Meet the Staff
Regina McDevitt, M.Ed.
Regina is the FJC’s Executive Director. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Master’s degree in Guidance and Education, the Executive Leadership Institute Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Ross School of Business, and Foresight Management Development Program. Regina holds an extensive list of awards and accomplishments including Recipient for Efforts to Reduce Family Violence Award 2002, The Coalition against Domestic and Community Violence Greater Chattanooga recipient of the Advocacy Leadership Award 2006, TennCare Access Network, Recipient of the National Visionary Award 2011, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Recipient 2021Champions of and the Victims’ Rights Award.
Regina has lived in Chattanooga since college, and her personal goals are to remain grounded in her faith, and to continue to build a healthy work life balance. Professionally, she aspires to make an impact in the community and bring awareness and support about domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. As a lifelong learner Regina, possess many skills and expertise. She is a part of Community Outreach; Volunteer Management; Program Development; Nonprofit management; Community Collaboration and Partnerships Grant writing; Strategic Planning; Customer Service; Peer Reviewer for the National Council of Accreditation; Leadership; Content expert in Issues of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Community Collaborations. She also prides herself in her skills of public speaking, leadership, and best practices.
In her personal time, Regina enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Regina states she chooses to work with survivors because “I believe in the power of Hope and feel that working to keep people, who have experienced abuse and violence safe, is important to creating a safe community. As a trauma survivor, knowing that someone was there to support my goals and to listen to my story free of judgment, created the basis for how I want to serve others.”
Wendy Jenkins, LCS, CFSW, CCFP, CLC
Assistant Director of Clinical and Coordinated Services
Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Clinical and Coordinated Services at Chattanooga/Hamilton County Family Justice Center. She obtained her B.S.W from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She obtained her MSW from Southern Adventist University. She is also a Certified Financial Social Worker (CFSW), Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP), and a Certified Life Coach (CLC).
Wendy is a Chattanooga native and has a deep love and connection for this community. Wendy brings forth a variety of experiences as a Community Social Worker in the Chattanooga area and believes that no community can be complete without the strength and vitality of every voice. Wendy brings forth a wealth of practice and life experience and has been in several practice areas including; geriatric care, mental health, family education and support, homeless population, and survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and elder abuse. Wendy is exceptionally passionate about good care for the older adult community and strengthening the ties between the younger and older generations.
Wendy is equally passionate about helping women find their voice and empowering them to become the best that they can be. Wendy has provided therapeutic support to both individuals and groups in a variety of settings and particularly values providing education to help individuals and families move forward. She chose to work with survivors and particularly at the FJC, because she is excited about the mission and goals of the FJC and wants to work closely with all of the families and partners to help foster a stronger Chattanooga.
Patti Childers, LBSW, CCFP
Outreach, Training, and Volunteer Coordinator
Patti is the Outreach, Training, and Volunteer Coordinator at the FJC. Patti is a Chattanooga native who graduated from Ooltewah High School, and went on to obtain her Bachelors of Social Work from UTC, and is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Tennessee. Patti has held three positions in the past 6 years as a staff member of the FJC. As the original Administrative Support Specialist, Patti has obtained a special perspective of the logistical needs of the FJC as a co-located agency. During her time as the FJC Project Coordinator, Patti continued her growth as a professional managing two of the federal grants awarded to the City of Chattanooga for 4 years. Most recently she was promoted to Outreach, Training, and Volunteer Coordinator. In this newly revamped position, Patti utilizes her skills in project management and the coordination of multidiscipline groups. Through the coordination of these groups, Patti identifies, creates, and executes training for staff, partners, and the community. Building the recruitment and retention of volunteers is among her primary focus. Among Patti’s list of accomplishments is coordinating several FJC conferences including the first two virtual conferences. Both conferences totaled participants of over 120 people in attendance.
As a Certificated Compassion Fatigue Professional, she seeks ways in which to engage and support others that serve on the frontlines of trauma work. She believes as a survivor of domestic violence herself that trauma work and supporting victims can be the most rewarding calling. Patti credits herself as being a critical thinker, and problem solver, and enjoys collaborating with others.
