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The Team

Our team leans into the challenges of this beautiful, life-changing, and messy work.

We lean on each other for support, we look to each other for inspiration, and we work together to create a better world so all may live their best lives.

Kate Trudell

Chief Executive Officer

Kate grew up in South Carolina and moved to Tennessee in 2005. She has spent the bulk of her career in social services, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking for five years. In her role with CCAHT, Kate oversaw the growth of the organization from a one-person team to a robust organization of twenty staff. Under her leadership, she established a safe house for adult females survivors of trafficking, created a 24-7 crisis hotline, developed robust services for children and youth affected by trafficking, maintained an expansive training and educational department, expanded CCAHT services to reach a 33-county region, and built an inspirational culture that values collaboration and empowerment. Kate has a BA in Fine Art from Furman University and is a graduate of the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness at the University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business. She has devoted her career to studying and working to curb human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual exploitation, and other human rights issues and is excited to begin the next step of her journey at Harmony.

Executive Leadership

Pamela L. Wolf

Founder

Pam Wolf, MSSW, is the Founder of Harmony Family Center.  Under her leadership Harmony has created and implemented a comprehensive array of innovative, evidence-based therapeutic and educational services designed to ensure the safety and well-being of Tennessee’s most vulnerable children and their families.  She holds a Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. As she heads towards retirement, Pam is confident that Harmony will continue to grow, innovate, and sustain the tradition of excellence.

Nicole Coning

Chief Operating Officer

 

Nicole Coning, Chief Operating Officer, has over 23 years of experience in the child welfare field - specifically in the area of pre and post adoption support, family preparation for prospective foster and adoptive caregivers, and program development and administration. She also provides leadership as the Tennessee Site Implementation Manager for the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support (QIC-AG), a federally funded cooperative agreement sponsored by the Children’s Bureau. Nicole serves as a member of Harmony’s Executive Team; she has been with the agency since 2008. Most recently, Nicole served as the Director of the 2017 National Permanency Conference after previously leading the preparation and planning for the 2015 ASAP National Post-Adopt Conference.

Pam Frye

Adoption and Permanency Director

Pam Frye joined Harmony in 2002 after 15 years of providing direct services and program management at a local community mental health center in Knoxville.  She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 1995 from the University of Tennessee while working a full time job.  With professional experience in mental health and the personal experience of being an adoptive parent, Pam brings a unique perspective to her work.  In her role as Director of Permanency and Adoption Services, Pam enjoys supporting the work that we do by supporting the people who do the work.  Pam oversees programs related to child permanency and foster and adoptive family assessment.  Pam sees is as a privilege to be able to work directly with birth, adoptive, kinship caregivers, and foster families.  Since 2010, Pam has been heavily involved with the implementation of clinical programing at Montvale.

Keith Bailey

Training Director

Keith has served as the Training Director for Harmony Family Center since 2016 and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families.  He has served children in residential treatment and foster care and has worked as a Consultant for the University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service, where he trained child welfare staff and foster parents, developed curricula, and offered technical support.  He has trained and consulted across the U.S. and Canada as an independent consultant and on behalf of the Child Welfare League of America and the National Technical Assistance Center.

 

Keith earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, an M.Div. from Duke University, and an M.S. in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Ecology, with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, from the University of Tennessee.  Additionally, he is a Professionally Certified Trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and is a Mentor for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as well as a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. 

Lillian Hampton

Foster Parent Program Director

A Tennessee native, Hannah Brinson has spent her entire career in social services. Since graduating with a Master of Science in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2008, she has worked in child welfare, violence prevention, and grants management. In prior roles, Hannah created and implemented a gender-based violence prevention program for young men, developed and managed grant funding, trained foster parents, and worked with youth in the foster care system. With an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from Berea College, she is passionate about the strengths and needs of vulnerable populations.

Marianne Wright

Therapeutic Services Director

Marianne Wright, Therapeutic Services Director, received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Asbury Theological Seminary and her Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She draws from her experience in both the fields of business and mental health in her work with Harmony’s Therapeutic Services programming and Animal-Assisted Therapy programming. Marianne started her career working in a community mental healthcare setting primarily serving children with complex developmental trauma. During her time there, she developed and implemented a school based mental health program in an effort to remove common barriers to treatment. She incorporates her knowledge of treatment modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Sensorimotor Arousal Regulation Treatment, and attachment focused family therapy in Harmony’s Therapeutic Services.

