Meet our staff


Sarah Quarantotto, MSW


Sarah joined Miriam’s House in 2010, after working for a number of years in the Lynchburg area with local social service and mental health agencies. She has immensely appreciated the opportunity to lead an organization with such a rich history of empowering families and individuals made vulnerable by homelessness. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. When not working to end homelessness, Sarah is spending time with her husband, Jeremiah, and their two children exploring the outdoors and beauty of Central Virginia.


Kristen Nolen, MSW


Kristen joined Miriam’s House in March 2013 and has over fifteen years of social work experience with low-income women and children in a variety of settings. Prior to Miriam's House, she coordinated the provision of social work services for Centra’s Women’s and Children’s Services division and advanced social change efforts through her work at the Public Welfare Foundation, a national funder of organizations seeking social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. Her program areas included Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Human Rights. Kristen possesses a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from James Madison University.


Leah Wiebe


Leah joined the Miriam’s House team first in 2017 and then again in 2019. Leah brings a wealth of creativity and passion to the work of our organization and shapes the way we engage with our community. When not working, Leah is enjoying the arts and culture scene of Lynchburg along with her husband, Scott, and four children.


Judi Handel


Judi joined Miriam’s House as the Finance Manager in 2012. She is excited to be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact on women’s lives. Before joining the non-profit arena, Judi worked in both corporate and public accounting. She has an Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. When not working, Judi enjoys gardening, photography, and volunteering in her children’s schools as well as the community.


Denise Oglesby


Denise joined Miriam’s House in 1999 as relief staff and quickly advanced to her current position as Operations Manager. On most evenings, Denise can be found at Miriam's House working to ensure that all our residents are provided with a safe, clean and welcoming home. Before Miriam’s House she lived in Richmond where she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Flair School of Cosmetology. One of the things that Denise appreciates about Miriam’s House is that it is a constant reminder to be thankful to God for today and to take nothing for granted.


Sarah Francis, M.A.


Francis joined the team in April 2018. She first heard about Miriam’s House while studying Business, with an emphsis on Human Resources, as an undergraduate student. Even at that time, the mission of the organization—empowerment through housing and support—captured her attention. Her passion and desire to be a part of growing movements in the local community deepened while studying Human Services Counseling in graduate school. Francis is thrilled to be the new Program Associate, bridging the gap from her past experience in IT Project Management. To stay consistent with her technical background and data-driven role, she has learned to solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute.


Tashama Woodberry, M.A.


Tashama joined Miriam's House in February 2017 with over 11 years of experience providing mental health services in the Lynchburg area. She has worked in the areas of family coaching, intensive in-home services, and permanent supportive housing where she worked to house homeless individuals. Tashama possesses a Master of Arts in Human Services and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Randolph College. Tashama is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their full potential. In her free time, she can be found enjoying life with her four-year-old granddaughter.


Rayanne James, M.A.


Rayanne joined the program staff team at Miriam's House in August 2017. She spent the last three years as a caseworker at World Relief resettling refugees in the United States. She received her undergraduate degree in Family and Child Development and completed a Master’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling. Rayanne is thankful to be in a place that she can love and serve people in the community. She is passionate about diversity, unity, and cultures from around the world.


Sarah Cate Grant, M.A.


Sarah Cate joined Miriam’s House as the Administrative Assistant in March 2018 after working for five years in higher education. She is excited to join a collaborative team working to empower individuals and families in the Lynchburg community. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. In her free time, Sarah Cate enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, serving the community through their local church, and hiking on the scenic trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Bethany Tanner


Bethany joined Miriam’s House in August 2018 where she is completing her Master’s in Social Work field placement through Tulane University. Prior to Miriam’s House, Bethany worked for a number of years with international students and families teaching ESL and coordinating programs aimed at ensuring their academic success. Bethany has a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language. When not pursuing her MSW degree or working to end homelessness, Bethany is exploring the great outdoors of the Central Virginia region and drinking coffee with friends.