Frances Cook



Frances has been working at Journeys for 32 years. She graduated from MTSU in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After her graduation, Frances was hired as the Social Services Coordinator where she provided case management to the 36 individuals who attended the agency. In 2015, Frances was promoted to Assistant Director. Frances’ responsibilities include supervision of the case managers, oversight of the facility-based and supported employment program, quality assurance of policy and procedures, and the development and implementation of the agency’s transition plan from sheltered workshop to community-based services. She was named Director in March 2022 after briefly serving as interim director. Frances resides in Murfreesboro with her husband of 25 years, Benny. They have two children Megan and Jacob.

Rachel Burch

HR Director


Rachel started with Journeys as a secretary/receptionist in 1996. In 2000, she was promoted to the position of Human Resources Director. Rachel’s present responsibilities include hiring of staff, employment processing, health and wellness benefits, training and development of all employees, records management, and employee relations and retention. Rachel enjoys traveling and working in her yard.  Rachel is a Georgia peach from Columbus, Georgia. Rachel and her husband Robert have a daughter, Robin, and recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild!

Greg Walther

Financial Director


Greg is the Financial Director for Journeys and his duties include oversite of all financial aspects of the agency, including employee payroll, client personal funds, accounts payable and receivable and the agency's annual budget. Greg, a CPA, has worked in finance for over 30 years starting with Ernst and Young. His past employers also include Outback Steakhouse International, Brinker International and  AmRest HK Limited, among other companies. Greg is married, has three children, one grandchild and another grandchild on the way. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and enjoys the local music scene and hiking in the many state parks.

Kat Garrett

Residential Day Services Director


Kat holds the position of Day Services Director at Journeys. She has worked for the agency since 2008 when she was hired as a Direct Support Staff in the residential program. Later she worked in, and then supervised, the community-based program. This program works with our clients to be independent throughout the community. Kat continues to oversee the community program, as well as all other day services areas, including the agency's four Residential Day Service leads. Kat was raised in Murfreesboro and continues to live here with her husband Ricky and her two children Darius, age 19, and Alexia, age 15.  Kat’s hobbies include fishing, jewelry making, and traveling.


Denise Cooper

Residential Team Leader


Denise is currently a Residential Team Leader at Journeys. Denise has worked with the agency since October 2012 and began as a Direct Support Professional. She has worked her way up within the agency from DSP, house manager to Residential Supervisor and now oversees Journeys’ residences. Prior to JICL, Denise worked as a Health Information Director for over 17 years with Life Care Centers of America and has over 25 years’ experience with long term care management. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. Originally from Panama City Beach, Denise enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She loves spending time at the beach to relax and unwind. Denise has two grown children, Wayne and Winslow.


Mike Pinkston

Quality Assurance Coordinator


Michael is currently serving as Quality Assurance Coordinator at Journeys. He has worked for the agency since 2009, when he was hired as a Direct Support Staff member in the residential program. Mike worked as a lead residential supervisor prior to his current role, where he now handles all quality assurance-related business at the agency. Prior to coming to Journey’s, Michael worked as a youth minister with Central Church of Christ and was an independent insurance agent with National Agents Alliance. Michael lives in Nashville with his wife, Candace. Michael is an avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association. In his spare time, Michael and his wife enjoy the arts, traveling, and spending time with their pug, Macy.


Last updated: March 21, 2022

Journeys in Community Living

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