Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Regina McDevitt, M.Ed.

Executive Director

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.”

Contact Regina:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7602

Email: RrMcDevitt@chattanooga.gov

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.

Contact Wendy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7609

Email: WJenkins@chattanooga.gov

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 earned holds 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.”

Contact Kimberly:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7606

Email: KColen@chattanooga.gov

Jeremy Belk, MSW

Navigator/Lethality Assessment Program Specialist

Jeremy is a Navigator and Lethality Assessment Program Specialist at the FJC. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from UTK, as well as Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work from UTC. He is originally from Etowah, Tennessee and moved to Chattanooga in 2010.
When Jeremy is not working, he enjoys photography, singing, and spending time with his four boys. Jeremy decided to work with survivors because he “Wants to help people find the peaceful, stable lives they deserve.”
When asked why he chose to work with survivors, he stated “Having worked as a journalist for 10 years prior to becoming a social worker, I often wrote about the struggles many faced but could not take a hands on approach to helping. Now as a social worker, I can do more than write about people’s struggles and try to make an impactful change in the lives of those I come in contact with.”

Contact Jeremy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7633

Email: JBelk@chattanooga.gov

Ruben Muriente, B.S. Ed.

Outreach Coordinator

Ruben is the Outreach Coordinator at the FJC. Ruben holds a Bachelor’s degree in; Secondary Education Language Arts, and has lived in Apison TN, since 2013. He aspires to facilitate policy change that will help individuals have more access to services in a way that addresses multiple barriers He is currently working to obtain his Master’s in Government Policy. 

Ruben prides himself as being a problem solver instead of a critic and having the ability to motivate and encourage others to server along with him.” In his personal time, Ruben enjoys baseball, building things, and spending time with his children. He holds his personal values in high regard, and aims to serve first and lead others. Professionally, Ruben strives to earn the trust of those he leads, by serving alongside them as well as helping them grow.  

When asked why he chooses to work with survivors, he stated, “I have seen the pain of those who are victims when they feel shut out of the world as well as how they feel when they are not being heard, I’d like to help change that.”

Contact Ruben:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7607

Email: RMuriente@Chattanooga.gov

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 community.

Contact Tommy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7605

Email: Tharper@chattanooga.gov

Pablo Mazariegos, LMFT

Adolescent Intervention Specialist

Pablo Mazariegos 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.

Contact Pablo:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7632

Email: PMazariegos@chattanooga.gov

Alvin Jackson, B.S.B.A

Adult Intervention Specialist

Alvin is a Family Intervention Specialist; he graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and has 15 years combined Experience in Business Administration, and Case Management/Public Government Administration. He is also United States Army Veteran and has 3 years of Experience in Law Enforcement.

Alvin is originally from Rome, GA but currently resides in East Ridge, TN and strives to improve his quality of life spiritually, and physically. Professionally he endeavors to help improve the quality of life for others. His personal mission is “To never lose sight of what is most important, and to make Chattanooga the place of choice to live, work, play, and grow unitedly.”

Professionally Alvin has proficient experience in case management, law enforcement, data management, and department management, a variety of software applications, social counseling, mentoring, and financial management. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, sports and spending time with his family. 

Alvin enjoys working with survivors because he enjoys helping others develop the skills to empower themselves. When working with clients of intervention, he enjoys seeing his clients become positive and productive contributors to society

Contact Alvin:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 713-6102

Email: AlJackson@chattanooga.gov

April Myers BSc

Administrative Support Specialist/Building Facilitator

April is the Administrative Support Specialist and Building Facilitator at the FJC. April holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Maryland; and is working towards her Masters of Social Work degree with Northcentral University. April calls North Carolina home, but grew up a military brat and is also a military spouse. She has lived all over the world; she accredits those experiences to her love of culture, people, and diversity.

Professionally April aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Social worker and plans to work to help create stronger families and communities. April also has a passion for working with young women, and guiding them down a path for success.  She has always been curious about mental health and the human condition, which is what lead her into this line of work. She has a passion for learning and believes that the more you know the further you will grow.  

April has been married to her husband Chris for over 19 years, and together they have three young adult children. She considers her family to be one of her greatest accomplishments and enjoys spending time with them biking, watching movies, and traveling. April choses to work with survivors because she has personally seen how intimate partner violence and trauma negatively effects the lives of people she loves. She wants to make an impact in the community, and hopes that by helping even a few, she can make a world of difference. 

Contact April:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7618

Email: AMyers@chattanooga.gov

Patti Childers, BSW

Grant Manager

Patti Childers is the FJC’s Project Coordinator. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in Social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and is a compassion fatigue professional. Patti is a Chattanooga native, and aspires to grow in her fields of study. She believes “As a survivor it’s important and ok to ask for help, it is what it is.”  Patti credits herself as being a critical thinker, and problem solver, and enjoys collaborating with others. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, horticulture, and cooking. 

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.” 

Contact Patti:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center

5705 Uptain Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37411

Phone: (423) 643-7603

Email: PChilders@chattanooga.gov

Regina McDevitt, M.Ed.

