with the community through helping to provide services to our clients.
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Ted Philpott

Ted Philpott is a recently retired leader in the North Carolina furniture manufacturing business. As a member of Knollwood Baptist Church, Ted attended a poverty simulation workshop hosted by Crisis Control Ministries, an experience that moved him to do more work to help lower income residents of Winston-Salem. Ted is heavily involved in service work around Winston, teaching classes for the incarcerated through the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry, as well as serving as a mentor through The Shalom Project’s social empowerment programs. A native of Lexington, North Carolina, Ted graduated from Wake Forest University in 1970 and went on to raise a family of his wife, three children, and six grandchildren in Winston-Salem. Ted brings a true servant mindset to The Shalom Project, and enjoys the opportunity to get to meet new people through Shalom’s work.


Rolisa Tutwyler

Rolisa Tutwyler is the former Business Manager of the Pro Humanitate Institute and the current Assistant Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. With The Shalom Project, Rolisa has dedicated herself to helping to facilitate social capital and employment training initiatives for community residents. She is the proud mother of four children, and enjoys serving as an advocate for children in schools during her free time. Rolisa attributes her commitment to the board to both the work that The Shalom Project does in the community, as well as the relational way that they go about implementing their programs.
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