Excitement abounds as BrightStone families, staff members, volunteers and donors learn of the approval received at Monday night's meeting of the Williamson County Commissioners regarding land use. Unanimous approval was received to zoning ordinance amendments which will allow BrightStone to proceed with expansion plans within Williamson County. In the near future, BrightStone will be able to provide additional services and programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and also to generously expand the number of adults and families served. "We've been anticipating this phase since we began almost 14 years ago," stated Brenda Hauk, Founder and Executive Director of BrightStone. "We are thrilled that we've received the support of the Staff, Planning Commissioners, and now the County Commissioners of Williamson County. We are so very thankful to everyone for their recognition of the need to serve this community of adults, and their support of our mission." A large number of BrightStone supporters attended the meeting on Monday evening, proudly wearing red shirts displaying the BrightStone logo. When the final vote was taken, and unanimous approval received, the auditorium exploded with smiles and applause. Among those in attendance were Lorraine and Jon Ferrell, wife and son of the late Dr. Craig Ferrell, a beloved community physician who served in a volunteer leadership capacity for BrightStone for many years. Almost $400,000 in funds have already been raised and designated for the Ferrell Home as a part of this expansion. "Craig would be so very pleased!" Mrs. Ferrell commented regarding the approval secured.
Jennifer is a very busy young lady! You will often see her at music concerts around town or enjoying a Titans game with family and friends. Socializing is her favorite BrightStone activity, but in addition to that, her other BrightStone favorites include working in ceramics, bowling, helping cook lunch, walking for exercise and completing worksheets in the learning lab.
Philip is a pleasant gentleman with a beautiful smile. In his leisure time he enjoys watching Western movies, listening to pop music, swimming and eating at Olive Garden. While at BrightStone, Philip's favorite work area is painting pots. He also enjoys computer activities, stretching exercises at the YMCA, going to the park and saying the prayer before lunch.
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Four new board members were recently approved to join the Board of Directors for BrightStone, a nonprofit organization educating and training adults with special needs, located in Franklin, TN. Terrance (Terry) BridgesPresident, Behavioral Health Services for Healthcare Corporation of America. Terry is responsible for HCAs 54 behavioral health facilities located throughout 17 states. Formerly COO with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., Terry serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems and the Governing Council for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse for the American Hospital Association. Terry received his Masters degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from California State University Northridge. He and his wife Susan reside in Franklin, have two grown sons, and are members of Franklin United Methodist Church. Monica CoakleyPrincipal, KPMG, Washington National Tax Practice. Monica is located in the Nashville office of KPMG and advises KPMG partners, professionals and clients across the country on tax issues affecting the healthcare industry. She is a member of the TN, NY & NJ Bars, American Health Lawyers Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Nashville Health Care Council. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from The American University, received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her LL.M. Taxation from the NY University School of Law. Monica serves on the Finance Committee of Mental Health America Middle TN, the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, is a community educator on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and teaches Sunday School for children with special needs. She resides in Franklin with her husband, Sean, and their three children. Aaron FerrellSenior Programmer with Advanced Engineering in Cool Springs. Aaron is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy and received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Notre Dame. Aaron has served as the Treasurer of the board of his HOA, and operates a small real estate management company with his wife. His brother, Jon, is a student at BrightStone. Aaron and his wife Tanya reside in Franklin with their two children. Candy SullivanDirector of Annual Giving and Parent Relations at Battle Ground Academy. Candy received her Bachelors Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, with a concentration in Handicapped and Geriatrics, from Radford University in Virginia. She has been involved with many local endeavors, including Franklin Tomorrow, Heritage Foundation, Heritage Ball, Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital, and many others. She and her husband Lawrence have two grown children who are both employed in the Arts and live in NY. Candy has been involved with BrightStone for over 10 years and is actually returning to the BrightStone Board of Directors after a one year hiatus. Recently elected officers include: Dick Wells, Chairman of the Board (The Hard Lessons Company); Bob Speck, Vice Chair (Blue Coast Burrito); Kevin Gabhart, Secretary (Beecher Carlson); Donald Stinnett, Treasurer (Hospital Corporation of America); and Brenda Hauk, President (BrightStone). Returning Directors include Keith Braly (community volunteer); TN House Representative Glen Casada; Scott Gentry (Williamson Medical Center); Dr. Cathy Stallworth (Baptist Hospital and Nashville Medical Group); Tom Singleton (retired, Cambrio).
Brian's favorite subject is Disney World! He looks forward to his trips and he is already planning the attractions he would like to see the next time. His next trip is planned for January 2014. Brian is a good sport and enjoys his routine at BrightStone. His favorite activities are riding the stationery bicycle, working in ceramics, shopping, bowling and computer learning games. Don had a birthday last week! He was so sweet and got a little emotional as we all sang "Happy Birthday" to him. Afterwards he joyfully told us how old he really is! Were we surprised! While at BrightStone Don says he enjoys playing basketball at the YMCA, working in mixes, helping cook lunch, music with Judy, going to the grocery store and field trips to Chick-Fil-A.
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