Courtney first experienced the impact of Project Transformation as a college intern herself, serving for three summers at Project Transformation’s founding chapter in Dallas. Here, she first felt a holy nudge to be part of launching this model of ministry in her home state of Tennessee. A few months before PT Tennessee’s inaugural summer, Courtney joined the launching ministry as Executive Director. Courtney received her BSW from Western Kentucky University, and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee.
Marlena has served with Project Transformation in Memphis since 2017 in several roles including Intern and Site Coordinator. She is now the inaugural young adult Fellow serving the Memphis community. She is a student at Christian Brothers University studying Creative Writing. She enjoys learning, watching YouTube videos, and food.
Meagan first began working with Project Transformation in North Texas when she interned the summer of 2012. Meagan’s summer at PT clarified her vocational desires which led her to focusing on urban education and created a hope that one day Project Transformation would be able to serve the communities in her home of Memphis, TN. Meagan graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University in 2014. After graduation, she began to work towards a Master’s degree in urban education through the Memphis Teacher Residency Program. She has worked as an educator in both Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District. Meagan enjoys baking, crafting, reading and traveling to visit friends and family.
Ellie first encountered Project Transformation as an intern in 2015, while she was a student at Martin Methodist College. It was because of the vocational discernment opportunities she was exposed to as an intern at PT that she decided to attend Wesley Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity in May 2020. When she’s not engaging in a thrilling theological discussion, Ellie can be found playing card games, cuddling with cats, or making coffee.
Taylor started with Project Transformation as a year-round Fellow, through which she quickly fell in love with the greater Nashville community and PT’s model of ministry. She was especially inspired by the many volunteers she served alongside. Taylor holds a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi and a MEd in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. When she’s not coordinating volunteers or preparing marketing material, Taylor enjoys watching college football, driving through Sonic for strawberry limeades, and listening to vinyl records.
Jordin has served with Project Transformation since 2019 in several roles including Reading Volunteer Coordinator, Afterschool Site Assistant, and Distribution Site Coordinator. She has worked in many communities including Woodbury, LaVergne, and now East Nashville as a Fellow at Trinity Community Commons. She is a student at Middle Tennessee State University studying Dance/Social Work. She loves dance (she's trained in six different genres!), art, and adventures.
Christina came to Nashville by way of Wichita, Kansas. Although Chicago, IL is Christina’s birthplace, she has also called Arlington, TX, San Francisco and San Jose, CA home. Christina joined Project Transformation in May 2018 and immediately felt a sense of familiarity and family, similar to her past work at a non-profit youth mentoring organization in Wichita, KS. She loves to bake, play board games and watch tennis.
Allison is a Nashville native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Lambuth University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. Prior to joining the PT team, she served in a variety of roles in local churches, including in the areas of congregational care and youth ministry. Allison has a passion for young people and nurturing community relationships. Allison is married to Jacob, who serves as pastor at Hermitage United Methodist Church. They have two daughters, who are students in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Allison enjoys health and fitness, spending time with her family, and watching movies and TV- especially Little Women and Gilmore Girls!
Sarah first connected with Project Transformation while in seminary in Dallas, TX. Hearing the stories of the ministry beginning with a scribble on a napkin and growing into a dynamic model for ministry, she was inspired and dreamed to one day see Project Transformation come to life in her home state of Tennessee. Sarah joined the Project Transformation Tennessee in 2014 as the Director of Leadership Development after serving as the Minister of Missions and Outreach at West End United Methodist Church. Originally from Memphis, TN, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lambuth University and a Master of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Sarah loves movies, music, dogs and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer first learned about Project Transformation by serving a meal to interns with her church. She enjoyed learning about the transformation the interns experienced during their summer of service. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Elon University and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis. Prior to joining PT in 2020, Jennifer worked in the healthcare and donor communications fields. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, doing puzzles and cooking.
Ellie was introduced to Project Transformation as a young teen when she volunteered as a summer reading buddy through her home church, Franklin First UMC. She now serves as a Fellow at Antioch United Methodist Church. She graduated from high school in 2020 and is currently taking a gap year before college. She loves art, computer programming, and poetry. You can frequently find her translating—she is fluent in Spanish!
While living in Dallas, Carrie first became involved with Project Transformation as a volunteer through her church. In sharing a meal with PT families at a Family Fun Night, she witnessed the powerful relationships formed between children and the interns, and was quickly inspired by this multi-faceted ministry. Carrie is passionate about education and mentoring. She previously served at the House of Blues Chicago’s Foundation room, where she sought to advance music education through the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. Although Carrie has lived in multiple cities, she generally calls Valley Center, Kansas “home.” Carrie earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. When she is not sharing about the amazing work of PT, you will most likely find Carrie doing something involving music, animals, hiking or cooking.
Heewon was introduced to Project Transformation while leading youth mission trips for City Service Mission, a PT community partner. She now serves as the Middle School Fellow at Antioch United Methodist Church. She graduated from Taylor University in 2020 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Heewon was born in South Korea, raised in Japan, studied in Indiana and California, and now calls Nashville home. She is fluent in Japanese and Korean. She enjoys food and basketball. You can usually find her rocking cool sneakers and encouraging others!
Ranae first served with Project Transformation in the summer of 2019 as the Reading Volunteer Coordinator at New Providence United Methodist Church. She has now returned to continue her work with the Clarksville community as the year-round fellow. She is a student at Austin Peay State University studying Business Management. She enjoys writing, music, and YouTube videos.