Meet the Staff
Carol was born in Raleigh, NC and lived there until age 6 when she then was placed in a children’s home to live for the next 12 years. Carol credits this experience of growing up with so many brothers and sisters, where everyone was the same and each carried his own load of work and play, as being a foundation stone for understanding the power of community. “This was my home; there was no other place to go which enabled me to accept and be thankful for this unique and generous expression of the love and care of God over all my life.” Carol graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Development. After teaching first grade for 5 years she became a stay-at-home mom for her three children, Joshua, Joy and Sarah. Carol and Buddy, her husband of 42 years, ran a small business 15 years prior to founding House of Joy in 2000. They also have 4 grandchildren; Glory, Sophie, Scarlett and Andy.
Carol L. Ellis
Founder/ Executive Director
Cathy has been a native of Cary, NC since 1961. She enjoys all types of sports including golf and snow skiing. Her professional career included 7 years with NC Vocational Rehabilitation, 15 years with Carolina Power & Light Company and almost 20 years as a general brokerage real estate agent until early retirement in 2012.
“I became involved with House of Joy in 2011 and helped install our first water purification system in February 2012 at Faith Christian University, Moun Rouge, Haiti. I consider myself a “worker bee” and I truly enjoy physical labor. My husband, Jeff, and I have been married 32 years and we enjoy time spent with our son Dave, his wife Laurie, and our grandson David who live nearby.”
Joy was born and raised in Raleigh, NC, where she graduated from NC State University with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and a concentration in Program Management. She has always had a heart for connecting with people which deepened during her work throughout college and beyond with varied children and teen programs. As a founding member, Joy sees the vision of House of Joy as being a directing force in the plans laid out for her life. “In 2013, I made 3 trips to Haiti which became a life changing experience for me. I felt a deep love and connection to a place and people that I had never met before as they welcomed me into their community as family. It was here that many questions inside my heart were answered about the path that my life was to take. My heart is to be able to develop and implement projects and programs that not only benefit the community that I live in, but that can also be duplicated in areas of need around the world. House of Joy is a conduit for this dream and vision and it provides a place for me to learn, grow and experience the change necessary for me to achieve these goals .”