"The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership."

Desnéige VanCleve – Founder & Executive Director

Meet Desnéige VanCleve, Founder and Executive Director of Grace Place Ministry, Inc. Desnéige has a background in small business marketing, a college degree in Christian Ministry from Trevecca Nazarene University, and worked as the Benevolence Coordinator for Long Hollow Baptist Church before organizing and opening Grace Place.

Now, in the daily operations of Grace Place, she strives to show the love of Christ to each woman and child by offering guidance, support, and numerous types of training to help fulfill the mission of Grace Place. Desnéige also spends a great deal of time sharing the story of Grace Place and the future vision of Grace Place out in the community whenever opportunities arise. 

An active member of the community, Desnéige loves being involved with the Hendersonville Rotary Club and Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Sumner, and serving her church family. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Women Impacting the Community Award for Non-Profits from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. 

Her hobbies include reading, learning, and cooking. Her passions include Jesus, laughter, and people. When she's not serving the families at Grace Place, you will find her at her husband's side along with their three children doing life together in what she refers to as "beautiful chaos all the time."

Claire Fults – Program Director

Claire joined the Grace Place staff in November of 2020. She graduated from Belmont University in 2018 and has worked at other local non-profits since then where she realized her passion for serving the community. She is married to her husband Tyler and they have two sweet, but crazy pups, Maggie and Teddy. Claire loves spending time in nature, baking and spending time with family.

She is beyond excited to get to serve and love the families at Grace Place. Her biggest passion is helping people know their true identity in Christ because that is what deeply and radically changes lives. Claire leads our families through programming that points them to Jesus and enables them to have independent and abundant lives.

Lisa Martin – Operations Coordinator

Lisa joined the staff of Grace Place in the Spring of 2019. She shows up every day with a smile for every mother and child she greets and embarks on whatever adventure she can each day with the families at Grace Place. She supervises all house operations and makes sure that all families have transportation all week long. Lisa is known for her positive attitude and nurturing spirit. She loves serving the families at Grace Place and reflecting the love of Christ. 

Donna Mayo – Executive Program Assistant

Donna joined the Grace Place staff  in March of 2017. She answers the phone and keeps everything running smoothly behind the scenes at Grace Place. With degrees in Bible and English from Welch College and Tennessee State University, she has years of ministry experience with women and children. Most recently Donna served as the Family Ministry Director for Men of Valor, a Nashville-based prison ministry.

A former teacher, Donna has taught children of all ages in a variety of settings. After home schooling her five children, she taught Adult Education and English as a Second Language.

It is Donna’s passion and joy to share the hope, freedom and purpose that knowing Jesus brings, especially to those who are hurting and hopeless. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, Rick, their children and grandchildren. She also loves reading, nature and hanging out with friends.

Grace Place Staff and Piper

Piper the pup provides all kinds of enthusiasm and comfort for the families at Grace Place!