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       The ARK Staff:


Michael Turpin – Executive Director.

"Mike" joined the ARK as Director in January of 2023, having volunteered countless hours in several areas including Meals-on-Wheels. His previous business experience and enthusiasm have already proven to be a valuable asset to our mission, and we look forward to continuing our growth and service under his direction.

Pat McDonald – Business Manager/Bookkeeper

Pat retired from the IRS after 35 years of service specializing in Bankruptcy collection techniques, quality work concepts and personnel training.  She joined the Ark/ Noah’s Closet in 2011 helping setup Noah’s Closet in its initial phases at its present location.  She currently serves as Business Manager with Quick Book record keeping along with being designated as purchaser of supplies.


Jenny White- Program Manager 

Jenny  worked in computer programming for almost 30 years. Started in Kansas with General Electric and Rubbermaid. Now self-employed as computer programmer creating electronic medical record (EMR) programs for vascular surgeons. Jenny is the ARK's Program Manager, and Noah's Closet Associate

Bridgett Meng- Assistant Program Manager



Sinead Lawless-Whitlow- Noah's Closet Manager

Sinead moved to the US from Ireland in 2004. She has worked in sales,

and owned a consignment store in Nashville. She joined the ARK as a

volunteer and now serves as Noah's Closet Manager.

Trish Keberle- Assistant Manager Noah's Closet

Trish comes to us with a diverse set of retail skills, having worked in restaurants and brick and mortar stores.

As a former special educator, Trish wanted to work outside the schools as well and became a tutor/mentor

to teenage girls for 10 years and fostered 3 girls. Trish joined Noah's Closet in Sept. 2022 as a volunteer.

In her free time, Trish enjoys hiking, playing music, being outside pretending with her 7yo son, and traveling/exploring with her family.

Melanie Smiley –  Manager of The Ark’s Meals on Wheels & TEFAP (TN Emergency Food Assistance Program) & Food Pantry Assistant

Melanie is in charge of The Ark’s Meals on Wheels program that provides 5 meals a week to the  homebound seniors in South Cheatham County. To apply to receive meals or to volunteer, please contact Melanie at 615-879-4364. Or email her at

Rich Thurman - Meals on Wheels 

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