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.
Susan Wagoner - Social Skills and Life Enrichment Program Leader
Susan feels incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to work with the students at Possibility Place. She has always had a heart for working with people of all ages with special needs. She has spent the last ten years working 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. She has been married to her husband, Curt (who is a pastor at LifePoint Church) for 28 years. They have two sons, Zach (Heather) and Jacob (Olivia), and five grandchildren, Ella, Odin, Viktor, Brooklyn, and Bear. Susan is very active in her church and enjoys camping, gardening and spending time with family.
Rosemarie Roan - Practical Academics Program Leader
Rosemarie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, a teaching certificate in education, and with an endorsement in Special Education. Rosemarie’s life work and passion has been working in some capacity helping people with disabilities.
She was accepted into the Health Occupation Students of America program and earned her CNA and worked with physically abused children as a Nurse Aide. After High School she accepted a position working with closed-head injured adults and helped them maintain their independence while allowing them to live at home. As an early intervention teacher she taught babies with developmental disabilities and delays. She taught special education in a CDC classroom and she worked with intellectually challenged adults in a vocational training center.
Rosemarie and her husband, Robert, reside in Murfreesboro. They have four children, one of which has Cerebral Palsy.
Katie Medrano - Creative Arts Program Leader
Katie says she is so honored that God has given her the opportunity to work alongside the Possibility Place Pals and is very excited to see what The Lord has in store during her time here!
Her little brother, Tyler, has Down Syndrome and Autism, and through his involvement in the community she has been able to experience the fullness and joy of living alongside children that have special needs.
She recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in English. She has a passion for music and arts which has led her to learn to play the piano and sing as well as paint, sew, and even dabble in landscape design. She found her passion in teaching this past year when she was given the task to lead the Hispanic Children’s Ministry at the Experience Community Church alongside her husband Brian. In this volunteer position, Katie and Bryan encourage and teach the kids at the Spanish service about The Bible and God. Katie and Brian have been married for 6 months and are looking forward to the future that God has for them. They love Murfreesboro and know that The Lord has an amazing plan for them and for Possibility Place here in this city!
Emma Miller - Life Skills and Vocation Skills Program Leader
Emma is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the adults at Possibility Place. She began her journey at Possibility Place as an intern and says that within the first few weeks of working with the adults, she knew she was meant to serve adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She says the amount of joy that comes with simply knowing the pals is more than she could have ever hoped for. Emma’s little sister, Abby, has Down Syndrome and the involvement that Emma has in her life has made her more aware of the opportunities that individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities should have access to. Emma has also been heavily involved in Best Buddies at MTSU where she had the joy of being a buddy to one of our pals! Emma will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a minor in Music. She is passionate about helping others accomplish their goals and watching them grow and learn to their fullest potential and ability! She is also passionate about music, and teaches piano lessons, as well as instructs Barre at a local studio where she seeks to empower others to find joy through exercise. Emma has been married to her husband Zac for approaching 3 years and they reside in Murfreesboro, and love to be outside and spend time with family.
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. Born and raised in Upstate New York, 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.
Sonya Craig - Founder and Executive Director
Sonya attended both Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and Middle Tennessee State University.
Sonya and her husband, Kurt, are the parents of two sons, one of which has autism and an intellectual disability. She worked as a Special Education Assistant for Rutherford County Schools before home educating her children through graduation. She was a Certified Neurodevelopmentalist and co-founder of LEARN (Life Enrichment And Recreation Network.) She also serves as the Host-Site Coordinator for Best Buddies MTSU.
For the 5 years before starting Possibility Place Sonya worked in the legal teleservice field for West Corporation's Courtcall division.
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.
Ally Zahringer - Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
Ally recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with her bachelor's in Music so she is absolutely thrilled to be in the music capital of the world. 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!
Our Board of Directors
Jeff Atwood-Board Chair - Bio coming soon.
Thomas Rowe - Bio coming soon.
Tammy Duffy - Ms. Duffy has her undergraduate degree from MTSU in Speech and Hearing Pathology and her masters from MTSU in Special Education Birth to 7 years. She has worked in the public schools for 32 years as a speech therapist, special education teacher, and currently teaches at-risk preschool children.
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 - 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 - 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.