Farrah Hoffmire

Founding Director

Farrah started HEART while volunteering teaching yoga to a group of adults with special needs and learning more about the struggles they and their families face after they graduate from high school. Farrah wanted to use her time and skills to help with this problem and started HEART to fill the void in creative, stimulating, and community engaged services for adults with special needs. Farrah's vision with HEART is building strong community support for adults with special needs who want to develop and identify as artists, building a strong team of HEART Mentors, a financially sustainable infrastructure, and producing high quality and inclusive community art events. The longterm vision is to be a community that Charleston residents and visitors want to visit, volunteer, collaborate, and contribute to.


Becca "Rae" Weekes

Assistant Director

Rae was working with a group of adults with special needs where Farrah volunteered teaching yoga and joined Farrah in creating HEART. Rae wears many hats at HEART including managing the daily activities and volunteers. Rae is a dedicated and reliable friend to everyone at HEART. She is not afraid to jump in wherever needed and has everyone's best interest at heart. We all love having Rae's genuine heart guiding our day-to-day at HEART!


Marisa Drake

Activities Facilitator

Marisa started as a dedicated HEART volunteer in 2016, immediately fitting into the HEART family. Marisa pays close attention to those that need her most. We were excited to be able to hire Marisa in 2018 to help run the day-to-day operations with the HEARTists. Marisa is a fun loving soul and cares deeply about the HEARTists. Everyone loves Marisa.


Mel Walker

Music Mentor

Mel started volunteering in 2017 , helping us get the HEART Radio Lab Choir off the ground. We were excited to hire Mel in 2018 to lead the choir and work with the HEARTists in groups and one-on-one teaching all things musical. Mel is a talented singer and musician. She has a soft and shy leadership that the HEARTIsts respond to well. We all love having Mel's sweet and gentle energy at HEART!