We’d like to welcome the following new board members who joined us in 2017. Thank you for giving your time and talents to The Refuge Center. See our entire Board of Directors and Partnership Council here. If you are interested in serving at The Refuge Center, whether as a volunteer or in a leadership role, please let us know.
(Not pictured: Ben Christy)
Ken Corr is the Congregational Care Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church. Originally from Auburn, Alabama, Ken graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate of Ministry degree, and The University of Memphis with a Master of Science degree in community agency counseling. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Ken is a National Board Certified Counselor.
At Brentwood Baptist, Ken’s role is to work closely with individuals in need of counseling to provide assessment and referral to licensed therapists. He also provides leadership for the deacon ministry, supervision for support groups, the Benevolence ministry, and provides direction for funeral and wedding planning. Ken is married to Denise and they have four children.
Chris is the President of Mars Canada. He is passionate about the sustainability and growth of our well-known brands and local manufacturing.
Prior to joining Mars over 11 years ago, he held various Marketing, Sales and Customer Marketing and Category roles at Kraft, Pepsico and P&G. Before joining the corporate world, he spent 7 years as a small business entrepreneur building, buying, and selling businesses in the Service Industry.
In his last role at Mars Inc., he led the Private Label and Value Brands business as GM Exclusive Brands in Franklin, TN. In 2014, he returned home to Canada to assume his current role while maintaining a position within the North American Petcare Leadership Team. He also sits on the; PEDIGREE™ Foundation Board, is the Chairman of the Pet Food Institute and is on the FCPC Board of Directors.
Mars’ Canadian operations are part of Mars, Incorporated, which is one of the world’s largest family-owned companies.
In Canada, Mars was established in late 1940s and is known for some of the Canada’s best-loved brands, including MALTESERS®, M&M’S®, PEDIGREE®, SNICKERS®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXCEL® and UNCLE BEN’S®. Mars in Canada comprises four business segments: Food, Chocolate, Wrigley and Petcare. More than 1,300 associates across the country are united by the company’s Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom and strive every day to create relationships with stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of as a company. Mars Canada is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Lindsay Harris currently serves as the Director of Care at Church of the City in Franklin, TN. Her role includes providing pastoral care to individuals and families within the church, providing referrals for counseling and other community resources, maintaining relationships with those referral sources, helping oversee the prayer ministry, and supporting other care ministries within the church.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University and later completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. Before moving to the Nashville area in 2013, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Spiritual Direction.
Lindsay and her husband, Brad, have four boys, ages 5, 7, 8 and 10.
Sandra Hatcher, CFP, Certified Financial Planner®, retired in 2005 and moved to Nashville area in 2006 to be near family and to enjoy full- time availability to the Lord. She was employed as a Broker with Merrill Lynch of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Newport Beach, CA before spending the majority of her career as a Licensed Financial Advisor at American Express in Newport Beach, CA. She is experienced in all aspects of running a large practice, using her skills to provide financial planning services and stewardship principles to individuals and small businesses.
Prior to those experiences, she worked at Ford Motor Company in Human Resources and was a high school French teacher.
She earned her MA, College Student Personnel, at Bowling State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her BA in French (cum laude) at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Sandra is a Bible study teacher and leader, a former board member of the California Baptist Foundation, a former Executive Board Member of Strongtower Financial (formerly California Plan of Church Finance), Treasurer of the Terrazzo in the Gulch Homeowners Association Board and a volunteer with Book’em (part of Reading is FUNdamental) reading and distributing books to elementary school children in Nashville Metro Schools.
Her interests include family, friends, paper crafting, reading and Bible study.
Lisa Prisock is the Founder and President of Company X Merchandise. Lisa has over 26 years of Live Event Merchandise Experience.
In 1994, she founded Company X as a full service merchandising company. Facilitating all aspects of a brand’s merchandising needs: identifying key items in the product line, art direction, product development, projections, manufacturing and on site sales management and protocols.
Company X has built its services around the unique parameters that are present within the Christian marketplace. She has built a team uniquely poised to serve this demographic well.
In addition to owning the company, she has her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and incorporates those interpersonal skills to lead the team and approach the attendees at events in a thoughtful manner.
David is a native of Nashville. He attended Battle Ground Academy before graduating from Hillsboro High School. While attending the University of Memphis in 1967, David met and married his wife Diane and they have three children and 8 grandchildren. David is Elder-Emeritus at Christ Community Church in Franklin.
After spending nearly 30 years in the apparel industry, David began a new career in the non-profit sector. David worked in fundraising for World Harvest Mission before becoming Executive Director of Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia where the Philadelphia Enquirer named him as one of the Top Ten Non-Profit Executives.
David returned to Nashville in 2004 and started The Macedonia Group – a fundraising and Estate Planning consulting firm. In 2008, he became the CEO at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin until his retirement in 2015. Currently David works part-time for Adoration Hospice as a chaplain and Executive Director of The Adoration Foundation.
When I first came to The Refuge Center, I had an eating disorder. Now I am not worried about food or my weight. I am happy and have more joy. I am not worried or anxious.
The Refuge Center has taught me so much about myself. I’ve discovered who I am in a bright, new way. I’ve learned how to work through pain of loss, relationship problems, and I’ve learned how to set healthy boundaries. After all, it’s up to me to protect myself. I’ve also learned that I’m not damaged, or maybe I am, but we all are and we all can heal. The Refuge Center has taught me how to take steps towards healing. It’s a journey, but a beautiful one. I’m learning to find joy in the “here and now”.
My family and I came to The Refuge Center after experiencing several traumatic deaths in our immediate family. We were eagerly met with patience, love, concern, and understanding of our situation. They have offered tremendous guidance and excellent suggestions to help us cope. We feel blessed that God guided us to such an amazing center!
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am to have received help from the Refuge Center. My therapist has been amazing! When I came to the center, I felt devastated, guilty, unloved and overwhelmed. My therapist helped me see things in such a different light. She gave me tools to use and listened to me cry. She gave me courage and hope. She truly has been an angel sent to me from God. As I sit here today, I feel confident and stronger than I ever have! I am forever thankful for all your help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Talking to my counselor has been life changing. She helped me understand things fully, like with friendships, family problems, and my own feelings and emotions. I’m really thankful for her help. Even though I’ve never been to another counselor, I’m pretty sure she’s the best ever! It’s great to have someone to talk to other than friends and family. Thank you.