Tamara has worked in the Human Resource field for a variety of industries, bringing her knowledge and experience to Home of Hope in 2018. In her role at Home of Hope, Tamara is providing human resource support and infrastructure for an organization that empowers people with disabilities to live happy and productive lives, which she says “is a wonderful perk of the job.” Growing up in the Vinita, Tamara says she “has always admired Home of Hope, and appreciates what Home of Hope brings to the community as a large employer.” In her time away from work Tamara enjoys music of all kinds and going to concerts. She loves having fun with friends and her family which includes her husband, a blended family of 6 children, 2 of the smartest dogs in the world and a cat to round out the crew. Tamara earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in January 2011 and the SHRM-SCP certification in 2015. She has maintained the certification credentials by continuing higher education through Rogers State University and Western International University and attending HR conferences and gaining work related experience in the HR field. Tamara has an Associates in Arts, Business Administration from Rogers State University and will graduate from Western International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management in December 2018.
Joe has worked at Home of Hope for more than 16 years. As Facilities Director, he and the crew maintain more than 50 homes making sure they are safe, comfortable, and meet regulatory requirements. If this sounds like a big job, it is! But everyone counts on Joe to have a friendly smile and go the extra mile. “Being able to come to work and know I am making a difference in someone’s life and brighten their day makes my job very rewarding. We have a staff of very good, qualified, and caring people. I like to say to individuals who move to Home of Hope - your family just got much bigger! ” Joe helped build, and continues to be very active with, the equine program at Home of Hope. He is involved in caring for the horses, grounds, and helping organize the annual client rodeo. Joe is also oversees construction of new homes and remodeling projects. In his spare time, Joe enjoys activities with this daughters - which usually include outdoor sports like fishing and camping. You can reach Joe at Joe.Foss@homeofhope.com.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ralph Richardson brings 24 years of experience, as well as a wealth of knowledge and compassion to Home of Hope. Dr. Richardson came to Home of Hope in 2014 continuing a professional career served entirely in the non-profit realm. The mission of Home of Hope is “to empower people with disabilities”. And Dr. Richardson believes he and the staff recognize the significance of their work and, to them, the mission is much more than words. “The opportunities we are here to provide for people with disabilities to create their own paths, to make their houses into homes, to find meaning and reward in their own jobs, to create friendships and to enjoy activities in the community – these opportunities are a very specialized doorway to the lives many individuals would never be able to enjoy otherwise.” “Doing enough for people but never too much, being supportive but never controlling, being kind but never patronizing – these are daily decisions and actions that make Home of Hope the place that it is, and hopefully, on our best days, the place that each of the people we serve truly deserve to be.” Dr. Richardson spends his time away from work with his wife of 30 years, five daughters and two granddaughters. He is very involved in his church, loves to read, and enjoys writing and other creative outlets. Dr. Richardson holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychology Association.