Team members direct residents in crisis to community resources

Danielle Bishop is a member of the ACORNS team

Danielle Bishop, ACORNS team member

Danielle Bishop

Social Worker

Danielle earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Virginia Union University (VUU) where she will also earn a master’s degree in social work in May 2024. She is certified in youth and adult mental health first aid. 

Danielle has a passion for helping children. She has experience as a school social worker, a mentor for at-risk youth, and a counselor providing intensive in-home services. Danielle noticed that situations with children tend to derive from family-related issues, and the ACORNS program allows her to consider the bigger picture when helping others achieve a better life.

Detective Wendy Clark is a member of the ACORNS team.

Detective Wendy Clark, ACORNS team member

Wendy Clark


Wendy has spent 19 years with the Raleigh Police Department dedicated to helping persons in need. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Oswego.     

In 2007 Wendy earned Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year for the Raleigh Police Department, and CIT Officer of the Year for Wake County. In 2014 she received the Partner in Courage Award from National Alliance on Mental Health Wake County.


DaNysa Dickens is a member of the ACORNS team

DaNysha Dickens, ACORNS team member

DaNysha Dickens

Social Worker

DaNysha has more than five years of social work experience, including time spent housing homeless and disabled veterans. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will receive a master’s degree in social work from Walden in the fall of 2023.

Growing up in Southeast Raleigh, DaNysha witnessed the challenges her community faced daily. Armed with a degree in social work and a strong determination, she joined the ACORNS team to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. 

Senior Officer Madeline Horner is a member of the ACORNS team.

Senior Officer Madeline Horner, ACORNS team member

Madeline Horner

Senior Officer

Madeline has worked for the Raleigh Police Department for more than 16 years. As part of the ACORNS team, she responds to homelessness, substance use, and mental health concerns where she connects local residents to service providers for a wholistic care response.

Madeline has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in clinical counseling and psychology from Capella.

Chelsea Levy is a member of the ACORNS team

Chelsea Levy, ACORNS team member

Chelsea Levy

Social Work Supervisor

Chelsea has worked in multiple nonprofits serving survivors of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.  Chelsea is one of the original social workers in the ACORNS program and is the social work supervisor. She is trained in mental health first aid, crisis prevention, and crisis intervention. 

Chelsea believes in addressing the root causes for people dealing with personal crisis. She also enjoys advocacy and macro-level social work to push decision makers to promote long-term change. 


Jeremy Pierson is a member of the ACORNS team

Officer Jeremy Pierson, ACORNS team member

Jeremy Pierson


Jeremy has served with the Raleigh Police Department for six years. For 12 years, he worked for the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office (Ohio) where he was on a heroin task force and worked with the U.S. Marshalls on a human trafficking task force. He believes that arresting people for addiction problems does not help anyone, and the community is better served through treatment and harm reduction.   

Jeremy is passionate about helping people battle their addictions and believes that it is imperative to address the underlying issues causing homelessness.


Christopher Reed is a member of the ACORNS team

Christopher Reed, ACORNS team member

Chris Reed


Chris graduated from North Carolina State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a double minor in forensic science and social work. 

During his four years doing patrol work as a police officer, Chris became interested in helping individuals in underserved populations experiencing a crisis. He became a member of the ACORNS team where he uses his tools of de-escalation, rapport building, and passion for community engagement. 

Nicole Rice is a member of the ACORNS team.

Nicole Rice, ACORNS team member

Nicole Rice

Social Worker

Nicole is a human services professional with a master’s degree in human services from Capella University and a bachelor of science degree from Virginia State University. Nicole has experience as an educator and a trainer. She has worked with youth and adolescents in residential care and the public school system, providing learning and instructional aid. 

Nicole transitioned from Volunteers of America working with homeless veterans to the ACORNS team to continue supporting the unhoused population on a broader scale. 

Chase Sapp is a member of the ACORNS team.

Chase Sapp, ACORNS team member 

Chase Sapp

Social Worker

Chase worked for the West Columbia Outreach program as a social worker with the West Columbia Police Department. She is particularly interested in substance use issues. 

She obtained bachelor’s degrees in social work and interdisciplinary studies/nonprofit management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies in criminal justice and managing nonprofit re-entry organizations. Chase went on to achieve her master’s degree in social work with a certificate in drug and addiction studies from the University of South Carolina. 

CeCile Williams is a member of the ACORNS team

Cecile Williams, ACORNS team member

Cecile Williams

Social Worker

Cecile has worked in the social services field in both the government and nonprofit sector for more than 20 years. 

Cecile has a passion for helping others realize their full potential, to meet people where they are, and help determine where they want to be. Her objective is to provide guidance to those who are down on their luck and help them set and achieve attainable goals. It’s her belief that healthy families yield healthy communities.




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