Our Staff

Corinne received her MSW degree in August of 2014 from Southern Adventist University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Tennessee Wesleyan College. Corinne has served as a social worker in the Bradley community for over 15 years. Corinne’s seeks to engage individuals and communities across socio-economic barriers to help families and children move beyond poverty. She believes seeks to serve others in in a way that reflects love and compassion for all, striving to be obedient to scripture such as 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Jamie has been married to Cleveland native, Lesley Avery since 1996. They have two sons, Judah and Noah.

Before coming to The Caring Place, Jamie served as Senior Pastor of Parkview Church of God in Natchez, MS. He has been honored to serve in various capacities in both ministry and administration. Through his experiences he has been able to learn and develop many leadership and administrative skills. His desire is to empower others to accomplish their goals while fulfilling the mission and vision of The Caring Place.

One of his greatest passions is to see people come to know and grow in their relationship with Christ.

Blake lives in Bradley county and is a Southeast TN native. He is married to his wife, Lauren, and they have one child together.

Blake attended Cleveland State Community College prior to moving on to East Tennessee State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a Social Work minor in 2013. While attending ETSU, Blake worked for a non-profit serving vulnerable families. His passion for serving people grew during this time and he has pursued that path since then.

Blake joined The Caring Place in February 2020 and strives to serve our neighbors with compassion and love. His service is influenced with scripture from Psalm 62:7-8, “On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”

Tony is the son of a USAF Veteran, was born in South Dakota and raised primary in Indiana. Tony attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN, graduating with a BA in Journalism and Communications in 2007.

Tony has written for various publications, while concurrently pursuing work in the social services field, having completed an Americorps Vista term with CASA Corridor of East TN/CASA of Bradley County before moving on to work at the Bachman Academy, and Volunteer Behavior Health’s MASH/SSVF program working with Veterans experiencing homelessness in most of the counties in the Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee CoC.
Tony is currently working at the Caring Place as the Housing United Case manager, providing support for families and individuals in Bradley county who are experiencing homelessness.

Tony is passionate about serving his community, advocating for the voiceless, and raising awareness of the barriers faced by those experiencing homelessness in rural communities.

Laura was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina, Laura moved to Cleveland, Tennessee in 2016 to attend Lee University. She met and married her husband, Kaleb Swope in 2018 while attending college. They currently reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In 2019, Laura graduated from Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. After graduation, she began working as a case manager for the Department of Children’s Services in Hamilton County, Tennessee while serving as part of the Pastoral staff at the Cross Culture Church in Chattanooga.
She strives to love, serve, and minister to others – bearing good fruit, in an effort to be reflective of Christ and follow the scriptural guidelines found in Matthew 7:20 and John 13:35.

Angie believes that God has her blessed with a great ministry. She has been involved with The Caring Place since 2013. She started as a volunteer and while searching for a job, God open the opportunity for her to join the Caring Place team in our custodial position. As time moved on, she moved in the Clothing Manager position in 2017. She and her husband have been married 24 years and they have 3 beautiful children and 3 grandchildren.They attend Shenandoah Baptist Church. Angie is in the choir, helps with Bus Ministry and helps to clean the church. Angie states, “I Love doing what God has allowed me to do, The Caring Place is a great place to be.”

Ethan Coombe is a recent graduate of Lee University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Originally from Minnesota, Ethan moved to Tennessee to pursue an education that would allow him to fulfill God’s calling on his life to become a Pastoral counselor. He lives his life with John 14:12-13 always in mind, wanting to not only reflect God’s works in the world, but magnify them.

During his time at Lee, Ethan was involved with a number of student leadership opportunities and clubs such as the Pro-life club, the Student Leadership Council, was a student mentor for Lee’s Center for Student Success, as well as a transfer student transition mentor. Ethan has also completed two Summer internships as a United Way VISTA at the Lee University Leonard Center and the Museum at 5 Points in downtown Cleveland.

In his free time, Ethan enjoys spending time in nature, especially hiking. He also meets with friends regularly to play tabletop games.

Troy was raised in a Christian home in Franklin, TN though has lived in various cities around the state such as Memphis. He has held positions at the Volkswagen plant, Smith and Son Wholesale stores, and Kolts Fiberglass. He originally came to the Caring Place as he felt a calling from Christ to serve his community. He started as a volunteer in early May and has been an integral part of our volunteering team ever since. He currently attends Wildwood Avenue Church of Christ. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and helping the homeless in his communities.

