Our mission is to provide possibilities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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
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.
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.
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.
Clare feels this is exactly where the Lord wants her to be and is thrilled to be a part of the family at Possibility Place. Clare obtained her Associate's degree in Human Services. She began working with individuals with unique abilities in the late 1990's, at School of the Holy Childhood. The programs covered ages 5 years through retirement, and highlighted community involvement and integration, job training, and independent living skills to help them achieve their goals. Clare has helped facilitate the growth in programs such as this in the past, and is excited to provide support to all involved and invest in its success.
Kitty is our transplant from the west coast! With no rhyme or reason, she felt God calling her to move across the country with no family and no plan at all- which had to be tough since she is a planner! Kitty has a background in event coordinating, and when she saw the opportunity to combine her professional experience with something so close to her heart, she knew God was making it clear why she was here. Kitty has a brother with Autism and Epilepsy who is only a year younger, so her whole life he has been filling her heart with love and patience and passion for those with special needs. She feels so blessed to be serving our Pals while serving the Lord.
Community Club Co-Director
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.
Life Skills and Vocation Skills Program Leader
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!
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.
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.
Community Club Co-Director
Our Board of Directors
Jeff Atwood - Bio Coming Soon
Thomas Rowe - Bio Coming Soon
Davis is a healthcare attorney in Nashville, but grew up in Murfreesboro. Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.B.A. and law degrees from Vanderbilt. Davis is active at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville having served as chair of its church council. Davis currently serves on the Alumni Board of The Webb School in Bell Buckle and is co-chair of Webb’s annual fund. He has also served on the start-up committee and the board of Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc., a non-profit store that sells fairly traded goods from around the world. Davis formerly served as board chairman of High Hopes, Inc., a therapeutic pre-school and therapy program for children with special needs. Davis’s wife, Melora Wilkins Turner, also grew up in Murfreesboro and is a retired Registered Nurse.
Ms. Lee grew up in Rutherford County and graduated from LaVergne High School in 1990. She received her A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1993. She began working in healthcare in geriatric rehab soon after graduation, which then led into her true passion of working with children. She began working in Rutherford County Schools in 1999 and has maintained her focus on working with the special needs population through the schools, private therapy, and outpatient therapy. In addition for the last 13 years+ she has been involved 1 evening a week in a local Hippotherapy clinic.
Mrs. Whitley graduated Cum Laude with an Accounting degree from North Carolina State University. She then obtained her CPA in NC with Raleigh office of (then) Ernst & Whinney. She is married and has 2 children. Since having her son (who has disabilities, including intellectual, autism, and hearing impairment) nearly 25 years ago, she has had her own tax and accounting practice. She also has been involved extensively in the "disability" world for over 24 years: as an advocate, coach/board member/volunteer for Frisco Special Olympics & Angels T-Ball, & numerous other volunteer positions while living in North Texas. Since her family moved to Middle Tennessee in summer 2014, she has been a volunteer/advisor to Backlight Productions (a music theatre program for adults with disabilities), as well as attempting to navigate the "new world" of Waiver programs in TN. She is thrilled to have found Possibility Place - both for her son AND for the broader community as well.