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, MSW

Julie holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Middle Tennessee State and received her undergraduate in Adolescent Studies/Youth Ministries at Judson University. 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. 

 

The awareness of sex-trafficking happening in our own backyard compelled her to volunteer and raise awareness in Tennessee. Her passion for survivors and her clients led her to pursue her MSW, focusing on trauma and human trafficking. 

 

Julie 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.

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.

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. 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 started working full-time in Residential. Caitlin currently works with our volunteer base and manages RSM communications. She is honored to walk alongside women as they embrace the person they were created to be.

You can typically find Caitlin listening to music, coffee mug in hand, and looking for her next hiking spot!

Program Assistant
Claire Whitcomb, 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
Cari Phillips, BA

Growing up, Cari was an "Army brat", so she moved often and claims many states as home. She attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and graduated with her BA in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2017. 

 

Cari first learned about the global immensity of human trafficking her senior year of high school and began doing more research about what it looks like in the US. In college, she volunteered with organizations in Virginia to raise awareness and funds to support the oppressed and end trafficking.

 

In 2019, Cari participated in the World Race, an 11 month mission trip all over the world, where she witnessed oppression in many forms. It was through these experiences that God made it clear to her that her calling is to use her life to contribute to two major feats: getting the Bible translated into every language on earth and ending human trafficking worldwide.

 

When she discovered the work that the team at Rest Stop was doing, she knew it was a great opportunity for her to serve and learn. Eventually, Cari wants to attend grad school for linguistics so she can also contribute to Bible translation, while continuing the fight against trafficking. Her other interests include traveling, reading, and outdoor adventure.

Residential Coach
Cynthia Bailey, BS

Cynthia Bailey grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Cynthia spent the first 24 years of her life as what many label “a victim”. More accurately, however, she is a survivor and found freedom from sex-trafficking, along with the many freedoms that entails, in September of 2000. Her journey in freedom includes a BS in Pre-law, a minor in Psychology and certifications as a life coach. Cynthia has spent the last 15 years in Senatobia, MS mentoring and coaching women inside the jail system and within her community. During that time, Cynthia desired and sought a home for women as a place of healing and refuge. Her path was led to Nashville, TN in July 2019 where she met with Rest Stop Ministries.  

 

Cynthia finds joy in teaching and reaching women. She knows she is who she is today only by going through and coming out of painful, traumatic life experiences. She is passionate about the life she has been given and seeks to see women of various backgrounds, ages, and cultures find true freedom, becoming all they were meant to be. She loves the outdoors; hiking, biking, running, and exploring. She is excited and thankful to be part of the Rest Stop family, fulfilling her God-given calling to walk with women as they seek their own path to freedom.

 

Cynthia has three grown children as well as two grandchildren, whom she sees as much as possible. They are a close family, always laughing and enjoying life.

Grant Administrator
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 Presbyterian Church (USA) 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

Intern
Millie Cadden

Millie Cadden is a student at Belmont University studying Social Entrepreneurship with an emphasis in Social Justice and minoring in writing, specifically focusing on trauma. She is from Birmingham, Alabama originally but plans to stay in Nashville post-grad to focus on work in the nonprofit sector. Millie believes that everyone's story is worth being told, and hopes that she can be a listening ear to the women at Rest Stop. 

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