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Meet the Staff & Volunteers 

Cathy Thomas     - Director

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A native of Unicoi County, Cathy Thomas has been with the Center since 2021. Cathy's amazing work ethic as well as work experience in various fields that include public service, retail, tax preparation, and clerical work has made her a perfect fit in her role as Director of the Senior Center. She serves on the Unicoi County Board of Education where she has previously served as chairman and vice chairman. Cathy and her husband, Loren, who is the Chairman of the Unicoi County Commission, have two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Sara. Cathy is an active member of Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church as well as the Rotary Club. For fun, she enjoys walking and spending time with her family. Cathy's grandparents played a major role in her early life and she has always had a heart for senior citizens. She is excited to take the Center to the next level as she works hard to grow the center's membership as she coordinates endless fun social opportunities to the members.

Heather Harris     - Administrative Assistant

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Heather Harris is our administrative assistant and helps to maintain our bookkeeping and office needs.
She recently started working at the Center back in March of 2023. She has truly enjoyed being a part of
this community since moving to Tennessee when her husband accepted the role of Music Pastor at
Evergreen Church. They now have a daughter, Makenna, who will be turning a year old in late July. Makenna is often here at the center with her mother and serves as baby ambassador bringing smiles to the members on a daily basis. 

There are always areas for new volunteers.

Lacie Barrett         - Programs Coordinator

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Lacie Barrett is the new Activities Coordinator for the center. She has 6 years of experience in community outreach. She is also has experience working in Women's health. Lacie attends Riverview Baptist Church with her husband of 20 years and their three teenage boys. She enjoys music, hiking, rock collecting and science. Her goals are to use this position to bring hope and fun to our seniors. Lacie is excited to be able to use creativity and compassion to the members of CSAC with many plans for the future. She has been a resident of Unicoi for 14 years. 

Carol Custer         - Meals on Wheels Site Director

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Carol and here family began attending the center back in November of 2022. They became involved very quickly and became daily guests to the center. When an opening for the Meals on Wheels site Director position opened up Carol applied and was selected for the position. She has done an excellent job in this role and has done well at keeping our members and local Erwin residents fed. If you come and see her you will probably get to meet Liz as well. Liz is Carol's daughter and is a Meals of Wheels volunteer here at the Center. She is the morning coffee maker and we all know how important the morning coffee is :-) If you would like to participate in the daily lunch program Carol is the one to see. 

Diane Honda         - Champion Volunteers
& Sam Keever   

Diane  and Sam have been volunteers since the summer of 2018 and have become an integral part of the senior center family. Diane is here each day supporting all areas of the center. She serves on the board, as an amazing chef quality cook, party planning, in member care, and is happy to help in any area she is needed.  Sam also supports the center in many ways. He uses his technology skills to keep our computers and network topnotch and can be found in the kitchen preparing food for the members and for fundraisers throughout the year. This couple is nothing short of amazing and the center is grateful for there dedication and service. For a great picture of the two of them at the Halloween part  Click Here.

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Lisa Wright            - Building Caretaker

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Lisa has just recently joined the CSAC staff and she fills a very important role. She serves in the background as the building caretaker. She can be found cleaning the floors, taking out the trash, and performing all of the needed tasks that make the facility shine. She is doing a terrific job and we are very excited to have her as part of the team. You might notice that she favors Carol Custer. They happen to be sisters.

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