Susan Galeas, MSW, MPH

President & CEO

Susan brings with her 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, public policy, and marketing.  She holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health and has a vision for strategic development and engagement with a focus on changing cultures. Prior to shifting to nonprofit, Susan worked in New Orleans, Louisiana as a psychiatric and medical social worker, focusing on at risk populations. Her career as a nonprofit executive includes work in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California (where she lived for 16 years).  Ms. Galeas is excited to work with the incredible team of staff, board, and volunteers of The Family Center as we strive to help more families in the region break cycles of trauma, reduce child abuse, and raise healthy families. 


Jennifer Knowles

Director of Marketing
& Communications

Jennifer has an extensive background in Marketing, Content Development, Nonprofit Leadership and Administration, and Fundraising. She has served the Nashville nonprofit arts community for 17 years bringing accessible visual and performing arts programs and events to children and adults. She's excited to be a part of The Family Center's mission to end multi-generational cycles of child abuse, neglect, and trauma... and to contribute to the prosperity and well being of middle Tennessee.

Jenn Martin, LMSW

Manager, Positive Parenting
& Co-Parenting

Jenn has felt driven to work with families since she was a teenager. Since then she has spent much of her education and career working alongside adolescents, children, and parents to create authentic and supportive community for families.

Carolyn Price, LCSW

Clinical Consultant

A licensed clinical social worker, Carolyn has over 16 years of experience providing direct services to families and managing programs. Carolyn joined The Family Center in 2001 and is highly-committed to the work of preventing child abuse. As the parent of two children, Carolyn understands both professionally and personally that prevention must start with supporting parents in the wonderful and challenging journey of raising children.

Trina Winters, MS

Lead Children's Facilitator
& Parent Educator

Trina has worked with children and their parents in various capacities for over 25 years and has learned that parents want to do the best they can for their children.  It's her pleasure to serve children as a bridge between their world and their parents' world and to help bring positive outcomes for them both.

Christian Anda

Manager, Administrative Operations


Laurie Hoffma

Senior Manager, Development

Laurie is passionate about helping families get what they need to make a good life for themselves and their children. She has a background in early childhood/elementary education, has developed programming for urban after school early care and education programs, and led a partnership with a pilot public school. She has focused on fundraising since 2001.

Audrey Sherer

Regional Manager, Rutherford County

In working with children over the last 12 years, Audrey learned that a child’s well-being ultimately starts in the home. Working at The Family Center has given her the opportunity to make a lasting impact by letting the community know the importance of creating a safe and nurturing home environments for every family. 

Julie Willett

Executive Assistant & Special Projects

Julie comes from a nonprofit background, having served for seven years as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Martha’s Vineyard.   She most recently worked in People Services for a company of 150 employees.  She has happily returned to nonprofit work at The Family Center and is especially thrilled to be working for families again.

Cyndy Stone Allen

Parent Educator

Emily Barton

Enrollment Coordinator
& Children's Facilitator

Virginia Beasley

Children's Facilitator

Sandra Brunelle, MS

Parent Educator

Sandra has taught in workshops and conferences across the state of TN with a focus on parenting. Beginning in 1999 in the field of foster care, Sandra gained experience as a case manager, individual therapist, and Director of a foster care agency. Her main goal is to help children have happy and healthy childhoods by educating parents.

Whitney Jenkins, MSW

Parent Educator

Whitney received her Master’s degree in Social Work at Tennessee State University. She has a background in community outreach and support and counseling via internship experiences with Centerstone and Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. She has always had a passion for helping others and serving the community. 

Jessica Prior, LMSW

Parent Educator

Jessica started out as a volunteer at The Family Center and was instantly drawn to working with families. She received a Masters in Social Work at the University of Tennessee and her training in trauma informed care gives her a unique understanding of the importance of a nurturing childhood. At the center of her mission is working with the family as a team, this is essential to enhancing relationships between parents and children.

Sierra Scott

Coordinator, Positive Parenting
& Co-Parenting

Sierra graduated from Manhattan Christian College.   She has a background in human trafficking research, community outreach, advocacy and counseling via internship experiences with The Salvation Army, Assure Women's Center, Water Cup Counseling and The Homestead Ministry.

Alex Sura

Family Coach