Meet Our Team
Joi Wasill is the Executive Director and Founder of DCO. As a former high school educator, Joi's desire and awareness of the need to provide accurate and realistic primary prevention to youth in the area of sexual risk avoidance began through the experience of a friend’s fifteen-year-old daughter’s unplanned pregnancy in 2002. Joi researched, interviewed educators and health professionals to determine the best resources to utilize in developing the educational program now known as Decisions, Choices and Options. Her knowledge and expertise as a classroom teacher prepared her for the role of developing engaging lesson plans and delivery methods. Joi graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration; completed required educator licensure training at Middle Tennessee State University and holds a current Secondary Teaching License from the State of Tennessee Department of Education. She is SRAS (Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist) certified. Joi received the “Who’s Who in American Educators” distinction in 1991, “Young Educator of the Year” Award by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce in 1992, “Top 30 Most Influential People in Sumner County” in 2011 and the “Congressional Coalition on Adoption’s ‘Angel in Adoption’ Award” in 2012. She also received the “Impact Award” on behalf of DCO from the White House Chamber of Commerce in 2017 which recognizes the impact an organization has on the White House community and beyond.
Joi is married to Bill Wasill and they have one son who attends The University of Alabama. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, lake or watching Alabama football games.
“I love how DCO opens the eyes and hearts of our teenagers to see that they truly have the power to make great choices, have the life they always dreamed of and be the person they were created to be."
Terri serves DCO as the Finance Director and is responsible for all financial, administrative and organizational oversight. She was called to non-profit work in 2001, just after the tragedy of 09/11. Since then Terri has been employed by some of Nashville’s largest non-profits; The Salvation Army, American Red Cross & United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
Terri is married to Andy Kennedy and enjoys spending time with her family, and keeping up with her energetic grandson. Terri feels blessed to have the opportunity to bring her non-profit experience and knowledge back to Sumner County and DCO!
"In a world where we have abundant information, I feel that more than ever teenagers are starving for truth. They can find out anything they want to know about sex….except for the true consequences of their choices. When I was growing up, if you didn’t have good role models you could at least turn on the TV and find Andy Griffith or Mr. Rogers to guide you in the right direction. Now we have the Kardashians to look up to. Someone has to tell kids the truth. DCO does that."
Suzanne serves as Community Outreach and Operations Director, but also fills in as an Education Specialist as needed! Suzanne graduated from the University of Central Florida, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting. Before starting a family, Suzanne spent 10 years in the accounting departments of Belk Lindsey Stores, and Darden Restaurants. Suzanne is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS). Outside of work, she and her husband James stay active with their four children that are involved in many school, church and extracurricular activities. They love to take family trips to just about anywhere from the mountains to the beach, relaxing, going on adventures, and learning as much as they can about each new community they visit.
"My favorite thing about DCO is the passion each one of us has for educating students on the real costs physically, emotionally, and financially of engaging in sexual activity before really understanding all of the potential consequences. We share the facts with no opinion, no judgement, no condemnation. Students want to know the truth. They want to make good decisions for themselves. We give them the accurate, age-appropriate information they need to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their friends, and their communities."
Beth Cox is the Program Director and has served in this capacity since 2010. She is responsible for training personnel, curriculum development and managing the speaking team as well as presenting in the classroom herself. Beth is certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS), a REAL Essentials Specialist and has demonstrated a strong commitment to education. She served Sumner County as an elected member of the Board of Education for eight years, serving in her final year as Board Chair. In 2015, Beth was honored to be named as "Sumner County Public Servant of the Year" and in 2013 she was recognized as one of the "Top 30 Most Influential People in Sumner County”.
Beth and her husband Todd have been married for 30 years and have two daughters. They are active in serving at Long Hollow Baptist Church where Todd is on staff as the Men’s Pastor. They enjoy leading discipleship groups and teaching a young married life group.
“What I like most about DCO is that we are truly making a difference in the lives of these students. I see the reactions on their faces as they learn new information and they tell us how the information has changed their attitude about things like sexual activity and adoption. It is truly thrilling to know that you are helping shape positive decisions for their future."
Caitlyn is an Education Specialist in our southwest Tennessee region. She graduated from The University of West Georgia with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Culture Diversity. Caitlyn is certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS). She lives in Florence, AL with her husband, Corbett, who works for a college ministry on the campus of North Alabama. Corbett and Caitlyn share a passion for serving students, which is why she loves being able to serve middle and high school students through DCO programs. Caitlyn enjoys being outside in nature, exploring new places, reading, painting, and of course being on the beach!
“I am excited to work with DCO because I believe we are reaching students at the most influential time of their lives and are impacting their decisions not only for today but for the rest of their lives.”
Zoie is Project Coordinator and an Education Specialist in southwest Tennessee. She is Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified and is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Zoie graduated from the University of Alabama with Bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Family Studies. She lives in Florence, AL with her wonderful husband, Dakota, and their cute dachshund, Obi. Zoie is enthusiastic about impacting the lives of students and believes in the difference DCO is making in our world today!
"DCO provides students with the truth about their options, so that they can make better decisions for themselves. DCO is very different from other abstinence education programs, because we really believe students deserve to know the truth and WHY abstinence truly is the best option for their health and future."
Jenna is our Mentoring Specialist for the middle school Healthy Boundaries and Thrive programs. Jenna graduated from Lee University with a degree in Digital Media: Cinema where she discovered a passion for counseling middle school students while working 3 years of summer camp. Jenna is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) and REAL Essentials Specialist. Jenna's desire is to use her digital media background to better communicate to this generation about the importance of setting boundaries in every aspect of their lives. Jenna also finds joy in competitive volleyball, dance, and painting.
"Most teenagers are not aware how the decisions they make now affect their future. I love challenging students to think about why boundaries are necessary in living a healthy and joyful life."
Claire is our Middle Tennessee high school Education Specialist. Claire graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Entertainment Industry Studies minoring in Youth Ministry and Church Recreation. She is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) and REAL Essentials Specialist. Sexual Riaks Avoidance Claire is passionate about teaching middle and high school students how their true identity can impact their choices and the way that they live. Claire loves backpacking, writing, reading, coffee dates with friends, The Office, and hanging out with her golden-doodle, Teddy. And she loves eating ice cream, Blue Bell is her favorite!
“I love DCO because we are giving students REAL information and equipping them to make choices that are healthy. It is so beautiful to see the way the students are changed once they realize that they are able to make good decisions for themselves right now. They can start today no matter who they’ve been before or the choices they’ve made before. We are impacting their identities and that is getting to the root of so much of the hurt that we’re seeing in the world today and that makes my heart so happy.”
Jane is an Education Specialist in southeast Tennessee and graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Jane is Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified and enjoys music, singing, reading, cooking, baking, and traveling. She is married with two energetic boys. Each year they serve as short-term missionaries to Tenwek Hospital, Kenya.
" My favorite thing about DCO is when students recognize us because we have built relationships from year to year while educating them on the facts, truths, and the risks of crossing personal boundaries!"
Christie is an Educational Specialist in southeast Tennessee and studied Social Work at South West Texas State University. She is Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified and REAL Essentials certified. Christie is passionate about impacting the lives of students and helping them accomplish their life goals. She is married to her best friend and they have two wonderful boys. Christie loves working as a volunteer with local nonprofits and traveling with her family.
“I am passionate about the work of DCO. In a world where deception is increasingly the norm, we speak truth and hope into the lives of young people. Some of these students have never experienced this before. We are truly changing lives in every school we serve.”