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Rest Stop Ministries
restore survivors. stop oppression.
P.O. Box 156
Hermitage, TN 37076

(615) 965-2647

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Our Staff

Program Director
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.  

Therapist
Julie Krager, BA

Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 from Judson University in Adolescent Studies/Youth Ministries. She felt called to serve at-risk youth and pursued this passion for 15+ years. Most of those years were spent serving as a youth pastor to students and families within the Church. For a decade she served as the youth pastor at a church outside of Detroit, Michigan. 

In 2015, her family made the move to Middle Tennessee. It was during this transition she learned more about human trafficking. The awareness of sex-trafficking happening in our own backyard compelled her to volunteer and raise awareness. Her passion for survivors and her clients led her to pursue her master’s in social work at Middle Tennessee State University, focusing on trauma and human trafficking. 

Julie recently interned at End Slavery Tennessee serving on the direct care team and leading group therapy. Previously, she worked as the Sexual Assault Victims Advocate at Center of Hope, which is a dual agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. These experiences have helped her learn more about the complex trauma associated with commercial sexual exploitation. Julie’s passion for seeing lives restored includes working with clients who experience anxiety, PTSD, depression, and other co-occurring disorders. Community education and prevention efforts are additional ways she advocates for survivors.

Her clients describe her as welcoming, caring, real, and encouraging. Julie takes a trauma-informed strength-based approach with eclectic treatment models to meet individual needs of survivors. Providing pathways to healing and fostering communities of wellness drives her towards finding new ways to promote healing and restoration. 

Julie met Jonathan at school and has been happily married since 2002. Together they have two sons. On the weekends you may see them on the soccer fields watching and coaching their boys. They enjoy hiking, beach trips, water skiing, horseback riding, and going to the mountains.

Medical Coordinator
Brittni Gallup, RN, BSN

Brittni is from a small town in West Tennessee.  She graduated from Evangel University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  After four years of critical care experience, both as a staff and travel nurse, she felt a call to abandon her comfortable life and serve overseas.

She went on an 11-month mission trip, the World Race, partnering with organizations in eleven different countries.  It was during this year that she was exposed to the sex trafficking industry.  After her first walk through the Red Light District in Thailand, she knew something was being unlocked inside of her heart. 

In 2016, Brittni moved to Nashville to join the staff team at Rest Stop Ministries in a dual role as Residential Manager and Medical Coordinator.  She now acts primarily as Medical Coordinator, using her nursing background to help RSM residents meet their healthcare needs. 

Brittni married Isaac in 2019, and they enjoy spending time with their two pups, Reece and Reinhardt.  Her hobbies also include acquiring new houseplants while trying to keep her current ones alive.

Volunteer + Communications Coordinator
Sydney Hayslett, BA

Sydney grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  She first felt a call to ministry in high school, and later a more distinct call to be a part of the anti-trafficking movement.

 

During her time at Eastern Nazarene College, she saw that call start to take shape.  Through an internship with Amirah - a safe home in Massachusetts, Sydney learned a lot about herself, about this field, and about the importance of Christ being at the center.  

 

After graduating in 2015 with degrees in both Business and Psychology, she returned to Virginia to work for two family businesses.  During that time, she continued to pray about the call to work with survivors. When a job opened up at Rest Stop, she knew it was meant to be.  While Sydney started full-time on our Residential Staff, she has transitioned some of her duties to include managing our volunteer base and communications!


Sydney married Adam in September 2017 and they both are committed to the cause at Rest Stop.  She enjoys spending time with people, being outside, and caring for her plants - all while drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Residential Manager
Heather Edwards, BS

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.

Weekend Residential 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, and it immediately sparked something in her heart. She brought this passion into the classroom, but it wasn’t long before she decided to serve overseas.

 

Caitlin went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries around the world. Seeing the vast array of injustice as well as endless glimpses of God’s faithfulness drove her forward.

 

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 and continued to pray into her passions and dreams.

In God’s beautiful timing, she was introduced to Rest Stop Ministries and is honored to be a part of the residential team. She is excited to walk alongside women as they embrace the person they were created to be. 

Residential Coach
Michelle Bulla, BA

Michelle grew up in a small town in North-Western Pennsylvania.  She stayed there until she was ready to fly the nest and move to Nashville for school to study Photography.  She graduated in 2012 from Nossi College of Art.  While she was passionate about photography, she knew God was stirring in her spirit for something greater.  In 2016 she felt a calling to yoga teacher training.  Here she found great healing for herself, a closeness to God, and a confirmation for her passion for survivors of abuse and trauma, specifically those that were trafficked.  She learned a lot about the healing process, trauma, and how it effects our bodies and overall well-being.  She quickly wanted to put this new found revelation into practice. 

 

After years of searching for some kind of Anti-Trafficking volunteer opportunity, she finally stumbled across Rest Stop.  She realized God's timing is far more superior then her own and she starting volunteering within months.  After some time of volunteering and doing photography for Rest Stop, she was blessed by God's perfect timing to be available for when a staff position came available.  She is excited for this new chapter in her life and feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be on staff at Rest Stop.  

 

In her free time, Michelle can still be found sipping a morning cup of coffee outside while diving into a yummy book followed by a daily yoga practice.  On weekends, she is out and about Photographing weddings or hiking with her husband and pup to explore this beautiful creation.