GraceWorks Ministries

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graceWorks Mission

Neighbor serving Neighbor, by the power of God’s grace.

GraceWorks Ministries was established 1995 by a group of concerned Williamson County citizens and faith leaders who sought a comprehensive, collaborative solution to the complex issue of poverty. Our founders recognized that local low-income residents had diverse needs – food, clothing, housing support, and financial assistance – yet, most area nonprofits and churches focused on only one or two services. By pooling church resources with private and public sectors, GraceWorks has been able to offer wraparound services to a large number of individuals and families in need, closing our more recent fiscal year having served 13,517 unduplicated Neighbors.

GraceWorks’ communal approach to charitable work is expressed in our mission statement: Neighbor serving Neighbor, by the power of God’s grace. GraceWorks is comprised of a 21-member Board of Directors, 50+ staff members and an average of 270 volunteers serving onsite each week.


our core values

Christ-likeness in both our attitudes and behavior.

Connecting through mutual respect, empathy and kindness.

Cultivating hope by offering assistance and encouragement.

Creating community by investing in our neighbors through service.


in both our attitudes and behavior.

cultivating hope

by offering assistance and encouragement.


through mutual respect, empathy and kindness.

creating community

by investing in our neighbors through service.

key staff

team leadership

Valencia a. breckenridge


Alicia Bell

Rising CEO

Bryan P.

Director of Neighbor Services

Dennis Gardner

Business Administration & Director of Finance

John Thompson

Senior Director of Development

David Forister

Director of Operations

Brennen Boose

Director of Marketing


board members

Valencia A. Breckenridge

CEO, GraceWorks Ministries

Rodney Chester

Chairman of Board
CEO, Gresham Smith

Alison Watts

Board Vice Chair; Treasurer
CFO (CPA, MBA) Legality, LLC

Tom Matyas

Governance Chair 

Sharmila Patel

Strategy Chair
Director of Grants and Procurement, The TMA Group

Chastity Fox

Development Chair
Director of Brand Activation, Bridgestone Retail Operations

Jaime Settles

Investment/Relocation Chair
Vice President/Market Manager, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith

Gina Drummonds

HR Chair
Chief Talent Officer, Healthcare Talent Partners

Laura McWhorter

Controller, HCA

William Wright

IT Chair
Senior Director, Learning Center of Excellence, HCA

Tim Cochran

Retail Store Manager, Publix

Brian Shun

Director of Operations; Principal Advisor (TA); Co-Founder (CC), Full Focus; Thinkify Advisors; and Curiosity Continuum

Courtney Keenan

VP, Community Relations Manager, Bank of America

Jeff Crawford

AVP- Tech, Jackson National Life Insurance

Megan Day

Manager, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP, YLC Intern

Sarah Pierce

Assistant Vice President, ITG Clinical & Imaging Systems, HCA

Sten Morgan

Financial Consultant, Legacy

Tony Dunning

(Retired) Sales Executive, Bellision Foods, Jack Link's, Kimberly-Clark, Pepsi, E&J Winery 

Carol Lloyd

Director of Nutrition Services, Sodexo, Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt

Darkenya Waller

Executive Director, Lawyer, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Lauren Strickland

Case Coordinator, HCA

Rusty Wright

Manager, ITSM, Community Health Systems

Shandy Husmann

(Retired) Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

Steve Hayes

Senior Advisor / Managing Director (partially retired), Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors

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