Wall joined the Folks at Home team on January 1, 2018, as the new Executive Director. Wall is a 1988 graduate of the University of the South with a BA in Philosophy. He also completed a Masters Degree in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena CA in 2006. For the last five years he has been the Director of Technology Support Services at Fuller. Wall’s prior work included two years as a caseworker with the Department of Family and Children Services in Atlanta, and six years working as a paramedic in various counties within the State of Georgia. Wall has also completed the Case Management Certification program from Boston University’s School of Social Work. He is a certified instructor in the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program as well as Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. He is also certified as a Practice Leader in “Tai Chi Easy” through The Healer Within Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. Wall is also a certified instructor in the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance program as well as the Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise program. Most recently he completed certification as an AFPA Senior Fitness Specialist.
ADMINISTRATIVE & SERVICE COORDINATOR
Mercedes joined the Folks at Home team in January 2023. She has voluntarily organized events for Folks at Home in the past and is a well known, long time resident of our community.
She graduated from St. Andrew's-Sewanee in 1995 and from the University of the South in 2000.
She will be assisting us in all aspects of administration, program development, and service delivery.
Board of Directors
Francis X. (Frank) Hart received his Ph.D degree in Physics from Syracuse University in 1967. He and his wife Barbara moved to Sewanee where he took a position in the Department of Physics until his formal retirement in 2013. During that time he served two terms as Department Chair. He also served as Director of the University’s Radioisotopes Laboratory and Director of the University’s Observatory. He served on a number of University committees including the Chair of the Budget and Priorities Committee. Since his official retirement he has remained active in research and has taught a Lifelong Learning course on Modern Astronomy several times. While raising his family Frank served as Chairman of the 1977 Community Chest Drive, President of the Sewanee Civic Association and President of the Sewanee PTA. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since April, 2021.
Karen served as the Annie B. Snowden Professor of Forestry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at the University of the South until her retirement in July 2022. She moved to Sewanee in 1994 from Athens, GA where she earned her PhD in Forest Resources from the Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia. Before pursuing her PhD at UGA, Karen taught middle school and high school sciences, and served as the Head of the Middle School at Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL. Karen has an MS in Developmental Biology from Texas A&M University, and a BS in Biology and Philosophy from Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL.) She has served on the Board of Folks at Home since September, 2021.
I came to Sewanee in 1968 to become a member of class of 1972 at the University of the South. After I graduated, I never really left the area, however, I did move off the mountain to the Alto area. After farming the land, raising corn, wheat, soy beans, and hogs, for 20 plus years, I opened Woody’s Bicycles in Winchester, TN in 1995. I moved the bicycle shop to Sewanee in 2008 which really put me (back) in the heart of this community. This move was important to me because it re-united me with the area that I love so much. I have since served on the board of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and am a proud member of the Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club.
Steve arrived in Sewanee in 1977 to attend the University of the South. After graduating in 1981, he attended the Florida State University College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1983. He then returned to Sewanee, married his college sweetheart (Mary Warner Blount), and began the private practice of Law. Steve later accepted an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in the 12th Judicial District of Tennessee, which encompasses six Tennessee Counties, including the Sewanee area. In 2011, he was honored by being selected as a distinguished Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The Fellowship is limited, with only about 3% of Tennessee lawyers receiving the honor. Steve is a former member of the Board of Legal Services of South-Central Tennessee and was a founding Board member of the 12th Judicial District Drug Court/Recovery Court Foundation. He served as the Chairperson of the 12th Judicial District Drug Court Team for approximately 15 years. Steve is a former member of the Cowan Lions Club, having served as Secretary, President and Zone Chairman. He is also a former member of the Winchester Rotary Club. Steve has been active in the Sewanee community over the years, having served as Treasurer of the Vestry at St. Mark & St. Paul Parish for several years, and as a coach for Sewanee Little League teams and Sewanee Youth Soccer teams. He also was an active Board member of the Sewanee Tigers Summer Swim program for many years. After 39 years in the legal profession, Steve retired in 2022. Except for a couple years, while attending law school, Steve has claimed the Sewanee area as his “home” for nearly 4 ½ decades.
Amy Bentley Lamborn, a native of rural West Tennessee, holds a B.A. English literature and an M.Div. from the School of Theology, University of the South. She also earned a Ph.D. in Psychiatry and Religion at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She has also done extensive clinical training in both pastoral care and counseling and in psychoanalysis. She is a certified Jungian analyst and a member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York and is the author of numerous publications in psychoanalysis and religion. An Episcopal priest since 1998, Amy has served institutions and parishes in Indiana, New York, and Tennessee and was a faculty member at the General Theological Seminary from 2011-2015. She has served as the Vicar of the Southeastern Tennessee Episcopal Ministry (STEM) since 2016. Amy enjoys good literature, independent films, and British crime shows. She is passionate about cooking/Southern hospitality, road cycling, and playing classical music on her grand piano.
Craig served on the economics faculties of the University of Virginia, the University of Delaware, and Claremont McKenna College where he held the Von Tobel Chair, and Claremont Graduate School. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at CMC. Following retirement from the Claremont Colleges, he was elected treasurer of Claremont Presbyterian Church. Subsequently, he was elected to the Board of Pilgrim Place, a Claremont community of over 300 residents retired from careers in religious organizations. Pilgrim Place is a continuing care retirement community providing independent and assisted living, as well as skilled nursing for its residents. In his last two years on the Board, he served as Chairman of the Board. Carol and Craig were drawn from California to Sewanee to be with their daughter, Julia, and have been members of the Sewanee community since 2014. He has been on the Board of Folks at Home since October 2016.
Member of the Sewanee Community since 1979
Past member of the Board of Folks at Home
Past trainer and mentor of Education for Ministry, also past revision manager for Education for Ministry
Past member and president of the Board of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School
Past Member of nominating committee and Financial Oversight committee of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
Past Senior Warden of the (then Otey Parish) now St.Mark and Paul Parish
Member of the Sewanee Community
Past member of the Board of Folks at Home
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