About Maridel Williams:
Maridel Williams earned a B.A. in Management & Human Resources from of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. After a 15 year career in finance and business management, she spent 5 years as a founding Pastor for Real Life Community Church where she led, motivated, and trained volunteers in a faith community with strong outreach impact.
Maridel founded Doors of Hope after helping returning women being released from detention. She discovered that many of these women had no one to assist them when they left confinement. She established Doors of Hope to help them successfully transition to productive members of society.
Maridel is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Her volunteer experiences include Habitat for Humanity and CASA. She was a Leadership Training Consultant for two years and taught Organizational Development to churches and non-profit groups.
In 2011, Maridel was Office Manager for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon County. During the year and a half while working for United Way, Maridel mentored at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville. Here she identified the need and was inspired to create a transitional program like Doors of Hope, Inc. She brings a compassionate heart, an entrepreneurial mind, and an unquenchable enthusiasm to meet this need. Finding no similar program in Rutherford County, Maridel combined her strengths of leadership in churches, non-profits, knowledge of community organizations, and her background in finance and business to begin Doors of Hope, Inc.