What sets Group Effort Apart?

We Listen and Learn.

You may have seen the term “person-centered” on our site or on other sites in our industry, but what does that really mean for you and your family? For everyone at Group Effort, person-centered care is really a guiding principle for everything we do. We understand that caring for intellectually disabled or aging loved ones can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming and we put our focus on creating the best possible outcome for each person.

You know as well as we do there is really no one-size fits all approach to helping individuals with issues related to aging or disability. Some may be able to work and truly have a desire to grow and stretch themselves. Others may require intensive full-time care. And, still others may only need help now and then with a certain set of tasks.

Whatever the needs of the individual are, our goal is simple — to help each of our clients live their best life. That life will look different for each person. That’s why Group Effort places great importance on listening and learning what each of our clients value. We also take the time to learn from the people who know our clients best — their family. We’ll ask questions about likes and dislikes, daily routines, problems that have come up and how those issues have been handled. Give us all the details! We promise we can handle it.

Once we’ve spent time with our client and their family, we’ll get to work developing a plan with recommendations on how to achieve the goals of everyone involved. And, that is the true meaning of person-centered care.

Better Together.

Our Mission

At Group Effort, we believe every person should have an opportunity to live a meaningful and full life regardless of their physical or intellectual limitations. Our mission is to create an environment for our clients that allows them to see the world as welcoming and full of possibilities and opportunities. Our reward is seeing smiles and pride on our clients’ faces when they achieve a goal they never thought possible.

Our mission is also reflected in our slogan: Group Effort — Better Together. Every service and program we have developed is focused on joining our team and our clients to allow them to create their best life. We want our clients to dream their biggest dreams, work toward their highest goals and above all believe in their ability to attain them. At Group Effort, our focus is and will always be working side by side with our clients because we are BETTER TOGETHER.

Our Values


We believe that every individual has the right to be respected and treated with dignity. We treat our clients like we would want our own family to be treated because that’s what they are — OUR FAMILY.


We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment that allows both employees and clients complete freedom of expression.


We encourage and support innovative solutions that can positively affect the well-being of our staff and program participants.


Our clients have put their loved ones lives in our hands and we do not take that lightly. We adhere to a strict code of honesty between our staff and those entrusted to our care.


We welcome the unique viewpoints of diverse races, cultures and religions regardless of individual sexual orientation, education level or economic status.


We want to enrich the lives of each person in our care by addressing each individual’s needs, providing opportunities for growth and development, evaluating results, making adjustments when needed, and responding to new challenges as they arise.

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.

Lee Iacocca

Our Founders


Towan Siler

Chief Executive Officer

Towan Siler, co-founder of Group Effort of Tennessee, has overseen company operations from our startup in 2011.

“My experience in social services revealed a major gap in the availability of options for what I call forgotten members of society including intellectually disabled adults. This group of individuals had almost no access to the quality care and attention they deserved. That became the mission of Group Effort.”

Siler earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cumberland University in Tennessee and his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bluefield College in Virginia. Prior to founding Group Effort, Siler held the position of Program Director at Turnaround Center in Gallatin, Tennessee and acted as a case manager for the Department of Children’s Services, where he worked with the Juvenile Justice Probation Office.

Derek Potter is a co-founder of Group Effort of Tennessee and has held the position of Director of Business Operations since 2011. He handles all the exciting issues related to finances, communications, marketing, staffing and facility organization.

Potter’s passion for his work comes from the philosophy embodied in the old saying, “You may only be one person in the world, but you mean the world to one person.”

He says, “Every time I have the opportunity to make life better for one person, I too become a better person. While I realize mine is a huge responsibility, I also consider it a blessing and I wake up each day thankful for this great gift.”

Potter is a licensed attorney and earned his Juris Doctoral degree from the Nashville School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky.


Derek Potter

Director of Business Operations

Our Staff


Amanda Howard

Office Manager/ Training Coordinator

Amanda is our office manager and training coordinator. She spends her days making sure that Group Effort is in compliance with all aspects and levels of Federal, State and local laws, regulations and standards when it comes to hiring staff and maintaining employee files.

Amanda is a native of Colorado, but she has called Tennessee home for several years. She has spent most her working life in the medical field for both humans and animals. Amanda strives to improve the life of all living things around her. Her hobbies include caring for animals and photography.

Dayna is Group Effort’s house manager. He assists with the operations of one of our Supported Living homes. He also oversees work performance of direct support staff and problem solves when issues arise. He also helps with tracking outcomes and reviewing daily notes for completeness.

Dayna has been in the care field for ten years and absolutely loves what he does. Caring for his clients is his main focus and he considers their needs in all situations.


Danya Bako

Home Manager



Program Coordinator

Bethany is our transition director. She’s responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the service related to the enrollment and transition of Group Effort clients into agency programs, which includes their initial evaluation. Bethany is instrumental in the development and coordination of our clients’ person-centered support plan.

Bethany is a California girl who loves the South! She says the only thing Nashville is missing is the beach. She graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in health science. She has always had a passion for helping people and loves being part of a team that’s driven to help people in need have the best quality of life possible. Bethany’s favorite quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make a difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Natassia is our Family Model Recruiter and helps find loving families that are a match for our clients. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Heath Science. Natassia developed her skills for recruiting, training, and leadership through her 10 years of experience in the home health field.


Natassia Fuqua

Human Resource Coordinator and Family Model Provider Recruiter


Tamika Marshall

Case Manager

Tamika began working with individuals with behavioral and developmental disabilities in 1999 as a special needs assistant for Metro Public Schools. Her love for helping others and the desire to make a difference in someone’s life lead her to the special needs care field. She’s worn many hats including direct support professional, program manager, and now case manager for Group Effort.

As a program case manager, Tamika possesses intimate knowledge of DIDD Compliance Standards as they relate to individuals of all levels of need, private-care, and MCO (Choices Program). She is well versed in MAR reviews, script validations, psychotropic consents, recognizing and reporting medication variances, and medical follow-ups. Tamika is our liaison to client families, natural supports, medical professionals, including therapy providers and other third-party vendors. She also conducts unannounced supervisory visits to all family model sites to ensure our clients are receiving the best possible care.

Heather is a Nashville native. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in science with a minor in psychology. She has compiled a vast knowledge in the medical field over the past twenty years and she uses that daily to ensure our clients are getting the best care possible as our program manager.

Heather possesses intimate knowledge of DIDD Compliance Standards and MCO care (Choices Program). She is the liaison to medical professionals, including therapy providers and is directly responsible for resolution of issues identified by Group Effort staff. She works in conjunction with the Group Effort program director and with DIDD and MCO representatives. Heather also conducts site visits at all family model residential sites and monthly program file audits.
Heather has two beautiful children. She is passionate about animals and enjoys bowling in her spare time.


Heather Lamay

Program Manager

Humility as One. Service to All.
Interested in Joining the Group Effort Family?

We are growing our family of caregivers and staff. If you would like more information about open positions with Group Effort, please visit our Employment page.

“I am a lifelong caregiver and I enjoy what I do.I treat the people in my care like family as much as possible and try to really pay attention to their likes and dislikes. I let all my residents know that my home is not a mini nursing home. We are family. I’ve been really pleased with how Group Effort works with each family provider and family member to make sure that everyone is happy with their situation.“
Miss Eddie
Group Effort Family Model Provider
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