Meet Our Team

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Joi Wasill

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."

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Terri Kennedy

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 3 year old 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 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."

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Beth Cox

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) 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 28 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."

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Katie Poe

Katie is our Project Manager and Education Specialist. She started working with DCO in January of 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master's in Management degrees from Lipscomb University. Katie is also a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS). Something fun you should know is that while in college Katie competed as a track and field athlete. She is married to the greatest guy in the world, Ethan, and enjoys traveling and playing any sport with her husband.

“I love that all of our programs show students that they aren’t stuck in the decisions they are currently making. They learn that they have the power to put boundaries in place, make healthier decisions, and change what their future looks like. They are never in a hopeless and helpless situation, regardless of the decisions they’ve made in the past or the current situation they may find themselves in as a result of those decisions. Every day they have a new opportunity to make the next best decision and healthiest choice for their future.”

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Jordan Mather

Jordan is our Communications Director, joining the DCO staff in 2017. She studied Marketing at East Texas Baptist University where she met her husband Cody. Jordan and her husband both have a heart for students and to see them succeed. They recently moved from the state of Texas to serve at First Baptist Church Hendersonville where Cody is the High School Pastor. Jordan and Cody are currently preparing to adopt a child! They also host an international exchange student from China. In her free time, she loves writing, spending time with her husband, traveling, working out, and most importantly eating Chipotle! Jordan is our “go to girl” about all things social media and has a passion for reaching students on the platforms they use daily.

"I love working for DCO because we are impacting students where they are and that’s HUGE!"

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Zoie Duncan

Zoie is our Education Specialist in southwest Tennessee and has been covering that area since 2016. She is Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified and graduated from the University of Alabama with two Bachelor's degrees: Early Childhood Education and 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."

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Suzanne Geerholt

Suzanne serves as Community Outreach and Grant Writer, but also fills in as an Education Specialist! 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. Outside of work, she and her husband Jamie 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 as well as going on family adventures and learning as much as they can about each new community they visit.

"My favorite thing about DCO is the passion each 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."

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Jenna Landers

Jenna is our Mentoring Specialist for the middle school Healthy Boundaries and Thrive programs. She joined the DCO family in August 2018. Jenna graduated from Lee University with a degree in Digital Media: Cinema. She discovered a passion for counseling middle school aged students while working 3 years of summer camp. 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."

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Jane Myers

Jane is an Education Specialist in southeast Tennessee and graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Jane came on board the DCO education team in 2016. 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!"

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Christie Shaw

Christie is an Educational Specialist in southeast Tennessee and studied Social Work at South West Texas State University. She joined the DCO team in 2016 and is Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) certified. She is passionate about impacting the lives of students and helping them accomplish their life goals. Christie is married to her best friend and they have two wonderful boys. She 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.”

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Candice Gipson

Candice is our Curriculum Specialist and was born and raised in Arkansas. She attended the University of Central Arkansas where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences and a Master's degree in Education. Candice has worked as a Family Service Worker for the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services and as a middle and high school teacher in Arkansas and in Tennessee. She has been married for 8 years and has a 3 year old daughter. In her spare time, Candice loves to spend time outside, work in their family's garden, ride four-wheelers, swim, etc. Summertime is her favorite!

"I enjoy working with DCO as Curriculum Specialist because it gives me the opportunity to teach students about a topic that is so relevant and important for the success of their future. I believe in the power behind our message and I'm happy to be sharing it with students."