Our Team

Our 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.

Executive Team

CEO, Harmony Family Center

Nicole Coning

CEO, Harmony Family Center

Nicole Coning, Chief Executive Officer, has over 27 years of experience in the child welfare field with specialization in pre and post adoption support, family preparation for prospective foster and adoptive caregivers, and program development and organizational leadership. Nicole is a member of Harmony’s Executive Team and Board of Directors; she has been with the agency since 2008.  She transitioned to her most recent role after serving as Harmony’s Chief Operations Officer.  From 2015 – 2021, Nicole provided leadership as Tennessee’s 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.  It is Nicole’s privilege to provide leadership and support to Harmony’s 100+ staff who provide excellent, innovative services statewide so all may live their best lives.

CEO, Harmony Family Center

Nicole Coning

CEO, Harmony Family Center

Nicole Coning, Chief Executive Officer, has over 27 years of experience in the child welfare field with specialization in pre and post adoption support, family preparation for prospective foster and adoptive caregivers, and program development and organizational leadership. Nicole is a member of Harmony’s Executive Team and Board of Directors; she has been with the agency since 2008.  She transitioned to her most recent role after serving as Harmony’s Chief Operations Officer.  From 2015 – 2021, Nicole provided leadership as Tennessee’s 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.  It is Nicole’s privilege to provide leadership and support to Harmony’s 100+ staff who provide excellent, innovative services statewide so all may live their best lives.

Chief Program Officer

Michelle Whaley

Chief Program Officer

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.

Chief Program Officer

Michelle Whaley

Chief Program Officer

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.

Resource Center Program Director

Allison Douglas

Resource Center Program Director

Allison Cooke Douglas, M.S., IECMH-E®, is the Resource Center Program Director at Harmony Family in Knoxville, TN and serves as a post-permanency expert at the National Center for Enhanced Post-Adoption Support. Over the past decade, Allison’s work has focused on post-permanency family support. She has developed and presented curricula regarding therapeutic parenting, the impact of early trauma on the developing brain, and best practices in the child welfare system. In her work with Tennessee’s Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) program, Allison provides direct services to adoptive families as a part of Harmony’s multidisciplinary ASAP team. Allison holds an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement, is certified in Phases I and II of The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and is a Neurosequential Model in Education trainer. She is a Napa Infant-Parent & Early Childhood Mental Health fellow and was selected for the 2022-23 All Educators cohort at The Fred Rogers Institute. Allison brings her lived experience as an adoptive parent of four children to her daily work.

Resource Center Program Director

Allison Douglas

Resource Center Program Director

Allison Cooke Douglas, M.S., IECMH-E®, is the Resource Center Program Director at Harmony Family in Knoxville, TN and serves as a post-permanency expert at the National Center for Enhanced Post-Adoption Support. Over the past decade, Allison’s work has focused on post-permanency family support. She has developed and presented curricula regarding therapeutic parenting, the impact of early trauma on the developing brain, and best practices in the child welfare system. In her work with Tennessee’s Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) program, Allison provides direct services to adoptive families as a part of Harmony’s multidisciplinary ASAP team. Allison holds an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement, is certified in Phases I and II of The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and is a Neurosequential Model in Education trainer. She is a Napa Infant-Parent & Early Childhood Mental Health fellow and was selected for the 2022-23 All Educators cohort at The Fred Rogers Institute. Allison brings her lived experience as an adoptive parent of four children to her daily work.

Administrative Director

Andrea Knight

Administrative Director

Andrea has over 25 years of progressive Human Resources experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Chadwick University in Birmingham, AL. She was a 2017 member of Leadership Blount and serves as a 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.

Administrative Director

Andrea Knight

Administrative Director

Andrea has over 25 years of progressive Human Resources experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Chadwick University in Birmingham, AL. She was a 2017 member of Leadership Blount and serves as a 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.

Continuous Improvement Director

Emilee Headrick

Continuous Improvement Director

Emilee has served at Harmony since 2015 in a variety of roles including internships, Montvale grounds support, and two years with the ASAP program. She now works as the Continuous Improvement Director overseeing organizational strategy for operations and development. Emilee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tennessee Tech University and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Tennessee.

Continuous Improvement Director

Emilee Headrick

Continuous Improvement Director

Emilee has served at Harmony since 2015 in a variety of roles including internships, Montvale grounds support, and two years with the ASAP program. She now works as the Continuous Improvement Director overseeing organizational strategy for operations and development. Emilee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Tennessee Tech University and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Tennessee.

FOCUS Program Director

Heather Butcher

FOCUS Program Director

Heather is the FOCUS Program Director, serving clients throughout Tennessee. She has been with Harmony since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Heather has over 25 years of experience in the child welfare field, specializing in 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 also one of Harmony’s certified trainers on the ropes course & climbing wall.

FOCUS Program Director

Heather Butcher

FOCUS Program Director

Heather is the FOCUS Program Director, serving clients throughout Tennessee. She has been with Harmony since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Heather has over 25 years of experience in the child welfare field, specializing in 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 also one of Harmony’s certified trainers on the ropes course & climbing wall.

