Mending Hearts, Inc.
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P.O. Box 280236
Nashville, TN 37228
Organization Details

Board Chair

Board Chair Ms. Kim James
Company Affiliation Young Leaders Council
Term July 2023 to June 2025

Board Co-Chair

Board Co-Chair Ms. Abby Sparks
Company Affiliation Nashville Bar Association
Term July 2023 to June 2025

Board of Directors

Board Members
Name Affiliation Status
Rachel Gerring Ernst &Young Voting
Bryan Heckman Meharry Medical College Voting
Kim James Young Leaders Council Voting
Chris Jenkins Voting
Kristina Kalb Voting
Jaime Leddin Voting
Alex Moon Thrivent NonVoting
Abby Sparks TN Department of Human services Voting
Yvonne Sullivan Voting
Dew Tinnen Voting
Ginger Wells TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Voting
Haley Zapolsky Jumpstart Foundry Voting

Advisory Board Members
Name Affiliation Status
Kathy Floyd-Buggs Mayor's Office NonVoting
Satish Kedia University of Memphis - Professor NonVoting
Dr. Stephen Loyd Medical Director of MAT clinics NonVoting
Jardyn Morgan Community Advocate NonVoting
Kristy Seaton Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) NonVoting
Jim Thiltgen Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) NonVoting
Michael White Community Advocate NonVoting


Board Term Lengths 3.00 years
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6

Standing Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

Risk Management Provisions

Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Letter from the
Board Chair and Founding CEO

After enduring a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to face numerous difficulties. Our women are used to facing enormous challenges
every day. Before coming to Mending Hearts, the typical client has faced homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, and the loss of their family due to their addiction. Once they enter our program, they leave those challenges behind but face a whole new set of different challenges; working through the traumas or events that led them to addiction. Through intensive therapy, they learn how to deal with their traumas, recognize their triggers, and learn new tools to deal with those triggers to avoid relapse. They learn how to overcome their past, regain their self-worth, and move forward to a new life.
With over 70% of our incredible staff at Mending Hearts in recovery themselves, they walk beside these women and support them every step of the way. At Mending Hearts, we overcome.

Facing the difficulties of a COVID-19 world, we pushed forward and accomplished our primary goals for the year:
*We found funding to fill the financial gap caused by increased building costs and broke ground on our newest residential home on campus, which
will house eight women.
*We started a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This intensive daily therapeutic program allows us to treat more women as we can provide it
on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
*We increased the number of classes we provide for Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP), a step-down program from PHP, to serve more women.
*We started a national day of recognition, "Women Touched by Addiction."
This day seeks to remove the stigma of addiction by bringing together all women touched by addiction (mothers, wives, daughters, friends) to start
the conversation that addiction is a disease, not a moral failure.

Our goals for the upcoming year are ambitious, but since its founding, Mending Hearts has always dreamed big.
In 2022 we plan to:
*Double the size of our detox program from 4 beds to 8 beds to serve women when they are at that crucial
point of deciding to take the first step towards sobriety.
*Start a Career Pathways program for our women to help them map out a career plan based on their
interests and natural abilities and then assist them in getting the education or job skills necessary for their
chosen career path.
*Due to the significant increase in rental rates in Nashville, we are exploring building a multi-family
affordable housing project with wrap-around services. This project would provide our alumni and other
women in recovery with affordable independent living apartments surrounded by a community of other
women in recovery.

None of what we do could happen without the support of donors, sponsors, and volunteers. We hope you will
join us on our journey to help more women escape the bonds of addiction and get their lives back.
At Mending Hearts, we overcome!

Yvonne Sullivan , Board Chair
Trina Frierson, Founding CEO/President