We have an excellent staff who are all committed to delivering quality service in a professional manner to a wide variety of constituents. Our direct service staff provides expert and compassionate care to child victims of abuse and their non-offending parents or caregivers. Our staff effectively collaboratives with other child abuse professionals on each case so that we may deliver competent services to our investigative partners. Our outreach efforts are designed to effectively engage and train the public so that members of the community know where to get help and are better prepared to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to incidents of child abuse.
A twenty-eight year resident of Franklin, Marcus joined Davis House in April of 2011 as Executive Director after having served as a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. As chief executive officer and in conjunction with the Board of Directors, he provides leadership for the financial/operational functions and strategic direction of the center; guides organizational philosophy and culture; is responsible for securing financial support; and conducts child abuse prevention training as an authorized facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program.
Marcus earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Rhodes College, and brings elements of business, financial, and fundraising experience to the team. This includes sixteen years in the financial services industry and seven years encompassing roles in direct fundraising and institutional advancement management. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Young Leaders Council (YLC) and currently serves as a member of the Tennessee Children’s Advocacy Centers’ Board of Directors. Marcus is also a graduate of the FBI Nashville Resident Agency Citizen’s Academy and a member of that organization’s alumni association. He has a wonderful family which includes his wife Pam, three daughters and one grandson.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext. 101
Director of Victim Services
Carolyn joined Davis House in January of 2016. As Director of Victim Services, she provides leadership and support for the Davis House direct service programs. In addition, she coordinates the Child Protective and Investigative Team (CPIT) meetings, multidisciplinary team communications and professional development trainings, as well as providing child abuse prevention trainings to the public. She is a trained Forensic Interviewer and Victim Advocate, and an authorized facilitator of the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention program.
Carolyn has her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling. She has been in the social services field for almost 20 years and has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. She has experience in working with children and families in residential treatment settings, private school environments, and with children in the foster care system and juvenile court. When Carolyn is not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband William and their young daughter.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext. 103
Director of Marketing and Community Outreach
Tara Tidwell joined Davis House in November of 2016. As Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, she manages the development and design of promotional materials, social media presence, web site management, presentations and educational literature. In addition, Tara supervises all of the staff regarding prevention training and awareness, as well as community outreach in each of our counties. She has a B.M. in Music Performance, as well as a B.S. in Mass Communications. She spent 16 years working in graphic and web design, community outreach and education, marketing and company development in such arenas as the music industry, start-up companies in the automotive industry, as well as working on several infant and child-focused grants with Centerstone of Tennessee, including MuleTown Family Network and Early Childhood Services.
She is an active member of multiple county Health Councils and Community Advisory Boards, as well as the Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention task force of Hickman & Perry counties. She is also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist.
When Tara is not working, she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband, six children and three grandchildren.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext. 104
Director of Development
stacie Blazic recently joined Davis House as Director of Development in October of 2018.
Aimee Alberd, B.A.
Aimee joined Davis House as a Forensic Interviewer in October of 2016 and is trained in the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) model of forensic interviewing. Aimee grew up in St. Louis, MO until she made the move to Nashville, TN to attend Lipscomb University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. She then began working with children diagnosed with autism and discovered her passion for helping families. She began working at Centerstone in 2003 and spent the past 13 years working in a variety of roles, having spent the majority of her time there working with children and families.
In her most recent role at Centerstone, Aimee conducted community outreach and education across the South Central region of Tennessee with a focus on building collaborative relationships with stakeholders and implementing community education activities related to infant and early childhood mental health. She has presented to a wide variety of groups including the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Centerstone's Health Equity Summit.
Aimee has also conducted in-service trainings for law enforcement and DCS staff on trauma and the impact on families and communities. She holds several affiliations including an active member of multiple health councils, community advisory boards, the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee and The Council on Children's Mental Health.
Aimee lives with her husband Scott, and two children. When not working, she loves gardening, decorating and traveling.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext 102
Tamara R. Swinson, BSW, QIDP
Child and Family Advocate
Tamara came to us from Charleston, West Virginia and joined the team at Davis House Child Advocacy Center in August 2013 as a Child and Family Advocate. She received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from West Virginia State University in 2001 and has been a member of Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society since 1997. In 2002 she was named Child Care Worker of the year for her work as a case manager to specialized foster care children and families. Tamara has 18 years of experience working with children in various areas including: juvenile delinquents, intellectually and developmentally disabled, foster care, and children who have been sexually and/or physically abused. She was instrumental in assisting and implementing a West Virginia statewide program reviewing all youth placed in out-of-state treatment facilities, and served as the “gate keeper” of all youth in a twelve –county region.