Kay lives in Calhoun in McMinn County along with Jerry, her husband of 46 years. They have two sons and daughters-in-love and three grandsons, ages 16, 13, and 1, whom they adore. She graduated from Calhoun High and Cleveland State Community College with an Associate of Science Degree in Secretarial Science. While attending CSCC, Kay held offices in Student Government, Circle-K, Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature and was also in Who’s Who in American Jr. Colleges and Universities.

She was employed at CPQ Professional Imaging for 37 years, most of which was spent as Customer Service and Special Accounts Manager. Most recently, Kay was employed for 4 years by Santek Waste Services, LLC as HR Admin and Risk Manager.

Kay started serving the Lord at a young age, singing in a Gospel trio with her sisters, traveling around to churches in Tennessee and surrounding states. Kay has also served in her local church as Teacher and Choir Director and various other positions down through the years.

Kay has always appreciated The Caring Place Ministry and has participated in local food drives for The Caring Place. She is thankful that the Lord has “opened the door” for her to be here at this time and feels honored to be a small part of this great ministry that is changing lives every day.

Isaac will be finishing his degree next summer at Lee University where he is majoring in Digital Media/Studio Production.
When asked what made him want to be part of our team at the Caring Place he said, “One major goal for my career is to be able to create content and make connections in the community for an organization that I am passionate about. After speaking with Corinne and learning more about the positive impact and change The Caring Place has initiated and sustained for over twenty years, I knew I wanted to be part of that journey.”
Isaac will also be the Senior Photographer for the Lee University Clarion in the fall. He is originally from Birmingham, Al but has lived in Cleveland for about two years. He also has a golden retriever/black lab who just turned 13!

Not Pictured

  • Nolette Rose – Office manager and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Julie Landberg – Executive Administrator

  • Amanda Davis – UW Vista and Getting Ahead Program Coordinator

  • Jim Hindman – Sac Pac Coordinator

  • Cassidy Philley – Custodian

Our Board

Dr. Steve Smartt serves as the senior pastor of Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. A graduate of Lee University, Dr. Smartt received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  After ten years in banking and management, Dr. Smartt entered pastoral ministry to serve churches in TN, FL, KY and GA.

In addition to serving the local church,  Dr. Smartt is a part-time professor of business ethics at Lee University, an adjunct professor of bioethics for the School of Theology at Grand Canyon University, and has been a visiting professor of marriage and family at the Kiev Theological Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine.  He also serves as a hospital chaplain for Tennova Healthcare.  He and his wife Cheryl have four adult children, three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

Tom is the Director of Produce/Floral Operations for Cooke’s Food Store, and Fresh n’ Low Cost Plus. Tom has worked in the grocery business for 40 years and is a Cleveland, Tennessee native. A graduate of Bradley High School, he also attended Cleveland State Community College.  Tom has been married to Shirlee for 29 years, they attend services at The International House of Fire Church in Cleveland. They have four wonderful children and 2 lovely granddaughters.

Dr. Thompson is the Dean, School of Business at Lee University. Besides being an active of the Chamber of Commerce and serving on the Caring Place Board, he is on the boards of the Family Resource Agency, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), ATS: The Bridge, and Habitat for Humanity Finance Committee.  He has also served on various United Way distribution panels and the Bradley County Audit Committee.  Dr. Thompson attends Westmore Church of God.


Desha is a Cincinnati native but relocated to Cleveland over 6 years ago to help run her family’s business, TriCon, Inc., a General Contractor/ Design/Build firm. Desha is a graduate of Lee University and holds a BA in Business. She has served on the Lee Alumni Board as well as served as President for the Delta Zeta Tau Alumni Board. She enjoys taking part in the Restavek Freedom Foundation which her parents started, to help end child slavery in Haiti. When free time allows Desha loves outdoor adventure, traveling near and far, and spending treasured time with family and friends. She loves volunteering as a registrar at The Caring Place where the people feed her soul.

Robert is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S in Metallurgical Engineering and a graduate of Duke University with an M.B.A. He worked from 1972-1985 with CBI Industries and M.W. Kellogg in various engineering, operations, and quality management roles. From 1985 to 1999 he joined GE Medical Systems and held various positions including Project Manager, Engineering and Operations Manager and Plant Site Manager for the manufacture of MRI systems. In 1999 he joined Maytag Corporation as Vice President and General Manager for the Dishwashing Category business and the Cooking Category business. In 2003 he became Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Maytag. He retired from Maytag/Whirlpool in 2009 and is presently an Adjunct Professor at Lee University. He has held several positions in the supply chain side of the business, including welding engineering, quality management, six sigma coordinator/blackbelt, engineering and design, manufacturing operations, and procurement. Included in these assignments was responsibility for global development activities for operations and engineering.