Professional and Community Development Director

Keith Bailey

Professional and Community Development Director

Keith has led the Training Department and served on the Executive Team at Harmony Family Center since 2016 and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families.  He has served children in residential treatment, supported foster and adoptive families, 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 was a Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy from 2017-2021.

Professional and Community Development Director

Keith Bailey

Professional and Community Development Director

Keith has led the Training Department and served on the Executive Team at Harmony Family Center since 2016 and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families.  He has served children in residential treatment, supported foster and adoptive families, 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 was a Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy from 2017-2021.

ASAP Director

Kristi Kulesz

ASAP Director

Kristi grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and holds a LMSW with the state of Tennessee, earning her master’s degree in clinical social work in 2004 from UTK. Go Vols! She originally worked full-time with Harmony beginning in 2006 for over seven years in various programs and capacities including Adoption Support & Preservation (ASAP), Harmony Assessment Resource Team (HART), pre-adopt curriculum and family camp development, and Harmony’s leadership team. Kristi then worked as an independent contractor for Harmony in DCS and private home study programs. She rejoined the Harmony team full-time in January 2020, and now serves as the ASAP/GSAP Program Manager – East. Kristi has certification and training in several evidence-based clinical treatment models and is currently working towards certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and LCSW licensure.

ASAP Director

Kristi Kulesz

ASAP Director

Kristi grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and holds a LMSW with the state of Tennessee, earning her master’s degree in clinical social work in 2004 from UTK. Go Vols! She originally worked full-time with Harmony beginning in 2006 for over seven years in various programs and capacities including Adoption Support & Preservation (ASAP), Harmony Assessment Resource Team (HART), pre-adopt curriculum and family camp development, and Harmony’s leadership team. Kristi then worked as an independent contractor for Harmony in DCS and private home study programs. She rejoined the Harmony team full-time in January 2020, and now serves as the ASAP/GSAP Program Manager – East. Kristi has certification and training in several evidence-based clinical treatment models and is currently working towards certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and LCSW licensure.

Director of Recruitment, Foster Parent Training and Home Studies

Lillian Hampton

Director of Recruitment, Foster Parent Training and Home Studies

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 and now oversees Foster Parent Training and the Homestudy program.

Director of Recruitment, Foster Parent Training and Home Studies

Lillian Hampton

Director of Recruitment, Foster Parent Training and Home Studies

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 and now oversees Foster Parent Training and the Homestudy program.

Director of Permanency and Adoption Services

Pamela Frye

Director of Permanency and Adoption Services

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 it 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.

Director of Permanency and Adoption Services

Pamela Frye

Director of Permanency and Adoption Services

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 it 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.

Permanency Specialist Director

Tina Graves

Permanency Specialist Director

Tina Graves serves as the Permanency Specialist Director for Harmony Family Center. She joined Harmony in 2007 and has 28 years of experience in the child welfare field. Tina began working for the Department of Children’s Services then joined the private sector providing direct care, case management and serving as a team leader. Prior to serving as Director, Tina served as the Program Manager for the FOCUS program and the Permanency Specialist Programs with Harmony. Tina received her BS degree from Middle TN State University in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Permanency Specialist Director

Tina Graves

Permanency Specialist Director

Tina Graves serves as the Permanency Specialist Director for Harmony Family Center. She joined Harmony in 2007 and has 28 years of experience in the child welfare field. Tina began working for the Department of Children’s Services then joined the private sector providing direct care, case management and serving as a team leader. Prior to serving as Director, Tina served as the Program Manager for the FOCUS program and the Permanency Specialist Programs with Harmony. Tina received her BS degree from Middle TN State University in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Staff

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alexis Shumaker

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alexis Shumaker, BSW, has 17 years of experience in the child welfare field. Alexis serves as FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator for Shelby and Southwest Region. Alexis is a proud alum of both Mississippi State University and Rust College. Alexis’ professional motto is: “One child at a time and everyone has a part.”

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alexis Shumaker

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alexis Shumaker, BSW, has 17 years of experience in the child welfare field. Alexis serves as FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator for Shelby and Southwest Region. Alexis is a proud alum of both Mississippi State University and Rust College. Alexis’ professional motto is: “One child at a time and everyone has a part.”

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alyssa Sparks

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alyssa has an MSSW from the 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.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alyssa Sparks

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Alyssa has an MSSW from the 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.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda Adams

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda started at Harmony in October 2023. Prior to this position, she was a Forensic Child Interviewer with Child Help in Knoxville. The majority of her child welfare experience is with The Department of Children’s Services, where she worked for 14+ years as a Family Service Worker in various units within The Department including foster care, adoptions, and child protective services. Other professional experience includes writing homestudies, preplacement summaries, and other permanency specialist duties. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from East TN State University with a major in Human Services and minor in Early Childhood Education. She is married and has a super smart and active kindergartner. She enjoys going to UT football games, the Zoo, and water parks.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda Adams

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda started at Harmony in October 2023. Prior to this position, she was a Forensic Child Interviewer with Child Help in Knoxville. The majority of her child welfare experience is with The Department of Children’s Services, where she worked for 14+ years as a Family Service Worker in various units within The Department including foster care, adoptions, and child protective services. Other professional experience includes writing homestudies, preplacement summaries, and other permanency specialist duties. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from East TN State University with a major in Human Services and minor in Early Childhood Education. She is married and has a super smart and active kindergartner. She enjoys going to UT football games, the Zoo, and water parks.

