Board of Directors and Staff

Vickie (Sugarmamma) Sanders - Member at Large

Only Paid Staff

Currently Looking for a New House Parent

Michael Absher

President / CEO

Michael was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC. Michael is a 2009 graduate of East Henderson High School. Since graduating, Michael has attended Blue Ridge Community College in pursuit of multiple degrees. Michael is an active member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. He currently serves and ministers there as a three year old classroom Sunday school teacher. Michael has employed by the Edwards Group, at McDonald’s of Hendersonville and Wells Fargo. He is currently the property manager of a local apartment complex, and a Bus Driver for Henderson County Public Schools. While not working, Michael serves on numerous boards and committees. He is a leader on the Blue Ridge Community Health School Advisory Board, The Homeless Collation of Henderson County, and Henderson County Relay for Life.  Michael has also  ran for a seat on the Henderson County School Board 3 times. Michael’s Passion to meet the needs of homeless teens comes from firsthand experience. During his senior year of high school, Michael spent many of his days in a homeless shelter and has a heart to help others find a way out.

Together We CAN and WILL End Youth Homlessness!!

Christine Singleton

Vice President/COO

Christine Singleton was born and raised in West Palm Beach,Florida.  She attended PBCC and Palm each Atlantic University.  She has been married to Sam since 1985.  They have three sons, two of which are married with children.  She worked for 18 years at Trinity Christian Academy, 10 of those years as a staff bookkeeper, specializing in accounts receivables and customer relations.  She frequently assisted her husband as a counselor and taught many classes on finances at her local church in Florida. She is an Ordained Minister. Upon moving to NC in 2012, they sought foran opportunity to continue to work with people in need. When they met Michael, and saw his vision for helping homeless youth, they came on board as members at large in January 2013.  She accepted the position as VP/COO in January 2014.  

Sam Singleton

Member at large

Sam Singleton was born in Pensacola, Florida and adopted into a military family.  He lived in several states while growing up before settling in South Florida. There he met and married Christine in 1985.  He has three sons, two of which are married with children.  He owned and operated a successful landscaping company for over 10 years.  Sam is an Ordained Minister and served in a large church for 27 years, 13 of which He was a staff counselor.  He also worked as a volunteer for a feeding program that distributed more than 4 million pounds of food annually to hunger people. Upon moving to Hendersonville in 2012, he began working for a local grocery store chain and is a meat market manager in Hendersonville.  Because of his commitment to help hurting people, He was excited to join the Board of Only Hope in January 2013. 

Melissa golden

member at large

Melissa Golden and I am a recent graduate from the MSW program from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University.  While enrolled in school, I have been able to pursuit my passion for working with children and families. I have worked in many settings with children including children's developmental centers, school systems, summer camps, and day cares.  I look forward in continuing my life long goal helping children and families.

Carol Burke


Carol graduated from West Henderson High School in 1980. After years of working, Carol went back and graduated with a degree in business from Saint Leo University in 2010. Since 1988 Carol has been employed by Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC. Carol takes pride and joy in the fact that she is the mother of two wonderful daughters, Maria and Kendra. But, she takes even greater joy in the fact she is the grandmother to a precious grandson, Brylon. When not involved in Only Hope Inc., Carol is actively involved as a committee member of the local Relay for Life event and is also very active in the ministries at Redemption World Outreach Center. Carol has a desire to serve her community and feels that working with Only Hope and making an impact in the lives of homeless teenagers is one small way she can help.