Meet Our Team
Barry Cooper, M.S.
While working with adolescents in the behavioral health field, Barry completed a field practicum at JACOA while in graduate school at Freed Hardeman University. It was during this time that he felt the call to help those fighting the battle of addiction. Barry began his career at JACOA in Prevention and Training. After being named JACOA's Executive Director in 2012, he made it his mission to empower others within the organization to work together to implement a holistic approach to addiction treatment and recovery. Barry and the team at JACOA believe in meeting individuals where they are at. Barry currently serves as the West Tennessee Vice President for the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, and on the legislative committee for the Tennessee Association for Alcohol and other Addiction Services. In his free time, he enjoys roasting coffee, traveling, and following his son's high school baseball team.
Director of Treatment Services
Israel Melton, L.A.D.A.C.
With over 15 years in recovery, and 12 years experience at JACOA, Israel is what we like to call "the real deal." He has a magnetic personality that can be difficult to escape. His direct impact on clients over the years is immeasurable. His commitment to people in recovery goes way beyond the 28 days he gets to spend with them in treatment. He moonlights as a social media influencer across many platforms, and spreads laughter, joy, and personal motivation to everyone he comes in contact with.
Human Resources Director
Beth Parnell, B.A.
When an opportunity arose to work for JACOA in 2017 as its Human Resource Director, she had an overwhelming eagerness to join the team in its mission of helping others. Throughout her career, Beth has demonstrated her aptitude for service within our community. In 2012, she was part of the team responsible for the development of the updated community brand, Jackson: Connect Here. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute, Leadership Jackson and WestStar Leadership Program.
Director of Admissions
Desiree has been with JACOA for 5 years. She spends much of her free time volunteering wherever help is needed. She also works full time for The Scarlett Rope Project, and volunteers at A Betor Way, she is a true philanthropist with a heart of giving that seems to be never ending. She also enjoys spending time with her family (and dog), and talking to her plants when she has time. She is an alumni of JACOA; finishing the program in 2015. Her giving heart is the personification of the culture we share at JACOA.
Taneca Brooks, B.S.
Every client that comes to treatment at JACOA is greeted by Taneca on their arrival. She has been with JACOA for 4 years, and recently she has taken over the role as intake coordinator. When she is not traveling, Taneca unwinds by binge watching her favorite shows and spending time with her son. She is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, and a true delight to everyone at JACOA.
Director of Development / Donor Relations
Kris Kelley, B.S.
After 16 years in marketing, distribution, and event promotion for the beer industry, Kris saw first hand the detrimental effects that excessive alcohol use can have on a person. He decided to use his expertise to help those in need, and fill a longing to live his life with a purpose. We believe that using his knowledge to aid those in recovery, and to build relationships in the community is a vital part of our continued growth, added support, and our pursuit of organizational development.
Prevention / TTI Director
Kristi Townes, C.P.S.II
At a young age, Kristi was known for grabbing a friends lit cigarette, and throwing it out of a car. It was this type of passion for the health and well being of others that lead her to "officially" begin her career in prevention. The influence she has provided over the past 18 years is unparalleled. Nowadays, she is known for her exceptional baking skills, her keen interest in playing trivia, and her inspirational drive to unlock the potential in the youth of Tennessee.
Director of Operations
With 9 years, and a long list of many departmental titles, Bonita has familiarized herself with every aspect of JACOA. She is an exceptional artist, with a pristine focus on painting, among any type of hands on craft. She has always had an interest in behavioral health, the psychological aspect of addiction, and loves to go fishing as long as someone else is willing to remove the fish from the hook.
The longest tenured employee at JACOA, with over 25 years of servitude under her belt, Jackie is the first radiant face that you will see when you walk through the doors at JACOA. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her two daughters, and her grandbabies. She enjoys traveling so much that she will go to another town to do her grocery shopping as a quick getaway. She lives her life by Matt. 7:12, and embodies everything that we stand for at JACOA.
