Vicki LaRoche – Exective Director
Co-founding The Next Stop with her husband, Stu, in 2006, Vicki’s role is multifaceted. She serves as the Executive Director of the organization and also the President of the Board of Directors. These administrative roles provide her the opportunity to be The Next Stop spokesperson for community relations, program communications, and program inquiries. She is directly involved with all fundraising projects including grant writing. Vicki collaborates with The Next Stop team as they implement and facilitate the planned activities for the members.
Kathy Cookson – Program Director/Occupational Therapist
Kathy joined The Next Stop team in 2015 with 23 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working in a variety of settings. Her primary role within The Next Stop is to plan and implement all activities provided daily for our members. These purposeful and stimulating activities are always goal oriented and therapeutic as we work to facilitate continued personal growth as well as maintain and improve current levels of independence. She identifies solutions to personal and environmental barriers that may limit a member’s ability to fully engage and participate at their highest level. Kathy provides her expertise to our volunteers and staff so that we all can best support each member. She serves as a clinical instructor to Brenau University OT students each semester while they complete their fieldwork at The Next Stop.
Karin Bowman – Kitchen Education Coordinator
Karin’s natural cooking skills provide The Next Stop a leader to manage all aspects of our kitchen education. She plans and develops picture-supported recipes, does all grocery shopping, and leads the cooking segment of each day. Her preschool teaching experience and having an adult daughter with special needs has prepared her to plan appropriate cooking activities to The Next Stop’s special needs population. Karin has been a part of The Next Stop since before it opened in September, 2007.
Katrina Furqueron – Administrative Coordinator
Katrina manages many areas of The Next Stop program serving as the volunteer coordinator, onsite bookkeeper, records keeper, and all-around administrative assistant. She has been a part of The Next Stop team since it opened in September, 2007. Katrina’s people skills serve her well as she is consistently communicating with members, volunteers, and member families on behalf of The Next Stop. Her valuable organizational abilities have supported the growth and development of the infrastructure of The Next Stop.