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Board of Directors


Cora Rhew, Founder/Executive Director – Interim President.  Cora founded Crossroads Ministry in 2002 while housing a single mom, her baby, and her 14 year old sister for six months.  Crossroads Ministry became a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation in 2005 and for many years she provided a safe place for women escaping an abusive situation and single mothers and their babies for anywhere from one night to a month. From June 2012 to June 2014 provided a home to a single mom trying to regain custody of her daughter who had been taken out of state by the child’s father.  Her passion and dedication to the issue of homeless and/or at-risk single moms and their young children is where her heart and focus is and seeing the vision God gave her come to fruition is her goal.

Cora previously volunteered at Choices Resource Center helping with the babies and toddlers during parenting classes and at STAR (Shangri La Therapeutic Academy of Riding) working with teenagers and women working towards a measure of independence while learning handling and coping skills on horseback.  She is currently a Member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, Anderson County Interagency Coalition, Roane County Interagency Coalition and CAB (Community Advisory Board of Anderson County)

Jean Norris – Treasurer.  Jean attended a “Tea for Two” event in 2015 as a guest; and, after learning about the scope and goals of Crossroads Ministry, knew that she wanted to be involved!  Having grown up in a very loving and supportive family, she is keenly aware that not all young women share that experience in today’s complicated world.  Always being a very independent woman, she seeks to help these at-risk young women find a way to adapt, function, and succeed with their lives and families in today’s fast-paced world.  She also serves as the Secretary of the Foundation Board for the Emory Valley Center.

Jean graduated from The University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Business Administration and holds a Certified Administrative Professional designation with a specialty in Organizational Management  (CAP-OM) from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.  She is retired now having worked at the Y-12 Weapons Complex for 32 years and also Energy Solutions for 10 years.  Jean brings a positive and enthusiastic attitude and possibility-thinking mindset to her role on the Board.

Brenda Lee-Longmire – Secretary. Brenda is sharing her expertise and experience in hopes of bringing great value to Crossroads Ministry. She is involved in Crossroads fundraiser ‘Tea for Two’ by hosting a table and is taking a major role in developing new fundraisers. Brenda currently holds certifications in; International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), CAP-OM (Certified Administrative Professional-Organizational Management). She has been a member of the IAAP Oak Ridge Chapter since 2005, serving as; Advisor to the President, Past President, President Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Board Member, Newsletter Editor Oak Ridge Chapter & TN Division, TN Division, Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Chaired Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon (APW) and Chaired Chapter Fundraisers and community services activities.

She is currently employed by ORAU as Senior Administrative Support Specialist in the IT Department and has worked at ORAU for over 21 years. Education includes: Graduated from Oak Ridge High School; Anderson County Centers for Occupational Development – High Tech Office Skills and Roane State Community College – Management, Office Administration, Office Systems & Technology and Advanced Organizational Management. Brenda is an Oak Ridge native and enjoys painting and arts/crafts.

Karen Kirby – Board Member, Karen has been involved with Crossroads Ministry since its inception and feels that her background of building three barns and managing the building of her home, in addition to her patience and good business sense, she will be able to add her expertise to the restoration of Crossroads Center of Hope to make it ready to receive the single mother families that are so in need in Anderson County.  She also holds a B.S Degree in Business Administration and is past President of the Maryville Business and Professional Women’s Club, was in charge of building the Fellowship Hall of Lancing Presbyterian Church and is writing the Security and Risk Plans for Wartburg Presbyterian Church. 

Karen has recently retired as Compliance Manager,  Energy Solutions/Hittman Transport Services where she trained staff and drivers in addition to designing training plans.

Tammy Hannon MSN, RN – Board Member, Tammy came to Crossroads Ministry because in her position she is always working with single mothers who are struggling to raise their children and get an education at the same time.  She sees what they are going through and is doing her best to be an encourager while at the same time making sure they accomplish the work necessary to get their degree.  Tammy is an Associate Professor of Nursing, Roane State Community College, Oak Ridge.

Kate Groover – Board Member, Kate felt that after learning about the mission of Crossroads Ministry  her background in Sales and Fundraising might benefit the organization and offered to help.  Her heart for single mother families is evident in her story.

I am an Adult Adoptee who was graced with loving adoptive parents & family.  I never questioned my background until I was an adult with a child of my own then later when I had health issues.   I often wondered why my birth mother gave me away.  When I finally found her I began to recognize how tormented she might have been as a single parent.  Consequently I’ve had a soft spot for young women doing it all on their own while still being grateful that she chose to give me away.  Recently, I was graced with a young mother and her children following the untimely death of her young husband from cancer. This tragic occurrence gave me a wonderful opportunity to reach out to help. I witnessed her daily struggle with bills, school, childcare and simply coping with life on her own with no real family for support.  By the grace of God, her own strength & faith, and a little help from us, this young woman is raising strong & healthy children filled with confidence and kindness.

Kate is currently works as a Sales and Marketing Consultant for a Hotel Management Group out of Atlanta directing the Sales & Marketing effort for seven [7] Upper Midscale hotels from SW Virginia  to South Georgia.  Kate specializes in combining an entrepreneurial drive with business management skills to increase revenues and market share by utilizing her skills of clear communication and a strategic sales vision. Education includes: BS – Psychology – Siena College and MSW – University of Memphis.  She has been involved in several non-profit organizations over the years serving as an Executive Director, Board Chairman, and Board Member as well as on multiple committees.  Her primary focus on all boards has been securing Sponsorships, searching for applicable Grants and Grant Writing.  Kate has been married to her husband, Larkin, for 38 years and is the proud “mother” and “grandmother” to her chosen Daughter, Kristi and three chosen grands, Elliott, Asher and Winter.

Justin Willis – Board Member,  Justin is honored to be a part of the Crossroads Team.  He wanted to join the Crossroads Board because of his goal to give back to the community and help the Crossroads dream become a reality and reach its full potential.  He is looking forward to helping the Crossroads Center of Hope families reach their full potential also!  Justin is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones here in Oak Ridge helping the families he works with reach their financial goals.  He and his wife have lived in the Knoxville area for 14 years.