Thistle Farms, Inc.
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5122 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Hal Cato
Term Start October 2015
Hal's Experience: Hal Cato joined Thistle Farms as its first CEO in October 2015. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of Zeumo, Inc, a healthcare technology company he created in 2012 and sold to The Advisory Board Company three years later. From 2001 - 2011, Hal was CEO of Oasis Center, where he raised over $17m, grew the organization more than 500%, and received numerous regional and national awards, including the 2011 "Best in Business' award for nonprofit organizations by the Nashville Business Journal and the national "Agency of the Year' by the National Network for Youth. In 2010, the editors of the Nashville Scene named Hal "Nashvillian of the Year.'

Senior Staff

Name Title
Rev. Becca Stevens Founder & President
Ms. Courtney Sobieralski Director of Cafe at Thistle Farms
Ms. Gwen Cockrell Manufacturing Director
Ms. Holli Anglin Senior Director of Administration
Mr. Jim Kensler Senior Director of Thistle Farms Body & Home
Ms. Katrina Robertson National Sales Director
Mr. Kenny Corbett Director of Logistics
Ms. Melissa Wert Director of Systems and Inventory Control
Ms. Renee Wood Director of Finance
Ms. Sally Anne Harrell Global Shared Trade Director
Ms. Sara Evans Director of Magdalene Residential Services
Ms. Shelia McClain Director of Education & Outreach
Ms. Tara Hamilton Director of Development & Community Relations
Val Holden Senior Director of Marketing


Full Time Staff 66
Part Time Staff 14
Volunteers 900
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 90%

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?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
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? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


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 1998
Community Resource Center - Nashville 2003
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services (TAADAS) 2003
United Way Member Agency 1999


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Champion of Change (Domestic Violence Prevention) White House 2011
CNM Salute to Excellence Innovation in Action 1999
Entrepreneur of the Year Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2011
Humanitarian of the Year Small Business Association of America 2014
National Episcopal Church Jubilee Center 2001
Next Award for Growth (Social Enterprise & Sustainability) Nashville Entrepreneurship Center & Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2015
Tennessean of the Year Tennessean 2005
Top Ten CNN Hero CNN 2016