BrightStone employees are our greatest asset. It is through their work, their commitment, and their passion that a quality program exists for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Middle Tennessee.
- Brenda Hauk, Founder and CEO
Brenda has served BrightStone as Executive Director since it began in 1999. Involved in the Special Needs community for many years as a teacher, JOBS coordinator, Special Olympics trainer, writer of publications and resource for churches and schools, Brenda has committed her life to helping adults with special needs to live a life of fulfillment.
- Lee Rose, Director of Operations
Serving BrightStone since 2007, Lee Rose is responsible for daily facility operations, state licensure compliance, human resource functions and staffing, facility maintenance, transportation, safety, training and product marketing and sales.
Before joining BrightStone Lee proudly served in the United States Army as a Captain and Army Aviator with 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Over his career he has held positions with companies such as DCI Management Group, Pearle Vision, and KFC serving in capacities of District Manager, Regional Manager, Vice President and Division Vice President.
- Randy Elliott, Director of Advancement
Randy joined our leadership team in April 2016 and is responsible for advancing the mission of BrightStone leading our Development, Capital Campaign and Community Relations activities.
Prior to joining BrightStone, Randy was Director of Advancement for New Hope Academy, Director of Development for Guideposts Foundation, President of Texas State Credit Company, and Vice President for Thomas Nelson Publishers. Randy holds a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis. He serves on the Board of Forrest Crossing Community Home Owners Association and on the Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee. Randy and his wife Ann have four grown children and have lived in Franklin since 2003.
- Dru Victory, Program Coordinator
Overseeing daily life for the adults at BrightStone, Dru Victory has served BrightStone since 2001. She is responsible for securing, supervising, training and development of the direct services staff, scheduling and monitoring the program services to our adults and their individual goals and objectives, scheduling student daily activities and work groups, overseeing grant compliance, and monitoring product inventory.
Before coming to BrightStone, Dru assisted in establishing a school-to-work transition program, developed a Job Coach Manual, and was the lead trainer for job coaches in the Williamson County Schools.
- Elaine Farmer, Admissions, Tours, and Volunteer Coordinator
Elaine Farmer brings over 30 years of administrative and management experience to the position of Development Coordinator. In this role, she assists the Executive Director and Director of Advancement with fundraising events, administration, and manages BrightCorps, our Volunteer program.
Elaine lives in Smyrna with her husband, Lenny, who pastors Jackson Ridge Baptist Church in Rockvale. She not only is proud to be a Tennessean by birth, but during football and basketball season, you will know she is a die hard Big Orange fan. In her free time, Elaine loves being with her children and grandchildren and is involved in the activities of their church.
"The purpose and people of BrightStone is what drew me to this wonderful organization. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of BrightStone!"
- Peyton Chandler, Communications and Events Manager
Peyton Chandler moved from his hometown of Birmingham, AL to join BrightStone in April of 2021. His position focuses on effectively communicating BrightStone's mission through various forms of media, while planning and overseeing BrightStone's different events throughout the year. Peyton gained several years of advertising and editorial experience upon graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016. In 2018, he shifted his vocational focus to ministry and then served for nearly three years in the capacity of Worship and Communications Coordinator at a Birmingham church.
Peyton lives in Nashville with his wife, Wesley, who works in marketing and brand development. In their free time, they love to take long walks, cook complicated meals, and check movies off of their "Must Watch" list. Peyton is also pursuing his Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.