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HOPE Station is the destination for information and inspiration supported by insightful, professional experts. While their experience is vast, it doesn’t compare to their dedication to inspiring HOPE in your life every day. It is their commitment, empathy, genuineness, and character that give Hope Station its heart. Read their profiles below to find out what sets them apart.

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Julie Baron LCSW-C


Julie Baron has 28 years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families.  She practices evidence-based relational strategies to engage her clients in intervention and empower them in reaching their goals. She writes articles and blogs and trains adolescents, parents, and professionals on various topics related to adolescent development and social culture, such as bullying and cyber-socializing, positive school climate, and practicing therapy with adolescents and young adults.  Julie is the co-author of What Works With Teens: A Professional’s Guide to Engaging Authentically with Adolescents to Achieve Lasting Change.

Holly Hughes


Holly Raychelle Hughes helps people heal, find direction, and love themselves. Her intimate and personal style and intuitive gifts enable her to help clients process past traumas, grief, and help them transform their lives from chaos to empowerment. Holly will assist you to quickly get to the heart of your issue for immediate progress. She will honor and validate your experiences and present you with options and truths that are personal to your situation, so you get noticeable results. 

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Maritza McClendon


Maritza McClendon is a 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist and the first African American woman to make a US Olympic Swim team and medal. She is a 27-time All American, 11 NCAA titles, the first African American female to break an individual American record (2002), and to break a World Record (2000) in swimming. Maritza is a passionate advocate for the importance of water safety among minorities of all ages and travels the country frequently to speak about this life saving skill. She candidly shares her life lessons without sparing any details in hopes to inspire others to overcome hesitation, fear, and disappointment. 


Her motto is "Turn any negative situation into something positive and never give up." 

Linda McGhee J.D., PsyD


Dr. McGhee uses her voice to uplift the families of children, adolescents and young adults who are faced with a variety of social and academic challenges when entering educational settings.  Without the right foundation and support, those pressures can lead to detrimental outcomes. She is the founder of McGhee & Associates in Chevy Chase Maryland where she specializes in treating adolescents and young adults and performing assessments for learning differences.   Dr. McGhee  speaks at colleges on behalf of the Steve Fund, an organization devoted to mental health for students of color.   She is a regular contributor to the Son Rise Project, a movement to support families of teenagers and young adults. Dr. McGhee hosts a radio show called Good Mental Health on Radio One to raise awareness around mental health.


Katherine Wintsch


Katherine dedicates her life to making the lives of mothers easier. As founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she works alongside Fortune 500 companies to help develop better products and services for mothers. And as author of Slay Like a Mother, she’s helping mothers around the world destroy what’s holding them back so they can live the life they want.

Katherine’s sought-after research on modern motherhood has been featured by The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journaland Fast Company, and she regularly writes about the topic of modern motherhood for Working Mother magazine and on her popular blog.


Katherine is a recipient of the “Working Mother of the Year” award by the Advertising Women of New York, the “Outstanding Woman” award from the YWCA and most recently a “Woman of the Decade” award from the Women’s Economic Forum in India.

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