TVCH Staff

Coworkers, coffee drinkers, and fellow adventurers. Around here, we don’t just work side-by-side, we also travel the region together, move people into housing, feed the literally homeless, and reach out to those who are still living under the star and share the opportunities our programs provide.

Turns out, when you work for a cause you care about, it doesn’t take long to make friends.

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.

Deb Patterson, Director of Data

I manage a community database on homelessness serving 12 rural counties in southeastern Appalachia. I came to TVCH through my previous experience in homeless services and family and was a permanent supportive housing case management prior to this position. I am grateful for the opportunity to do work that is both challenging and makes a real difference in the lives of the vulnerable adults and children in my community.

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 Indeed.com, 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!

Robin Etnyre, Director of Marketing and Development

My role at TVCH is to provide guidance for our program leaders during their programming marketing endeavors, oversee the organizations web presence, and assist with the organization’s development and networking plans. The path that led me to TVCH was unconventional, yet perfect. After receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Communication and Leadership, I spent six years working as a Program Coordinator for 4-H before moving into the role of Corporate Communication Specialist for an International manufacturing company for three years. As for many others, 2020 rocked my world in such a way that I knew it was time for me to get a fresh start in a new location. After moving to Knoxville, the position with TVCH practically landed in my lap, and you could say I found my way home. What drew me to TVCH was the mission, “Making Homelessness Rare”. This understanding that situations happen, and we can’t completely prevent homelessness from ever happening, but we can provide resources to help alleviate the length of time someone spends homeless or precariously housed. Throughout my entire life, I have felt a need to help those who are less fortunate than me. God has blessed me in so many ways, and now I get to be apart of an organization that blesses others!

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 the first county cluster, 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.

Savanna Sims, Data Analyst

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.

Travis Dye, Emergency Solutions Grant Case Manager

I am responsible for overseeing our ESG programs Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention. These programs include rent and utility assistance, emergency hotel stays, and deposit assistance. I chose to come to TVCH for the opportunity to make a real difference in the communities we serve. And what I receive here is that I get to see the impact TVCH has had on so many individuals’ lives, and I get to be a part of that.

Gabrielle Dye, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Family Services (FS) Case Manager

I run TVCH’s PSH FS program in Campbell County. I help families and individuals who have been homeless for longer than a year and have a disability find and maintain a stable and permanent home. I assist these individuals and families adjust to life in a home again, connect them with any necessary resources, and help them get to a place of independence. I feel that there is a large gap between services offered to those in need in cities versus the rural setting. TVCH works diligently to help those who are in need in the rural setting, and I want to be a part of an organization who saw a need and works to address it. The motto “What’s Your Story?” has prompted us to look at homelessness differently. Every single person has a story, and I stay at TVCH because I love to hear those stories and help people with their next chapters. Humans are resilient and inventive, and I feel so blessed to be able to meet people where they are at and help them with their next steps.

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