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Being the Founder of a non-profit is no easy task. There are days when I have no idea what God was thinking or what I was thinking for that matter when we embarked on this journey. However, I am quickly reminded that God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called. I am honored and amazed that God has called me to stand for such a great cause and has allowed me the opportunity to be apart of bringing joy to those who need it. In our society, we often wait for others to do something about a problem or a situation. I am grateful I have the ability to Do Something about this one! Thank you for taking the time to check out our website and I hope you will find Your Own Way to Do Something to make our world a better place.
Constance Ashcroft has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is employed by Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.
Joshua Arrowood has a Bachelor's of Art degree in History. He is employed through the Greene County School System.
Richard Keller is a Certified Public Accountant. He is employed by Adams and Plucker as an Accounting Manager.
Mike Letts is the Director of Business Development with LMR Plastics. He has 40 years experience in his field.
Melanie Stills has a Bachelor's Degree in Science in Organizational Management. She is the Marketing Representative at Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice.
Heather White is the Founder and Executive Director of Journee. She is also the Social Services Director with Life Care Center of Greeneville. She has a Master's of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor's in Social Work.
Shelley Hensley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College. She is the Controller for APG East TN/NC formerly Jones Media.
In 2000, Lisa Ricker was diagnosed with cancer and given a 33% chance to live. Treatment started immediately and the roller coaster ride began. Doctor's appointments, hospitalizations, chemotherapy, radiation and extreme fatigue were all consuming for her. She had two children, a 2 year old son and a 14 year old daughter. She beat the battle and went into remission!
Again in late 2003, she had to hear those dreaded words again. The cancer was back. This time with little that could be done. After an unsuccessful attempt at chemotherapy, she decided quality of life was more important than quantity. With that mindset, she dreamed of taking her children, now 5 and 17, on one final trip. However, as a single mother she couldn't come up with the resources needed to take a trip and provide the basic daily needs for her children. She lost her battle with cancer in early March of 2004. She never got the chance to fulfill her final dream.
In honor of her mother, Heather Ricker-White set out to help others battling terminal illness with the opportunity her family was unable to have. With lots of hard work, determination, support and prayers Journee was created.