Michelle Whaley

Family Preservation Director

Michelle received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from East Tennessee State University and is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker. Her professional experience includes over 20 years of work with children and families in Tennessee. Michelle was trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in 2014 through Texas Christian University, and was certified as a TBRI Educator in 2015. She completed Circle of Security Parenting training in 2015 and is a registered Parenting Facilitator. Michelle recently completed the Child Trauma Academy’s Phase II Certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and EMDR training. She was the former Clinical Manager of Harmony’s Adoption Support and Preservation Program prior to moving into the Family Preservation Director position.

Tina Graves

Permanency Director

Andrea Knight

Administrative Director

Allison Douglas

Resource Center Manager

Tina Graves received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and has over 25 years of experience. Before joining Harmony, Tina worked at DCS as a CPS Investigator for 5 years. After leaving DCS, Tina worked as a Resource Coordinator and then became the Area Leader for 9 of the South Central counties for Omni Visions. Tina worked for Omni Visions for 7 years. After leaving Omni and taking a short break from social services work, Tina started at Harmony Family Center in July 2007. She began as a Regional Case Coordinator for the FOCUS program. Over time, she became the Program Manager for FOCUS.In July 2019, Tina became the Director of Permanency and a member of the Executive Team.

Allison Cooke Douglas is the Resource Center Program Manager at Harmony Family in Knoxville, TN.  She has been a teacher and trainer for over a decade; starting her career as a Montessori trained early childhood educator.  After becoming a foster parent and seeing the need for trainers with lived experience,  Allison become the lead training specialist in Knox County, TN facilitating Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) classes for prospective foster parents. She has been president of the Knox County Foster Care Association, regional representative to the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association, team member on a Breakthrough Series Collaborative project focusing on trauma assessment and treatment for children under 4 and is a trainer for Tennessee’s Building Strong Brains: ACEs Initiative.  Allison is certified in The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Phases I and II, as well as in the Neurosequential Model in Education.  She loves presenting at conferences and workshops and supporting children and families healing from trauma. Allison and her husband Jonathan are grateful to share their lives with their four children, adopted via foster care.

Andrea has over 25 years of progressive Human Resources experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administrative from Chadwick University in Birmingham, AL. She was  a 2017 member of Leadership Blount, serves as Board Member on the Blount County Chamber of Commerce where she also leads the HR Focus Group. Andi previously served as Secretary and Executive Team member for Family Promise of Blount County, Director of Programs and Diversity for the Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA), Blount County Education Foundation, Coulter Grove Intermediate School PTO, United Way of Blount County Allocation Panel, and Habitat for Humanity of Blount County.

Alyssa Sparks

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alyssa has an MSSW from University of Tennessee Knoxville. Before moving to Harmony in February of 2020, she provided counseling to children involved in the foster care system as well as worked with families to reunite with children. Alyssa has a strong passion for helping children reach permanency.

Hannah Brinson

Advancement Director

Lillian Hampton, BSW, 15 years experience in the child welfare field-in direct care, case management, and training. Lillian previously served as the Program Manager for Harmony’s Foster Parent Training West Region. Most recently, Lillian was invited to join the Executive Team as the Foster Parent Program Director in fall 2019.

Amanda Chagnon

FOCUS - East/Smoky/Knox

Amanda Chagnon is a Regional Case Coordinator for Harmony’s FOCUS program. She provides services to the Knox, Smoky and East Regions. She has been with Harmony since 2014. Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, majoring in Sociology and Psychology. Prior to joining Harmony, Amanda worked for the TN Department of Children’s Services (2003-2014). Her expertise is working with full guardianship youth and foster/adoptive parents. While at DCS, she finalized over 500 adoptions. Amanda’s other professional experience includes: working as placement specialist, teaching PATH and writing home studies. She sits on a variety of professional panels, projects and workgroups re: adoption and permanency. Amanda is proud mother, who is heavily involved in her community.

Amanda Felts

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

Amanda Felts lives in Dickson, Tennessee with her husband and son. She has 10 years of experience working with children and families. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Austin Peay State University and has been training foster parents since 2016. Her previous experience includes case management with foster children and birth families, foster parent recruitment, and home study writing for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and other agencies. Amanda joined the Harmony family in January 2020.

