Courtney experienced the impact of Project Transformation as an intern serving for three summers at Project Transformation in Dallas. Here, she first felt a holy nudge to bring this model of ministry to her home state of Tennessee and worked for two years toward that goal. A few months before PT Tennessee’s inaugural summer, Courtney joined the launching ministry as executive director.
“The way our community has rallied around Project Transformation Tennessee is absolutely amazing,” says Courtney. “I am so honored to be part of this transformational ministry.”
Courtney received her BSW from Western Kentucky University, and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. When she is not at PT, Courtney enjoys traveling, outdoor recreation, and exploring Nashville restaurants with friends.
While living in Dallas, Carrie first became involved with Project Transformation as a volunteer through her church. In providing a meal for 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.
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 graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Nonprofit Leadership at Belmont University. When she’s not coordinating volunteers, preparing marketing material, or studying, Taylor enjoys cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels, driving through Sonic for strawberry limeades, and listening to vinyl records.
Renee first engaged with Project Transformation as a volunteer and Partner Church Pastor during its inaugural year of programming in Memphis in 2016. When the opportunity arose to serve on staff, Renee says she immediately felt God’s call to help deepen the beautiful connections and impact already begun in Memphis.
Renee is an Ordained Deacon with the Memphis Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having worked for many years in behavioral health and hospice care before entering pastoral ministry. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, hiking, reading, and yoga.
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 an incredible multifaceted model for ministry, she was inspired and dreamed to one day see Project Transformation come to life in Tennessee, her home state.
Sarah joined the Project Transformation Tennessee staff in 2014 as the Director of Leadership Development after serving as the Minister of Missions and Outreach at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. “The way Project Transformation Tennessee trains and equips young people for mission and ministry is unmatched,” Sarah says. “I am excited to see how these young people will impact their communities, the church, and the world.”
Originally from Memphis, TN, Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lambuth University, and earned her Masters of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Sarah loves movies, music, DIY home projects and spending time with family and friends.
Ali began working with Project Transformation Tennessee as a college intern in 2013, and returned as a site coordinator at the Antioch UMC site in 2014. Her time as an undergraduate intern with Project Transformation sparked a passion for social justice and confirmed a deeper calling to ministry. Through her own personal experience, Ali gives witness to the power of relationships at Project Transformation– that between children, volunteers, and college interns.
Originally from Oviedo, Florida, Ali received her BSW from Florida State University. Ali earned her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Tennessee and holds a Certificate in Trauma. Ali enjoys being outdoors, running, biking, and enjoying great food with friends.