Executive Director

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.”

Contact Regina:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7602
Email: RrMcDevitt@chattanooga.gov

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.

Contact Wendy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7609
Email: WJenkins@chattanooga.gov

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 earned holds 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.” 

Contact Kimberly:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7606
Email: KColen@chattanooga.gov

Jeremy Belk, MSW

Navigator/Lethality Assessment Program Specialist

Jeremy is a Navigator and Lethality Assessment Program Specialist at the FJC. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from UTK, as well as Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work from UTC. He is originally from Etowah, Tennessee and moved to Chattanooga in 2010. 

When Jeremy is not working, he enjoys photography, singing, and spending time with his four boys. Jeremy decided to work with survivors because he “Wants to help people find the peaceful, stable lives they deserve.”

When asked why he chose to work with survivors, he stated “Having worked as a journalist for 10 years prior to becoming a social worker, I often wrote about the struggles many faced but could not take a hands on approach to helping. Now as a social worker, I can do more than write about people’s struggles and try to make an impactful change in the lives of those I come in contact with.” 

Contact Jeremy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7633
Email: JBelk@chattanooga.gov

Ruben Muriente, B.S. Ed.

Outreach Coordinator

Ruben is the Outreach Coordinator at the FJC. Ruben holds a Bachelor’s degree in; Secondary Education Language Arts, and has lived in Apison TN, since 2013. He aspires to facilitate policy change that will help individuals have more access to services in a way that addresses multiple barriers He is currently working to obtain his Master’s in Government Policy. 

Ruben prides himself as being a problem solver instead of a critic and having the ability to motivate and encourage others to server along with him.” In his personal time, Ruben enjoys baseball, building things, and spending time with his children. He holds his personal values in high regard, and aims to serve first and lead others. Professionally, Ruben strives to earn the trust of those he leads, by serving alongside them as well as helping them grow.  

When asked why he chooses to work with survivors, he stated, “I have seen the pain of those who are victims when they feel shut out of the world as well as how they feel when they are not being heard, I’d like to help change that.” 

Contact Ruben:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7607
Email: RMuriente@Chattanooga.gov

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 community.

Contact Tommy:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7605
Email: Tharper@chattanooga.gov

Pablo Mazariegos, LMFT

Adolescent Intervention Specialist

Pablo Mazariegos 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.

Contact Pablo:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7632
Email: PMazariegos@chattanooga.gov

Alvin Jackson, B.S.B.A

Adult Intervention Specialist

Alvin is a Family Intervention Specialist; he graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and has 15 years combined Experience in Business Administration, and Case Management/Public Government Administration. He is also United States Army Veteran and has 3 years of Experience in Law Enforcement.
Alvin is originally from Rome, GA but currently resides in East Ridge, TN and strives to improve his quality of life spiritually, and physically. Professionally he endeavors to help improve the quality of life for others. His personal mission is “To never lose sight of what is most important, and to make Chattanooga the place of choice to live, work, play, and grow unitedly.”
Professionally Alvin has proficient experience in case management, law enforcement, data management, and department management, a variety of software applications, social counseling, mentoring, and financial management. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, sports and spending time with his family.
Alvin enjoys working with survivors because he enjoys helping others develop the skills to empower themselves. When working with clients of intervention, he enjoys seeing his clients become positive and productive contributors to society

Contact Alvin:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 713-6102
Email: AlJackson@chattanooga.gov

April Myers BSc

Administrative Support Specialist/Building Facilitator

April is the Administrative Support Specialist and Building Facilitator at the FJC. April holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The University of Maryland; and is working towards her Masters of Social Work degree with Northcentral University. April calls North Carolina home, but grew up a military brat and is also a military spouse. She has lived all over the world; she accredits those experiences to her love of culture, people, and diversity.
Professionally April aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Social worker and plans to work to help create stronger families and communities. April also has a passion for working with young women, and guiding them down a path for success. She has always been curious about mental health and the human condition, which is what lead her into this line of work. She has a passion for learning and believes that the more you know the further you will grow.
April has been married to her husband Chris for over 19 years, and together they have three young adult children. She considers her family to be one of her greatest accomplishments and enjoys spending time with them biking, watching movies, and traveling. April choses to work with survivors because she has personally seen how intimate partner violence and trauma negatively effects the lives of people she loves. She wants to make an impact in the community, and hopes that by helping even a few, she can make a world of difference.

Contact April:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7618
Email: AMyers@chattanooga.gov

Patti Childers, BSW

Grant Manager

Patti Childers is the FJC’s Project Coordinator. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in Social work from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and is a compassion fatigue professional. Patti is a Chattanooga native, and aspires to grow in her fields of study. She believes “As a survivor it’s important and ok to ask for help, it is what it is.” Patti credits herself as being a critical thinker, and problem solver, and enjoys collaborating with others.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, horticulture, and cooking.

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.” 

Contact Patti:

City of Chattanooga Family Justice Center
5705 Uptain Rd.
Chattanooga TN, 37411
Phone (423) 643-7603
Email: PChilders@chattanooga.gov