Who We Are

About Families Free

Families Free is a 501(c)3 organization designed to build better communities through the transformation of vulnerable families, especially those affected by incarceration. Families Free provides evidence-based services combined with the faith-based principles of compassion, healing, and restoration to promote positive lifestyle changes within our communities’ most at-risk and overlooked populations.

Some of our programs are funded by the Tennessee Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Tennessee Dept of Health, and private donations. We are always seeking financial partners to help us serve our community and aid in our pursuit to ensure that love continues to restore Northeast Tennessee.

Our Mission

“Strengthening our community by building the capacity of vulnerable families through education, intervention and restoring relationships.”

Board of Directors

Families Free, Inc.  is governed by a Board of Directors who meet monthly to discuss the ongoing progress.  Prior to each meeting the Board is given a meeting agenda. Their duties include, but are not limited to, ensuring the proper financial oversight through review and approval of the financial statement.  The Board also is kept up to date on the daily operations and current status of every program within Families Free. The Board is comprised of key people who are knowledgeable not only with the private sector but also with non-profits.  The Board consists of:

  • Aliceson Bales
  • Julia Beeson
  • Linda Brittenham
  • Karen Boyd
  • Matthew Cleek
  • Laura Garrett
  • Dr. Kim Hale
  • Patricia Short
  • Nancy Storie
  • Jill Stott
  • Lisa Tipton
  • Stacy Torbett
  • Tina Wilson

Families Free Team:



Chelsea Greenway


Cierra Linka Cross


Tabitha Edwards


Barbara Greer


Stephanie Elliott-Carr


Amy Provance


The Board of Families Free, Inc. is knowledgeable and is able to bring  their personal knowledge and experiences to enhance the daily operations as well as being readily available to the Executive Director, Lisa Tipton.  The Board is able to address any problem that may arise with their knowledge and expertise.

Title VI Overview

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed to ensure the people of the United States receive equal treatment, rights and opportunities regardless of race, color, or national origin. Title VI of that Act prohibits discrimination in federally funded programs.“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Any person who applies for or receives any benefit or service provided by Families Free may file a complaint if he or she has had unfair or different treatment because of race, color, or national origin. Complaints must be filed in writing with the Title VI representative at PO Box 5645, Johnson City, TN 37602; or with the appropriate regional or central office of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; or with the Office of Civil Rights, 101 Marietta Tower, Suite 2706, Atlanta, Georgia 30323.

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