Susan Galeas, MSW, MPH

Susan Galeas, MSW, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

April Oberlin

April Oberlin

Director of Development

April comes to The Family Center from the YMCA of Greater Seattle where she was the Director of Philanthropy. Her 8 years of fundraising and management experience also includes serving as the Director of Business Development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in both Indiana and Washington.  

Brad Palmertree, MSW

Brad Palmertree, MSW

Director of Advocacy &
Trauma Informed Care

Brad has 7 years of experience in human services and policy advocacy, including his most recent work as Director of Program and Service Development for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee and as Director of Policy for the Tennessee Health Care Campaign. He currently serves on the ACE Nashville Leadership Team, chairs the ACE Nashville Public Policy Work Group, and co-chairs the Nashville chapter of the Network for Social Work Management. 

Jennifer Knowles

Jennifer Knowles

Director of Marketing & Communications

Jennifer has a background in non-profit and arts administration specializing in marketing and community programming. She has served the Nashville community for 17 years bringing accessible visual and performing arts programs and events to children and adults. She is excited to support The Family Center in our mission to end cycles of trauma, build stronger families, and contribute to the prosperity and well-being of middle Tennesseans.

Karla Strauss

Karla Strauss

Office Manager & Human Resources

Karla has a background serving families through music education and therapy, substance abuse treatment, and community and international outreach. She feels privileged to be a part of The Family Center to combine her passion for child welfare with 20 years' experience in administration to serve the agency.

Laurie Hoffma

Laurie Hoffma

Senior Development Manager

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.

Julie Willett

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.

Audrey Sherer

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. 

Daphne Stringer

Daphne Stringer

Database & Development Manager

Daphne has always had a passion for helping others and serving the community, and working at The Family Center allows her to fulfill this goal. She believes providing parent education classes can allow families to become the best they can be.

Annie Stricklin, MSSW, CNP

Annie Stricklin, MSSW, CNP

Manager, Nurturing Home

Annie is a Certified Nonprofit Professional. She received her MSSW specializing in Trauma Informed Care and her Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Trauma in order to help children and families heal from adverse experiences. Working in the Nurturing Home Program gives Annie the opportunity to utilize both her skill sets to help families set a brighter course for their future. 

Jennifer Martin, LMSW

Jennifer 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.

Trina Winters, MS

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.

Jessica Prior, LMSW

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

Sierra Scott

Parent Education Coordinator

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.

Sandra Brunelle, MS

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.

Carolyn Price, LCSW

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.

Cyndy Allen

Cyndy Allen

Parent Educator

Emily Barton

Emily Barton

Children's Facilitator

Virginia Beasley

Virginia Beasley

Children's Facilitator

Madelyn Whitley

Madelyn Whitley

Children's Facilitator