Family Promise of Greater Johnson City, TN
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Keeping Families Together

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  Family Promise of Greater Johnson City
P.O. Box 205
Johnson City, TN 37605


Board Members

The FPJC staff and families greatly appreciate the persons listed on this page. The Board of Directors are people in the community who have a wide variety of backgrounds, educations and professions. They give selflessly of their time, talents and resources to help in building the community of faithful FPJC members, supporters and followers.

Gary Arner
Arner, Gary
This is Gary's second year on the FPJC Board. He and his family moved to Johnson City in 1990 with a job transfer. Gary's wife Sandy was on the original Board of Directors of FPJC  and helped to welcome the first families into the program in September of 2000. Gary and Sandy have been active in the FPJC program ever since. Three years ago Gary's life changed dramatically when he left the world of industrial manufacturing and became employed as the Youth Director for First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. He has since moved to the position of Director of Adult Discipleship there.
Matthew Clark
Clark, Matthew
Matthew, a Nashville native, joined the Board of FPJC in 2012. He is a member and Elder at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Karen, have been married for 28 years. A graduate of ETSU, he served as Legislative Intern in the 106th Tennessee General Assembly in Nashville. He is a member and past board member of Bowmantown Ruritan with 7 years perfect attendance, and also served as The District Convention Chair of the Davy Crockett District Ruritan. Matthew is also a former member and board member of the Johnson City Community Theater, past member of the Kiwanis Club of Jonesborough, and is a licensed insurance broker.
Virginia Faar
Farr, Virginia
I grew up in Cookeville,TN and moved to Johnson City in 1985. I completed my graduate studies at ETSU in the fields of psychology and education. I work for Frontier Health as a school-based mental health liaison. I have been married to my husband, Brian, for 25 years and we have two children. I attend Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, where I enjoy teaching Sunday School. My hobbies are reading, walking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Bob Hall
Hall, Bob
Bob Hall is Associate Director of Development at Emmanuel Christian Seminary and has held that position since March, 2010. Bob is a graduate of Milligan College (BA '82), served 10 years as a US Army officer, and worked for 27 years in leadership and management positions. Bob and his wife, Lisa, are active members at Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, and have two grown children.
Paul Helphinstine
Helphinstine, Paul
Paul Helphinstine is the Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. This is Paul's second year serving on the Family Promise board, and he is tremendously excited about this opportunity to serve this amazing organization. Paul is currently serving as the Vice President of the Board. Paul and his wife of fourteen years, Emily, have two sons, John and Isaac. Emily is the Coordinator for Literacy Programs for the Kingsport City Schools in Kingsport, Tennessee. Paul is a graduate of Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Prior to working at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Paul served for four years as the Senior Minister of Harrison Christian Church, and prior to that he was the Youth Director for seven years at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Johnson City. It was there that Paul became acquainted with Family Promise of Greater Johnson City. Currently, with the help of a wonderful coordinator, David Miller, Covenant Presbyterian Church is the support congregation for First United Methodist Church of Johnson City.
Douglas R. Hungate
Hungate, Douglas R.
This is Doug’s first year on the FPJC Board. He is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City and serves on the Building Committee. In the past he has also served as junior and senior warden on the vestry. He graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, West Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is Owner and President of Hungate Engineering, P.C. that is in its 27th year of operation. He resides in Johnson City and has two grown children. Doug is currently serving on the Development and Facilities Committees. In his spare time he enjoys attending athletic activities for various team sports and traveling.
Tony Jones
Jones, Tony
Tony Jones has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.
Jones is the Director of Student Success and Disability Services at Milligan College. He earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and business from Milligan, and a master of arts in higher education administration from Geneva College.
After graduating from Milligan in 2003, he worked for his family potato chip business. He then did mission work on Native American reservations facilitating short term experiential trips for high school students. Tony then earned MA in Higher Education Administration from Geneva College. He has worked at Milligan College since 2009.
“Family Promise serves a population overlooked and in need,” Jones said “It is a beautiful holistic ministry designed to change the destiny of families.”
Jones and his wife, Anna, have two sons and live in Johnson City.
Jeff Keeling
Keeling, Jeff
Jeff Keeling has been a Johnson City resident since 1989. He settled here one year after taking a reporting job at the Kingsport Times-News following graduation from Western Washington University in 1988. Following a stint in graduate school at ETSU, Jeff worked at the Johnson City Press from 1992-1999, during which time he met (1994) and married (1996) his wife, Angela, and began raising his kids, Zach and Sydney, who are now 22 and 20. Jeff took an offer to work at the Johnson City Housing Authority, leaving the Press (for the first time) in August 1999. He served as Resident Services Director at JCHA until January 2007, when he returned to the Press. He was Business Editor there until September 2010, when he became the first ever Communications and Community Relations Director for Washington County, a job envisioned by Mayor Dan Eldridge. That position was eliminated in September 2011. Jeff then spent four months at Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation before taking an offer to become Marketing and Community Relations Director for the Washington County Economic Development Council, where he started January 30, 2012. The breadth of Jeff’s experience, his family, volunteer and church life, and his love for Johnson City have helped create for him widespread connections through the community. He hopes his connections and experience can be an asset during a season of volunteering for Family Promise of Johnson City.
Calvin Klem
Klem, Calvin
I have been married to my wife Barbara for 36 years and have three adult children, Kerri, Andrew, and Kristen. I have been blessed with three beautiful grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Joshua, and Peyton. I spend my work days as a partner of Klem, Gentry and Torbett, a financial planning practice of Ameriprise Financial. We moved to Johnson City in 1994. In my leisure time, Barbara and I enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I have enjoyed many years of mentoring youth by coaching girl’s fast pitch softball. When asked to serve on the board of FPJC, I wanted to pursue helping in an area other than finance. I will be chairing the facilities committee and look forward to helping Family Promise as they look to fulfill the five year plan of 2X.
Father Pete Lorio
Lorio, Pete
Father Pete Lorio has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.