Hardin’s involvement in community organizations includes: Past-Tennessee Board of Independent Colleges, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Manufacturer’s Leadership Council.

Present – he is a member of 1st Baptist Church, Cleveland, TN., and member of the Business Advisory Council – Lee University, Advisory Board – The Caring Place, Board of Directors and Lead Director for NASG (North American Stamping Group) headquartered in Portland, TN and a member of the Board of Directors, Vermeer, Inc. Pella, Iowa.

He and his wife, Mary Jane, have two children, Christi and Rebekah and two grandchildren, Christian and Hardin

Margo is a native of Memphis TN and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Memphis. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through college and has served in a number of administrative positions in several school districts in TN.

Margo served as Supervisor of Public Information for Cleveland City Schools, where she established the ESP, or after school programs in the district, as well as created the Public Education Foundation. After her tenure with the school system, she worked for Rosetta Stone, the language software company, where she held a national position and retired after ten years of work with them.

She is a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, where she attends with her husband, Rodney.

She currently is a member of several committees at United Way and on the executive committee of Women United.

Pat was born in Crossville, TN, and came to Cleveland TN in 1974 as an employee of the opening of First Citizens Bank that is now BB&T.  She was then the owner of Aloette Cosmetics of East Tennessee for 27 years.  In 2006 she opened The Orange Blossom Boutique and retired from there in 2017.  She is a member of Broad Street United Methodist church where she serves on the Finance board and the mission board and is a children’s helper. Pat is a current member and past President of Bradley Sunrise Rotary.  She has led annual mission trips to  Haiti since 1996.

Pat’s achievements have been recognized with award of the Robert Varnell Award 2016, the Women of Distinction of Greater Chattanooga 2014, and Rotarian of the Year 2012.

She likes to hike, ride bicycles, read, cook, and entertain.  Pat is married to Gary Fuller.

Antoinette Miles is a caused driven bi-mission professional. Antoinette “Toni” Miles is passionate about giving value to individuals and organizations. She founded Transforming Greatness to empower people and organizations to discover, develop, and dominant in their original design.

Antoinette “Toni” Miles has over three decades of business and leadership development experience with for profit and not for profit organizations. She is the founder of Transforming Greatness where she offers faith-based principles coaching, facilitation and speaking engagements. In addition to her private coaching and consulting practice, Antoinette “Toni” Miles is a mentor/coach for Judy Jacobs Tuttle’s International Institute of Mentoring.

She holds a BA degree in Theology from the Life Christian University, Tampa Florida and a BS degree in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University. Antoinette also holds several certifications as a Noble Design Coach, Discovery Purpose Specialist, FriendRaising Expert and Faith Career Advisor. But her greatest roles are Mother and Daughter.

Kelvin is the lead pastor of the Westmore Church of God.  During his pastorate at Westmore, the size of the congregation has doubled and the vision has expanded.  A 175-acre golf course was purchased and a vibrant youth ministry was relocated to new facilities.  The future vision is that people from all generations will find Christ, develop in Christ and be released from Christ to impact their part of the world.

Prior to Kelvin Page coming to Cleveland in 2000, he served as pastor in North Carolina, Colorado, and initially at the Kinser Church of God in East Cleveland.  Having served as pastor of churches ranging from 19 people to 1200 people equipped him with the ability to relate to pastors in different seasons of their ministry. He currently serves on the Tennessee Church of God State Council, Tennessee State Ministerial Development Board and the Operation Compassion Board.

Pastor Kelvin is an alum of Lee University and the Church of God Theological Seminary.

Gary L. Riggins completed his doctoral studies in Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with post graduate studies at the University of Florida and the University of Louisville.  He is a long time professional educator with experiences in the classroom in three states and 17 difference countries.  For the last 26 years, he has been a Professor of Educational Psychology at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.  He has written four books (one of which won the Charles W. Conn Award for Historical Writing) and has published widely in his field.   He has also served as president of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools (2011-2012), and he co-founded Backyard Tutoring, a free service at Lee that pairs college students with some of the city’s most at risk students.  Other “community” service includes time on the Board of Directors of Olive Branch Ministries in Chicago (the second oldest rescue mission in the United States) and frequent speaking engagements for schools, businesses, and churches. He and his wife Jodi have two children, Zach (Loes) and Andi (Mat)