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Press Release

FEB. 15, 2023

Contact: Rachel Rickman
Marketing & Development Manager
[email protected]

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Local nonprofit Partnership for Families, Children and Adults recently welcomed Lynda LeVan as director of grant strategy and compliance and Sarah Wilkerson as director of human resources.

A Tennessee native, LeVan holds a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. With more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, LeVan most recently served as the executive director of SoLit, a local literary arts nonprofit organization, where she oversaw and improved its funding base, daily programming and administration. Through her established career, LeVan brings to Partnership an extensive knowledge and proven record of success in the areas of fundraising, grant writing, marketing and strategic management.

Graduating magna cum laude from the University of the South, Wilkerson joined Partnership in 2018. Most recently serving as Partnership’s human resources manager, Wilkerson strengthened the department’s focus on DEI policy, operational innovation and recruitment strategies. Wilkerson worked alongside Partnership’s previous director of human resources for years and brings extensive knowledge of Partnership’s human resource processes and unique staff needs.

“Partnership is on a strategic journey of increased community impact,” said Partnership CEO Kevin Hyde. “It is critical that we have leaders who not only bring the right professional experience, but also share in our vision to grow Partnership’s mission and impact. Lynda and Sarah are certainly those leaders.”

As director of grant strategy and compliance, LeVan develops and strengthens Partnership’s government grant funding strategy, trains programming staff on grant best practices and ensures grant compliance to sustain Partnership’s service delivery.

As director of human resources, Wilkerson ensures effective and equitable personnel services, including the hiring, recruiting and retaining of staff. She also serves as a key information and support resource for Partnership staff.

JAN. 3, 2023

Contact: Rachel Rickman
Marketing & Development Manager
[email protected]

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Partnership for Families, Children and Adults recently welcomed nonprofit professional Joy Key as its new Director of Stability Services.

Most recently, Key led local nonprofit Scenic City Clay Arts as the executive director for four years. Key developed staff, enhanced organizational capacity and oversaw daily operations as she successfully formalized the nonprofit organization. Previously, Key professionally served as an independent consultant, adjunct professor and curator of education. As a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, she holds a master’s in museum studies and a Master of Business Administration from Lee University.

“I look forward to connecting deeper with the community and carrying out the mission of the Partnership,” answered Key when asked about her future at Partnership. “It will be a privilege to empower our community’s families and youth so that they can achieve a brighter and more stable future through our programs.”

As Director of Stability Services, Key leads numerous Partnership community programs, including Camp HOPE Chattanooga benefiting youth affected by trauma due to violence, River City Youth Collective benefiting aged-out foster youth and life-coaching program Building Stable Lives benefiting those in need or involved with the justice system.

According to Partnership CEO Kevin Hyde, Key’s experience and expertise will help strengthen existing stability services programs, as well as help roll out a new stability services program known as Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project in 2023.

“Joy’s proven experience in growth management and staff development will be instrumental in advancing our stability programs and stability staff. The need for our programs is continuing to grow, and we are committed to ensuring our capacity grows alongside it,” said Hyde.

Following a thorough interview process, Key’s appointment comes after the previous Director of Stability Services transitioned into another position within Partnership.

About Partnership: Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is a community impact non-profit agency that has been empowering people to build better lives through counseling, crisis intervention, prevention and education programs for 145 years. Last year, our agency served nearly 8,000 people in the Tennessee Valley area. Partnership is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. For more information, visit partnershipfca.com or connect with us on social media.

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (Partnership) is thrilled to announce two exciting changes in leadership.

Next week, Partnership will welcome Wendy Winters aboard as the Director of Elder and Disability Services and Quality Improvement. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Winters holds a master's degree in Public Administration. Winters spent the last four years as Executive Director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, where she spearheaded homeless response efforts in our region on behalf of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition to her extensive experience in housing awareness and advocacy, Winters brings to Partnership a comprehensive knowledge of grants, program development, and strategic acumen.

Partnership Director of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard-of-Hearing Services, Pam Smith, has been promoted to Director of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard-of-Hearing and Auxiliary Services – a unique opportunity to use her many years of for-profit experience to lead the way towards stronger, more sustainable stewardship and greater community impact for the organization. Smith’s eight-year tenure with Partnership recently included an interim role as Director of the Center for Family Connections, a program that supports parents and children throughout the Tennessee Valley by providing parenting classes, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) education, supervised visitations, and resource referrals. Smith is a graduate of Covenant College with a degree in Organizational Management.

One of the oldest human services non-profits in the Chattanooga area, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults has provided comprehensive care, counseling, and advocacy to the Tennessee Valley for 145 years.

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