Our Staff

Our staff, acting in the role of social worker, carries a caseload of families who have one or more children in the legal custody of the State, relatives, or under jurisdiction of the court. Through successful placement, stabilization, and utilization of our services for these children and their families, our staff strive to achieve stable and safe futures for the children in the care of Seven Homes Agency. Our staff are able to respond quickly to an emergency situation at any time.

Ken Maxwell - Executive Director director@7homes4kids.com 

Ken Maxwell is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Western Carolina University. Ken and Dr. George Hage established Seven Homes in 1995 with the sole purpose of changing the placement pattern of children in the state’s Social Services system. As a veteran of the foster care system, Ken has adopted three children of his own.




Sally Maxwell - Adoptions Director smaxwell@7homes4kids.com

Sally B. Maxwell grew up in Davidson County.  She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Sally taught for 3 years in Forsyth County Schools and was a school counselor in Guilford County Schools for 14 years.  She has both fostered and adopted children.  Sally has worked for Seven Homes since January 1, 2001 as the Adoption Program Director where she works with potential adoptive families to write their Pre-Placement Assessments (Home Studies). 



Leigh Koontz – Office Manager lkoontz@7homes4kids.com

Leigh Koontz grew up in  Davidson County.   She has 3 daughters, Brooke age 28, Kristie age 24, and Heather age 23.   In her free time, Leigh enjoys riding horses. She has worked for Seven Homes since June 2012 as the as the office manager and transporter.




Staci Young – Case Manager syoung@7homes4kids.com

Staci  is married and has two sons, Ryan 24 and Jordan 20.   Staci has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors Degree with a double Major in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in communications from Guilford College. With Staci’s background and experience as a police officer here in High Point and Rockingham County, she brings with her the love to serve. Her hope is that in her role here at Seven homes, she can be a valuable resource for her families/children. Staci has been with Seven homes since February of 2014 as a Case Manager for our children and families.


Shirley Maxwell - Development Director shirleymaxwell@northstate.net


Shirley grew up at the Baptist Children's Home of North Carolina.  She attended Bryce Commercial College for two years and took business courses and creative writing classes at GTCC.  She is the author of three published books.  Shirley is the mother of Ken Maxwell,  Director of Seven Homes, and together they started Seven Homes in 1995.  She has two other children.   She serves as the Receptionist and Development Director of Seven Homes which includes writing the agency's newsletters, taking care of correspondence, event planning, public relations, and provides assistance to visitors and guests.

 Stephany Silva – Licensing Social Worker ssilva@7homes4kids.com


Stephany was born and raised in Bogota-Colombia. She migrated to the U.S in 2008 to acquire higher education. Stephany is bilingual, and fluent in both English and Spanish. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in Communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stephany interned as a case manager for one year, with immigrant and refugee families in the Greensboro area and has worked for Seven Homes since June 2014 as a Social Worker, Case Manager, and Licensing Social Worker for foster families and children placed in our care.


Cassandra Jarrett - Licensing Social Worker cjarrett@7homes4kids.com 


Cassandra Jarrett was born and raised in Davidson county and currently lives in Forsyth County. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Winston Salem State University in May of 2015. Cassandra has 6 previous years working within the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant in various fields including the hospital on the Oncology unit, rehabilitation and long-term/ short-term care. Cassandra interned at Communities in Schools of Forsyth County as a Case Manager/Student Support Specialist in the school system working with the youth and empowering them to excel in life and education. Currently Cassandra is also in pursuit of obtaining her Masters degree in Social Work. She serves as the Licensing Social Worker for Seven Homes, and has the desire to provide families with the licensing and training they need to become foster parents for children in need. 


Kelsie Bowser - Social Worker  bowserk@7homes4kids.com

Kelsie is a native of Hickory, NC. In May of 2015, she graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelors degree in the field of Social Work. Her previous experience includes interning with Communities in Schools of greater Greensboro as a Case Manager at a local high school for students in need of support, resources, and love. Before joining the Seven Homes family in February of 2016, Kelsie worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for five years. Her goal as a case manager here at Seven Homes Inc. is to coordinate and advocate for children and to provide them with the best family to fit their needs.



Alyssa Martin - Case Manager  martina@7homes4kids.com

headshot.jpgAlyssa was born and raised in Davidson County. She is a graduate of High Point University, holding a Bachelor's degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. As of December 2014, Alyssa serves as a transporter for Seven Homes, getting our children to and from visits with birth parents, therapy sessions, doctors appointments, among other places. She is also an adoption case manager alongside Sally, helping our families who are in the process of adopting children from various Departments of Social Services.





Allison Speckhard - Community Relations Manager  aspeckhard@7homes4kids.com   

Allie_Headshot_Website.jpegAllison is from Greensboro, North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from UNC- Greensboro in 2008 and is currently working on her Master's of Science in School Counseling at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.  Allison has been with Seven Homes since July 2014.  Through community development initiatives, event planning, and grant-writing, she works with local organizations and businesses to facilitate the work of Seven Homes and to increase awareness about the needs of foster children, both in our care, and in the greater community.  




Jodi Lambert - Foster Care Program Manager lambertj@7homes4kids.com


Jodi Lambert is a native of Rockingham County.  She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Jodi has worked in child welfare for over 17 years.  Prior to coming to Seven Homes in January of 2016, Jodi was a Foster Care & Adoptions Supervisor with Rockingham County Department of Social Services.  Jodi has been married to her husband, Brian, for 13 years and they have 2 children, Dylan age 10 and Reagan age 8.



Cynthia Moore- Social Worker cmoore@7homes4kids.com