Lead Teacher, Abby Blackwell

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Abbey grew up and still lives in Greenville, SC. She graduated from Presbyterian College in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in psychology and history. She joined Project Hope in January of 2016. Abbey has always a passion for working with children and young adults! She is incredibly thankful Project Hope came into her life and believes it has changed it forever.

In her free time, Abbey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and being outside! 

Lead Teacher, Andy Lecture

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Andy Lecture is a 2013 graduate of Furman University, where he studied music education. He taught music for K-8 for 2 years. His life took him in a new direction after that, and he stumbled into the field of ABA with Project Hope in 2016. He is beginning his Master’s degree in ABA in July, and hopes to earn his BCBA certification.

In his free time, Andy likes to sing (with the Greenville Chorale and on staff at Christ Church downtown), perform theater, and do winterguard (he was a 2018 World Class Finalist, and 2015 Open Class silver medalist).

Project Hope has brought him so much perspective, education, and enrichment to his life, and he hopes he is able to do the same for our HAJ students!

Classroom RBT Assistant, Sarah Marsh

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I am originally from northern Michigan but came to South Carolina for college. I attended North Greenville University and graduated with a BA last December. Right after graduating I started working at Hope Reach as a 1 on 1 therapist at Grace and Temple locations. Currently,  I am working as a classroom RBT with the Hope Alive Junior Program. My future plans are to attend UNC Charlotte next year for a masters in school counseling.

A fun fact about me is that I love hiking and golden retrievers ! 

Classroom RBT Assistant, Bekah Holbert


My name is Rebekah Kaye Holbert, and I am the classroom RBT for our HAJ Middle School classroom. I graduated from Lander University, located in Greenwood SC, with a BS in Psychology.

My favorite thing about HAJ, is I get to be a part of our students attaining the life skills that they will need when they are older.

When I’m not at Hope, I enjoy reading and playing with my dog, Moe.

Therapist, Caitlin Dobson

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Caitlin was born in Atlanta, but now calls Boiling Springs, SC home. She has worked in ABA since 2013, and joined Project Hope in December of 2015. Currently she is working to obtain a bachelor's degree in Human Development from Limestone College. She is very excited to join HAJ as an assistant teacher for the 2016-2017 school year! 

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys cooking, gardening, reading for pleasure, thrift shopping, yoga, walking, and hiking with her husband Jason.

Therapist, Victoria Eastland

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Victoria was born in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned a degree in Office Administration before finding her true passion - working with children. Victoria first joined Hope Reach in October of 2015 as a line therapist. She loved working with younger children and watching them grow and advance their skills. Victoria has been with Hope Alive Jr since August of 2016. She hopes to advance her own education with a focus on behavior analysis in the coming months in order to maximize her impact on the children she is blessed to influence. She finds the work with special needs teens and pre-teens challenging and rewarding.

In her spare time, Victoria is active in her church youth group, enjoys spending time with friends and running road races. 

Therapist, Ashley Haynie

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Ashley is has been working at Project Hope Foundation since the fall of 2015. She began working in Hope Reach and found a love for teenagers. This led her to Hope Alive Junior. She enjoys assisting young adults wirh communication and daily living skills. 

She is currently working on her Bachelors degree at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She plans to use this degree to continue helping individuals with autism.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing in her church choir, drawing, and playing with her dogs.

Therapist, Brendan Joanou

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Hi my name is Brendan. Before coming to Spartanburg, I grew up in Hawaii and went to college in Tacoma, WA. I have been with Project Hope for over a year, and I have been apart of HAJ for the last 10 months.

I absolutely love working with both the great children in our classes and our fantastic team. The friendship and smiles the kids offer make the work very fulfilling. I am passionate about mental health care/public health and wish to continue my career in these fields.

Outside of Project Hope, I like to relax over a cup of coffee, travel, football , and practice Muay Thai Kickboxing.