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75th Anniversary Staff Stories

Jewell Minnich

I was hired at McNabb in May of 2008. We had pagers, paper timesheets and used SALs to bill for Psych Rehab services. Staff members organized events for clients served at the Friendship House and...

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Brandon Byrd

I was never more proud of my team when I received the phone call from our provider through the state, who said that we were being awarded more money for additional services to our program....

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Louis Danner

I have wanted to work here at McNabb Military Services since I came here in 2019 to assist with a Military Marriage Seminar hosted by Military Services through the Knoxville Marriage Initiative (KMI). I became...

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Pam Williams

January 1, 2008 I was working for an upscale custom log home manufacturer in Kodak. The economy was booming. Life was good and going according to plan. January 30, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast...

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Kaviandra James

I joined the McNabb team initially as an intern. The experience of the staff and welcoming atmosphere was infectious. I received hands on learning and skill development I never would have in other places. My...

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Rebekah Robinson

My first year of working at McNabb I found out I was pregnant and would be having a child in June 2010. In April 2010, I received a phone call from Melissa Cupp asking me...

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Josh Vincent

It was my first time as a supervisor with CARF. It had been a tense day of small talk and program discussion with the auditor. The feedback at that point was neutral and not significant....

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Chelsea Taylor

Having the opportunity to learn and grow as a new supervisor for the McNabb Center the last few months has been a memorable opportunity for me. I’m blessed to have colleagues that are seasoned McNabbers,...

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Barry Rorex

McNabb has been providing services to improve people’s lives for 75 years. I have had the honor and privilege of being a part of the McNabb Center, and providing services to children, their families and...

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Josh Owens

In my first 5 years at McNabb, I learned (and stumbled) quite a bit. I helped HR to roll out the new Handle with Care training for the 450+ employees we had at the time. I really...

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Kimberly Moore

“The Helen Ross McNabb Center was my first job in my field of study, right after college. I was hired in 1997 to work at Patton House. I am still here, 25 years later as...

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Jessica Collins & Paula Ross

Staff share some good advice: “Try to stay happy is all I can tell ya. It’s good advice.” One of our clients said that to me almost three years ago and I still remember it. ...

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Kim Evans

When I was the liaison from Accounting to the clinical staff on site at our C&Y Center, I was entering SALS, cutting checks and assisting with the front when I felt something grab my leg....

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Shellie Hall

I began working for the McNabb Center in February 2003, for the Prime Time Program, a geriatric partial hospitalization program. 3 months after I started, Leann Human-Hilliard came to speak with our team, and informed...

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Lupe Galbraith

I began my employment at the McNabb Center in 2013 as a Client Benefits Specialist at the Blount County office. When I started, I learned of a terrifying incident that just occurred prior to my...

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Jana Campbell

I had my first interview with McNabb in December of 1991, three weeks before I graduated from UT. The interviewing process was much different than it is today. Back then, you had an interview with...

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Jerri Little

Moving from Kentucky to Tennessee in 2017 was a very hard decision for my husband and me. Not only was leaving the place we were born and raised, we were moving away from our children...

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Cortnay Scott-Denham

I have been with the McNabb Center for three years. I first began in Anderson County as an IST clinician. After roughly two years, I was asked to become a school based liaison. I was...

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Kim Holman

When I initially applied at McNabb I applied for a Cocke County Safety Net position. A few days after applying online, I get a phone call from Aaron Davies saying, “Hey how are you? Want...

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Deanna Keeton

As an employee in supportive housing, my ability to adapt to changes has progressed more than ever before. The amount of patience and empathy I have for our clients and people in general has only...

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Melinda Brooks

My journey to the McNabb Center has been an experience. I thought my journey was communication. I had experienced a layoff from News Sentinel and I was having a difficult time transition into a new...

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Josh Johnson

I kind of ended up at the McNabb Center out of coincidence. I left my old job as a 911 dispatcher to go to school for IT. The goal was to find a job that...

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Gene Grubb

You will not believe that I am as old as the McNabb Center! I have 27 years of experience in substance abuse treatment and have been working at McNabb since 2008 when we merged from...

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Kari Burda

I started here at McNabb in May 2022 and it has been a pretty amazing experience. I have never had a job where I walked into an interview and felt so comfortable with everybody. The...

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Scott Rollins

I have only worked at McNabb since July, but before that I served as a minister in churches for over 25 years. One thing I learned during that 25-year span is that everyone is a loved...

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Gov. Lee Visits McMinn County Clinic

In April 2022, the McNabb Center welcomed Governor Bill Lee to the McMinn County clinic. During his visit, the Center’s leadership shared with Gov. Lee the great work of the McMinn County staff and discussed...

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Erica Meredith

We used to have a Back to School Bash at the C&Y Center and we all really enjoyed being able to serve our clients and families in such a fun and different way for this...

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Lindsay Stone & Michael Waltke

Things have changed a lot over the years about working at the McNabb Center. Some of our longtime employees share what they remember about their early days at McNabb: When I was a case manager...

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Shelby Graves

I remember when we had the Military Services Ribbon Cutting and a Veteran in need of services heard about the opening on the news and came to get services that day.  He was served instantly,...

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Jill Barnes

I remember in 2019, I got a call from the News Sentinel informing me that the McNabb Center had won first place in Knoxville’s Top Workplace large company division. I went to tell my supervisor...

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Hayley Lenear

Mobile Crisis Counselor Hayley Lenear shares about what working at the McNabb Center means to her.

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Darann Cox

I was employed at the McNabb Center right out of college. I always knew that I wanted to become a Domestic Violence Advocate ever since I volunteered at CEASE, a local shelter that has since...

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