Our Staff

Executive Director:

Tabitha Damron

Tabitha Damron, a native of Blount County, has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Maryville College and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. As the Executive Director of New Hope, she oversees operations and programs implemented at New Hope and works to ensure quality services and access for children in the community.

Tabitha has been with New Hope for over a decade.  She began as Clinical Director, working with sexually abused children  and has received extensive training in the area of sexual abuse and trauma. Tabitha has provided individual counseling and has worked with parents on how to understand and cope with their child’s behaviors.

Tabitha is a member of the Child Protective Investigative Team and provides consultation on cases reviewed by the team and also coordinates the  Child Protective Investigative Management Team, working in collaboration with leaders from other Child Protective Agencies.  She also represents New Hope on the Sexual Assault Review Team and Child Fatality Review.

Tabitha is also currently enrolled in the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness Certification program through the Haslam College of Business.

Contact Tabitha at tdamron@blountkids.org

The Therapy Team:

Diane Darby

Diane Darby, LCSW, Clinical Director at New Hope, has been a part of the New Hope staff since August 2010.

Diane provides an integrative treatment approach and is trained in the following trauma modalities; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), EMDR, Theraplay, mindfulness, and the Attachment Regulation & Self Competency model (ARC). The New Hope therapy team will be adding SMART certification to their list in February 2016. Individual therapy is provided to children who have experienced trauma and their non offending caregivers.

As Clinical Director of the Center, Diane provides the therapists at New Hope with supervision and peer consultation. Diane is involved in the  community by providing groups within the schools when requested and by serving as a  member of the Blount County’s foster care review board and CPIT.

Contact Diane at ddarby@blountkids.org

Becki Garland

Becki Garland is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience working with children and adults that have been sexually abused and assaulted. She has unique experience working with individuals and groups that have experienced trauma. She is certified in EMDR, Attachment Regulation & Self Competency medle (ARC), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), CISD, and SMART (in February of 2016).

She is a part time contract therapist with New Hope. She is here 3 days a week seeing children and families.

Contact Becki at bgarland@blountkids.org

Shannon Follet

Shannon Follet is a Master’s Level, National Certified Counselor with 7 years of clinical experience working primarily with children that have been sexually abused. Prior to employment with New Hope, BCCAC she worked with the children’s advocacy center model at Campbell County Children’s Center, participating on the child protective investigative team and on the child fatality review board. Shannon has been trained in the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model and Play Therapy.

Contact Shannon at sfollet@blountkids.org

Heather Cupp

Heather Cupp LMSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee with a Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Trauma.  She has received extensive training in trauma (acute, complex, and developmental), early childhood development, and early childhood mental health.  The majority of Heather’s clinical experience has been working with at risk families and children who have experienced maltreatment and/or severe abuse.  Prior to working at BCCAC, Heather was employed at Kid’s First CAC of the 9th Judicial District participating on the child protective investigative team and on the child fatality review board.  Heather has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Framework (ARC), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy..

Contact Heather at hcupp@blountkids.org

Forensic Interviewer:

Christina Copland

Christina Copland received a BS Ed. from Ashland University in Ohio, a MS Ed. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her Paralegal Studies Certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago IL. Christina has worked with abused and neglected children since 1993 when she was a case manager/placement manager for medically fragile children at Maryville Academy’s Emergency Shelter in Chicago IL. Christina left Maryville Academy in 1995 to become a mother and wife and reentered the field of abused and neglected children in 1998 as the first ever hired Forensic Interviewer at Child Network in Kankakee IL. During her time in IL, Christina was a member of the original faculty of Finding Words Illinois that trained other professionals in Forensic Interviewing until leaving IL in 2007 to come to Blount County and continue interviewing children regarding allegations of abuse or neglect at New Hope.

When allegations of severe child abuse are received, the Forensic Interviewer is the first person of the Child Protection Investigation Team to talk with alleged victims regarding the details of the allegations that have been reported. Christina has been cross-trained in RATAC, NCA and the Childhood Trust Forensic Interviewing Protocols and she utilizes these methods to conduct developmentally appropriate, neutral, fact finding interviews with children in a child friendly setting that are legal defensible in a court of law. Appointments for forensic interviews are accepted only from investigators/detectives assigned to a case after an official report of alleged abuse or neglect has been received by the Department of Children’s Services or law enforcement agency.

Contact Tina at ccopland@blountkids.org

Advocacy Team:

Renee Poole

Renee received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University. She is a National Credentialed Advocate. Prior to New Hope, Renee worked at Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center as a Community Outreach and Prevention Education Coordinator, providing awareness and prevention information related to child abuse. As a Child & Family Advocate at New Hope, she works to create a safe and comfortable environment for children and their non-offending families during their visit. She spends much of her time guiding families through the process of their visit, connecting them with services and resources within the community, addressing immediate needs, and working to answer questions and concerns . Renee has a passion for empowering low income families and educating parents and works hard to promote healing and self-sufficiency for the families she serves.

Contact Renee at rpoole@blountkids.org


Challye Hays

Challye, a Maryville native and newest addition to the New Hope family, received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from East Tennessee State University. Before working at New Hope, Challye was a case manager for children and youth at Mental Health Cooperative of Nashville, TN.  Working to improve the lives of young people has always been a passion of Challye’s, where even as a college student Challye took part in several child-centered mission trips and spent two summers serving at-risk children with Project Transformation in the Antioch area of Nashville. Challye is a Child and Family Advocate at New Hope. As an Advocate, Challye helps to support children and families throughout their journey at BCCAC as part of the continuum of care. She spends her time engaging with families, connecting them to needed resources in the community, and working side by side with co-workers and other community agencies to best serve the needs of this very important population in Blount County.

Contact Challye at chays@blountkids.org

Administration and Prevention:

Danielle Reggio

Danielle Reggio is a 2002 Maryville College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in business and sociology.  As the newest team member at New Hope she brings with her over 10 years of experience as an office administrator and a passion for non-profit work.  She has volunteered at Trinity Dental Clinic in various capacities for 5 years including serving on their Board of Directors.  Danielle is excited to share her passion, experience, and knowledge in an effort to assist New Hope and it’s mission.

Contact Danielle at dreggio@blountkids.org

Becky Rials

Becky was born and raised in York,PA and graduated from York College with a BS in Health Records Administration then becoming a  Registered Health Information Administrator.  Becky and her husband, Tim, moved from San Francisco, CA to Pineville, LA and then to Maryville in 2001.  Becky served on the New Hope board for 8 years with 2 of them as president and 2 of them as past president. After coming off the board, Becky chose to stay with New Hope as a front desk volunteer. Becky and Tim have one daughter, Hannah, who is a senior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and who has volunteered for New Hope for a number of years. As the Prevention Coordinator for New Hope, she strives to educate, along with her team of facilitators,  Blount County adults on how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse. Becky networks with local organizations and community members that could benefit from the Stewards of Children training program.  The goal is to reach the tipping point of 5% of the Blount County adult population to affect a change.

Contact Becky at brials@blountkids.org for more information or to register for a Stewards of Children training.

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