Our Leadership

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Susan Boland Butts, CEO

Susan Boland Butts is the Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Hope. She brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including work with women and children victims of domestic violence and child abuse, mental health treatment and residential programs. Her consulting experience includes grant writing, strategic planning and program evaluation. 


Curt Harrison, COO

Curt Harrison has a long and wonderful history with Hi-Hope, first coming to our organization when his mother worked her many years ago. After establishing himself as an expert in our sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table when it comes to the day-to-day operations of institutions like our own. 


Beverly Penn Kennedy, CFO

Beverly Penn Kennedy is the Chief Financial Officer at Hi-Hope. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Georgia and has the designation of a Chartered Global Management Accountant from the AICPA. She has extensive experience with overseeing the financial operations of nonprofits and training in the leadership and sustainability of such institutions. 

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Linda Hughes, Director of Quality Improvement

Linda Hughes is the Director of Quality Improvement at Hi-Hope. She is responsible for leading staff efforts related to maintenance of accreditation through CARF, as well as ensuring that we meet DBHDD and other regulatory requirements. Linda chairs the Client Rights and Quality Assurance committees. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 22 years. 

Janis Hunter, Director of Person-Centered Practice

Janis is the Director of Person-Centered Practice at Hi-Hope. Janis has worked in the field of Human Services for over 25 years, including direct care, management and hospice work. She holds a Person-Centered Thinking Trainer Certification from the Learning Community. 

Carol Steier, Director of Organizational Infrastructure

Carol Steier is pretty amazing. She knows more than a little bit about everything and is happy to share some seriously sage wisdom with the eager student. When she isn't baking pecan pies for her staff, Carol is a champion in the sport of "cowboy action shooting" and the proud owner of a "mutt." 

Dawn johnson, Director of Employment Services

Dawn has worked in the developmental disabilities field for 16 years. She is the Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and represents Georgia on the APSE National Public Policy Committee. In 2017, she was appointed by the governor to the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council to represent citizens with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. She is a member of the UNLOCK Coalition.


And the rest of our family...