FOUNDER & CEO
When Ryan first started serving the poor and disenfranchised thirteen years ago, he was out to fix and solve people. Given time, experience and a lot of mistakes, his main objective these days is to offer dignity to the most vulnerable through love and restoration by bringing relief, community and connection to restorative experiences and educational development. He is the founder and CEO of People Loving Nashville, a local non-profit that serves the marginalized and provides incubation for imaginative engagement with the poor. The joy his wife and three children bring him fuels his work, along with a good cup of small-batch pour-over coffee.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Haley’s initial encounter with PLN was years ago, volunteering on a Monday night. Haley’s talent for coordinating and event planning has helped PLN stay organized and running smoothly. Her passion and care to sit and walk with people is one of her greatest strengths. In conversations she has on the streets, and with the volunteers she serves, she makes sure they are seen and heard. When Haley is not serving at PLN you will find her in a park picking flowers or enjoying a tasty chicken quesadilla.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
When Colleen and PLN first met over a dozen years ago, she had recently moved to Nashville and was on the hunt to find her place, people and purpose. She immediately realized PLN was all that she longed for and more. PLN opened up a world inside of Colleen that propelled her to travel the world, live overseas and enjoy some really unique experiences that have led her right back to where it all started. Her steadfast passion and loyalty to the mission and purpose of our gatherings exudes an indelible presence wherever she goes. Not to mention, she is pretty great at staying calm and collected with things occasionally go haywire. When Colleen’s not daydreaming about her baby boy at work, she’s cuddling with him at home and collecting his spit up on her clothes, happily.
DIRECTOR OF RESTORATION
What do pizza nights, penguins in South Africa and child acting have in common? The answer is Joey Godinho, our Director of Restoration. While pizza nights are a special tradition shared with his family of 6, penguins in South Africa are a treasured memory, and his days as a child actor long over, his most recent endeavor is walking with some of our most vulnerable friends in Nashville in their journey to stability. This means Joey spends a lot of time navigating the day-to-day complexities of our newly housed friends with a patience and humility we could not do without. He credits his wife for sparking his passion for the marginalized, which underscores what a great guy Joey is, child acting notwithstanding.
To know Christopher is to know the sorted piles of clothing, bags, hats, and toiletries lovingly waiting to be distributed to those in need. As grueling as the job can be at times, Christopher never seems to mind. In fact, he’d probably tell you there’s no place he’d rather be, which is one of many reasons why we love having him on our team. When Christopher is not doing clothing inventory or packing the box truck for another outreach, he’s most likely perusing indie comics at a local shop or chiseling away at the creation of his comic book series at home, release date TBD.
Ask Stephanie about some of her most memorable experiences and she’ll probably tell you about officiating her brother’s wedding or growing up near the beach. Ask her how she ended up becoming an Outreach Specialist for PLN, and she’ll definitely talk about the feeling of home and family she experiences doing life with our community. Steph understands the sacredness of being a supportive and consistent presence in someone’s life, which makes her perfect for her role in walking with individuals in unstable circumstances. When she’s not walking with others, she’ll find a quiet place to sit, preferable by a river, a garden, or a campfire.