THE WELLBEING OF OUR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND STAFF IS ALWAYS OUR TOP PRIORITY!
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Staff

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.

Randy is responsible for our Land of Dreams Capital Campaign and Planned Giving Legacy Program. To request a tour, for more information about making a planned gift, or to discuss our Capital Campaign, please call 615-491-0096 or email randy.elliott@brightstone.org.

Jenny Myhr, Director of Development

Jenny Mhyr joined BrightStone as Director of Development in March of 2022. Jenny is a non-profit professional with nearly 20 years of experience developing programs, managing social enterprise and raising public support for organizations across middle Tennessee.

Prior to joining BrightStone, Jenny served on senior leadership teams for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee and Barefoot Republic Camps & Retreat Center serving in the role of Director of Development.

Jenny is a native of Nashville and currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, John, 2 children, and 5 year old labrador retriever Lucy. The Myhr family attends Brentwood United Methodist Church where Jenny serves on the Missions Team as well as Leadership BUMC. Jenny enjoys watching her kids play ball, being involved in her local community and traveling. A self-described, lifelong student, Jenny loves meeting new people and collaborating on ways to make the world a better place for everyone, especially individuals with special needs and their families.

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!"

Kerri Bryant, Marketing and Communications Manager

Joining the Brightstone team in February of 2022, Kerri Bryant brings over 25 years of brand marketing and communication experience to the role of Marketing and Communications Manager. In this role, she works to build messaging and content that creates awareness of Brightstone’s mission, and generates engagement within the community, media, and external partnerships.

Having worked in the non profit industry for many years, Kerri has a passion for cause organizations working to serve the needs of others. She also served as a volunteer Board Member for Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

Kerri resides in Hendersonville with her husband Ivan. She has two grown children who also reside in Tennessee. Beach vacations, watching football, painting, and spending time with family, friends, and her two fur babies are some of her favorite things.

Pam Horne, Community Relations Manager

As Community Relationships Manager, Pam Horne provides a vital link between BrightStone’s Land of Dreams campus and the Middle Tennessee community. Pam has more than 30 years working in public relations, journalism, and book publishing in Williamson County. She holds a passion for sharing a good story and connecting people she meets with meaningful resources. A longtime resident of Franklin, member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and former Managing Editor of The Williamson Herald, Pam is deeply committed to the community she has called home since 1976.

Working closely with Randy Elliott and Brenda Hauk, Pam is responsible for establishing relationships with residents, community leaders, church groups, and business professionals who desire to partner with BrightStone. Her focus involves timely communications with the public, as well as friends and supporters of BrightStone, about the progress of our Land of Dreams development at 4184 Columbia Pike. If you would like to meet with Pam to discuss how you might become involved in our Land of Dreams Capital Campaign or to learn more about our expansion plans, contact pam.horne@brightstone.org or 615-268-6946.





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