Amanda Ferrara

ASAP Family Therapist

Amanda Ferrara, LMSW, received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2018 from Middle Tennessee State University. Amanda joined Harmony as an ASAP Family Therapist for the South Central Region in January 2020. Amanda has over five years of experience working directly with children and families in a therapeutic setting. Before joining Harmony, Amanda was a clinical therapist with a children’s advocacy center in middle Tennessee.

Angie Sexton

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

Angie Sexton received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Child Development. She has worked in the field for 20 years in the capacity of child program administration, early intervention as a developmental therapist and case manager, training child care professionals and foster parents and, most recently, as Harmony Family Center’s Foster Parent Training Manager for Middle Tennessee. Angie currently resides in Christiana, TN with her husband of 16 years and three children, ages 11-15.

Bree Conklin

Clinical Manager, Therapeutic Services

Bree Conklin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned both her Doctorate and Master’s in Social Work. Bree joined Harmony Family Center in November 2019 as the Clinical Manager of Therapeutic Services and Project Manager for the Birth Parents Grief & Loss Counseling Program. She has specialized training in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Compassionate Bereavement Care, Circle of Security, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Play Therapy. Bree is the co-founder of Camp Missing Piece, a bereavement camp for children and adolescents. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Association for Play Therapy, and the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association.

Charlotte Coffer

Receptionist/Office Support

Charlotte Coffer is a Knoxville native and UT graduate with a B.S. in Communications Broadcasting. Before joining Harmony Family Center, she  was the Event Marketing Manager at Scripps Networks Interactive for close to 20 years. In her free time Charlotte enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, listening to music and working on various home projects.

Cindy Krusenklaus

IT Coordinator

Cindy Krusenklaus serves as Harmony’s Information Technology Coordinator. Cindy has worked in the computer industry for over 35 years and supports Harmony’s programs and services including networking, cloud computing, email management, customized database support and enhancement, computers, training, communications, websites, help desk, and other needed technical support.

David Bracey

FOCUS - South Central

David Bracey, BA, is a Regional Case Coordinator for FOCUS in the South Central Region of Tennessee. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist College. David has 20 plus years experience in the social work field. His experience consists of residential programs, therapeutic foster care, and specializing in adoptions. 

Elissa Farrar

ASAP Family Therapist

Elissa first joined the Harmony team in fall 2019 as the Animal Assisted Therapy Intern, and now serves as an ASAP Family Therapist. She graduated from Harding University with a B.S. in Psychology and from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Elissa's previous professional experience includes providing counseling services to kids, adolescents, and young adults.

Emilee Headrick

Strategic Planning and Evaluation Coordinator

Emilee has served at Harmony since 2015 in a variety of roles including Montvale grounds support and two years with the ASAP program. She now works as the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Coordinator. She also manages the internship program and assists the Board of Directors and Executive Team with administrative responsibilities. Emilee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tennessee Tech University and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Tennessee.

Franny Alexander

Resource Center Coordinator

Franny Alexander has been an adoptive and foster mother for over 10 years. She currently serves as support to the Resource Center and FOCUS programs. Additionally, Franny facilitates and leads the FUSE parent support groups in the East Tennessee area. Franny is certified as an Educational Advocate.

Gersom Gonzalez

Montvale Property Manager

Gersom Gonzalez is the Property Manager at Montvale and has been with Harmony for over 9 years. Prior to joining Harmony, he worked in several different trades including boat building, mechanical, painting, carpentry, and electrical. All of these skills have helped in the restoration of Camp Montvale to the beautiful property it is today. Gersom oversees the maintenance of the 300 acre property including the Barn, pastures, and 17 buildings. He handles all the reservations request for outside groups, weddings, summer camps, etc, as well as the Harmony sponsored camps. Gersom ensures legal compliance with all the state and local agencies that regulate camp operations. He currently holds a certification for a small water system, a level 1 certification for the climbing wall, and a swimming pool operator certification. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Hannah Grisham

ASAP Family Therapist

Hannah Grisham, M.Ed, is a Family Therapist with Harmony’s Adoption Support and Preservation program. Hannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University and her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi. She has experience working with children and adolescents in a school-based setting and in a training clinic that specialized in Play Therapy.

