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's of Science in Psychology and a Master's 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’s of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Social Work and Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from James Madison University.


Leah Wiebe, MA



Leah began work at Miriam's House in July 2017. With experience in marketing, administration, event coordination, and development, she was eager and excited to join such a dynamic team that is making a difference in people's lives.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Human Services from Liberty University. While she is proud of her midwest roots, Leah has resided in Lynchburg for 14 years and has fallen in love with its residents, history, beauty, and potential. Along with her husband and four kids, she is proud to call Lynchburg home.


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's 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.


Tashama Carter, MA


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 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, MA


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.