Jill Woicik, LPC-MHSP, NCC
Jill Woicik grew up in North Alabama where she graduated from The University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She then moved to Dallas, Texas and earned an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations, Institute. Nearing the completion of her time at CFNI, the Founder of a residential girls’ home ministry spoke at a chapel service and Jill knew at that time that God was calling her to play a part in the restoration of hurting girls/women. This led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.
Jill is licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, and was previously licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas for 16 years. She is also certified as a National Certified Counselor. Jill has held positions from Case Manager to Program Director in various nonprofit social service agencies providing therapeutic services to survivors of sexual assault, sex trafficking and other violent crimes, homeless single mother families, individuals in recovery from substance abuse in the criminal justice system and children in foster care. Around 2011, she became aware of the problem of sex trafficking in the United States and has volunteered with several anti-trafficking organizations since that time. Her passion is helping women heal from trauma and seeing them discover their unique strengths and purpose.
Along this journey, in 2003, Jill met her husband, Randy, at Church. They were married in August 2004. They enjoy traveling and spending time in the mountains whenever possible. Jill also enjoys having coffee with friends, horses, and being entertained by her cats. Jill is very happy to be back in this part of the country where she can fully realize the dream God put in her heart over 20 years ago to walk alongside hurting women in their journey to freedom. She is grateful to Rondy Smith and the Rest Stop Ministries Board of Directors for allowing her and her husband to work together using their complementary gifts to support the Executive Director, Rest Stop Ministries staff and residents.
Director of Operations
Randy Woicik, BA
Before accepting the position of Director of Operations with Rest Stop Ministries (RSM), Randy served as the Program Manager for an organization that provided two years of residential services to homeless single mother families. He also brings to RSM several years of experience from his time as the Director of Operations for an outpatient chemical dependency counseling program.
Randy has a Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Assembly of God University, where he studied a diverse array of courses to better prepare for the demands of leadership. Before entering the non-profit world, Randy held positions in a hospital emergency room, retail management, and in insurance inspections. This combined with his non-profit experience gives him a well-rounded base with which to meet the challenges of being the Director of Operations of Rest Stop.
Before moving to Tennessee in September of 2017, to join the Rest Stop team, Randy lived in Texas where he was born and raised, and he is proud of his Texas heritage. At the age of 33, in 2004, by God’s grace he met and married the woman of his dreams; and his parents and friends rejoiced. Randy and Jill, now reside in Lebanon, Tennessee along with their 3 cats. Randy enjoys good food, trips to the mountains, and cruises.
Laurenda Whisenhunt, MMFT
Laurenda Whisenhunt serves as our resident counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University. She also earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University. While in graduate school, she began to pursue extensive training in trauma through EMDR and Brainspotting.
Laurenda’s interest in residential treatment began fresh out of high school. She began working as a weekend residential staff member at a home for orphans. Her work in residential treatment continued during her time at TNU. She was able to provide counseling to the women in Hope Center Ministries in Portland, TN and for the women in recovery at The Emmanuel House in Carthage, TN.
Laurenda and her husband, Danny, have a large family. She met her husband and his young son in the early 90’s. They married in Amarillo, Texas in 1993. His career brought them to Nashville in 1995. In 2003, they became foster parents and by 2008 they had adopted six girls from the Tennessee Foster Care System. In 2009, they were selected by the Department of Children’s Service as the Tennessee Foster Parents of the Year. They have six grandchildren.
Heather Edwards, MMFT
Heather graduated from Cumberland University in 2003 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduating from college, Heather worked for 5 years for the Domestic Violence Program in Rutherford County as live-in shelter staff at the program's women's shelter. Additionally, she served as a Child Advocate working with the children that came to the safe shelter with their mothers. Ironically, this is the same program that served Heather and her family when she was a child, giving her mother and siblings a safe place to stay at a time when their own home was not a safe option. Spurred on by the hope that was instilled in her through that trying time, Heather determined that she wanted to help other people to survive and thrive in similar circumstances. She now views her traumatic experiences as a child as a blessing that has allowed her to relate to hurting people in a deeply empathetic way that would not have been possible had she not walked her path. She brings this incredible empathy with her to Rest Stop in her service to the women in the program.
Heather is currently enrolled in the Graduate Counseling Program at Trevecca Nazarene University in pursuit of her Master's of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She plans to continue on towards licensure and hopes to one day open a private practice in order to help families be the best they can be.
Heather has two little boys who are almost as goofy as she is. She enjoys spending time with her boys and their dog, Dazie. Laughing is their favorite pastime, and they take every opportunity to do so.
Community Engagement Manager
Caitlin Strecker, BS
Caitlin grew up in Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Elementary Education. During her time in college, Caitlin first learned about the presence of slavery and injustice around the world. This immediately sparked something in her heart, and she decided to serve overseas. Caitlin went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries around the world, where she witnessed first-hand the vast array of injustice as well as endless glimpses of God’s faithfulness.
