President & CEO
Lauren Hall is the President and CEO of First Things First. She graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2013 with a baccalaureate in Mass Communications and an emphasis in Writing/Editing. Upon graduation, Lauren began a career in marketing and advertising and eventually worked her way up to the Head of Production at the advertising agency, The Johnson Group.
In 2015, she received an opportunity to transition her career to the nonprofit sector by joining First Things First as the Director of Marketing. In this position, Lauren helped First Things First develop and implement a strategy that not only served the local community, but impacted families internationally through digital avenues, social media, and strategic email campaigns. In September of 2021, she was named President and CEO of First Things First.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, she currently lives in the downtown area with her husband Daniel, their 4-year-old son, Strider, their 3-month-old daughter, Larkin, and their sweet rescue puppy, Ida Mae.
Vice President of Operations
Mitchell oversees day-to-day office operations and logistics for classes and events, and has been with FTF since 2015. He is very passionate about helping people strengthen their relationships, both through writing content and facilitating events, and making sure the staff has everything they need to succeed.
Mitchell married his high school sweetheart, Dalet, in 2004, and together they have two children: Yadi and Bella. Mitchell is an avid baseball fan and loves running and hiking with his family.
Vice President of Community Impact
Reggie oversees all local programing at FTF as the Vice President of Community Impact. He has been with the organization since January 2015. He obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Reggie married his wife, Erika, in June 2004 and together they have 7 kids. Reggie enjoys spending time with family, playing and watching sports, reading, hiking and outdoor activities.
Vice President of Development
Kelly joined the FTF family following a six-year tenure at Tennessee Wesleyan University. With over 11 years of experience in building relationships and raising program funding, she oversees fundraising initiatives at FTF. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in communication with an emphasis in public relations and a Master of Science in nonprofit management from Johnson & Wales University. She looks forward to actively impacting the Chattanooga community through strengthening relationships.
Kelly and her husband, Landon, got married in 2016 and have a chocolate lab named Roscoe. She loves to watch and play a variety of sports and enjoys encountering new experiences.
Brand & Creative Strategist
Tamara helps to ensure the quality of the FTF brand in all we do and is also the one behind all the beautiful designs you see come from FTF! She joined the team in 2018. She graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2009 with her B.S. in Graphic Design – Print Design. Her passion for design, writing and a love of all things having to do with relationships led her to FTF, where she says she found her “dream job.”
She married Bobby in 2012 and together they have three daughters: Jackie, Maddie, and Amelia. Tamara is an Enneagram 2, an HSP, and a INFJ. She’s a lover of words and enjoys reading in her spare time, loves musical theater and her guilty pleasure is diggin into true crime documentaries.
Caroline oversees all our internal and external events. Whether it’s making our team feel special on their birthday or planning a community-wide fall festival, she keeps all the details in order and uses her exceptional organizational skills to help foster a sense of belonging within whatever group she’s bringing together. She first got involved with FTF as a volunteer in 2015, became a marketing intern, and then loved it so much that she joined the staff in 2018. She loves seeing the stories of families and marriages strengthened through First Things First. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Communications.
Caroline married her husband, Will, in March 2019. With their daughter Nora, they love exploring Chattanooga’s amazing outdoors.
Research Coordinator & Program Evaluator
Chris helps the team have great content by ensuring we utilize the latest research in our relationship education. He is also in charge of evaluating all of our local programming. Chris joined the FTF team in 2018.
He earned three degrees from Concordia University, including a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Elementary Education and Christian Education, plus a Master’s in Family Life Science. He is certified in CPREP and Prepare/Enrich.
Chris has been married to his wife Kristin since 2004, and they have two daughters: Kendall and Lily. In his free time, Chris loves spending time outdoors – camping, hiking and fishing.
Gena has been a part of the team since 2007. She helps create marriage and parenting content and loves giving simple and easy tools for healthy relationships. Gena got her B.S. in Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta and got her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL.
She married her college sweetheart, Edward, in 1994. They are the proud parents of three sons. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and watching football with her family.
ANNA REEVES MCCUTCHEON
Social Media Manager
Anna Reeves joined the Marketing and Communication team in 2020 as an intern and hired on full-time in 2021 upon graduating from Samford University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus on Print Design. With a knack for social engagement, she brings a fresh perspective to the FTF Brand as the Social Media Manager.
Anna Reeves carved out a special place at First Things First through her dedication to cultivating inclusivity in our online community. In her free time, Anna Reeves enjoys watercolor painting, playing the guitar and antique shopping.
JAMES “FRANKIE” WOODS
Community Outreach & Fathering Specialist
James began his journey with First Things First through the Dads Making A Difference program. Through his transformation in the program, he discovered his passion for helping other dads discover their self-worth and abilities as a father. In 2021, James joined the FTF team to help guide fathers in their own journeys through DMD.
James married his wife Marquita in 2022 (though technically they’ve been together since 1999!) He is the father to 6 kids– 4 boys and 2 girls. James loves to dance, cook and he is proud to be a neat freak who loves to clean. He enjoys working out, spending time outside, and has his own lawn mowing service. James loves learning and growing as a father, husband and employee.
Tonya first joined the First Things First team from 2011-2016 and returned in 2023 as our dedicated Case Manager. With over 11 years of experience in case management, Tonya excels at building relationships with community partners to ensure we help individuals and families remove barriers one at a time so that they can move forward in life. Tonya has two grown sons and 7 grandkids. She loves music, traveling and cooking for her family.