OrphanWise Taps Local Experts for 2021 Board Expansion

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (January 27, 2021) – OrphanWise Inc., a nonprofit organization that equips adult caregivers to work with children who have experienced trauma, today announced the expansion of its board of directors.

As Julie Tilley, LMFT, and Fred Trainer move into their roles on the board of directors, they will play a major role in shaping the future of the growing organization.

Julie Tilley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Tennessee and is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and trained in several therapy modalities related to early life trauma. Tilley holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Lee University.  From her previous career in corporate customer service, Tilley honed her ability to improve systemic problems.  A knack for supporting friends and family through their most difficult moments prompted Tilley’s 2010 career shift from business to therapy.

Company founder Fred Trainer, a Knoxville native, has worked in the construction industry since 1988. Trainer received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a Master in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. His passion for history, architecture and community led him to start F.E. Trainer Construction.  In 2014, Trainer partnered with John Harper to found Red Door Homes of East Tennessee, which quickly grew to become one of the area’s best production home builders.  In addition to his involvement with OrphanWise, Trainer holds a board position at Thrive Lonsdale and is involved with several other Knoxville-area organizations – including Young Life and Emerald Youth Foundation – that serve local youth.

“For a young nonprofit, OrphanWise is scaling up at tremendous speed,” said Doug Pileri, board president of OrphanWise. “The demand for our services is only going up.  Fred and Julie’s insight into the local youth development landscape, as well as their combined business acumen and know-how are crucial for us as an organization.  I’m confident that their guidance and support will help us make an even bigger change for children and caregivers in the year ahead.”

About OrphanWise:

Utilizing proven interventions, OrphanWise seeks to connect the best tools and training to those who work with children from hard places – both within the United States and beyond our borders. Our vision is to work in partnership with organizations in the United States and in Latin America to equip adoptive parents, foster parents, children’s homes, teachers, professionals, and churches to work with at-risk and traumatized children in a way that promotes healing and wholeness.

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