The Coalition For Kids, Inc. Staff

Randy Hensley

Executive Director

Randy has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition For Kids since its founding in 1998. Building on more than 15 years of business management experience, Randy has worked diligently to grow the Coalition For Kids from one site serving 25 children to multiple sites across Johnson City serving more than 300 low-income, at-risk children each day. Randy and his lovely wife, Melanie, have six beautiful children.

Bethany Patton

Director of Operations

Bethany began working at Coalition For Kids in 2004 as a part-time tutor in the Amistades after-school program. In 2006 she became a Site Coordinator initially serving at Amistades, then moving to our Mountain View and North Side locations. While continuing to serve as a Site Coordinator, Bethany took on the additional responsibility of coordinating our evening program, Kids In Action until 2013. Bethany moved into the Assistant Director of Programming in 2011 and in 2014 became the Director of Programming. Bethany and her husband Chris lead a ministry for young adults called Audacious. She is an active worship leader for different ministries in the area and is highly involved in her church.

Sarah Oaks

Director of Grants

Sarah started with the Coalition For Kids as a Site Tutor in September 2008. She has served as Site Coordinator at South Side, North Side, and Indian Trail Schools. In March of 2015 she started working as our Grant Director. Sarah holds Bachelor’s degree in Education from East Tennessee State University. Sarah and her husband, Ryan, love to spend time with their two children.

Ramona Tevis

Director of Development & Marketing

Ramona joined the Coalition For Kids family in May 2011, but C4K touched her heart several years prior while volunteering during a Pepsi Fourth of July Fireworks fundraiser event and, most recently, while participating in Shopping 4 Others. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Western Illinois University in 1989. Prior to joining Coalition, Ramona worked in the fields of early childhood intervention and child welfare. Ramona, her husband Tony and their three children have lived in Johnson City for nine years and enjoy participating in school activities, a variety of sports as well as active members of their church.

Kelly Grieb

Director of Finance

Kelly joined the Coalition family in 2014. She received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2006. Prior to joining the staff at Coalition for Kids, Kelly worked as Controller for River Rock Holdings in Asheville, NC. Kelly was born and raised in Northeast Tennessee and recently returned with her husband Jacob to raise their daughter Hadley.

Cindy Young

Director of Community Outreach

Cindy joined the Coalition in the fall of 2015. She has a background in school administration through Providence Academy. She is also a certified tennis instructor. She enjoys spending time with her gown children, as well as her teenage daughter, Emily.

Linda Wallace

Director of Human Resources

Linda joined the Coalition leadership team in July 2009. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1985 with a B.S. in Health Education and an A.S. in Health Science. Prior to joining the staff at the Coalition For Kids, Linda worked for 3 years with The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Linda and her husband, Greg, enjoy spending time out on the lake with their teenage son.

Phyllis Dycus


Phyllis was the first employee hired when the Coalition For Kids began in 1998. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Milligan College. Before coming to the Coalition, Phyllis taught physical education and worked as a church secretary. Phyllis and her husband, Dallas, cherish time spent with family-especially their grandchildren!