Foster Parent Trainer

Amanda Felts

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.

Foster Parent Trainer

Amanda Felts

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.

ASAP East Program Manager

Amanda Hargis

ASAP East Program Manager

Amanda is the East Region Program Manager with our ASAP/GSAP program and a licensed therapist. Amanda earned her master’s degree in interpersonal social work with a focus on trauma treatment. Amanda has worked with individuals and families for almost a decade in various capacities. She is passionate about fostering healing and connection utilizing the latest brain science and evidence-based practices.

ASAP East Program Manager

Amanda Hargis

ASAP East Program Manager

Amanda is the East Region Program Manager with our ASAP/GSAP program and a licensed therapist. Amanda earned her master’s degree in interpersonal social work with a focus on trauma treatment. Amanda has worked with individuals and families for almost a decade in various capacities. She is passionate about fostering healing and connection utilizing the latest brain science and evidence-based practices.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda Kolar-Chagnon

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

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 a proud mother, who is heavily involved in her community.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

Amanda Kolar-Chagnon

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

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 a proud mother, who is heavily involved in her community.

Foster Parent Training Manager

Amy Kyriakidis

Foster Parent Training Manager

Amy Kyriakidis lives in Chattanooga with her husband and three children. Throughout high school, she volunteered in an Early Head Start classroom and knew she wanted to work to make a difference in children’s lives. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in human development from SUNY Empire State College in 2008. She volunteered with children in her community in various ways until joining the Harmony foster parent training team in 2018. She is currently the foster parent trainer for the Tennessee Valley DCS region.

Foster Parent Training Manager

Amy Kyriakidis

Foster Parent Training Manager

Amy Kyriakidis lives in Chattanooga with her husband and three children. Throughout high school, she volunteered in an Early Head Start classroom and knew she wanted to work to make a difference in children’s lives. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in human development from SUNY Empire State College in 2008. She volunteered with children in her community in various ways until joining the Harmony foster parent training team in 2018. She is currently the foster parent trainer for the Tennessee Valley DCS region.

DCS Home Study Administrative Assistant

April Barker

DCS Home Study Administrative Assistant

April earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Troy University in 2001 and began her career working for the Department of Children’s Services. After 12 years of writing home studies and managing foster homes for DCS in Oklahoma and then in Tennessee, April joined the Harmony family in 2014. She has served as Harmony’s Lead Home Study Editor and provided Administrative Support for the Home Study Program for the last nine years. April enjoys working behind the scenes and mentoring new home study writers as they learn to author the high-quality home studies Harmony is known for.

DCS Home Study Administrative Assistant

April Barker

DCS Home Study Administrative Assistant

April earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Troy University in 2001 and began her career working for the Department of Children’s Services. After 12 years of writing home studies and managing foster homes for DCS in Oklahoma and then in Tennessee, April joined the Harmony family in 2014. She has served as Harmony’s Lead Home Study Editor and provided Administrative Support for the Home Study Program for the last nine years. April enjoys working behind the scenes and mentoring new home study writers as they learn to author the high-quality home studies Harmony is known for.

Permanency Specialist

Ashley Bailey Azlin

Permanency Specialist

Bailey completed her Master of Science in Social Work with a graduate certificate in the treatment of trauma in 2020 from the University of Tennessee. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a BSW from East Tennessee State University in 2013. She has experience in inpatient mental health and over 7 years experience working in child welfare for the TN Department of Children’s Services. She started as a child protective service investigator before moving into writing home studies and providing foster parent training and support. She lives with her husband of 6 years, their infant daughter, and their two small dogs in Spring Hill, Tennessee. She enjoys traveling, going on family adventures, and curling up with a good book. Bailey joined the Harmony family in March of 2021 as a FOCUS Permanency Specialist.

Permanency Specialist

Ashley Bailey Azlin

Permanency Specialist

Bailey completed her Master of Science in Social Work with a graduate certificate in the treatment of trauma in 2020 from the University of Tennessee. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a BSW from East Tennessee State University in 2013. She has experience in inpatient mental health and over 7 years experience working in child welfare for the TN Department of Children’s Services. She started as a child protective service investigator before moving into writing home studies and providing foster parent training and support. She lives with her husband of 6 years, their infant daughter, and their two small dogs in Spring Hill, Tennessee. She enjoys traveling, going on family adventures, and curling up with a good book. Bailey joined the Harmony family in March of 2021 as a FOCUS Permanency Specialist.

