Clayton Wood | Executive Director
Clayton first came to Thrive Lonsdale in 2012 as an act of obedience to God. The ministry was in desperate need of revival and his leadership has grown the ministry tremendously. Clayton grew up at Wears Valley Ranch, a Christian children's home and school run by his loving parents. He has a degree from the University of Tennessee in English Literature and has a law degree from Washington and Lee. Clayton loves spending time with his wife, Daniel, and his 5 children.
Marisa Infield | Parkridge Site Director
Marisa has stepped into the position as Site Director in our newest location, Parkridge. She graduated from Union University in 2017 with a degree in social work. Marisa lives in Lonsdale and loves speaking Spanish and getting involved in the community. Marisa is laid back, loves dinner parties and is always up for any road trip to the lake or to mountains. If you want to make Marisa's day, bring her a taco from la herradura.
Margaret Tulloch | Main Campus Site Director
Margaret is from Nashville, TN but went to the University of Tennessee for college. She got involved in Thrive in 2016 and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Psychology. She is excited to continue investing in the lives of our elementary kids in Lonsdale by being the Site Director. Margaret loves all things outdoors, rock climbing, organizing, biking and traveling.
Lauren Batchelor | Assistant School Campus Site Director
Lauren worked for Thrive as an intern for many years and we are happy that she is now working at Thrive School Campus full-time. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Hispanic Studies and ESL education in 2018. She studied abroad in Chile, interned in Guatemala and now interprets for Thrive. She has a passion for cross-cultural experiences, friendships, new activities, and the Hispanic communities around the world.
Josh Shelley | Thrive Upper Program Director
Josh is from the great state of Georgia and graduated from Mercer University in 2012. Upon graduating he did the Memphis Fellows Program and then worked in High School Ministry at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, where is he still actively involved. Josh became the Director of the Thrive Upper program in 2016. Josh is eager to see what the Lord has in store for the growing program. Josh is passionate about ministering to teenagers and loves setting up leaders to invest in the lives of students. Josh loves the Atlanta Braves, hiking, and finding new restaurants with friends.
Jenna Rorex | Special Projects Director
Jenna grew up in North Carolina, graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Elementary Education. Jenna then travelled to Memphis, TN to work with Service Over Self before coming to work at Thrive Lonsdale in the fall of 2012. Jenna is married to Taylor, whom she met through Young LIfe's Discipleship Focus program in Pigeon Forge, TN. Jenna loves organization, bright colors, and all things Dollywood.
Neil Anderson | Lonsdale Fellows Director + Church Partnerships
Neil is an ordained pastor with over 20 years of experience. Neil is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. He served with Standing Stone Ministries and was the Lead Pastor of Coast Bible Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Neil, his wife, Casey and his three daughters moved to Knoxville in 2016. He is passionate about building relationships with Christian leaders where they can reflect, deepen their faith and encourage emotional and spiritual health. He and his family love coffee, movie nights, concerts and hiking.
Mollye O'Rourke | Elementary Program Director + Communications Director
Mollye grew up in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014 with a degree in Global Studies. Mollye has been involved in Lonsdale and Thrive for many years. She serves as Thrive's Elementary Program Director, overseeing all elementary sites. Mollye is very gifted in art, design, and administration. She loves learning Spanish, violin and anything new.
Becca Campbell | Volunteer Coordinator
Becca is from Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a degree in Child & Family Studies. After spending many years pouring into the Lonsdale community, she now serves as Thrive's Volunteer Coordinator. Becca has a big heart for the kids in the Lonsdale community and loves connecting different people and communities with each other. Becca loves diet coke, stripes, eating tacos, and laughing.
Laura Powell | Family Care Coordinator
Laura is from Signal Mountain, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2016 with a degree in Hispanic Studies and ESL education. She was the Main Campus Site Director and then transitioned into a role as the Family Care Coordinator. She loves learning about and engaging with people from different cultures. She enjoys going on walks and runs, biking, playing soccer and volleyball, and eating fruit.
Sarah Foster | School Campus Site Director
Sarah invested in the community of Lonsdale for a number of years before she came on staff at Thrive. She grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Lee University with a degree in Elementary Education. After 3 years of serving as Thrive's volunteer coordinator, Sarah is now starting her second year as School Campus site director. Sarah loves early mornings, pine trees, walking her dog, backpacking, and Lord of the Rings marathons.
Caetlyn Norman | High School Site Director
Caetlyn is from Nashville, TN. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2018. Her senior year of college, she began serving as a Thrive middle and high school teacher and instantly fell in love with the community and the students. Caeltyn is a class 12 Knoxville Fellow and is the High School Site Director in Lonsdale. Caetlyn's passion and excitement is contagious, she loves rainy day hikes and she is a fan of the TV show, West Wing.
Linnae Costa | Administration
Linnae was born and raised in Chicago and has since lived all over the United States - from Florida, to California, to Oregon. Linnae is a former educator and home schooled her own children. She has two wonderful adult kids, Victoria and Jacob. Linnae is very involved in her church and leads the children's choir and also leads children's Bible class there. She is a lover of coffee, finding waterfalls, reading, laughing, and enjoys a great murder/mystery televison show.
Tony Rucker | Custodian
Tony is one of our most beloved workers. He makes an effort to greet and know everyone by name. Tony has been working for Thrive and Soar Youth Ministries for over ten years, making him our longest serving worker. Tony has a big family, loves helping our Kitchen Director during meal times and you can always find him with a stash of candy for students.
Candelaria Andres | Custodian
Candelaria "Candel" is a junior intern at Thrive. Two days a week you can find her working in the Thrive Main Campus building. She is a Junior at West High School and involved in Young Life. She loves the color pink, listening to music, and spending time with family & friends.
Yvonne Mandoche | Lead Gardener
Yvonne is one of the hardest workers that Thrive has known. She manages and cultivates the Thrive garden, mows the lawn and plants flowers. She is a Sophomore at West High School and involved in Young Life. She enjoys drawing, running, and listening to worship songs.
Fall 2018 Interns
Interns lead and teach in our 10 elementary and 4 upper classrooms.
- Class 1 | Veronica Allen + Annie Davis
- Class 2 | Nicholas Manley + Emily Powell
- Class 3 | JoBeth Hill
- Class 4 | Libby Gray + Sarah Wade
- Program Assistant | Michelle Barnett + Bailey Morris
- Kitchen Director | Joe George + Anna Davis
- Class 1 | Addison White + Jennifer Patten
- Class 2 | Neeley Moore + Baylor Williamson
- Class 3 | Carly Brown + Madison Duerksen
- Class 4 | Emily-Anne Kirk + Emma Noles
- Program Assistant | Charlene Basinger + Melanie Lewis
- Class 1 | Brooklyn Woodall + Cortland Cocke
- Class 2 | Madison Benson + Kayla Jadwin
- Program Assistant | Mary Lyle + Kyra Scadden
- Class A | Stephen Pardue + Katie Hart
- Class B | Landon Pardue + Emma Underwood
- Class C | Kourtney Diagle + Elizabeth Steimer
- High School | Ben Campbell
- Program Assistant | Eric Aaser + Courtney Tourville