The Group Effort Team

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.

Community Living Support Team

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Kristen Quinn

Program Case Manager

Kristen Quinn graduated with her BSW, Fall of 2007. She began in the field as a DSP, then accepted a position as an ISC in 2011. Kristen graduated with her MPH May of 2019, then began teaching at a day program. That brought her to Group Effort, accepting a position as a program case manager. She is excited being a part of the Group Effort Family, with over 13 years of experience working with ID/DD individuals.

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Kristin Thomas

Case Manager

My passion in life has always been to advocate and serve to those without a voice. I have 5 years of working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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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.

In Home Behavioral Support

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Akuoti John

Behavioral Support Specialist

I currently study Journalism and mass media with two Minors in Psychology and communications. I am working as a Behavioral Support Specialist because my lifelong desire is to be able to help those around me in a way that’s beneficial to them.

I have worked with children since I’ve been in high school. Children of all ages and circumstances, I believe I’m called to a career helping children with disabilities we are all created equal, and if I can make someone sense that equality in society then my purpose has been met.

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Magnita Black

Program Coordinator

I am passionate about assisting families. I have over 15 years of experience, having worked with young adults, the elderly, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across a broad range of settings including: individual and group homes, therapeutic community organizations, schools, rehabilitative day programs, and residential treatment facilities. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and I am currently in the process of pursuing a master’s degree. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Program Coordinator for the In-Home Behavioral Supports Program.

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Nije Johnson

Behavioral Support Specialist

I work in the Mental Health field because everyone has a voice, some just need help expressing themselves and I can be that voice they need. I have worked in several group homes and residential treatment facilities in the Middle TN area working with at-risk youth as well as women in recovery. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fisk University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

Day Center PSR/Out Patient

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Jennifer Schott

Program Coordinator

I became a therapist to make a difference for those in need to find peace and provide a listening ear and helping hand. I have received my Master’s degree in Menta Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University. I have worked children in various services, and now look forward to establishing my assistance with adults addressing their mental health.

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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.

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Cory Siple

Resource Manager

I use my resource management skills in the service of others. Former truck driver, current bookkeeper & resource manager. Associate of Accounting at Motlow State Community College. Pursuing a Bachelor of Accounting at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Jordan Edmondson

HR Coordinator

I have a passion for helping people. I previously worked as a DSP, CNA and most recently a staffing recruiter. All of those jobs put me in a position to help people. It brings me great joy to make a difference in someone’s life.

East Tennessee Region

Transition Department

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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.

Community Living Support Team​

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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.

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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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