Cheryl Lenderman

Cheryl Lenderman serves as the Intern Program Administrative Assistant and is thrilled to be a part of such a compassionate and supportive group.  She has a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and has worked in various industries including advertising, merchandising, healthcare, travel, and education.  Cheryl believes in the mission of the Refuge Center and is glad to be a part of a group that offers affordable support, hope, and healing to those in need.

Hannah Bennington is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who received her master’s degree from University of Memphis in Clinical Mental Health. With over 15 years in the mental health field in various settings Hannah’s goal is to come along side clients on their journey to find their own path and empower them to become their best possible selves.

 Hannah is passionate about working with individuals ages 10 and up, who are dealing with life transitions, relationship issues, grief and loss, boundaries, faith issues, struggling with self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Her hope is to help individuals find strength, balance, and meaning in living, by utilizing their strengths to develop coping skills and direction.

After growing up in a multicultural background, Melissa Thomsen completed her Bachelor in social sciences and education in 2009 and her second bachelor in French and education k-12 in Missouri in 2011. She taught in Oklahoma for a year and half before moving to the California coast, where she lived and taught high school French and first grade for 9 years. During this time, she enjoyed helping her students reach their best potential. During her teaching career, she has enjoyed being a source of support, compassion, and encouragement to children and young adults. In 2021, Melissa decided to move to Nashville to open her own bilingual immersion preschool, another experience that has confirmed her desire to work in the counseling field and continue to help children and young adults access the care they may need. In 2022, Melissa joined her husband’s side in the military life and started working as the SFRG assistant for the Bravo company at Fort Campbell. She has started her masters program in clinical mental health & counseling at the University of the Cumberlands and will be expected to graduate in 2024. Melissa is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Melissa is delighted to join the Refuge Center’s team and to be a part of its mission in providing affordable care and support to individuals, families, and couples in need. She believes that all individuals, no matter their age, background, or economic status, should have access to mental health care, support, and hope. Melissa looks forward to providing compassion and kindness to each client at the Refuge Center in their journey for growth and healing.

Annabelle is a 9 month old Shichon (Shih Tzu/Bichon mix) also known as a “teddy bear” mix. She is incredibly friendly, social, brave and spunky. She loves helping people feel welcomes and loved when they come to The Refuge Center.

Jessie Soeters is a Master’s Level Intern at The Refuge Center. She is currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lipscomb University after receiving a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society.

Life is hard and everyone needs someone to walk with them on their journey. Jessie desires to create a safe space for clients to come exactly as they are so that they can find a way to move forward together. She is honored to be a part of the journey and looks forward to helping clients experience wholeness and growth through the therapeutic process.