ASAP Family Therapist

Brynn Yeager

ASAP Family Therapist

Brynn graduated from UTK with a Master of Social Work in 2021 and has served as a Family Therapist with ASAP since. Prior to her employment at Harmony, Brynn was an intern with the therapeutic services office. Before becoming a family therapist, she spent time as a dance instructor, meditation teacher, and photographer. Brynn’s favorite part of her role as ASAP Therapist is joining families at Camp Montvale.

ASAP Family Therapist

Brynn Yeager

ASAP Family Therapist

Brynn graduated from UTK with a Master of Social Work in 2021 and has served as a Family Therapist with ASAP since. Prior to her employment at Harmony, Brynn was an intern with the therapeutic services office. Before becoming a family therapist, she spent time as a dance instructor, meditation teacher, and photographer. Brynn’s favorite part of her role as ASAP Therapist is joining families at Camp Montvale.

Administrative Assistant/Office Support

Charlotte Coffer

Administrative Assistant/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.

Administrative Assistant/Office Support

Charlotte Coffer

Administrative Assistant/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.

Equine Program Coordinator

Dakota Theobald, OTR/L

Equine Program Coordinator

With a passion for horses, program coordination, and as a foster and adoptive parent, Dakota looks forward to sharing the healing nature of connecting with horses. Dakota is finalizing completion of PATH’s Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification and has prior training and experience working in therapeutic barns. Dakota’s education in occupational therapy and hippotherapy will help drive the development and implementation of therapeutic experiences for individuals and groups with the support of our equine herd.

Equine Program Coordinator

Dakota Theobald, OTR/L

Equine Program Coordinator

With a passion for horses, program coordination, and as a foster and adoptive parent, Dakota looks forward to sharing the healing nature of connecting with horses. Dakota is finalizing completion of PATH’s Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification and has prior training and experience working in therapeutic barns. Dakota’s education in occupational therapy and hippotherapy will help drive the development and implementation of therapeutic experiences for individuals and groups with the support of our equine herd.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

David Bracey

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

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.

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

David Bracey

FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator

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.

East Home Study Program Manager

Deborah Dial

East Home Study Program Manager

Deborah is the Home Study Program Manager for the Eastern side of Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education/Human Services from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Harmony team, Deborah worked for the Department of Children’s services (2003 -2021) as a foster care case manager, foster parent support case manager, and foster parent support team leader. Deborah is certified in the POPS (Profile of Parenting Study) home study method and is a certified Child and Family Service Review reviewer. Deborah is an active member in her community and served 5 years as the chairperson for the Family Advisory Council at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

East Home Study Program Manager

Deborah Dial

East Home Study Program Manager

Deborah is the Home Study Program Manager for the Eastern side of Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education/Human Services from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Harmony team, Deborah worked for the Department of Children’s services (2003 -2021) as a foster care case manager, foster parent support case manager, and foster parent support team leader. Deborah is certified in the POPS (Profile of Parenting Study) home study method and is a certified Child and Family Service Review reviewer. Deborah is an active member in her community and served 5 years as the chairperson for the Family Advisory Council at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Davidson Permanency Specialist

Elizabeth Minatra

Davidson Permanency Specialist

Elizabeth joined the Harmony Team in August of 2017 in a part time role as a Permanency Coordinator. She now serves Harmony as a Permanency Specialist with the FOCUS program for Davidson County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in K-8th Education. Elizabeth has been a classroom teacher, tutor, mentor, and Juvenile Detention educator. Her and her husband of 31 years, live on a two-generation farm in middle Tennessee. She is the proud mother of twin daughters (25), one son in love (25) and a sweet Shih-Poo fur baby (4). Outside of work, she enjoys being with her family, college football games, traveling, cooking, and boating/being on/in or near about any body of water.

Davidson Permanency Specialist

Elizabeth Minatra

Davidson Permanency Specialist

Elizabeth joined the Harmony Team in August of 2017 in a part time role as a Permanency Coordinator. She now serves Harmony as a Permanency Specialist with the FOCUS program for Davidson County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in K-8th Education. Elizabeth has been a classroom teacher, tutor, mentor, and Juvenile Detention educator. Her and her husband of 31 years, live on a two-generation farm in middle Tennessee. She is the proud mother of twin daughters (25), one son in love (25) and a sweet Shih-Poo fur baby (4). Outside of work, she enjoys being with her family, college football games, traveling, cooking, and boating/being on/in or near about any body of water.

Mid Cumberland Permanency Specialist

Faith Holmes

Mid Cumberland Permanency Specialist

Faith graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She has previously interned and worked at the TN Department of Children’s Services. At DCS, she worked in child protective services for over a year before moving to foster care and working as an FSW for 2 years. She is now back in school at the University of Tennessee to get her MSSW. Faith joined Harmony in 2022 to serve as a Permanency Specialist for the Mid-Cumberland Region. Outside of work, Faith enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and attending live music events.

Mid Cumberland Permanency Specialist

Faith Holmes

Mid Cumberland Permanency Specialist

Faith graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She has previously interned and worked at the TN Department of Children’s Services. At DCS, she worked in child protective services for over a year before moving to foster care and working as an FSW for 2 years. She is now back in school at the University of Tennessee to get her MSSW. Faith joined Harmony in 2022 to serve as a Permanency Specialist for the Mid-Cumberland Region. Outside of work, Faith enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and attending live music events.

