Family Promise just really gave us hope that we didn't have when we first started.
Virginia Farr (2013-2015)
Executive, Program Chair
Virginia Farr grew up in Cookeville,TN and moved to Johnson City in 1985. She completed graduate studies at ETSU in the fields of psychology and education. Virginia, who is the board's 2015 secretary and serves on the program committee, works for Frontier Health as a school-based mental health liaison. She and her husband of 25 years, Brian, have two children and attend Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Virginia enjoys teaching Sunday School. Her hobbies are reading, walking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Pete Iorio (2014-2016)
Father Pete Iorio 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. Iorio 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.”
Tony Jones (2014-2016)
Finance and Facilities
Tony 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,” said Jones, who serves on the finance and facilities committees. “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 (2013-2015)
Executive, Public Relations/Marketing Chair
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 24 and 21. Jeff, who is the 2015 board president and serves on the marketing/development and finance committees, is associate editor for the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities TN/VA and for the Johnson City News and Neighbor. He hopes his connections and experience can be an asset during a season of volunteering for Family Promise of Johnson City.
Cindy Kennard (2015-2017)
Cindy Kennard serves on the congregational committee and is a former client of Family Promise and Families Moving Home program. She and her family shared a brief documentary of their journey of homelessness with NBC's Ann Curry on Rock Center with Brian Williams in November 2012. Cindy and her husband, Patrick, found themselves at the lowest point of their lives when mounting medical bills, the death of Patrick's mother, expensive car repairs and childcare issues left them penniless. Both Cindy and Patrick had college degrees, but their employment did not match the income of college graduates. Eventually, Cindy and her family came to Family Promise for help. Cindy has a bachelor's in early childhood development from University of Tennessee-Knoxville and works part-time as a substitute teacher. She hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Speech Pathology. Family Promise gave hope to Cindy and her family when there was no hope. Their faith in God kept them going strong and the support of the incredible staff and volunteers to pray, to advise and to love as they walked through the storm of their lives. The Kennard family faithfully attends Oasis Life Church in Johnson City. Cindy and her husband, Patrick, have three daughters, Brianne, Melodie and Jillian.
Calvin Klem (2013-2015)
Development, Facilities Chair
Cal Klem has been married to his wife Barbara for 36 years and has three adult children, Kerri, Andrew, and Kristen. He has been blessed with three beautiful grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Joshua, and Peyton. He spends his work days as a partner of a financial planning practice of Ameriprise Financial. The Klems moved to Johnson City in 1994. The Klems enjoy traveling and spending time with family. They have enjoyed many years of mentoring youth by coaching girl’s fast pitch softball. When asked to serve on the board of FPJC, Klem wanted to pursue helping in an area other than finance. He chairs the facilities committee.
Laura Levine (2015-2017)
Laura Levine, who serves on the program committee, has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Florida State University and a Masters in Nursing Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans. Most recently she worked for the Florida Department of Health where she successfully leveraged community resources to provide clinical programs for underserved populations in Naples Florida. Laura became interested in Family Promise because “the program offers a unique opportunity for families committed to developing the skills and resources needed to attain financial independence and support family stability.” She and her husband Alan relocated to Johnson City in January of 2014 and are associated with Mountain States Health Alliance. They have two adult children, Terry and Katy, and four dogs. Mrs. Levine also serves on the boards the Humane Society of Washington County and The Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County.
Jane Maas-Brady (2014-2016)
Jane 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. “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 serves on the personnel committee and lives in Johnson City with her husband, Jim Brady.
Christy McInturff Huret (2014-2016)
Christy McInturff Huret is a co-owner and attorney at the law firm of McInturff & McInturff PLLC. She chairs the marketing/development committee. 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. “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, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Reagan.
Caroline Neal (2015-2017)
Caroline Neal is the Director of Operations and Finance at Families Free. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida (UWF) and is a Certified Public Accountant. After graduating from UWF in 1997, Caroline worked in public accounting and later in the Investment Accounting and Research department at Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Caroline stayed home with her children and volunteered as her family relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee in 2008. Her volunteer position with Families Free became an employment opportunity in 2011, where she continues to work today. "Family Promise recognizes each individual as an image-bearer of God and strives to bring hope to hopeless situations by putting into action the message of Christ," Caroline says of FPJC's ministry. Caroline, her husband Tim, and their three children live in Johnson City and attend Grandview Christian Church. She serves on the program committee.
Pete S. Roller (2013-2015)
Executive, Finance Chair
Pete S. Roller serves as treasurer for FPJC, and 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. He grew up in the Tri Cities area and currently resides in Gray with his wife, Laura and their 3 children.
Pete Tackett (2014-2016)
Pete Tackett, FPJC's 2015 vice president and serves on the congregational committee, 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.
Joe Wise (2014-2016)
Joe Wise is a long-time member of FPJC host church Grandview Christian, and founder and general manager of Wise Property Solutions with offices in Johnson City and Knoxville. Wise, who serves on the board's marketing/development committee, 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.
Janet Wolfe (2015-2017)
Janet Wolfe was raised in Alcoa, was married for 33 years to David who is deceased, and has three grown boys, all married with wonderful families. She graduated from ETSU with a nursing degree and has worked in mental health, both in-patient and out-patient since 1993. Janet currently works at Frontier Health and greatly enjoys her role as RN for Child and Adolescent out-patient services. She attends Central Community Christian Church where she teaches various children's classes and serves on the music and worship team. Her hobbies include walking, biking, and swimming, but most of all she enjoys spending time with family and especially all her grandchildren.
Family Promise just really gave us hope that we didn't have when we first started.
It's a wonderful experience. There's a lot of love and joy being expressed daily.
Me and my kids were living in an abandoned building. Now we have our own house. I have a job. I just got a car. Family Promise did all that.