Lise Bender
Our Executive Director Lise loves seeing Strong, Smart and Bold girls daily and enjoys being a part of this fantastic program team. 


Misty Graham-Stapleton

As the Program Director, Misty delights in using her education and communications background to lead her team in creating fun, educational experiences for girls of all ages.


Jeanette Luciano

Jeanette is our Bookkeeping and Office Operations Manager, working each day to make sure the wheels keep rolling for our team. She is also bilingual and loves to help families find out more about our program.


Our 2018-19 After-School Program Team

Ms. Alice, sewing instructor

Ms. Kelley, program facilitator

Ms. Lauren, Outreach and Homework program coordinator

Ms. Serena, program facilitator

Ms. Paige, program facilitator

About Our Team

Board of Directors

2018 Board Officers

Frankie Cox, President

Linda Raines, President-elect

Dr. Alpha Alexander, Vice President

Ann Cranford, Treasurer

Denise Johnson, Recording Secretary

Betty Golden, Corresponding Secretary

2018 Board Members

Leigh Ann Allen

Karen Armstrong

Tiffany Bartow

Sharon Bauer

Jeff Cranford

Stephen Cutshall

Rhiannon Ducey

Melanie Hime

Becky Hodge

Shirley Holt

Kathy Howerton

Sarah Leeper

Deb Miksa

Lynn Newman

L.A. Orio

Jessica Rich

Gail Pedigo

Jim Soule

Cindy Thompson

Linda Wofford

Our History

In 1973, the women of the Morristown Pilot Club observed girls had a big need in their community. Girls ages 6 to 18 and from all income brackets needed a safe place to gather afterschool and in the summers. They needed good role models and mentors, plenty of encouragement to

build positive life-skills, and a fun all-girl environment to help them grow strong, smart and bold. So they put their ideas into action and founded a Girls Club for Hamblen County.

By 1977, their idea had grown into so many girl members that a groundbreaking ceremony was needed for a new building to house them. At the 1978 Annual Banquet, guest speaker Pat Head Summit said of the Girls Club, "You will touch a lot of people. You will probably never know what doors you open, what opportunities you are giving a lot of young girls..."

Now known as Girls Inc. of Hamblen County, our club serves over 400 girls each year. Girls from any Hamblen County school have the opportunity to come to the Center for fun educational programming by riding a Girls Inc. bus. Each year, those same buses take girls on educational field trips that widen their world view.  Fun, friendship, learning and growing is all happening at Girls Inc. of Hamblen County. 

Girls Inc. of Hamblen County 

is a United Way Member Agency

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