Heather Butcher

FOCUS Program Manager

Heather the FOCUS Program Manager, serving clients throughout East Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Heather has over 20 years of experience in the field of adoption and foster care. Her previous work experience includes the Department of Children’s Services where she was employed as a Child Protective Services Assessment worker as well as front line staff in a boy’s juvenile delinquent group home. Prior to coming to Harmony, Heather served as a Resource/Adoption Coordinator for Omni Visions, specializing in therapeutic foster care and special needs adoptions. Heather is certified in the POPS (Profile of Parenting Study) home study method and is also one of Harmony’s certified trainers on the ropes course & climbing wall. Heather is an active member of the Southeast Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families (SETACF) in the Tennessee Valley DCS region.

Holly Smith

FOCUS Permanency Specialist 

Holly graduated with her undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech University with a Human Ecology degree and a concentration of Child Development and Family Relations. She has worked in the foster care system since graduating from TTU in 2015. Holly returned to school to obtain her Masters in Social Work and graduated from University of Tennessee in 2019. Throughout her career, she has worked in preventative services, therapeutic foster care, and as an Adoption Specialist. Holly  joined the Harmony Team in January of 2020 as a FOCUS Permanency Specialist. Outside of work, she enjoys being able to spend her time in the outdoors, traveling, and visiting her family in East TN.

Jahna Golly

ASAP Family Therapist

Jahna is originally from southwest Florida. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Evangel University, in Missouri. Her educational and clinical background focused on children, specifically from hard upbringings. Jahna's clinical work is focused on foster care, adoption and trauma related challenges. She has a therapy dog in training named Barley June. Outside of work, Jahna enjoys spending time with her nephews, going to church, and being creative!

Jamaiya Luttrell

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator  

Jamaiya Luttrell is a Regional Case Coordinator for Harmony’s FOCUS program. She provides services to the Smoky Mountain Region. Jamaiya received her BSSW from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015. Jamaiya has experience with residential programs, therapeutic foster care, and was cross-trained for the TN Department of Children’s Services as their floating case manager. Outside of work, Jamaiya enjoys spoiling her two fur babies, learning about astrology, and traveling.

Jeff Cook

ASAP Family Therapist

Jeff completed his BSAS in Criminal Justice and his MSW in Social Work at Youngstown State University.  He holds an LSW license in Pennsylvania and his LMSW in Tennessee. He worked with male adjudicated and non-adjudicated children and adolescents in mental health, attachment, and acute trauma care for over 11 years in Pennsylvania.  He started working with Harmony Family Center as an ASAP Family Therapist in the Mid Cumberland Region in December 2019.  He is amateur certified in EMDR through EMDRIA.  He is fluent in TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, ABFT, and Structural Family Therapy. 

Jennifer Washburn

ASAP Family Therapist

Jennifer Washburn serves Harmony in the Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) program. She leads Adoption Guardianship Preparation Trainings and FUSE parent support groups in the Davidson and Mid-Cumberland Regions. She received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Jennifer and her husband live in Nashville with their two children who joined their family by adoption.

Jennifer West

FOCUS - East/Smoky/Knox

Jennifer West, MA, is a Regional Case Coordinator in the East Region for the FOCUS program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Maryville College and a master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Montana. Her professional experience ranges from coordinating campus volunteer programs to serving as a bereavement counselor with hospice programs.

Jessica Bolin Edwards

ASAP Family Therapist

Jessica Bolin Edwards M. Eds, NCC, is a Family Therapist with the Adoption Support and Preservation program in Upper Cumberland. Jessica received her Master’s Degree in mental health counseling from Lincoln Memorial University. Her previous professional experience includes working with children, youth, and adults, providing crisis support, individual, and family therapy.

John McGlothin

ASAP Family Therapist

John graduated from Richmont Graduate University in 2016 and has been working in the counseling field since 2015. Prior to starting at Harmony in early 2019, he spent much of his clinical experience in mandated treatment working with juveniles, substance abusers, and sex offenders. He sat with a number of hurting people who experienced significant loss in their own lives and had caused similar loss in the lives of the people around them. Through the Adoption Support and Preservation program, John is able to step into the generational cycle of hurt and work to interrupt similar patterns of pain from happening.

