Program Team

Annie Stricklin, MSSW

Annie Stricklin, MSSW

Nurturing Home Program Manager

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. 

Jessica Prior, LMSW, MSSW

Jessica Prior, LMSW, MSSW

Parent Educator and Family Counselor

Jessica began as a volunteer with The Family Center and instantly felt drawn to work with families. Her training in trauma informed care and graduate certification in the Treatment of Trauma has allowed her to understand the importance of a nurturing childhood. Through her experience working with mental health and substance abuse issues, she believes that working with the family as a team is essential to enhance the relationship between parent and child.

Jennifer Martin, LMSW, MSSW

Jennifer Martin, LMSW, MSSW

Lead Parent and Community Educator

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, LPC/MHSP, MS

Trina Winters, LPC/MHSP, MS

Lead Children's Facilitator/ Enrollment Coordinator

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.

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.

Daphne Stringer

Daphne Stringer

Parent Education Coordinator and Office Manager, Rutherford County

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.

Audrey Sherer

Audrey Sherer

Community Relations Coordinator, 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. 

Sandra Brunelle, MS

Sandra Brunelle, MS

Parent Educator, Rutherford County

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.

Development Team

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 six 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.  

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 and has developed programming for urban after school and early care and education programs and led a partnership with a pilot public school. She has focused on fundraising since 2001.

Administrative Team

Karla Strauss

Karla Strauss

Office Manager/ Human Resources

Karla's experience working with or on the behalf of youth is through teaching and leading music groups, as a clinical associate at a youth rehabilitation facility and as a volunteer for many human service projects. Karla feels privileged to be a part of The Family Center to combine her passion for child welfare while using her background in non-profit administration to serve the staff.

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.

Leadership Team

Dawn Eaton

Dawn Eaton

CEO

Touched personally by the death of a family member as a result of child abuse, Dawn is passionate about prevention.  She believes that giving parents the tools to better understand their children and the resources to cope with stress can change lives.  Armed with 34 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, she leads The Family Center with a business mind and a compassionate heart.

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 six 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 and Community Engagement

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. 

Karla Strauss

Karla Strauss

Office Manager/ Human Resources

Karla's experience working with or on the behalf of youth is through teaching and leading music groups, as a clinical associate at a youth rehabilitation facility and as a volunteer for many human service projects. Karla feels privileged to be a part of The Family Center to combine her passion for child welfare while using her background in non-profit administration to serve the staff.