Tamara was trained as part of the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) in Williamson County and serves on the Child Fatality Review Team in Williamson County. She is an authorized facilitator for the Stewards of Children child abuse prevention training program.
Tamara is married with three children, and also has six grandchildren. She enjoys spending as much time with family as possible, taking and designing pictures and watching a good rainstorm.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext. 106
Kelly Stephens, LPC/MHSP, RPT-S, certified TF-CBT provider
Kelly joined Davis House Child Advocacy Center as Clinical Therapist in March of 2007. She has worked with children and families for many years, previously as a therapist for children who experienced divorce and family transitions, and as a case manager/therapist for children at risk of being placed outside of the home due to a serious emotional disturbance. Kelly also previously served two terms with AmeriCorps in St. Louis.
Kelly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with Mental Health Service Provider designation in Tennessee. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, as well as being a member of the Association for Play Therapy. She also is a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) provider. Kelly is additionally trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Extended Forensic Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level 1), and Forensic Interviewing.
Kelly’s role as clinical therapist is to provide counseling to children who receive services through Davis House Child Advocacy Center following incidents of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. She also works with non-offending caregivers, facilitates group therapy with victims, and/or provides family therapy as needed.
phone: 615-790-5900 ext. 107
Hohenwald & Centerville Locations
Lindsey Honea, B.S.
Lindsey recently joined Davis House as a Forensic Interviewer in October of 2017 and is trained in the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) model of forensic interviewing. She grew up in middle Tennessee but left for a brief time to attend college in Arkansas. However, the only degree she earned from there was her MRS as this is where she met her husband. She moved back to Tennessee with her husband to start a family. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and received her teaching license for the state of Tennessee. She began her teaching career with the Hickman County Board of Education where she worked her first year in the classroom and then four more years with the Maury County Board of Education. Her desire to do more for children outside of the classroom has led her to Davis House, where her skills are better suited allowing her to do more good for children.
Lindsey is very active with her church family and has served in several roles, such as Community Groups Leader, Bible class teacher & assistant with the Children’s Ministry, and works on the Community Group Developmental Team. She and her husband are currently raising four children and she lives a very busy life raising toddlers and teenagers. In her spare time (ha!), she enjoys catching up with her girlfriends.
DeAnna Darden-Carroll, B.S.
Child and Family Advocate
DeAnna joined the Davis House team as a Child and Family Advocate in October of 2013. Prior to then, she worked extensively with children and their families, as well as with law enforcement. Her previous employment includes Centerstone Mental Health Center, and with both the Department of Children’s Services (Child Protective Services division) and the Department of Human Services (Family Assistance division). DeAnna received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Bethel College.
Since being employed at Davis House, DeAnna has received further training in child protection and child abuse prevention. In addition to being a Child and Family Advocate, she is an authorized facilitator for the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training, as well as a Forensic Interviewer following the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) model.
DeAnna is a member of the Child Fatality Review Team, the Lewis County and Hickman County Health Councils, the Hickman County Sexual Health Education Coalition, the Lewis County Community Advisory Board, and the Lewis County Historical Society.
Amanda Ferrara, MSW
Amanda recently joined Davis House as a Clinical Therapist. In addition to working with our child clients, she also works with non-offending caregivers, facilitates group therapy with victims, and provides family therapy as needed.
Amanda grew up in northern Illinois and moved to Tennessee during her college years. Amanda attended Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Prior to joining for Davis House, Amanda was the child advocate at a local domestic violence shelter. This position helped build to the foundation for Amanda’s passion regarding working with children. Since beginning to work in the social work field, Amanda has undergone specialized training in various areas such as Emotional and Psychological Trauma Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Outside of Davis House, Amanda volunteers at animal shelters or helping other local nonprofits. She also loves spending time with her family which includes her husband, dog and four guinea pigs.
phone: 931-729-9933 or 931-796-0813