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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.


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

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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