TFS Summer Newsletter 2020

Welcome to our 2020 Summer Newsletter! This past year has been a difficult one, but we hope this finds you in good health. We are so appreciative of the wonderful employees we have here at TFS who are working diligently to ensure the safety and health of our folks! If you have any pictures, please feel free to email them to newsletter@nashvilletfs.org.

JoAnnie Bryant is our newest addition to our admin team! She is the Clinic Manager for the TFS Kennedy Clinic. JoAnnie was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bryant grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. Bryant is a U.S. Army Veteran. She earned her A.A. degree from Ultimate Medical Academy in Clearwater, Florida with a concentration in billing and coding and administrate medical assistant. Bryant received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from National American University in Rapid City, South Dakota. She earned her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from National American University in Austin, Texas.

Bryant has 13 years’ experience in the health care industry. She is passionate about providing quality health care service to each patient with compassion and excellence.

Bryant’s hobbies include: cooking, traveling, dancing and spending time with her husband and three children. Her future goal is to continue her education to become a Physician’s Assistant.

Albert celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year! As you can see, he chose a fantastic theme!

Special moments are best shared with friends!

Albert enjoying some gardening

Feeling the summer heat? Spencer is here to help.

Richard enjoying the day outside with friends

Spencer celebrated his 76th birthday this year!

Triston and Chris enjoying a beautiful summer day!

Who wouldn't want to join this group of fun seekers?

Some fun pics from a day trip to the wax museum!

A letter from Ralph Kennedy

September 2020

It is hard to believe that we have been in the Smyrna office 34 months. The COVID-19 virus has made it a quiet place of late. TFS staff continue to support our special folks in their homes and implement all of the required precautions to keep everyone safe. Most of our admin staff are working from home either full-time or part-time. I am sure it is hard for some of the folks we serve to understand the necessity of limiting their freedoms for the sake of their health. Visitors have been understanding for the most part of the need to limit access to the homes in order to protect those who live there. Everyone is hoping for a conclusion to this lifestyle and a return to whatever normal has become after a pandemic.

TFS opened our medical clinic to outsiders who have an intellectual or developmental disability a little over a year ago. Last month we received a license from the State Department of Mental Health to operate a psychiatric clinic to complement the medical clinic. We are in the process of hiring a psychiatric nurse practitioner to work ½ day a week in the clinic and a psychiatrist to supervise them.

The visitation limits imposed on all of us does not limit our ability to keep in touch. Check out the TFS website if you have not done so recently, and visit us on Facebook

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful fall and we can soon greet one another in person,


Try this simple recipe to change up breakfast!

We have new LPN rates!
  • LPNs- $20/hr days, $21/ nights
  • CNAs- $12/hr
  • DSTs- $10/hr

*Each position receives a $1 weekend differential*

Don't forget to vote this coming election! If you are not registered, it's not too late. You have until October 5th!

Ami Gauldin- Family Teacher/Staffing Coordinator, Andrew Howard- QIDP/TFM Consultant, Basiru Konta- Family Teacher/Staffing Coordinator, Brad Bellew- Maintenance, Brittany Johnson- Director of Programs, Cassi Carpenter- Assistant Office Manager, Chandra Michon- TFM Consultant, Daniel Bellew- Maintenance, Daniel McLaughlin- Maintenance, Elaine Palmer- RN Trainer, Hailey Hall- Human Resources Assistant, Holly Puckett- Hub Nurse, Jackie Scarlett- Service Coordinator, Jessica Brown- Hub Nurse, Joyce Gilton- Family Teacher/Staffing Coordinator, Julia Hall- Auditor, Kimberly Snipes- IMC/QA Director, Lexi McLaughlin- Medical Coordinator, Lindsey Wisniewski- Hub Nurse, Lori Mills- Auditor, Michele Callahan- Office Manager, Naomi Suddarth- Human Resources Director, Ralph Kennedy- CEO, Rita Tate- QA Auditor, Sarah Harrison- ADON, Shelly Hall- Executive Director, Sonya Burnett- Staffing Coordinator, Tracy Kennedy- Admin. Assistant, Tracy Parker-Oyinlola- Family Teacher/Staffing Coordinator, Quintin Perkins- TFM Consultant, Whitney Lester- DON

Candace Whitley, PA-C, Holly Blankenship, D.O., JoAnnie Bryant, MHRM


Created with images by Raphaël Biscaldi - "Summer has come" • Pereanu Sebastian - "untitled image"