Our staff and board members are truly family. We are passionate about the needs of vulnerable children in our communities and throughout Georgia and committed to fighting for them.
Mamie is a self-proclaimed 'Children’s Champion' with 13 years in the child welfare and social services sectors. She has experience ranging from DFCS case management to therapeutic services to the education sector. She currently works as a children's therapist.
Mamie has a passion for children and families and sees the need to ensure that no child ever looks like the trauma they have endured. In 2015, she put her personal beliefs into action by founding Carrie’s Closet.
In her free time, Mamie loves visiting her hometown of Columbus, GA and watching her Dawgs play. She thoroughly enjoys leading her Cadet Girl Scout Troop and mentoring. However, her greatest joy stems from being an active Auntie to Addison and Desmond and Godmommy to Bryson and Miles. The happiness she sees on their faces inspires her work daily.
Rachel Dekom is the Manager of Research and Advocacy for Carrie's Closet. She is an honors graduate of Georgia Tech, where she studied history and sociology. Her research explores the intersections of race and urban farming initiatives, focusing on the Atlanta area.
Rachel is currently focused on creating and pushing for the implementation of a Foster Child Bill of Rights in the State of Georgia. She has extensive experience working with the Georgia State Legislature in various capacities and she is so excited to be doing this work.
Rachel is from the Golden Isles and loves visiting the beach when she is home. She also enjoys baking and volunteering with Free99Fridge and other Atlanta mutual aid organizations.
I have proudly supported Carrie's Closet since its inception. Carrie's Closet is not just a mobile clothing source. It is also committed to advocating for the rights of foster children. The innovative initiative to both provide clothing & advocate for foster children inspired me to serve on the Board.
Being a founding board member of Carrie's Closet is an honor. I'm a former foster parent and have been blessed to help 27 children in my 5 years of fostering. My husband and I are the proud adoptive parents of The Great Eight. Working with Carries's Closet allows me to continue to help foster children.
I am honored to be a part of Carrie’s Closet! It is a privilege to work with this organization as we strive to support the children and adults who are part of Georgia’s foster care system! The pop-up shops are my favorite, as it gives me a chance to meet the wonderful, generous adults who care for the children.
Every child deserves a champion, a responsible adult, who will never give up advocating for them, who understands the power of a positive connection and insist they have the best foundational experience that prepares them for a successful future. Adapted from Rita Pierson, Educator.
When asked “Who is Carrie?”, Mamie shares that Carrie’s Closet was named after her mother, Carrie Edmonds Harper. To Mamie, Ms. Carrie is the first social worker, teacher, and child advocate she ever knew. This organization was named to celebrate the continued service to children Ms. Carrie displays to this day.