Community Helping Place

Our Team

At CHP, we are blessed to have a team of caring, committed leaders who desire to invest in the community and help those in need. We look forward to working with you!

Melissa Line,
Executive Director

Melissa Line came to CHP as the Executive Director in June 2019, after working with families and children professionally for 20 years. Melissa holds a BS in Family Psychology and an MSW with a concentration in Families and Children. Melissa is overjoyed to work with the wonderful team of staff and volunteers at Community Helping Place and looks forward to the future!

Paula Payne has been with CHP since 2008, being the driving force behind the Free Clinic. Paula has previous experience in the management of a Free Clinic in Kentucky, a Business degree, and vast experience in operations and management.
Beginning in January 2021, Paula will assume a new position as Director of Development and Operations for CHP.

Debi Holloway joined the staff of CHP in 2017 as the part-time client navigator, eventually moving into her current full-time position where she provides direct support and oversight of the Food Pantry, Summer Food Program, Emergency Assistance and The Spirit of Christmas program. Debi’s educational and life experiences in social work have given her many useful skills and tools for serving those in need in our community.

Kim Smith joined the staff of CHP in August of 2019, after working for many years with the Juvenile Court system and as a therapeutic foster parent and peer specialist. Kim’s professional background in retail management, combined with her social work training, made her an ideal fit for our thrift store daily operations, supervising a team of staff members and helping clients in need of support and household items.

Donna Wright came to the Free Clinic in 2019 and quickly became a fixture! Donna is an amazing and compassionate nurse who can get things done. We have expanded our services to include Medical Navigation and case management, because of Donna’s excellent leadership.

Jules joined the staff of CHP in September 2019 after serving as a volunteer, and then as the administrator, handling lots of challenging situations! Jules soon became the “go to girl” for anything related to graphics, design, and communications and although it is a new set of skills for her, she is learning fast. She has previous experience with regional and national nonprofits in leadership and program directing.  Jules has an array of experiences, and skills that have become an asset at Community Helping Place, providing support for every department and program.

Also known as “DT”, Smith was a career law enforcement officer who decided he wasn’t quite ready for retirement and came on staff at CHP to help with general maintenance for our facilities and vehicles. When we began our new Transportation Initiative, DT took the position of van driver and provides direct support to so many of our clients in need of food access and medical care.


Board of Directors

 

 

   Pamela Harrison Jones – Board Chair 2021
Mike Ethridge – Treasurer
Rose Proctor – Secretary
Rev. John Hamilton
Bonnie Bowling
Shelly Dinsmore
Joy Edelberg
Pastor Steven Wright
Kay Hall
Brian Hinkle
Aileen Hood
Patricia Jarvis
Ron Larson
David Luke
Rev. Robin Parr
Martha Roberts
Bob Saba
Nancy Watson

 
 

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