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.

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!