We’re a collection of like-minded, community members who believe everyone deserves a place to stay, to live, and to call their home. Through our collective resources, abilities, and connections, we’re addressing the problem of homelessness in Blount County.
Jared is an Attorney at Law, Member of Blount County Commission, community volunteer.
Tracy is an Accountant, Owner of Tracy L. Carico CPA, Inc., community volunteer.
Brad loves spending time with family and in the great outdoors, especially in the mountains. He also has a passion for helping others. Director, North America Transportation & Logistics, Alcoa Corporation, community volunteer.
Donnelle really enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Justin and has a daughter named Adaline. They love to play outside, watch movies and find new places to explore. Business Development Officer, Simmons Bank. Volunteer with Compassion Counseling, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Committee, United Way of Blount County Champions, Blount County Chamber Ambassadors and Committee for Youth Leadership Blount.
Jean enjoys connecting ideas to create something new. Many of her ideas are found walking with her dog and a camera between a farm and the river near the mountains. Minister, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (ret), pastor, educator, community volunteer.
Mark is Manufacturing Director for DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, community volunteer.
While in the Air Force and in his work life, Al has spent time in almost every state of the US plus some favorite destinations including Santiago, Chili; Monterrey, Mexico; Oahu, Hawaii; London, England; Toronto, Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland, but Maryville is his favorite place to be. Instructor/Mentor Blount County Justice Center sponsored by Adult Education; State Rep for Welcome Home (military veterans), Celebrate Recovery; Board of Directors Good Neighbors of Blount County and HOPE Fund; Master Financial Coach, Dave Ramsey team; member of First United Methodist Church, Maryville.
Kathi is returning to active board membership after serving as APTS transitional Executive Director. Kathi was born and raised in Indiana. She received bachelors degrees In criminal justice and sociology from Indiana State University and a master's degree in special education from the University of Tennessee.
Kathi and her family moved to Dayton TN in 1984 where she assumed the role of children's coordinator at First United Methodist Church. She also taught special education in the Rhea County School system and was adjunct faculty at Bryan College.
She has enjoyed many career opportunities since moving to Maryville in1991. All her work has been with the most vulnerable: special needs adults and children, the elderly, foster children and the homeless.
She has served on the Board of Directors for The Gate and A Place to Stay. She is a graduate of Leadership Blount Class of 2012. She received the Athena Leadership Award in 2017.
Kathi and her husband, Chuck, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, helping her husband in his food truck, and teaching Sunday School.
Bertha enjoys traveling with her husband and they have traveled extensively over the past fifty-one years. She also enjoys Bible Study, reading and writing devotionals. Finally, puzzles - both word and jigsaw - capture her time and attention as well. Early Childhood Ed. Administrator/Curriculum specialist (ret.), H.O.M.E., INC. volunteer, Smiles Driver volunteer, BMH Auxiliary volunteer, Rest Haven Missionary Baptist Church Christian Ed. worker, Blount Co NAACP.
Board Vice President
Kim professionally is involved in Banking and Financial Planning. Volunteer with juvenile court system, CASA, Neighbors Serving Neighbors, Blount Co Sheriff’s Dept., East TN Financial Planning Assoc, and East TN Military Affairs Council.
Sue loves the mountains, enjoys a good hike and relishes tent camping. VP for Student Development at Maryville College (ret); member of Monte Vista Baptist Church; community volunteer.