Judy Lewis

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

Since 2001, Judy has worked with children and families through various case management and training positions with both DCS and a therapeutic foster care agency. She joined Harmony in 2016 on the Foster Parent Training team as the Foster Parent Trainer for the Northeast DCS region then moved into the role of Foster Parent Training Manager for the East Grand Region of Tennessee in July of 2017. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Julie Tilley

ASAP Family Therapist

Julie graduated from Lee University with a BS in Business Administration and teacher licensure in 2004 and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013. She served as the Lee University Coordinator of Assessment for 10 years and worked in the non profit sector with children and families recovering from trauma for 8 years. Julie currently serves as a Family Therapist with the Adoption Support and Preservation program. Julie has two children and two wonderful dogs.

Kathy Rhymes

ASAP Family Therapist

Kathleen “Kathy” Rymes graduated from Antioch University New England (NH) with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has recently joined Harmony Family Center as an ASAP Therapist in the Mid-Cumberland area.  She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families, as well as providing Supervision for a private adoption agency several years ago.  Kathy has worked as a therapist in various settings including inpatient adolescent psychiatric hospitalization, community mental health, public high school and county department of corrections.  Kathy has received training in DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, MATCH and LGBTQ-I culture. 

Kacye Watson

FOCUS Permanency Specialist Program Manager

Kacye graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  She has over 20 years of experience working with children in several different capacities.  She has managed emergency shelters for children, served as court liaison for children in state’s custody, served as Program Director in a Juvenile Detention facility and has spent the last four years working in the fields of foster care and adoption. Kacye and her husband have a blended family that includes three adult sons, and a teenage daughter.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, leading small groups at church, playing with their four dogs and traveling. 

Kelly Braden

Compliance and Accountability Coordinator

Kelly Braden has been a part of the Harmony Team since 2007, where she serves as Coordinator in the Compliance and Accountability Program (CAP). Before joining the social work field in 1994, Kelly worked briefly as a court reporter and also spent several years in the banking industry.  Her first role in social work was providing scribe services to therapists at a local mental health agency.  This work initiated the passion of wanting to help children and families live their best lives.  Away from work, Kelly enjoys spoiling her two bulldogs, spending time with family, and traveling.

Kim Bracken

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

Kimberly Bracken has 20 years of experience working with children and families. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Harding University and has been training foster parents since 2005. Her previous experience includes: developing curricula, Child Protective Services with the Arkansas Department of Children Services, working with at risk youth through the court system in White County, Arkansas, and providing developmental screenings on kids birth to age six in Southwest, Tennessee. Kimberly is honored to work with foster parents in West TN and desires to make a difference in the lives of children who come from hard places.

Kim Halbert

Home Study Program Manager

Kim Halbert, BA, University of TN, is Manager of Harmony Family Center's Home Study Program. Kim has over 30 years of experience working with children and families in mental health, residential, and child welfare systems. More recently, she has served as a PATH Trainer and currently provides oversight and management of Harmony's Home Study services.

Kindal Cameron Akers

Clinical Training Manager

Kindal is the Clinical Training Manager in Harmony’s Adoption Support and Preservation program. Kindal received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Religion from Carson-Newman University, and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Childhood and Adolescence from Richmont Graduate University. Kindal has over 13 years of experience in working with children and adults who have a history of complex trauma. She has served children and families in residential treatment centers, outpatient therapy, therapeutic family camp and day camp, and in-home therapy settings. Kindal is a HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming facilitator, and leads drumming and rhythm activities for wellness and regulation. She has completed Phase I and Phase II certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Lauren Kiningham

Therapeutic Services Coordinator

Lauren began working at Harmony in the summer of 2018 after graduating from Maryville College with a B.S. in Biology. She currently serves as the Therapeutic Services Coordinator. In her role, Lauren assists in the care and management of our equine team, coordinates volunteers, and schedules Therapeutic Riding sessions for participants. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys traveling and spending time with her horses and dogs.

Lauren Thomas

Birthparent Grief & Loss Support Counselor

Lauren Thomas, LMSW, began her career working with children with mental health diagnoses as a case manager and then moved into case management with the homeless population. She then worked as an expectant/birth parent counselor at a private adoption agency while pursuing her MSSW. She is currently a family therapist with Harmony Family Center's Adoption / Guardianship Support and Preservation program, as well as, Harmony's Registered Yoga Teacher. She has completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and additional training focused specifically on working with children with trauma histories.  Lauren received her BSSW and MSSW from the University of Tennessee, including a Treatment of Trauma Graduate Certificate. She is also certified in Phase I of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and has additional training in ARC, EMDR, and Nurturing Parenting.  

