AGAPE/Association for Guidance Aid Placement & Empathy
615-781-3000 ext. 227
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4555 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Chandler Means
Term Start November 2012
Chandler's Experience: Chandler Means, Executive Director, received his B.A. degree from Lipscomb University. Prior to joining AGAPE, Mr. Means served as the Director of Development Operations and Planned Giving at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, GA. Mr. Means has over 20 years of business development experience serving as Vice President and Director for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Means and his wife Sheri, have been a Certified Foster Parents since 2004.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Ms. Ami Parker MMFT Director of Social Services
Mr. Chandler Means Executive Director
Jason Cooper Ph.D. Director of Clinical Services
Mr. Jeff Fox Compliance and Quality Improvement Manager
Mr. Mark McFerran Director of Development
Ms. Rachel Herman Residential Program Manager
Traci Landon Director of Business Operations


Full Time Staff 36
Part Time Staff 19
Volunteers 250
Contractors 19
Retention Rate 95%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? October 2016
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy?
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy?


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1970
Middle Tennessee Association of Child Care 1982
Tennessee Association of Child Care 1975

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

AGAPE and Morning Star Sanctuary (MSS), one of only two emergency domestic violence shelters in Davidson County, have combined resources as one non-profit serving the Middle Tennessee community. As one non-profit, AGAPE will serve more than 3000 individuals annually through foster care and adoption services, professional counseling and through court advocacy and emergency shelter services for victims of domestic violence. For more than a year, the Board of Directors for both nonprofits, in consultation with the Center for Nonprofit Management, completed a process of due diligence that led the decision by both governing boards for AGAPE to adopt the Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Shelter and Court Advocacy Program. On July 1, 2018, in accordance with the guidelines of the Attorney General's Office and the Office of the Secretary of State of Tennessee, the program adoption and merger of MSS into AGAPE became official.