Family Promise of Roane County - Board of Trustees


and Chair of Property Committee

Jennifer is assisting with the fund raising and personnel committees.

Jennifer is Housing Manager at Rockwood Housing Authority. She has been with Family Promise of Roane County since Day One. She has done social service work for 30 years in Roane and Anderson Counties.

Rev. Sunny Riddings

Rev. Sunny B. Ridings,
Vice Chair

Sunny is assisting with the Public Relations Committee.

Rev. Sunny B. Ridings has been an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2004. She currently serves as the Senior Minister of First Christian Church (DOC) in Rockwood. Sunny is proud to be Douglas and Lizzy's mom and David's wife. Sunny loves working with Family Promise because the program provides much needed support to valuable and vulnerable people (homeless families). Other things Sunny enjoys are: hiking, watching movies, playing superheros or Star Wars (thanks to her son) and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Sherry Paris

Sherry Paris,

and Chair of the Finance Committee

Sherry has been a resident of Roane County since 2010. She moved here from Farragut to enjoy life on the lake. She and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of two adult daughters. She is an active participant and member of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston.
She currently serves as president of the Loch Haven Estates HOA, a driver for Round About Roane, an afterschool homework helper at Evans Heights community center and volunteer for Roane Imagination Library. Sherry looks forward to serving further in this organization to help families in Roane County.

Donna Smith,

and Chair of the Personnel Committee

Donna serves as a member at Morrison Hill Christian Church. Donna is retired from a career in social services. Her background includes employment with Roane County Schools Student Support Department, a Home Visitor for Head Start in Roane County, a Child Development Specialist at Helen Ross McNabb Center, and a foster care and adoptions worker for Knox County Department of Children’s Services.

Donna desires to work with Family Promise as she is aware of the incredible need for housing for children and families in Roane and surrounding counties. Second, it is exciting for her to work with a program that encourages Christians to serve together.

Ann McGeghee

Anne McGehee,
Chair of Public Relations

Roane County Teacher for 32 years

Member of the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Volunteer after school tutor in Rockwood

Anne serves on the board of Family Promise because she cannot imagine how terrifying it must be to be a child who does not know where he/she is going to sleep at night, where the next meal will be, or how to stay warm and dry.

Rev. Wendy Neff

Pastor Wendy Neff,
Chair of Volunteer Coordinators

Wendy is assisting on the personnel committee.

Wendy has served as Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston for 8 years.  She is married to Brian Shelby.  They have 2 children, Isaac and Rebecca.  This it the third Family Promise organization that Wendy has been involved with during her ministry.  Wendy believes Family Promise is an organization that makes a real difference in the lives of families.  Wendy is honored to serve on the Board of Family Promise of Roane County.

Joan Pharis

Joan Pharis,
Chair of Church Recruitment

Joan is a retired General Motors Payroll Supervisor.

Joan’s community involvement includes: Kingston Rotarian, Love Kitchen, Elder at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Roane County Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Ridgeview Elementary School, Grande Vista Bay Veteran’s Association, Roane Habitat for Humanity. Joan would like to make a difference in Roane County. Joan would like to help children and families that are homeless.

Janice Rybka

Jan Rybka,
Chair of Policy Committee

Jan is a retired speech pathologist and special education teacher.

She is active in children’s ministry at Bethel Presbyterian Church and in the tutoring program at Rockwood Housing Authority.

Serving on the Family Promise Board is Jan’s response to her faith that teaches us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (including the ones who are homeless).

Rev. Steve Sherman

Rev. Steve Sherman,
Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee

Steve is assisting on the policy committee.

Steve is Senior Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Oak Ridge. Steve has served that congregation since March 2013. Pastor Steve received a Masters in Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in 2012 and a BA in Humanities from the University of Central Florida in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Steve served with his wife as Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda. Whether at the church, at home with family, or out and about, Steve is constantly seeking to reflect the best expressions of God’s love, in both word and deed.

Christina Shuey,
FNP-BC, Chair of Fund Raising /Development

Christina is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Summit Medical Group.

She is a member of Morrison Hill Christian Church and volunteers on medical mission trips.

After living in Roane County for nearly 20 years, Christina considers it a privilege to give back to her community serving with all of the other talented and committed board members as well as the numerous indispensable volunteers to affect a positive difference in homelessness in this county.

Lisa Stooksbury

Lisa Stooksbury,
Co-Chair of the Board Development Committee

Foust Family Fitness

Lisa Stooksbury was born and raised in Norris Tennessee. She is a member of Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church where she served on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee for several years. She came to Kingston back in 2006 to help open and manage Foust Family Fitness. Her duties include that of Office Manager, Program Director and Group Fitness Instructor. Lisa also serves on the Michael Dunn Center and Foundation Boards here in Roane County and is Chair of their Development Committee.

Lisa honestly can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up without the security of a home. That is why she got involved in Family Promise. Every child needs and deserves a safe and loving place to call their own.