Resource Center Manager

Franny Alexander

Resource Center Manager

Franny Alexander has been an adoptive and foster mother for over 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. She currently serves as the Resource Center Manager, providing parent coaching and support. Additionally, Franny facilitates parent support groups across Tennessee. Franny is certified as an Educational Advocate.

Resource Center Manager

Franny Alexander

Resource Center Manager

Franny Alexander has been an adoptive and foster mother for over 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. She currently serves as the Resource Center Manager, providing parent coaching and support. Additionally, Franny facilitates parent support groups across Tennessee. Franny is certified as an Educational Advocate.

Mid Cumberland Permanency Program Coordinator

Holly Smith

Mid Cumberland Permanency Program Coordinator

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.

Mid Cumberland Permanency Program Coordinator

Holly Smith

Mid Cumberland Permanency Program Coordinator

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.

ASAP Family Therapist

Irmalenna Allen

ASAP Family Therapist

Lenna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Her professional experience includes over 25 years of clinical experience working with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing issues related to adoption, attachment, crisis, and trauma. Lenna has been a Family Therapist within the Adoption Support and Preservation Program for 15 years, providing a continuum of in-home services that include psycho-education, support, and individual and family therapy. Lenna was trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in 2014 through Texas Christian University, and she was certified as a TBRI Educator in 2015. She has been trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT); Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Framework (ARC); Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART); Circle of Security; and she completed Phase II Certification of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Lenna lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two teenage sons.

ASAP Family Therapist

Irmalenna Allen

ASAP Family Therapist

Lenna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Her professional experience includes over 25 years of clinical experience working with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing issues related to adoption, attachment, crisis, and trauma. Lenna has been a Family Therapist within the Adoption Support and Preservation Program for 15 years, providing a continuum of in-home services that include psycho-education, support, and individual and family therapy. Lenna was trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) in 2014 through Texas Christian University, and she was certified as a TBRI Educator in 2015. She has been trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT); Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Framework (ARC); Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART); Circle of Security; and she completed Phase II Certification of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Lenna lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two teenage sons.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jacquelyn Tritt

ASAP Family Therapist

Jacquelyn completed her MSSW from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2023 with a focus on trauma treatment. She has worked with children and their families for the past fifteen years in a variety of capacities, including as a Montessori educator, provider of early intervention services, and as a co-facilitator of an intensive outpatient therapeutic group for adolescents. Jacquelyn approaches her work by incorporating evidence-based interventions along with curiosity to better understand family dynamics as well as individual and family strengths to meet clients where they are and to shape their work together.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jacquelyn Tritt

ASAP Family Therapist

Jacquelyn completed her MSSW from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2023 with a focus on trauma treatment. She has worked with children and their families for the past fifteen years in a variety of capacities, including as a Montessori educator, provider of early intervention services, and as a co-facilitator of an intensive outpatient therapeutic group for adolescents. Jacquelyn approaches her work by incorporating evidence-based interventions along with curiosity to better understand family dynamics as well as individual and family strengths to meet clients where they are and to shape their work together.

Individual & Family Therapist

Jahna Golly, LPC-MHSP

Individual & Family Therapist

Jahna’s clinical work is focused on children and families with trauma-related challenges.

Individual & Family Therapist

Jahna Golly, LPC-MHSP

Individual & Family Therapist

Jahna’s clinical work is focused on children and families with trauma-related challenges.

Montvale Property Manager

James Lane

Montvale Property Manager

Jimmy Lane is the Property Coordinator at Harmony Family Center’s Camp Montvale. Jimmy grew up in Louisville, TN and currently resides in Maryville. He has a diverse array of experience in Farming, Horticulture and Residential Construction and Maintenance. While not working, he enjoys his time spent with family, friends, mission work as well as several outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and jeeping.

Montvale Property Manager

James Lane

Montvale Property Manager

Jimmy Lane is the Property Coordinator at Harmony Family Center’s Camp Montvale. Jimmy grew up in Louisville, TN and currently resides in Maryville. He has a diverse array of experience in Farming, Horticulture and Residential Construction and Maintenance. While not working, he enjoys his time spent with family, friends, mission work as well as several outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and jeeping.

Permanency Coordinator

Jamie Parker

Permanency Coordinator

Jamie Parker joined the Harmony team in July 2021 as a Permanency Specialist for Davidson County. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL. She has worked in the Social work field for 7 years both overseas and in the United States. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Drug Court Social Worker, Adoption Specialist, Assistant Social Worker and Permanency Specialist. Jamie is a proud foster parent for adults and children with special needs.