Lenna Allen

ASAP Family Therapist

Lenna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Her professional experience includes over 20 years of clinical experience working with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing issues related to trauma, attachment, adoption, and crisis situations. Lenna has been a Family Therapist within the Adoption Support and Preservation Program at Harmony Family Center for 12 years, providing a continuum of in-home services including psycho-education, support, and individual and family therapy.

Leslie Hale

FOCUS Northeast

Leslie Hale, BSW, is a Regional Case Coordinator for the FOCUS program in the Northeast Tennessee Region.  Leslie earned her BSW at Lincoln Memorial University.  Her work experience consists of over 22 years of  experience in the child welfare field.  She has worked in preventative services, therapeutic foster care, case management, trainer/recruiter for perspective foster/adoptive parents, and in adoption services.

Leslie Schenk

ASAP Family Therapist

Leslie graduated from the University of Alabama with a Master’s in Community Counseling.  She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1997 and has a significant amount of experience with children, adolescents and families.  Leslie has worked in the area of child welfare for approximately 10 years with experience in juvenile justice as well.  She has worked with birth mothers and adoptive parents, juvenile delinquents, children seeking permanency and  in the areas of individual counseling, home study groups, home studies and adoption finalizations. 

Lorie Krauss

FOCUS - Upper Cumberland

Lorie has over 20 years experience working in the child welfare system and holds a BS Degree in Sociology from Tennessee Tech University. As a birth child in a foster home at the age of 15, she experienced life with children in therapeutic foster care. After graduating, she went on to work with the Relative Caregiver Program, in DCS as an FSW, as a PATH Trainer and now as the Upper Cumberland FOCUS RCC for Harmony.

Marsha Sliker

Fiscal and Office Coordinator

Marsha Sliker has been with Harmony for 4 years and has been a part of non-profits involving children such as Boy Scouts of America, Family Promise of Blount County and Habitat for Humanity for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Carson Newman College and has more than 12 years of experience as an office manager and 10 years as a corporate accountant. Having been a previous foster parent she interacts with foster and adoptive families that she works with on a personal level.

Mary Beth Conquest

FOCUS Permanency Specialist

Mary Beth Conquest graduated from MTSU in December 2011. She briefly worked in the criminal justice field before transitioning to foster care as a case manager. Throughout her career, she has taught PATH, wrote home studies, and served as a recruitment specialist for foster parents. Mary Beth started working as a Permanency Coordinator in May 2018 with Harmony and has found her passion doing adoption work. Most recently, she has transitioned to the role of FOCUS Permanency Specialist. Outside of work, she enjoys attending MTSU sporting events with her family and hanging out with their boxer, Titan.

Megan Ferryman

Brand and Program Development Coordinator

Megan started working at Harmony in summer 2019 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Marketing and Management and minor in Sociology. She currently serves as the Brand and Program Development Coordinator, managing Harmony's social media accounts, creating content, and collaborating with other staff on new programs and projects. In 2017, Megan became certified as a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and leads therapeutic horseback riding sessions at Montvale throughout the week. Outside of work, Megan is an avid equestrian, rock climber, and social entrepreneur.

Michelle Rigling

Foster Parent Conference Coordinator

Michelle Rigling is the Coordinator of the Tennessee Foster Parent Conference, which hosts over 1000 foster parents and professionals from across the state. In addition, she manages the Understanding Infant Adoption program, an education effort providing training in hospitals in 44 states. She is also a community wellness and recovery coach and advocate. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Business, and various certifications that support her work in the wellness and recovery community such as WRAP®, IMR, Bowen Theory Family Systems Processing, and Liberating Structures.

Miranda Mitchell

ASAP Family Therapist

Miranda Mitchell earned a BSW and MSW from ETSU with a focus in family therapy. She has worked with children and families in one capacity or another of 10 years. Miranda has been with Harmony since July 2017 and serves as a Family Therapist and Adoption Preparation and Guardianship trainer in the Northeast Region.

