"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. 

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Megan Sargent – Program Director

Megan joined Grace Place staff in June of 2021. Megan graduated from Belmont University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership and is currently working on her Masters' in Clinical Counseling. Before joining the Grace Place team, Megan worked in juvenile residential treatment with adolescents who had experienced sexual trauma. Megan also worked in the non-profit field providing emergency financial rent and utilities assistance to Davidson County residents. Megan loves spending time with her crazy pup, Shelby, and enjoys going to yoga and spending time with her friends and family.

At Grace Place, Megan works directly with each mother through all program steps from crisis to stability including foundational wellness, emotional healing, life goals, and weekly accountability and advocacy. Megan implements and develops the programming at Grace Place while working directly with the families and overseeing all volunteer led programming. Megan is passionate about seeing those around her find true healing through Jesus and loves walking with each mother at Grace Place as they discover all that God has for their 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. 

Lisa Jo Anderson – Office Manager

Lisa Jo joined the staff of Grace Place in December 2021.  She manages all aspects in the office that keep things running behind the scenes.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She has been teaching elementary and middle school for the past 19 years and has made an impact on so many young lives in the community. 

Lisa Jo spends down time with her husband and their two daughters. She loves cheering on her girls at their ballgames, camping and boating at Dale Hollow Lake, and spending time with her family.  She is energetic and eager to serve the families of Grace Place.

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