Carlton McDaniel, Jr., is the founder and executive director of Able to Serve.
“People with cognitive/physical disabilities are Able to Serve”-a belief Carlton had long before it became the name of the organization he founded in 2003. For the first four years, he served as van driver, volunteer, and Chair of the Board . In 2009, he stepped down from the board to accept the vacant part-time Executive Director position. In 2010, Carlton moved to full-time and currently has a staff of 3 Program Coordinators. Carlton is a graduate of Campbell University and has a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southeastern Theological Seminary.
Brenda Hammond is the Program Coordinator for Able to Serve.
A passion for children and a deep rooted belief that every child can learn, lead Brenda to a career in education. She began teaching students with special needs and then moved into the regular classroom where she could have a continuous impact on a larger population. Throughout the years she has taught backyard Bible School, Sunday school, Training Union, supervised high school students in various mission activities, and taught literacy classes to beginning teachers in Wake County. After teaching 37 ½ years, Breda retired in January 2016. It didn’t take long for her to realize she missed teaching and the interaction that comes with helping others. Able to Serve has been the perfect fit. She began as a part time program coordinator in April and has been excited to see how the program continues to change and move forward by meeting the needs of the participants she serves in meaningful ways. Brenda has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education degree from Georgia Southern University.