Patti chose a career as a social worker because of her passion to make a difference in her community, and the ability to provide those in need with hope. She is proud of working for a “trauma-informed agency that rises to meet their clients where they are”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, horticulture, and cooking. She accredits her husband as being a big part of both her personal and professional success. He along with their 10-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter have been her support system, and Patti credits her family as her greatest accomplishment.
When asked why she chose this line of work she stated “As a survivor myself, I believe in the importance of valuing someone’s individual story. The FJC as an organization looks to its survivors to be that expert.”
Deana Keys Lane
Coordinated Community Response Specialist
Deana has worked in the field of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking for more than twelve years. She has presented to officers, judges, attorneys, school boards, committees, and our communities as well as having more than twelve years of media and public speaking experience to help raise awareness and education on the victimizations she is specialized in. Among the considerable list of accomplishments and awards, she has also received a letter of commendation from Tennessee Senator Corker for the work she has done with survivors. Deana was an integral part of strategic planning with the Family Justice Alliance which preceded the implementation of the family violence court, family justice center and was a part of the planning board for supervised visitation.
Deana is the mother of five phenomenal children and has four grandsons who not only hold her whole heart, but also keep her busy and grounded. She loves spending time with family and friends whether it’s hiking, walking around our beautiful city, or just having dinner in one of our delectable restaurants. Deana is in love with Hamilton County and Chattanooga and enjoys all our community has to offer.
Deana is a survivor who believes and is passionate about the power of empowerment, giving a voice to survivors, prevention, awareness, and education. Strategic planning for events, conferences, and committees, at the FJC, is just one of her many avocations, as well as supporting partnering agencies and managing the FJC social media. She believes in the Mission of the Chattanooga Hamilton County FJC which is evident in her commitment to educating our community and potential partners about the FJC, as well as inviting new agencies to partner in order to serve survivors in an all-inclusive holistic way in our community.
Administrative Support Specialist
Stephanie is the Administrative Support Specialist at The Family Justice Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Stephanie is a native of Chattanooga, she has 15 years of experience working with Government agencies and programs. In her spare time she loves traveling and has visited over 20 countries and several states and cities. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
When asked why she wanted to work at the Family Justice Center she stated “I want to work for an agency making a meaningful impact in the life of others.”
Professionally Stephanie hopes to continue to grow in her role. Personally, she hopes to continue to see the world.
Kimberly Colen, M.S., LSC
Client Services Coordinator
Kimberly is the Client Services Supervisor at the Family Justice Center. Kimberly holds an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Chattanooga State and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child & Family Studies from Western Kentucky University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling, and is a licensed School Counselor
Kimberly is a native of Chattanooga where she has worked with children and families for over twenty-five years in several different capacities such as School Counselor, Disabilities & Mental Coordinator, and Mental Health Resource Specialist. Kimberly enjoys learning from people and engaging in new experiences. She considers herself a lifelong learner. Kimberly also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and swimming. She has been married for twenty-six years and has a son who is a senior at UTK.
When asked why she chose to work with survivors, she stated “My goal is to help create an environment where everyone feels accepted and has access to all needed resources in order to live a happy productive life.”
Kelsi is Court Navigator at the Family Justice Center. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She plans to obtain her Master’s degree in clinical social work, become a licensed clinical social worker, and then professionally practice therapy and counseling. Her mission is to empower survivors by listening, understanding, and providing help through stability, dependability, and access to resources to increase hope and livelihood. She enjoys her role as a navigator because her passion is advocating for clients.
Kelsi is a native of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and completed her freshman year of college at the University of Alabama before transferring to UTC and moving to Chattanooga in 2015. She fell in love with the city and has a desire to better the lives of individuals in the community. Professionally, she wants to make an impact in the community by providing support and awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. A goal of hers is to focus on the intersection of trauma, victimization, and mental health. Personally, her goal is to have a healthy work-life balance and to travel as often as possible.