Permanency Coordinator

Jamie Parker

Permanency Coordinator

Jamie Parker joined the Harmony team in July 2021 as a Permanency Specialist for Davidson County. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Oakwood University of Huntsville, AL. She has worked in the Social work field for 7 years both overseas and in the United States. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Drug Court Social Worker, Adoption Specialist, Assistant Social Worker and Permanency Specialist. Jamie is a proud foster parent for adults and children with special needs.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jasmine Lassett, MAHSC

ASAP Family Therapist

Jasmine earned her B.S. in Psychology from Blue Mountain Christian University in Blue Mountain, MS. She received her M.A. in Human Services Counseling with a focus on Parenting & Child/Adolescent Development from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. She comes with experience as an in-school therapist as well as case management with high-risk children and families. Jasmine also has experience in community mental health. She and her husband have several years of experience as foster parents, and they are in the process of adopting their youngest son. This experience has fueled the passion she has for foster and adoptive families.
Jasmine and her husband have three sons. In her free time she enjoys family, naps, the beach, the SEC and all things Ole Miss. Jasmine is also a volunteer caretaker with Isaiah 117 House; an organization near and dear to her heart.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jasmine Lassett, MAHSC

ASAP Family Therapist

Jasmine earned her B.S. in Psychology from Blue Mountain Christian University in Blue Mountain, MS. She received her M.A. in Human Services Counseling with a focus on Parenting & Child/Adolescent Development from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. She comes with experience as an in-school therapist as well as case management with high-risk children and families. Jasmine also has experience in community mental health. She and her husband have several years of experience as foster parents, and they are in the process of adopting their youngest son. This experience has fueled the passion she has for foster and adoptive families.
Jasmine and her husband have three sons. In her free time she enjoys family, naps, the beach, the SEC and all things Ole Miss. Jasmine is also a volunteer caretaker with Isaiah 117 House; an organization near and dear to her heart.

HART Case Coordinator

Jennifer West

HART Case Coordinator

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.

HART Case Coordinator

Jennifer West

HART Case Coordinator

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.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jessica Fraley

ASAP Family Therapist

Jessica Fraley graduated with her BS from Tennessee Tech University with a Human Ecology degree, concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. She worked with children and families through CCFT services, before returning to obtain her Masters in Human Services, Child and Family Therapy. Throughout her career, Jessa has worked with children, youth, and families in many capacities, such as in-home counseling, crisis intervention, and other settings. She enjoys working with youth and families in all avenues, helping them reach their best selves and walking alongside them through difficult moments. You will likely always find her with a good cup of coffee. Jessa enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake, and traveling.

ASAP Family Therapist

Jessica Fraley

ASAP Family Therapist

Jessica Fraley graduated with her BS from Tennessee Tech University with a Human Ecology degree, concentration in Child Development and Family Relations. She worked with children and families through CCFT services, before returning to obtain her Masters in Human Services, Child and Family Therapy. Throughout her career, Jessa has worked with children, youth, and families in many capacities, such as in-home counseling, crisis intervention, and other settings. She enjoys working with youth and families in all avenues, helping them reach their best selves and walking alongside them through difficult moments. You will likely always find her with a good cup of coffee. Jessa enjoys spending time with her family, going to the lake, and traveling.

Foster Parent Trainer

Jessica Tanaka

Foster Parent Trainer

After graduating from The University of Tennessee in 2015 (Go Vols!) with a B.S. in Special Education/Deaf Education, Jes started working as a special education preschool teacher for private preschools. While she was in college, she worked with many families who had children with disabilities. Her background in Special Education and her years of experience as a foster mom inspired her interest in continuing to help foster families and children. She joined Harmony in 2022 as a Foster Parent Trainer. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, and hanging out with her four sons and her husband.

Foster Parent Trainer

Jessica Tanaka

Foster Parent Trainer

After graduating from The University of Tennessee in 2015 (Go Vols!) with a B.S. in Special Education/Deaf Education, Jes started working as a special education preschool teacher for private preschools. While she was in college, she worked with many families who had children with disabilities. Her background in Special Education and her years of experience as a foster mom inspired her interest in continuing to help foster families and children. She joined Harmony in 2022 as a Foster Parent Trainer. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, and hanging out with her four sons and her husband.

Individual & Family Therapist

John McGlothin, LPC-MHSP

Individual & 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.

Individual & Family Therapist

John McGlothin, LPC-MHSP

Individual & 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.

Operations Coordinator

Kaelynn Stewart

Operations Coordinator

Kaelynn graduated from the University of Tennessee College Scholars Program with a degree in Creative Activism. Prior to joining the Harmony team as Operations Coordinator, Kaelynn worked as an administrative assistant and funding coordinator in the field of reproductive health care. In her free time, Kaelynn enjoys cooking, writing, and spending time with her animals.

Operations Coordinator

Kaelynn Stewart

Operations Coordinator

Kaelynn graduated from the University of Tennessee College Scholars Program with a degree in Creative Activism. Prior to joining the Harmony team as Operations Coordinator, Kaelynn worked as an administrative assistant and funding coordinator in the field of reproductive health care. In her free time, Kaelynn enjoys cooking, writing, and spending time with her animals.

ASAP Family Therapist

Kaitlyn Tobin

ASAP Family Therapist

Originally from Chicago, Kaitlyn moved to Knoxville after completing her MSW at the University of Illinois in 2021. Kaitlyn has experience working with adoption, complex trauma, and mental health with both children and adults. She is passionate about working with families and helping children live their most authentic selves.

