Staff 2019-09-23T16:59:50-05:00


Some of us have done this work for decades; some of us are just getting started.  Many of us are born-and-raised Tennesseans, and some of us have come thousands of miles to join TJC. Our team is proud to work hard every day on behalf of and in partnership with Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Click photos for more information.

Michele Johnson Headshot

Michele Johnson

Executive Director, Co-Founder


Signe Anderson

Nutrition Director

Jane Beasley

Case Manager and Client Intake Coordinator

Gordon Bonnyman

Staff Attorney, Co-Founder

Thomas Bynum

Training and Volunteer Manager

Ray Curenton-Dillinger

Development Coordinator

James Creppel

Client Advocate

Susan Drury

Chief Operating Officer

Keila Franks

Director of Medicaid Policy Advocacy

Nora Hendricks

Jesuit Volunteer

Sarah Henson

Nutrition Advocate

Austin Hollimon

King Health Fellow

Kelli Klein

WIC & Child Nutrition Advocate

Lauren McBride

Melkus Fellow

John Orzechowski

Chief Financial Officer

Charlotte Pate

Community Outreach Coordinator

Katie Ann Twiggs

Independence Team—Community Engagement Coordinator

Caroline Rossini


Rob Watkins

Staff Attorney

Anna Walton

Communications Director

Dranda Whaley

Office Manager

Kinika Young

Director of Children’s Health

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Vanessa Zapata

George Barrett Social Justice Fellow