ABOUT US

Our mission is to provide possibilities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Our Purpose

 

Possibility Place provides:

  • job training and volunteer skills where the participant can contribute to society and find personal fulfillment

  • training for independent living skills

  • opportunities for further learning of basic reading, math, and computer skills

  • training for a lifetime of healthy lifestyle habits including recreation, exercise, and healthy choices.

  • opportunities to build friendships and learn strong social skills

  • opportunities for the participants to grow mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually

 

Our Philosophy

Possibility Place is a private pay, non-profit organization created to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

 

We provide a unique environment that focuses on the participant's strengths and needs and we create an individualized program for each participant based on that focus.

 

We believe that with focused teaching in small groups, great love, and an encouraging environment,

our adults can make great strides toward independence. 

 

 

Our Staff

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Susan Wagoner

Social Skills and Life Enrichment Program Leader

Social Skills and Life Enrichment Program Leader

Susan feels incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to work with the students at Possibility Place. She worked many years as a Special Education Assistant with Rutherford County Schools and finds it very rewarding helping students achieve their goals.

Susan has lived in Middle Tennessee all her life and graduated from Nashville State Community College with an Associate of Science degree. Susan is very active in her church and enjoys camping, gardening and spending time with family.

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Derek Prince

Creative Arts and Current Events Program Leader

Derek is humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to work with our Pals at Possibility Place.

Having a nephew with Autism and an intellectual disability, Derek developed a heart and love for helping those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Derek has a background working in Special Education as an assistant. He also worked with tthe elderly both in their homes and in a care facility so he has a heart for serving. When offered an opportunity to work at Possibility Place he jumped at the chance, feeling this was where God wanted him. 

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Melody Johnson

Program Director

Melody says she feels honored to get to work with the pals of Possibility Place. She is moving from Virginia to help start a church and take a step in her faith in Murfreesboro. She has been working at a day center for adults with intellectual and developmental capabilities for the past four years. Before that she got her Bachelors of Science in Psychology of Life Coaching from Liberty University. She is a firm believer in everyone having next steps or goals in life and she believes that for our Pal's life as well! 

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Jessie Chewning

Development Coordinator
 

Jessie feels blessed to join the Possibility Place family as the Development Coordinator. Jessie has a heart for serving others and seeing everyone reach their highest potential.

After spending many years in corporate customer relations, Jessie is excited to use her skills to help Possibility Place grow and shine. 

She and her husband are raising two young boys. In her spare time you can find her gardening, planning family trips, and trying new recipes. 

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Katie Medrano

Community Club Director

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Rosemarie Roan

Practical Academics Program Leader

Rosemarie’s life work and passion has been working in some capacity helping people with disabilities.

Rosemarie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, a teaching certificate in education, with an endorsement in Special Education. 

She was accepted into the Health Occupation Students of America program and earned her CNA and worked. She taught special education in a CDC classroom and with intellectually challenged adults.

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Ashlynn Grant

Life Skills and Vocation Skills Program Leader

More info coming soon!

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Sonya Craig

Founder & Executive Director

Sonya attended both Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and Middle Tennessee State University.

She was a Certified 

Neurodevelopmentalist and co-founder of LEARN. She also serves as the Host-Site Coordinator for Best Buddies MTSU.

Her passion is to see children and adults with special needs have every opportunity to reach goals beyond what was predicted for them with any diagnosis or label. Her dream is to see them fully integrated into a society that sees their value, a society that shifts the focus to what they CAN do instead of what they cannot.

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Scarlett Smith

Program Assistant

Scarlett has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Education from MTSU.  She has many years of experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as direct care staff, in management and support coordination. Scarlett believes in kindness as a core value and serving others is a fundamental calling. Scarlett enjoys spending time with her family, reading and trips to the mountains. She is excited to be joining Possibility Place and is looking forward to being a part of the team.  

Our Board of Directors

Jeff Atwood - Board Chair
Angie Whitley - Treasurer
Lori Lee - Secretary
Thomas Rowe
Davis Turner
Grace Tant
Robin Seay
Candace Whitley