Lorio has been the pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church since 2011. His other ministry experience includes pastoring other parishes in East Tennessee, seminary formation ministry, and high school youth ministry.

Lorio has a bachelor of arts in International Relations from the Catholic University of America, and masters in divinity from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

He was active with Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)/Family Promise on Signal Mountain and was about to begin a new Family Promise church in Cleveland, TN before he was transferred. He is active with his parishioners at the Melting Pot serving meals.

“Family Promise is the Gospel in action. Helping brothers and sisters in any need reminds me that ‘our family’ is the entire human family.”
Jane Maas-Brady
Maas-Brady, Jane
Jane Maas-Brady has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.

Maas-Brady, who also served on the board from 2008-2010, is a professor in the department of social work at East Tennessee State University. She helps oversee the department's program that places social work interns in important roles at Family Promise.

Maas-Brady earned a bachelor's degree at Greensboro College, and has a master's in social work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

She stayed involved with Family Promise after leaving the board after her previous three-year term, serving on the personnel committee and helping the board find and recruit new Executive Director Agnes Samples.

“I believe in what the program does, and I've seen it work,” Maas-Brady said. “I like that the focus is on the underlying problems and not just putting a bandaid on the problem.”

Maas-Brady lives in Johnson City with her husband, Jim Brady.
Joy Matson
Matson, Joy
I am a new member of the board. I have worked with the FPJC guest families that come to stay at our church, Hopwood Christian Church, cooking dinners and visiting with them during their stay. It is always a privilege to get to know the families who are being served by FPJC. I look forward to helping in every way possible. Teaching young children has been my passion for almost 30 years. At present, I work at ETSU’s Child Study Center; so I also help guide the students that are taking courses in Early Childhood at ETSU as well. I am also an adjunct teacher for ETSU. My husband, of 42 years, is a teacher at Milligan which is where I received my teacher license. I got my Masters in Early Childhood Education at ETSU. We have a daughter who lives with her family in North Carolina. They have two daughters. Our son, who works at Milligan, lives in Erwin with his family. They have a son. We love spending time with our children and their families. Our grandchildren have been a great blessing to our lives.
Christy McInturff Huert
McInturff Huert, Christy
 Christy McInturff Huret has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.
McInturff Huret is a co-owner and attorney at the law firm of McInturff & McInturff PLLC, where her practice areas include real estate, estate planning, probate, and business entities. 
McInturff Huret received her bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College, and obtained her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.  She is a member of Central Baptist Church, a participating congregation with Family Promise.
“I most recently had the opportunity to witness the positive impact Family Promise has on families in our community after our daughter’s preschool teacher and her family were displaced and relied upon the services of Family Promise to assist them in getting back on their feet and into a home of their own,” McInturff Huret said.  “I look forward to serving families in our community under similar circumstances through an organization which places such an emphasis on the long-term future independence and success of each of these families.”
Christy is married to Steven Huret of Kingsport, Tennessee, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Reagan.
Pete S. Roller
Roller, Pete S.
Pete S. Roller is a Branch Manager and a Vice President for Bank of Tennessee at the Jonesborough Office. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BBA in Marketing in 1993, and received a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Management from Tusculum College in 2006. 2012 is Pete’s first year as a Board member and he is serving as the treasurer. He grew up in the Tri Cities area and currently resides in Gray with his wife, Laura and their 3 children.
Pete Tackett
Tackett, Pete
Pete Tackett has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.

Tackett has been the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church since 2010. His other ministry experience includes work in the African countries of Kenya and Malawi, as well as 17 years as director of youth ministry for the Holston Baptist Association.

Tackett attended Bethel College, has a bachelor's in mass communications from East Tennessee State University, and earned a biblical studies diploma from Holston Bible Institute.

He has helped build a very active Family Promise host program at Antioch, where a number of former FPJC guest families now attend.

“We just feel like it's an extension of us now at Antioch,” Tackett said. “I feel like serving on the board is putting our time and money where our ministry is.”

Tackett and his wife, Lori, live in Johnson City and have two grown children.
Nicole Vanover
Vanover, Nicole
Nicole Vanover is a native of the Tri-Cities area. She resides in Johnson City with her daughter and niece. Nicole works in an outreach lab office for MSHA. She has been involved with FPJC for three years and this is her second year as a board member. Nicole began as an Families moving home participant in 2010 and began attending committee meetings and volunteering at the day center in 2011. Nicole is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board and to witness the everyday miracles that are made possible by the people who give their time, knowledge, and skill to help others at FPJC.
Joe Wise
Wise, Joe
Joe Wise has joined the Family Promise of Greater Johnson City Board of Directors for a term that will run from 2014 through 2016.

A long-time member of FPJC host church Grandview Christian, Wise is the founder and general manager of Wise Property Solutions with offices in Johnson City and Knoxville. Established in 2004, Wise Property Solutions is the region's only accredited, licensed, and certified condominium and homeowners association management company.

Wise, who will serve as the board's secretary in 2014, has a bachelor's degree from Milligan College and has done additional graduate work at both East Tennessee State University and Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

Wise has long been active in community service. He is on the business development council of the local Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission.

"At Grandview, I have seen the difference Family Promise makes in the lives both of guest families and church members," Wise said. "I look forward to contributing to the organization's important work."

Wise and his wife, Karen, have three children and live in Johnson City.