After the World Race, Caitlin attended G42 Leadership Academy, a Christian leadership and discipleship program in Spain. Her dreams came alive during her time at G42: to fight slavery and injustice, and to see women fully alive and free by embracing their true worth.
After graduating from G42 Leadership Academy, Caitlin lived in Chicago for two years. She served on International Justice Mission’s Chicago volunteer team as the events coordinator.
Caitlin moved to Tennessee and joined the RSM Team, serving as the Weekend Residential Manager for one year before transitioning into her current role. She currently trains and oversees our volunteer base, manages RSM communications, and collaborates on events and fundraisers. You can typically find Caitlin listening to music, coffee mug in hand, and looking for her next hiking spot!
Claire Greene, BBA
Claire is from a small town outside of Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. She then was led to serve abroad and moved to Nicaragua as a missionary for two years. There she learned Spanish, helped the team with business initiatives, and mentored a group of teenage girls.
During her time in Nicaragua, God put a desire in her heart to serve the oppressed, specifically victims of human trafficking. She moved with the same organization to Ecuador for another two-year commitment where she helped end slavery through a ministry that offered residential and non-residential care, a business-as-missions for the women survivors, and participated in street outreach to women in prostitution.
Claire moved to Nashville after her engagement to Jacob Greene. God answered her prayers in giving her the opportunity to continue working alongside women survivors at Rest Stop Ministries. She is thankful to be a part of a team that is committed to helping those who have been rescued by providing a process of healing through God's love.
Weekend Residential Manager
Ashley Smith, BA
Ashley grew up in California and graduated with a degree in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University. She worked at her church for 3 years while she worked towards her degree and after graduating she felt God calling her to go on missions with the World Race. After some time at home during the height of the pandemic, she completed a 9 month internship with the Generation 42 Leadership Academy where she learned how to lead people well in everyday life. Some new dreams also came alive during this time to see help become more accessible to those who are struggling. It was during this time that she got connected with Rest Sop Ministries. Near the end of her internship she signed on with Rest Stop and officially left California for the first time once she graduated.
Growing up, Ashley struggled with multiple mental health issues and trauma. She found healing and freedom while being a resident herself at Mercy Multiplied. This stirred a passion within her to see other women set free and healed in their own lives. So far she has done this through discipleship, small groups, bible studies, missions and by teaching life skill classes. She is currently writing a book on freedom and hopes that it can be a part of others journeys to healing. Ashley has personally seen the incredible transformation that can take place in a residential program and excited to be a part of this mission.
In her personal time, Ashley enjoys being involved in community and church. She loves hosting people and making them feel welcome in her home. Ashley believes that one of the best things we can do for others is create a safe place for people to be themselves and discover their God given identity. She loves enjoying nature, coffee, music, art, animals and traveling to new places.
Brenda was born in Ohio, and then at 10 years of age moved to Fort Worth Texas. She grew up most of her life there, graduated high school and married not long after. Brenda worked in a veterinarian hospital for 5yrs, then she quit working to raise a family and homeschool her three children.
There was a 20-year span before she would come to RSM. During that time, God had her on a journey of healing of her own childhood trauma, and found that her healing journey helped to equip her for helping hurting women who are walking through their trauma.
In 2015, she and her family moved to Hendersonville, TN, and started volunteering at RSM in the Spring of 2021. Brenda drove residents to appointments, meetings, and other activities, forming relationships with the women. That Summer, she was hired to be officially part of the team as Residential Coach.
In her time off, Brenda enjoys trying new restaurants with friends, photography, the outdoors, hanging out with her kids, and walks with her dog.
Stephanie Johnson, BA
Stephanie Johnson is a North Mississippi native and graduated from the University of South Alabama (Mobile) with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Human Services. Before relocating to Middle Tennessee in 2018, Stephanie spent over twenty years as a home economist and has logged countless volunteer hours working with faith based non-profit organizations. Service over self is a vocation and ministry that Stephanie has always felt called to, and her Christian faith has sustained that calling. Stephanie is an ordained elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and has held several leadership roles within the church.
Stephanie also served as a Volunteer Chaplain at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia, worked within the volunteer component of Army Community Services at Ft. Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia, and for the last several years has served as a grant writer for several non-profit organizations.
Years of prayer - and life experience - brought Stephanie to the Rest Stop Ministries team in January 2019 as a grant writer, and she has recently transitioned to the position of grant administrator.
As a military and civil servant family, Stephanie, her husband Andrew, and their two children have lived in five states and one foreign country. Stephanie and Andrew have been married for 27 years.
“Matthew 6:21 states ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ (CEB). My treasure is God and my family, and so my heart is God and my family. And now I add to that treasure my work with Rest Stop, and so my heart is with Rest Stop. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this work.” - Stephanie
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