Executive Director, Devin Payne
While Devin was in high school her sister was tragically killed in a car accident. Because of Jordan’s example of compassion for the hurting and the lost, Devin was inspired to carry out her sister’s legacy, recognizing this as a calling from God on her life. It was not until she attended a Passion conference as a college student that she understood more specifically what that calling meant. The theme of the conference was sex trafficking. As the reality of this evil was described, Devin was devastated and felt the Lord was leading her to be a part of the solution.
The following year Devin was on mission in Africa when she sensed God’s pleasure to change her major and pursue experience in the non-profit sector. She went on to complete internships with non-profits like HealthCare 21 and Helen Ross McNabb. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, she accepted a position as the Born-Drug Free TN Coordinator, and was then promoted to Youth Initiatives Director at the Metro Drug Coalition (MDC). While there, she oversaw the Youth Metro Drug Coalition (YMDC), and has spoken before countless groups of students and adults in East Tennessee. In addition to her work, and due to the correlation between drugs and DMST, Devin engaged in the fight against sex trafficking by volunteering with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT).
Devin has a strong conviction that it is Jesus who brings true freedom and restoration to those affected by DMST, and He empowers those of us who desire to stop this evil (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Dr. Chad Sparks is a Knoxville native who has been the Teaching Pastor at Providence Church in Knoxville since 1997. He has board experience in churches, para-church organizations, and Christian foundations through which he has led numerous charitable initiatives both locally and internationally.
Cathy is a follower of Jesus Christ who longs for His glory in her life, which He has blessed fully! Following college, Cathy worked as an RN in various areas of intensive care nursing for 10 years. Her next primary position was as a stay at home mom, home educating her children. During that season, she also studied and became a certified Biblical Counselor and served in areas of student ministries. Through counseling and student ministry, she was exposed to the problem of DMST and became involved in the early days of Street Hope TN, serving both as a part of the prayer team and speaker’s bureau.
Terri Cage – Community Impact Director, West Park Baptist Church
Terri Cage is a native of East Tennessee whose passion is to serve others. With degrees in engineering and technical writing she has worked in technical fields, but her greatest fulfilment has been in her current role as wife, mother of 3 sons, and mentor/biblical counselor at her church. As the Community Impact Coordinator, she is a servant-leader of community outreach at West Park Church where her husband is on staff as Pastor of Community Care.
Jennifer Eppley, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Eppley, DSW, LCSW, has served in a variety of roles in social service settings for over 20 years. She strives to serve with the Lord through serving the poor and broken. She is a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.
Ted Francisco – Department of Homeland Security
Born in Knoxville, Adam has lived in Tennessee for most of his life. As licensed attorney, he has over ten years of experience in the practice of law. Adam currently is a member at the law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, PLLC in Knoxville, where he focuses upon civil litigation throughout East Tennessee. As a Street Hope TN board member, he remains committed to the fight against domestic minor sex trafficking.