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 Team

Middle Tennessee Region

Transition Department

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Bethany Ink

Transition Coordinator

Bethany earned a Master of Public Administration from Cumberland University. She has worked in this field for over 3 years and has a passion for helping people who cannot advocate for themselves.


LaTIki Pankey-Cart

Transition Manager

I have nine years of working with geriatric adults and children. Providing direct care and administration in a variety of settings.

Community Living Support Team

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Jennifer Benson

Program Coordinator

I have supported individuals with disabilities since I was in high school. It is my true passion and calling in life. I have over 20 years of experience working directly with individuals and supervising various management teams in this field.


Amber Buck

Human Resource Coordinator

I am a dedicated Social Worker, with a BSW Degree, one years’ experience in the healthcare field, and two years’ experience in the criminal justice field. I am seeking to help change the future of my community through advocacy and case management.


Morgan Veasley

Case Manager

BS Criminal Justice/Criminology Specialized in Sociology. 3+ years in case management for a variety of populations between Colorado and Tennessee.


Shaska Webb

Program Case Manager

I love helping others, seeing people smile and the outcomes are the best when you know you played a role in change. I think being a social worker made me into a caring, kind, loving person and it changed my outlook on life. Being a social worker is awesome.

I worked for the Department of Children’s Service for almost 20 years as a foster care worker. I am employed at TJ Maxx, I have worked as an intern and volunteered at other programs in the social worker field. I volunteer with a lot of charity programs to help low-income families.

I have a BS in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University and AS in Police Administration from Nashville State Tech.

Clinical Department

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Brenita Seay

Clinical Director

MS in Counseling Psychology and my BA in Psychology, minoring in African-American Studies and Sociology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I’ve worked for 9 years in the field of Psychology.

Day Center PSR/Out Patient


Shannon Williamson

Wellness and Recovery Specialist

As a peer in mental health, I have a passion to help others live their best lives regardless of their diagnosis. I have a BS in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in social work and I’m currently in grad school in pursuit of a Master’s in Addiction Counseling. I’ve previously worked in office management, child care, and mental health education.

Human Resource Department

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Annabelle Sanchez

Office Manager

Have an A.S in Graphic Design. Have worked in an office environment since a teenager and now have almost 20 years of experience.

East Tennessee Region

Program Department


Christy Wood

Program Coordinator

I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management with 22 years of working with adults with intellectual disabilities.

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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