Director of Facilities / Maintenance
If you ask James what his hobbies are, you had better pull up a chair. He is truly a jack of all trades, and you will undoubtedly feel an increase in your I.Q. with nothing more than a short conversation with him. As one of the busiest employee's at JACOA, it is hard to believe that he has time to work on antique cars, dabble in 3D printing, and focus on the intricacies of light bulbs. Yes, that is right, light bulbs.
Director of Finance
Brandy came to JACOA while following her spiritual journey. God has guided her throughout the entirety of her professional career. She started working in non-profit as a volunteer at A.R.M., which transitioned into a full-time position, and a deep longing to help those in need. She comes to JACOA with over 16 years of experience serving the needs of people in our community, and brings an unmatched eagerness for developing a positive change in our clients.
Director of Dietary Services
The first thing that everyone should know about Pauline, is her unconditional love for God. She is a devout Christian who considers herself a servant of the Lord. Whether at work, home, church, or while shopping, this characteristic is evident throughout her life. She has been working at JACOA for over 20 years. Beginning her employment after a burger shop that she owned was destroyed in a storm, she has been one of the most dedicated employees to ever work here. She enjoys interior design, woodworking, and horticulture, with a soft spot for any flowers, especially roses.
Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator
Gabrielle Sprinkle, B.A.
Gabby started at JACOA interning while she was completing her degree in psychology at the University of Memphis. She quickly found a soft spot for people in early recovery, and saw that her concentration in crisis intervention and trauma was extremely beneficial to encourage relapse prevention. She built the current I.O.P curriculum shortly after taking on the role of coordinator, and has honed her skills to near perfection. She has been with JACOA for over 5 years now and enjoys spending time with her daughter and giving recommendations to her book club.
Director of Women's Housing / Counselor
Beth Curtis, M.A.
Diving head first into her profession, Beth has been awarded her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. She is currently working on obtaining her L.P.C. licensure for the state of Tennessee. Beth has had an interest in behavioral sciences for many years. She worked as a Emergency Medical Technician and a medical transcriptionist prior to joining the JACOA team. She is one of many full time employees that are alumni of our program. Studying and creating oil paintings as well as watercolor are among the hobbies that help Beth to decompress from her demanding educational focus.
Director of Men's Housing / IT Coordinator
Rusty Rountree, B.S.
Giving back to the community, by helping the place that helped him, is such an inspirational way of motivating everyone at JACOA. Rusty has followed this mantra for the past 9 years, devoting his expertise in computer programming and information technology to benefit people in need. In his free time he likes to play the guitar and is an avid gamer.
Jeff Riley, B.S.
If he is not cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers, the Memphis Grizzles, or actively participating as a member of his local church in Frog Jump, you will find Jeff working to get people suffering from addiction the help that they need. Jeff is a 30 year alumni of JACOA, and has been working to help plant a seed of hope in everyone he comes in contact with. His 23 years of dedicated service at JACOA is a true testament to his selflessness.
Glenn Weaver PA-C
Glenn has been a practicing physician for 7 years, and has been with JACOA for the past 4 years. When he is not here, he is working full time at the Christ Community Health Center, filling the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the underserved, the uninsured, and the homeless. He brings with him a wonderful sense of humor, and an innate interest in the arts; playing piano, reading, and participating in theater, are among his interests. He enjoys traveling, and has spent a great deal of his time doing mission work in the Dominican Republic.
Sherrie Pearson, R.N.
Growing up just a few blocks from JACOA, Sherrie moved to Decatur, Illinois a week before her ninth birthday. She worked as a phlebotomist, then an LPN, before becoming a registered nurse. Life has come full circle for her as she comes to JACOA with 19 years of experience in healthcare, and giving back to the community where she was raised. She spends much of her free time bowling, and playing at the park with her grandbaby. She plays a crucial part in the process of recovery, the constant monitoring of client health, and the continued treatment of our clients.
Director of Naps
A bit malnourished and a little timid, Scout came to the front door of JACOA on March 26th of 2018. When we opened the door, Scout walked right in ready to work, so we just assumed that he must have been an employee that had been out on a extended leave. Feeling immediate acceptance, just like everyone who walks through our front door, Scout was made well again. In the beginning, we cared for all of his needs, but now he gives back to us daily through his commitment to spreading happiness.