TVCH Staff

Christopher Taylor, CEO

As CEO, I have the honor of overseeing a tremendous staff of dedicated individuals who form the TVCH team. When I took this position, I did so because I realize and understand that there is a real need to tackle rural homelessness in East Tennessee. I understand that we can’t make it all happen overnight, but I know the team that I get to work with day in and day out is making a difference in people’s lives.

Savanna Sims, Director of Data Management

My role at TVCH is to monitor data quality for the Tennessee Valley Continuum of Care (TVCoC) to ensure compliance with federal grant requirements; additionally, I provide technical support, training, and database management for users of the TVCoC’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). I took this position because I’m passionate about promoting equality and social responsibility through information-based advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. I’m proud of the work we do to make homelessness rare and brief in our region.

Hannah Henderson, Director of Finance

I manage the books for TVCH, ensuring that we remain in compliance and have cash flow to continue operations. My road to TVCH is a very long, beautiful story. The short version is, I was preparing to move to Knoxville from a village in rural Alaska. I found the job posting on, and after wrestling with whether or not to apply I submitted my resume. Chris Taylor contacted me the next day to schedule an interview, and the rest is history! I stay at TVCH because we have a beautiful mission for our clients, and I am proud to work for the organization that is doing incredible work. I truly am the lucky one. This position has been so healing for me personally. We are a small but mighty group of people who really care about each other. The care and compassion that I have experience from my co-workers has been so life giving, and it is truly what keeps me here day after day. The work is the work (bookkeeping… accounting… I love it, but not many agree), the people are the most incredible people I have ever worked with!

Christie Goins, Director of Marketing and Development

As the Director of Marketing and Development, I am so excited to be sharing the drive, purpose, and programming of TVCH through the lens of digital media, web development, and networking. I am proud to be a part of an organization that truly meets people where they are in life and offers them a chance at a new life through resources and case management to get back on track. In addition to my role at TVCH, I also run a digital media marketing business called Sampieri Social, where I work primarily with small businesses in rural communities to advertise for them through social media, graphic design, and everything in between.

Brandon Harris, Director of Operations

I oversee several of the programs at TVCH. One is the Permanent Supportive Housing, specifically working with veterans and their families. While the other is our Emergency Solutions Grants Programs, which includes Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing. In addition to overseeing our housing programs I am the Lead Street Outreach Coordinator. I came to TVCH to continue to work with individuals and motivate them to improve their lives from negative situations and become productive members of their communities. What keeps me here is the atmosphere, going into the communities we serve, meeting people on a daily basis and being a part of interagency partnerships.

Tana Daugherty, Program Director

I am the Program Director over Region 1, that includes Campbell, Claiborne and Anderson Counties, where we try to meet the needs of each homeless individual in the counties. I work with local organizations and ministries to meet the needs of homeless individuals in the community. One such example is the soup kitchen I lead on Tuesday and Thursday with the help of a local church in Campbell County. On these days, we serve around 75 meals with everything donated in the community. Through a partnership with Methodist church in Jellico, we will soon be opening our first TVCH building in the cluster, bringing services to a county that desperately needs them. The idea is to partner with other organizations in this building and offer as many services as possible. Which will include an assessment for HMIS, meal, referrals, food pantry, clothing closet, job resources, job training, building a resume, mental health services, volunteering opportunities. The main goal is to build relationships with homeless individuals and meet them where they are. I stay with TVCH because of my community…I love helping people and shedding light to those who feel no hope.

Christine Gonzalez, Emergency Solutions Grant Case Manager

The ESG program works with Rapid Rehousing along with Homeless Prevention. It is not only attempting to end homelessness but also teaching the skills to make sure people are able to maintain their housing after completing the program. I love helping people and attempting to make a positive impact in people’s lives. Working with like-minded people in attempts to end homelessness.

Kristen Collins, Permanent Supportive Housing Family Services Case Manager

I am the Permanent Supportive Housing, Family Services Case Manager. I am able to work with individuals and families to help them obtain housing after being homeless for at least a year. My goal is to assist them in not only getting a home, but also helping them develop tools they can use to ensure they are able to remain in a safe, stable home. Before coming to TVCH, I have been fortunate to serve in nonprofit work for almost two decades. It’s been so important for me to work with organizations which have missions I fully support. TVCH is no exception. I know that our rural homeless population is incredibly vulnerable, but often completely overlooked. Until the last few years, I was unaware that there were homeless individuals in our rural areas. But they do exist, and they matter. Combined with local resources, I am able to work to make a positive difference with these wonderful individuals at TVCH. The culture at TVCH is amazing–all the way from the CEO down to the support staff! We are a robust staff with differing backgrounds, all working toward one goal: make rural homelessness rare.

Emilee Weich, Grant Writer/Data Specialist

I am the Grant Writer and Data Specialist for TVCH, my role is to discover grant opportunities that will allow us to better serve our community, as well as build and maintain relationships with funders, donors, and others involved in the prevention and response to homelessness in our 12-county region. In addition, I am working with our Director of Data Management to monitor data quality and provide technical support, training and database management for the Tennessee Valley Continuum of Care. I came to TVCH because I believe in this mission and I feel called to work toward greater outreach in our community. I love working with the incredible staff at TVCH and I’m proud to be part of this team!

Skylar Vincent, Program Assistant Manager

I have been volunteering with TVCH for the past three years and am a recent graduate from Roane State Community College where I received my Associates of Science. I enjoy being able to make a difference in people’s lives and get to know each individual personally. I decided to take the position with TVCH to make a difference in the community! As I am a resident of Campbell County, growing up I have seen many homeless individuals that are in need of resources. I am excited to be able to be a part of the F.O.C.U.S. Center where we can provide these individuals with resources, and I can help homelessness become rare. I enjoy helping homeless individuals in the community and seeing all the success stories that TVCH is able to help make possible!

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