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Board of Directors

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.  In 2006 she provided a home and safe place for a first time young mom and her baby daughter and 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 her vision 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, NightTime Altrusa of Anderson County, Tennessee, Networking Today International, Domestic Violence Task Force of Anderson County, CAB (Community Advisory Board of Anderson County), and the Anderson County Homelessness Collaboration.

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.

Kim Mitchell – Board Member,  Kim is the mother of three grown children and has been married to her husband, Kent, for 31 years. Kim and her husband moved to Anderson County in 1990 for a job opportunity and it was “home” from day one. They have raised all three of their children there and all of their children work, live and worship in the area. When her children were young, Kim was given a vision from God about taking care of single mothers and helping them to raise their children. Joining the board of Crossroads Ministry is the fulfillment of that vision for her.  Kim is excited to see what Crossroads Ministry can accomplish in Anderson County!  Over the years, she has helped in several ‘ministries’ in the area including being a Girl Scout leader (and she is still involved in several of her girls lives) and being a part of the “Angel Food” ministry with St. Mark United Methodist Church and the Clinton Church of God to help supply inexpensive food for struggling families for six years.  Kim is the Account Manager for Manic Social LLC and Former Director of Marketing with the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.  

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 mothers and young children.  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 is currently a Part-time Project Employee at Energy Solutions/Hittman Transport Services,  and has recently retired as Compliance Manager,  Energy Solutions/Hittman Transport Services where she trained staff and drivers in addition to designing training plans.  

Renee’ Mathies – Board Member, Renee’ attended her first “Tea for Two” event in 2018 and felt an immediate connection to Crossroads Ministry and its mission.  She felt the deep commitment of our founder to help homeless women and their children and has also sponsored and worked with similar women in recovery classes she led.  Renee’ has experience in being a small group coach and leader and has a heart to help heal single mothers and it breaks her heart that there are no resources for them in Anderson County.  Renee’ has many attributes that are necessary to help Crossroads Center of Hope get established and to help our clients become the mothers they are working so hard to be.  She is a Self-Employed Glass Artist and helps many become more familiar with wine by representing the Traveling Vineyard.

Normajean Therrien – Board Member, Normajean attended her first “Tea for Two” event in 2018 and was so moved by our speakers and the mission of Crossroads Ministry that she signed up to be on our board and also a mentor to one of our moms when we are open.  She is also a single mother of four and an abuse survivor.  Normajean has led support groups for survivors and is excited about doing the same at Crossroads, because even though we won’t be a shelter, our moms will need the support of each other and our mentor moms.

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

 

 

 

 

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