Kelsi has previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and she brings that experience along with her personal skills and attributes to the FJC team. She possesses many skills and expertise such as active listening, empathy, crisis intervention, safety planning, volunteer management, psychological research and practices, video and photo editing, social media content creation/promotion/engagement, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking, and multi-tasking. She is certified in QPR Suicide Prevention. She values loyalty, empathy, understanding, reliability, optimism, respect, equality, collaboration, knowledge, growth, and perseverance. She seeks to embody those values in every aspect of her life and hopes to empower others with their personal values too. In her free time, Kelsi likes spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading, listening to music, watching sports, and studying and practicing astrology and psychology.
Elisa holds an Associate of Science Degree, TTP- Criminal Justice from Chattanooga State Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Elisa is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan but has permanently moved to Chattanooga where she’ll continue her education. Her personal goal is to keep living her life with no regrets and to continue to practice self-love. Professionally, her desire is to continue and advance on how to provide support, education, and awareness to Domestic Violence Victims including Survivors.
Elisa feels that she shares the same mission and values as the Family Justice Center “promote healing, transformation, and hope for the future” “Every person has the right to live free of fear and violence.” These are very unique because it allows us to create pathways to a healthy lifestyle without violence and fear. She is a former Youth Leader, and absolutely loved it! She loves giving advice and spiritual advice, she has worked with teens and has mentored a few at her church over the past year. She has learned that when you decide to break free, you start to see beauty in everything. Breaking free is important and getting the help you need is essential.
Elisa loves music! In her spare time, she loves to get lost in music. She plays the piano and sings, with that being said Elisa stated “I like to just sit at the piano and sing my heart out, sing my soul out, and I do it with such passion. My relationship with music is irreplaceable.”
Lydia Salva, AGS, BA.
Lydia serves as a Navigator (with bilingual/cultural advocacy skills) at the Family Justice Center. Lydia has lived in the Chattanooga area for the past 40 years, she is of Latino ancestry and holds an Associate Degree from Chattanooga State Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Lydia has traveled with organized teams to the Caribbean, Central and South America to provide resources and hopes to those communities.
Additionally, Lydia has traveled to several countries in Europe and the Far East to learn about art, life, and different cultures.
Lydia has worked in the domestic violence field for 14 years which has been both challenging and enriching as she has learned some very valuable lessons in life because of the trust and generosity of the people she has served in our community.
Tommy Harper, MC, CCTP
Adolescent Intervention Specialist
Tommy is an Adolescent Intervention Specialist with the FJC. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. In addition, he is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). With close to twenty years of experience in counseling, seven years of experience as an adjunct psychology professor and sixteen years of technical experience, Tommy brings a lot of experience to the Family Justice Center. His counseling experience is in alcohol/drug counseling, trauma focused counseling, grief counseling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and crisis counseling.
Tommy has lived in the Chattanooga area his entire life, and loves the fact that it’s a big outdoor town. Tommy’s professional goal is to continue to grow the A.I.D. Program (Adolescent Intervention Development) in the Hamilton County schools and continue to educate himself in trauma-focused approaches for youth. He states that his personal goal is to hike in all of the National Parks, with Glacier National Park being next on his list.
Tommy has chosen to work at the Family Justice Center, because of his love for working with youth and for developing curriculum. He also states that the need for a domestic violence resource center in Chattanooga, like the Family Justice Center, is so important for the communit
Pablo Mazariegos, LMFT
Adolescent Intervention Specialist
Pablo is an Adolescent Intervention Specialist here at the FJC. Pablo is originally from Guatemala and holds a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has lived in Chattanooga for about 7 years not and hopes that the work that he does will help demystify mental health.
Pablo holds his profession close to his heart and believes that “Healing begins when our experiences are felt and understood.” Through his love of mental health, he began down a personal journey that inspired him to become a documentary filmmaker, which he enjoys pursuing whenever he gets a free moment in his schedule. Pablo loves being outdoors and telling stories through the lens of his camera.
Pablo chose to work in this field because of the meaningful and beautiful experience he receives from working alongside children and educators.