Amy Alexander, LMFT

CEO, The Refuge Center for Counseling

Jennifer Thames-Hamilton, LMFT


Board of Directors

Eric Baer/President
Financial Advisor, Abound Wealth Management

Doug Edwards/Board Member Emeritus
Chief Executive Officer, Jumpstart Health Investors

Chris Feemster
Relationship Manager/ AVP, First Bank

Katie Haseltine
Spiritual Director, Haven Direction

Thomas H. Cabell, Jr., MD
Cardiologist, Centennial Heart at StoneCrest

Teona Chapman/Vice President
Vice President, First Horizon Bank

Mary K. Collins
Chief Commercial Officer, TechPro Power Group

Greg Gamble
Owner, Gamble Design Collaborative

Cherie Hammond, CPA
CFO – Storage Systems Unlimited

Christopher S. Knight
Chief Legal Officer, Lifeway

Angel May/Secretary
Vice President Marketing Communication, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Connia Nelson
CHRO, Lifeway

Jennifer Singer
Director Clinical Informatics and Interoperability, HCA Healthcare

Jennifer Thames-Hamilton, LMFT/Life-Time Director
Co-Founder, The Refuge Center for Counseling/Therapist
Private Practice Counselor

Sara Sweat, MA
Founder & Integrative Coach
A Life Curated

Kathy Speedy/Treasurer
Associate Director Finance & Operations, Synechron

Matt Toy/Past President
Vice President of Marketing,
D1 Training

Shea Wood
SVP, SBA BDO at United Community Bank

Nathan M. Zipper
Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations, Williamson, Inc.

Dion Sheidy
CEO, Leveled 9 LLP

Brad Winstead

Partnership Council

Our Partnership Council is made up of a special group of volunteers who donate up to 24 hours per year of service, in their area of expertise to advance our mission. The purpose of the Partnership Council is twofold:

  • To promote the Refuge Center for Counseling within our circles of personal and professional influence
  • To provide leadership and specific areas of training in several agency projects and endeavors.

Current Members of Our Partnership Council

The Partnership Council looks for individuals with skills in the following areas, as examples: Legal counsel; IT support; Event Planning; Capital campaigns; Marketing; Church Relations; Compassionate Care; Soul Care; Financial Planning; Interior Design; Landscaping ; Cooking/Baking ; Hospitality; and others as needed.

Steve Abernathy
Community Volunteer

Dan Alexander
Physician and Provider Relations, HCA

Mitch Anderson
Certified Financial Planner, E Financial Alliance

Kristy Cunningham
Community Volunteer

Brad Duke
Community Volunteer

David Estes
Financial Coach, David Estes Coaching

Dawn Garcia
Dawn A. Garcia, Attorney-at-Law

Greg Huber
President, Financial Life Check, LLC

Ally Huddleston
Office of the First Lady

Dr. Ken Moore
Mayor of Franklin, TN, Physician

Shelby Rawson
Writer, Editor

Brodrick Thomas
Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Franklin Road Academy

Jason Wahler
Director of Development, Change Your Brain Foundation

Katie Winstead
Community Volunteer

Ben Zobrist
Former MLB Player, Founder of Champion Forward

Kimberly Kirksey
Kirksey & Co.

Mary Huber
Contract Furniture Professionals

Kendra Kennedy
Creative Director and Graphic Designer

Robin McVey
CEO,  Credex Corporation

Brandy Whitehead
Co-Founder of Church of the City, M.S.S.W