ASAP Family Therapist

Kaitlyn Tobin

ASAP Family Therapist

Originally from Chicago, Kaitlyn moved to Knoxville after completing her MSW at the University of Illinois in 2021. Kaitlyn has experience working with adoption, complex trauma, and mental health with both children and adults. She is passionate about working with families and helping children live their most authentic selves.

ASAP Family Therapist

Kara Ferry

ASAP Family Therapist

Kara joined Harmony’s ASAP Team as a Family Therapist in July of 2022 and now provides in-home services in the Northeast Region of Tennessee. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2019 and went on to receive her MSW in the Spring of 2022. Kara has 3 years of experience working in adoption; she has had the privilege of writing home studies and celebrating with families who have said yes to providing a loving home for children who need it. She is excited and honored to now support families facing challenges following adoption.

ASAP Family Therapist

Kara Ferry

ASAP Family Therapist

Kara joined Harmony’s ASAP Team as a Family Therapist in July of 2022 and now provides in-home services in the Northeast Region of Tennessee. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2019 and went on to receive her MSW in the Spring of 2022. Kara has 3 years of experience working in adoption; she has had the privilege of writing home studies and celebrating with families who have said yes to providing a loving home for children who need it. She is excited and honored to now support families facing challenges following adoption.

Grant Writer

Karen Burns

Grant Writer

Karen Burns joined Harmony Family Center as a part-time Grant Writer in January 2023.  Her background includes having served as the chief grant writer for two Court Appointed Special Advocate Programs, while she served as their Executive Director, sequentially, the Essex County CASA in Newark NJ and the CASA of Westmoreland County in Greensburg, PA.  Karen resides in Pittsburgh, PA and serves as a volunteer grant writer for the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network of Pittsburgh.  Karen is married to Anthony Rutigliano, has two children, Meghan, and Eugene (and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kirsten), and a new granddaughter, Cecelia!

Grant Writer

Karen Burns

Grant Writer

Karen Burns joined Harmony Family Center as a part-time Grant Writer in January 2023.  Her background includes having served as the chief grant writer for two Court Appointed Special Advocate Programs, while she served as their Executive Director, sequentially, the Essex County CASA in Newark NJ and the CASA of Westmoreland County in Greensburg, PA.  Karen resides in Pittsburgh, PA and serves as a volunteer grant writer for the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network of Pittsburgh.  Karen is married to Anthony Rutigliano, has two children, Meghan, and Eugene (and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Kirsten), and a new granddaughter, Cecelia!

Post-Adopt Annual Review Coordinator

Kathie Armstrong

Post-Adopt Annual Review Coordinator

Kathie Armstrong graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a degree in English Education. She served as a foster parent on and off from 2003 to 2019. Kathie has adopted four children from foster care with special challenges. For over five years, she served as a Home Study Writer working with foster and adoptive families. Currently, Kathie is serving as a Post-Adopt Review Coordinator.

Post-Adopt Annual Review Coordinator

Kathie Armstrong

Post-Adopt Annual Review Coordinator

Kathie Armstrong graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a degree in English Education. She served as a foster parent on and off from 2003 to 2019. Kathie has adopted four children from foster care with special challenges. For over five years, she served as a Home Study Writer working with foster and adoptive families. Currently, Kathie is serving as a Post-Adopt Review Coordinator.

Therapeutic Services Office Coordinator

Kayla La Rosa

Therapeutic Services Office Coordinator

Kayla is the first face you’ll see at the front desk of Therapeutic Services. She coordinates scheduling and billing for the clinic, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. Kayla loves spending time reading and making homemade pizza for her family’s weekly movie night.

Therapeutic Services Office Coordinator

Kayla La Rosa

Therapeutic Services Office Coordinator

Kayla is the first face you’ll see at the front desk of Therapeutic Services. She coordinates scheduling and billing for the clinic, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. Kayla loves spending time reading and making homemade pizza for her family’s weekly movie night.

Continuous Improvement Coordinator

Kelly Braden

Continuous Improvement 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.

Continuous Improvement Coordinator

Kelly Braden

Continuous Improvement 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.

DCS Background Check Coordinator

Kelly Green

DCS Background Check Coordinator

Kelly Green joined the Harmony team in July 2022, she serves as the DCS Background Check Coordinator for traditional/kinship families statewide. She has 20 plus years’ experience working with child welfare. She came to us as a former Case Manager 2 with the TN Dept of Children’s Services, serving families and children through social services and criminal justice programs. She has volunteered in the past with at risk children and youth in summer programs, daycare programs and community activities. She has a passion for working with children and making sure they are safe and have loving, safe forever homes and people in their lives who love and provide positive support for them. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending times with family, friends, and her fur-babies.

