Associate Dean of Education at North Carolina Central University


Edward E. Moody Jr.

With more than 35 years in nursing, Grubb specializes in behavioral health. In her role as consultant for a long-term care company, Grubb works with the staff to improve how care is administered for residents with dementia and psychiatric needs.

Elder Law Attorney

SUMNER county "aging & Faith" town Hall set for Feb. 23


GALLATIN, TENNESEE -- A special town hall event titled “Sumner County Aging & Faith Town Hall” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at Welch College to focus on “Addressing Aging Issues Plaguing Tennesseans and Finding Faith in the Process.” The event is designed to help Sumner County residents learn more about addressing the needs of the county’s growing senior adult population. The event takes place in Celorio Hall at Welch College, located at 1045 Bison Trail in Gallatin.

A 2019 report released by Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) states approximately 31,330 adults aged 65+ reside in Sumner County, and that population is expected to increase 38% by 2030.

“It’s important that we as a community unite to help prepare our Sumner County residents for the coming challenges associated with the growth of our aging population,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, founder and executive director of Veranda Ministries, said. “We have partnered with a great list of professionals in their respective fields to share information and answer questions about managing the aging challenges facing seniors and their families.”

Seven panelists are scheduled to bring their unique perspective and insight to the areas of dementia, legal issues and estate planning, Medicare/Medicaid, legislative agenda, end-of-life care, respite care and the role of the church in aging matters. The event will be moderated by Eric Berner, certified financial planner, and “Voice of the Nashville Sounds.”

Panelists include Rep. Darren Jernigan, Dist. 60, member of the Health Committee, 111th Tennessee General Assembly; Edward E. Moody Jr., Ph.D., associate dean of education at North Carolina Central University; Mary Ann McCarthy, board certified care manager and Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Family Mediator; Kevin Williams, elder law attorney; Jennifer Burke of High Point Hospice; Kim Grubb, long-term care company consultant; and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, Veranda Ministries.


Jennifer Burke

Certified Financial Planner and "Voice of the Nashville Sounds"

About the participants


The Veranda and its families  were part of the ”NPT Reports:  Aging Matters" series in June 2016.

Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly


Veranda Ministries founder to be recognized as a "Huck's Hero" in March 2018 

NACDP, PAC® Certfied Consultant & Coach

Mary Ann McCarthy

For more info, Call the Veranda Ministries office at 615-675-4345

In addition to serving as associate dean, Moody is a professor of counselor education at NCCU. He also is the author of the “First Aid for Emotional Hurts” series. Moody is a licensed professional counselor supervisor as well as a licensed health services provider-psychological associate. Moody holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in counselor education from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in pastoral training from Welch College.


Kevin Williams, Esq.

District 60, Member of the Health Committee, 111th Tennessee General Assembly

With more than two decades of experience in care management and program development, McCarthy is a fierce advocate for families struggling with chronic disease and dementia. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Richmond and is a board certified care manager and Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Family Mediator.

Oglesby-Sutherly is a certified dementia practitioner and executive director of The Veranda, a congregational respite program in Gallatin, Tennessee. With more than 15 years of experience in the senior care industry, Sutherly’s experience in activity programs at assisted living facilities, at a day program and coordinating a care provider service helped establish the foundation for her mission in advocating for aging adults.

High Point Hospice

Burke is a registered nurse with more than 24 years of experience in a variety of medical specialities. She has worked in Medicare/Medicaid, emergency room, radiology and home health. She currently works for High Point Hospice in Gallatin and assists families and loved ones with end-of-life care.



Having once begun his legal career in the electric utility industry, Williams also has served as a lobbyist for non-profit organizations. Williams left the corporate world and began his practice in elder law where he has practiced for more than 20 years. Williams has a passion for sharing both his legal expertise and practical knowledge with caregivers and their charges.

Founder & Executive Director of Veranda Ministries


Jernigan has served in the Tennessee House of Representatives as District 60 representative since 2012. He is a member of the Health Committee and serves as a member of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Sub-Committee. His civic affiliations include ALS of Tennessee, board member of Disability Right Tennessee, Shriner of Al Menah Temple, member of Occupational Therapy Board at Belmont University, Old Hickory Veterans Memorial Park and member of the Andrew Jackson Foundation.

Board Certified Care Manager; Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Family Mediator

Kim Grubb
Rep. Darren Jernigan

Consultant, Long-Term-Care

Eric Berner

Eric is dedicated to serving his clients with a focused and individualized plan to meet their respective financial goals. His personal familial experience fuels his desire to help those prepare for aging well, and gives purpose to his Senior Services Network membership. In his spare time, he can be found behind the microphone as the “Voice of the Nashville Sounds.”