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.

Jada Hazlett Jada Hazlett — Secretary

Jada Hazlett was a fifth grade teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  She has a passion for serving and teaching underprivileged children.  She is a graduate of Anderson University with a degree in Elementary Education. She has recently finished her Master's degree in Educational Technology from Winthrop University.  She currently works very hard as a stay-at-home mother to her little boy.

When she was young, her family received help from others during Christmas. She personally knows how much generosity can change a family and wants to help impact many families like she was through HopeMatch!

Derick Henderson — Faith Community Liaison

Derick Henderson attended law school to find a way to use a legal career to help ordinary people facing financial challenges. Since graduating in 2009, he has done just that as a bankruptcy attorney serving the Charlotte Metro area and surrounding counties.

As an attorney, Derick has observed that there are many other ways in which struggling families need guidance and encouragement in addition to good legal counsel. In HopeMatch, Derick believes he has committed to a movement that will serve a vital role in connecting his neighbors to the resources, encouragement and lasting hope that they need. Derick serves HopeMatch by seeking to initiate and to develop strategic partnerships in our community for the purpose of helping one another achieve the shared goal of loving our neighbors well.

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.