Family Promise just really gave us hope that we didn't have when we first started.
Paul Baggett (2017-2019)
Dr. Baggett is an Associate Professor with the East Tennessee State University Department of Social Work. He received a PhD in social work in 1994 from the University of Tennessee, an MSW in 1983 from the University of Georgia, and a BSW in 1981 from Lock Haven University. Dr. Baggett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He is the Executive Director of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and member of the National Association of Social Workers-Tennessee Chapter Ethics Committee. Dr. Baggett is a member of Good Samaritan Ministries Board of Directors. For the past six years, he has been a youth leader in First Christian Church’s middle school and high school ministries.
Bob Cooper (2016-2018)
Bob Cooper is a member of St John’s Episcopal Church and is corporate vice president of Ivey Mechanical Company, headquartered in Kosciusko, MS. Bob and Betty B, his bride of 50 years, were raised in Johnson City and graduated from ETSU. They have two children and seven grandchildren. Bob serves as treasurer of the Kermit Tipton Football Scholarship Fund, serves on the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission as well as the vestry of St John’s, and is a previous chair of the IHN Development Committee. He is also on the Hurstleigh Club board of directors. “There is no better opportunity to serve our neighbors than supporting Family Promise’s special mission of helping homeless families.”
Andrew Harris (2016-2018)
Andrew Harris became treasurer of Family Promise in January 2016. Harris currently attends Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, and serves on the finance and executive committees at FPJC. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and is a commercial relationship manager for the Bank of Tennessee. He lives in Unicoi with his wife Brittany, and serves on the Unicoi Little League Board, Unicoi Habitat Board and is the president of the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce Board. Andrew is excited to work with Family Promise because “It is a program that offers a hand up for families so that they can reach their personal goals along with the skills to achieve sustainable independence.”
Christy Harris (2017-2019)
She has lived in the Johnson City area all of her life except for a short move to Florida that lasted only eight months before she had to be back in the mountains. She has two grown children, a daughter serving in the United States Navy and a son getting ready to graduate from Duke Divinity School. She is married to her best friend and they have two Siberian Huskies that keep them from missing the kids too much. She has been with Legal Aid of East TN since 2007 working as a Paralegal and just recently took on the title of Pro Bono Coordinator. She has a passion for working with the homeless and veteran's populations. Prior to her work at Legal Aid, she worked as an in-home family counselor, a probation officer, and owned a children's shoe store. She and her husband volunteered with the Johnson City National Little League for over 10 years working with children from public housing providing coaching, equipment, transportation, food, clothing, and even an occasional vacation with their family. She looks forward to serving on the board on FPJC.
Patrick Kennard (2016-2018)
Laura Levine (2015-2017)
Laura Levine, who serves on the program committee and as 2016 vice president, 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.
Anne Littleford (2017-2019)
Anne Littleford has lived in Johnson City since she was 8 years old. She attended St. Mary’s and Johnson City Schools and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in French. She married her high school sweetheart, Morgan, right out of college, and they both decided Johnson City was where they wanted to work and raise a family. They have 3 sons (men now) and a grandson on the way. She has been with Johnson City Schools in various teaching roles since 1979 and became a school administrator nine years ago as assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary. She joined South Side as principal in 2012 and hopes to stay there until she’s ready to retire. She feels very blessed to be part of such a purposeful and caring organization as Family Promise, and she hopes her experience as a public school educator will help her contribute in some small way.
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.
Judy Slagle (2017-2019)
Judy Slagle works for Eastman Credit Union as the Jonesborough Branch Manager. She attends the newly formed Grace Meadows Church in Jonesborough. She and her loving husband Glenn have lived in Johnson City their whole lives and have been married 44 years. While they do not have any children, they are surrounded by many wonderful nieces and nephews. Judy and Glenn love animals and have had many dogs and horses over the years. Judy is looking forward to the opportunity to help others through the organization of Family Promise, as she truly believes in this ministry of helping people achieve sustainable independence.
Tim Tapp (2017-2019)
Tim Tapp serves as the Outreach and Congregational Care Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City. He is a native of this area and is a graduate of ETSU and Liberty University. Tim has served on the boards of Crossroads Alcohol and Drug Association and Christian Women’s Job Corps of East Tennessee. He is a proud member of the J.C. Lion’s Club where he serves as Secretary. Tim previously worked as a probation and parole officer for the State of Tennessee Dept. of Correction. He feels drawn to the work of Family Promise because he sees the “holistic nature of the work and has personally witnessed some of the success stories.” Tim and his wife Amy are the parents of two children, Carrie and John Wesley.
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.
Brandon Waite (2017-2019)
Brandon and his wife, Kristin, moved to Johnson City in 2009. They have one daughter, Clara. Brandon serves as associate minister at Grandview Christian Church where he leads Grandview's outreach to the community.
Julie Wood (2016-2018)
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.