Every board member is creative, driven, compassionate, and has a big vision for Amelia’s Closet. Each member also represents a successful family-owned business. We have experience in business, consulting, management, graphic design, banking, event planning, fundraising, teaching, coaching, sales, marketing, and customer service.

Mrs. Jody Powers
Mrs. Jody Powers

Founding & Executive Director

Jody resigned from her thirty-year graphic design career and now her passion revolves around making a positive difference in people’s lives through Amelia’s Closet and Liberty’s Station. Jody and her husband, Joel, are active church members. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Jody also taught high school photojournalism, and together they coached girl’s high school fast pitch softball, winning four state championships. Jody’s other work experience includes marketing, customer service, and job training. Joel has been in operations management for 35 years.

Mrs. Lori Thomas

Mrs. Lori Thomas

Vice President

Lori Thomas is a life-long resident of Murfreesboro and is passionate about serving Christ and her community through non-profit organizations. Lori and her husband, Mike, have two boys. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, learning, and traveling. Lori has a degree in elementary education and has 19 years experience in teaching and school administration. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has owned and operated two successful businesses in Murfreesboro. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and volunteers at several non-profits that serve the poor, homeless, orphaned, and marginalized in our community and around the world.

Mr. Gale Stoner

Mr. Gale Stoner


Gale Stoner moved to middle Tennessee in 1986, after a successful 21-year career in the Air Force. With a passion for teaching and assisting others, he began a new career as management coach and professional speaker. Gale and his wife, Linda, have three
daughters, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. They are actively involved in their church. Gale has a degree in Health Care Management and Resource Management Technology. Gale enjoys photography and his works have been displayed in several gallery exhibits, as well as being featured in Landscape Photographer Magazine. Gale was selected as the 2018-2019 Murfreesboro Photographer Laureate.

Mrs. Gwen Turner

Mrs. Gwen Turner

Research Director

Gwen has a passion for serving people and she enjoys fixing meals to encourage others. Gwen and her husband, Jeff, are active church members. They have three daughters and have owned a successful business for nineteen years. Gwen began her career in the insurance business where she processed claims. She has been the Human Resource Administrator for their business for nineteen years where she handles customer service, new employees, insurance, and other financial responsibilities.

Mr. Mike Jones

Mr. Mike Jones


Mike is the former CEO of Metro Carpets in Nashville Tennessee. He and his brother built the largest volume flooring company in the state. After selling the business in 2018, Mike retired in late 2019. He served on the board of the World Floorcovering Association and was very involved with the FEI Group out of Atlanta. He has a 17-year restaurant career prior to floor covering business. Mike and his wife Ruth have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Family is important and he and Ruth travel to see them regularly. He is involved in his church, teaching Sunday School and ministering at the Rutherford County Corrections Workhouse.

Advisory Council

Diane Baker
Beth Blankenship
Joel Powers

Jennifer Dimeck
Ruth James
Mike James

Bill Rawnsley
Gina Urban
Gale Stoner

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2441-Q Old Fort Pkwy #453
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Open by Appointment Only
810 NW Broad St.
Suite 10
Murfreesboro, TN 37129


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