Nicholas Owens

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

Nicholas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Liberty University and pursued his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.  He has worked with children from the state since 2011 with roles such as houseparent, campus supervisor, and family specialist.  In 2017, he came to Harmony to become the East Foster Parent Trainer.  Nicholas loves being part of the Harmony team and feel blessed to work with foster parents and help them as they provide for children. He currently resides in Knoxville with his wife and enjoys traveling and exploring nature.

Nicole Pillar

ASAP Family Therapist

Nicole Pillar obtained a Master’s degrees in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology from Lewis University Romeoville, Illinois. Her previous professional experience includes working as a therapist for adolescents in residential, group homes, and high risk children and families. She is trained Therapist in Theraplay, EMDR and ARC. Nicole currently serves as a Family Therapist with the Adoption Support and Preservation program.

Rebecca Lehmicke

ASAP Clinical Manager

Rebecca is the Clinical Manager for the Adoption Support and Preservation program. She has worked with children and families throughout her life in different capacities from crisis intervention to children’s ministry, and now as a family therapist. She has an undergraduate degree in Child and Family development from the University of Georgia and a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is licensed in the state of Tennessee as a professional counselor and has been trained in several modalities including NMT phase I. She enjoys being outside, trying new restaurants, and all the Hallmark movies. She is married to Alex and has a daughter, Magnolia, and a 5lb dog, Bear.

Robert Morgan

FOCUS Recruitment Videographer

Robert Morgan, BFA, MDIV, is responsible for Video Productions for the FOCUS Program and agency at large. He received a Baccalaureate from Texas Christian University in Radio/TV/Film and a Master’s of Divinity from Vanderbilt University as well as a diversity of experience in human services ranging from hospital chaplaincy to community mental health.

Sarah Belcher

ASAP Family Therapist

Sarah Belcher, LMSW is a Family Therapist in Harmony’s Adoption Support and Preservation program in the West Tennessee area. Sarah received her Master of Social Work degree from Union University. She enjoys working with families to create therapeutic relationships that bring healing.

Shannon Arrington

FOCUS Permanency Specialist

Shannon serves Harmony as a Permanency Specialist with the FOCUS program. She has a Bachelor's Degree Human Services from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an M.Ed. Degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Shannon is the proud mom of a son and daughter, both adopted.

Sinead Doherty

ASAP Family Therapist

Sinead graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling, with a certificate in Grief, Trauma and Loss from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has training in child centered play therapy, EMDR, ARC, and holds Phase I NMT certification. Her research and clinical experiences have focused on children with incarcerated parents, the juvenile justice system, and children who have experienced trauma, working in both clinical and school settings. 

Steve Gellinger

Fiscal Director

Steve Gellinger is the Fiscal Director and Accounting Coordinator at Harmony. Steve joined Harmony in 2008, and is responsible for managing and maintaining everyday financial accountability and oversight to the agency, working closely with the CEO and Program Directors.  Steve maintains current, up-to-date, and accurate financial reporting and budgets, including the general ledger, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable functions. He is responsible for preparing for and engaging in fiscal audits conducted by outside auditors as well as submitting monthly and quarterly state and federal financial reports. Prior to Harmony, from 1992 to 2007, Steve was the accountant for multiple companies within the grove operations of a large citrus company in Florida, where he worked closely with the CFO and President. Steve has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.

Talia Duncan

Statewide Foster Parent Trainer

After graduating from Carson-Newman University in December 2013, Talia worked in adult mental health and taught parenting and anger management classes. She later worked as a care coordinator working in home with foster children before becoming the organization's licensing and recruitment administrator. Through this work, she found her love for training and began working at Harmony in August of 2017. 

Tekoa Penrose

FOCUS Case Coordinator

Tekoa graduated from Southern Adventist University with both her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work. Prior to working at Harmony, she was a supervisor at an outpatient mental health facility. Before that she worked for a therapeutic foster care agency for 7 years in different capacities from case manager to Team Lead. She also has experience working with incarcerated juveniles providing CBT and DBT. Tekoa has a passion for adoption and finding forever families!

Timitra Nelson

FOCUS Permanency Specialist

Timitra Nelson joined the Harmony team in January 2020 as a FOCUS Permanency Specialist. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and has worked in the field of mental health and foster care for 20 years. Timitra has a passion for children and youth and enjoys the rewards of seeing them reach permanency.

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