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.

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. 

Clare Wood

Program Director

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. 

Ally Zahringer

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

 

Ally recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with her bachelor's in Music. In school, she held a variety of leadership positions for several non-profit based organizations including Dance Marathon, which raises funds for the OU Children's Miracle Network Hospital and the Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports the American Heart Association. Ally was also involved in the OCU chapter of Best Buddies where she found a love for working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She feels incredibly blessed to be a member of the Possibility Place family and looks forward to creating & sharing exciting content with everyone!

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.

Melody Johnson

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! 

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 for 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 the Possibility Place and is looking forward to being a part of the team.  

Our Board of Directors

Board Chair 

Jeff Atwood

Bio Coming Soon

Thomas Rowe

Bio Coming Soon

Davis Turner

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.

William Lowe

 

Mr. Lowe is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of MTSU with a degree in Business Adminstration and has recently entered the world of insurance. Through his college years he gained leadership experience as the president of both Raiders for Christ and Best Buddies MTSU. In the past Will has been a faithful volunteer with Best Buddies MTSU and LEARN. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to use his skills and fresh perspective to help develop a program that has long been needed in the Murfreesboro community.

Lori Lee

Board Secretary 

 

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.

Angie Whitley

Board Treasurer 

 

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.