DCS Background Check Coordinator

Kelly Green

DCS Background Check Coordinator

Kelly Green joined the Harmony team in July 2022, she serves as the DCS Background Check Coordinator for traditional/kinship families statewide. She has 20 plus years’ experience working with child welfare. She came to us as a former Case Manager 2 with the TN Dept of Children’s Services, serving families and children through social services and criminal justice programs. She has volunteered in the past with at risk children and youth in summer programs, daycare programs and community activities. She has a passion for working with children and making sure they are safe and have loving, safe forever homes and people in their lives who love and provide positive support for them. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending times with family, friends, and her fur-babies.

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate; Individual & Family Therapist

Kelsie McGlothin, LMFT

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate; Individual & Family Therapist

Kelsie is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working clinically with families since 2016. Her experience ranges from treating clients in community mental health settings to private group practice, with more than 3 years working with adoptive families via the ASAP program at Harmony Family Center. She currently serves clients in Harmony’s Therapeutic Services clinic.
Her clients are age 2 to 65+, with special focus on healing from developmental/complex trauma. Kelsie is certified in Phase 1 of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™, and she’s trained in S.A.F.E. (somatic and attachment focused) EMDR and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She offers a variety of knowledge of interventions when offering treatment and education, including behavioral, somatic, attachment-based, relational and more.

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate; Individual & Family Therapist

Kelsie McGlothin, LMFT

AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate; Individual & Family Therapist

Kelsie is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working clinically with families since 2016. Her experience ranges from treating clients in community mental health settings to private group practice, with more than 3 years working with adoptive families via the ASAP program at Harmony Family Center. She currently serves clients in Harmony’s Therapeutic Services clinic.
Her clients are age 2 to 65+, with special focus on healing from developmental/complex trauma. Kelsie is certified in Phase 1 of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™, and she’s trained in S.A.F.E. (somatic and attachment focused) EMDR and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She offers a variety of knowledge of interventions when offering treatment and education, including behavioral, somatic, attachment-based, relational and more.

Family Therapist

Kendra Cotton

Family Therapist

Kendra Cotton completed her MSW at the University of Alabama.  She works as a Family Therapist in the ASAP program and has been working with foster families for the past 6 years.  She has experience counseling children as well as coaching parents She has a long history of working to improve her community.  In a previous life, she spent many years working with nonprofits on their fundraising efforts. Kendra lives in Nolensville with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.

Family Therapist

Kendra Cotton

Family Therapist

Kendra Cotton completed her MSW at the University of Alabama.  She works as a Family Therapist in the ASAP program and has been working with foster families for the past 6 years.  She has experience counseling children as well as coaching parents She has a long history of working to improve her community.  In a previous life, she spent many years working with nonprofits on their fundraising efforts. Kendra lives in Nolensville with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.

Foster Parent Trainer

Kimberly Bracken

Foster Parent Trainer

Kim Bracken received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Harding University and has 20 years of experience with children and families.  Her previous experience includes foster parent trainer, home study writer, curricula developer, Child Protective Services worker, working with at-risk youth through the court system, and providing developmental screenings on kids birth to age six. Kim is honored to work with foster parents in Tennessee and hopes to make a difference in the lives of children who come from hard places.

Foster Parent Trainer

Kimberly Bracken

Foster Parent Trainer

Kim Bracken received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Harding University and has 20 years of experience with children and families.  Her previous experience includes foster parent trainer, home study writer, curricula developer, Child Protective Services worker, working with at-risk youth through the court system, and providing developmental screenings on kids birth to age six. Kim is honored to work with foster parents in Tennessee and hopes to make a difference in the lives of children who come from hard places.

HART Case Coordinator

Kimberly Phillips

HART Case Coordinator

Kim Phillips joined Harmony in April 2019 as a part time Case Coordinator for the HART program and moved to full time in October 2019. Prior Kim worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families for over 15 years providing CPS direct care and later foster care and adoption support and recruitment. Prior to that position, Kim was employed as Director of the Family Resource Center Bloomfield, CT providing services for children birth to three, parent education and positive youth development for school age children. Early in her career Kim worked at Nashville’s Meharry Medical College Mental Health Center, Metropolitan Department of Social Services and Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority as a social worker. She earned her MSW in Social Work in 2001 from the University of Connecticut while working a full-time job. She graduated with a BSW from Tennessee State University in 1985. Kim and her husband, Kevin, are adoptive parents to their beloved daughter Gabrielle.

HART Case Coordinator

Kimberly Phillips

HART Case Coordinator

Kim Phillips joined Harmony in April 2019 as a part time Case Coordinator for the HART program and moved to full time in October 2019. Prior Kim worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families for over 15 years providing CPS direct care and later foster care and adoption support and recruitment. Prior to that position, Kim was employed as Director of the Family Resource Center Bloomfield, CT providing services for children birth to three, parent education and positive youth development for school age children. Early in her career Kim worked at Nashville’s Meharry Medical College Mental Health Center, Metropolitan Department of Social Services and Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority as a social worker. She earned her MSW in Social Work in 2001 from the University of Connecticut while working a full-time job. She graduated with a BSW from Tennessee State University in 1985. Kim and her husband, Kevin, are adoptive parents to their beloved daughter Gabrielle.

Foster Parent Trainer

Laura Hall