Our Team

Laine Clontz, MSW

Co-Founder & President

Laine has worked in child welfare, group homes, and foster care for over 30 years. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology as well as her master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She co-founded Carolina Family Connections in 2006 and now serves as the President of our agency. 

Ritchie Melchor

Co-Founder & Vice President

Ritchie has worked in child welfare, group homes, and foster care for over 20 years. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Sociology and Psychology from Appalachian State University. He co-founded Carolina Family Connections in 2006 and now serves as the Vice President of our agency. 

Tasha Melton

Recruitment & Licensing Specialist

Tasha has worked in child welfare, group homes, and foster care for over 25 years. She received her bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Psychology from East Carolina University and now serves as the Recruitment & Licensing Specialist for our agency.

Kathleen Hough

Case Manager

Kathleen has worked in child welfare, group homes, and foster care for over 30 years. She received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Reading from Livingstone University and now serves as a Case Manager for our agency. 

Rahman Wali

Case Manager

Rahman Wali has worked in child welfare, group homes, and foster care for over 20 years. He received his bachelor's degree in History and Sociology from Frances Marion University and now serves as a Case Manager for our agency. 

Melisa Patterson, MSW

Social Worker & Community Ambassador

Melisa received her bachelor's degree in Sociology with a double minor in Music and Social & Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and graduated with her master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018. She now serves as a Social Worker and Community Ambassador for our agency. 

Penni Hough

Transportation Specialist

Penni serves as a Transportation Specialist for our agency, ensuring that all our foster children are safely transported to medical and therapy appointments and family visitations.

Nashita Dabney

Transportation Specialist

Nashita has worked with children for several years. She received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Belmont Abbey College. Nashita serves as a Transportation Specialist for our agency, ensuring that all our foster children are safely transported to medical and therapy appointments and family visitations.

Head shots courtesy of Joshua Moss.

Connect With Us!

 

3141 Amity Court
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28215


Phone: 704-568-9753

 

E-mail:

lclontz@carolinafamilyconnections.com

 

Hours: Monday - Friday

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

 

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