The Board of Directors were carefully chosen to represent the interests of HopeMatch. Each member is committed to the following standards in their dealings with HopeMatch and in their personal lives:

  • Keeping everything that is discussed at HopeMatch board meetings and dealings with HopeMatch confidential
  • Serving the interests of HopeMatch for at least 1 year
  • Practicing integrity in every area of his or her life
  • Being transparent and practice good communication skills with other Board Members and volunteers
  • Committing to grow spiritually

We are currently accepting Board Member applications. If you are interested please Contact Us to apply.

Erin Blackmore Erin Blackmore — Executive Director

Erin Blackmore is currently volunteering full time as the Director of Hope Match. She previously worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for a local Hospice organization. Prior to working for hospice, Erin worked for Department of Social Services as a Case Manager.

With over 7 years of experience in helping people in need, she has learned how to be discerning, as well as compassionate. She is passionate about using the gifts and abilities that God has given her to bring Hope to people who feel hopeless.

Her career, degree in Sociology, and love of bringing encouragement to people brought her to the place of founding this organization. She is very excited about how HopeMatch will impact future generations.

Joy Shearer Joy Shearer — Treasurer

Joy Shearer is a CPA with Alvarez and Marsal Taxand, where she specializes in Income Tax Accounting. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance. She graduated with a degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University.

Joy is excited about using her talents to be a good steward of HopeMatch’s resources, but most importantly, sharing hope with those who feel hopeless. As a native Charlottean, she is energized to see those in her community encouraged with the gift of hope throughout the year.

Shavon Sanders Shavon Sanders — Secretary

Shavon Sanders is an Underwriting Assistant for The Zenith Insurance Company. She has been employed in the commercial lines insurance industry for over 7 years. She is a native of Columbia, SC where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing from Benedict College.

Shavon enjoys giving back to her community and has been involved with several local organizations, including Hands on Charlotte. She is excited to use her skills and passion for volunteerism and leadership to assist in the overall impact of HopeMatch within Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Bryant Mende Bryant Mende — At-large Member

Bryant Mende has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 25 years after graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has had a passion to help others starting with involvement in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program 25 years ago.

He is currently working on a startup food collection mission at Topsail Beach designed to collect leftover food from departing vacationers for donation to a local food pantry. Bryant is thrilled to add his efforts to the HopeMatch mission and is excited about the passion and energy throughout the HopeMatch clients, volunteers and leadership.

Senetra McDuffie Senetra McDuffie — At-large Member

Senetra is a Claims Examiner for Sedgwick Insurance Company, where she investigates and evaluates insurance claims for a range of commercial companies. She has been active in the insurance community for over 20 years. She learned about Hope Match from a coworker when she was researching outreach projects for her local office during the holidays.

Although, Senetra is not from Charlotte, NC she has adopted the Queen City as her home and is known for talking about how much she loves the city. Senetra has a heart to serve, motivate, and connect the local community to resources that can bless them and position them to one day bless someone else. Her motto is "You are a blessing, so be a blessing!"