Here are your 2018 Unsung Hero Nominees!
've always called Rachel a super mom! She is a mom to 6 children, 4 of which are adopted. They recently adopted twin babies out of foster care that were drug dependent. The way she lives her children and her community is beyond incredible! Plus the way she advocates for all foster children and promotes adoption is incredible as well. She also runs the local SMILE clothes closet that provides clothing and supplies for foster children and foster families. I can't say enough good things about her! She is an amazing woman and deserves to be recognized. When I saw this post about acknowledging the unsung heres she is the first person I thought of!
ltzel Gonzalez Patino was born in Tampico Mexico and raised in Nashville TN. She has a beautiful, funny, outgoing four-year-old daughter named Alia. When she is not with her daughter or photographing children, she is mentoring mothers and young people like herself. Her passion for helping the community runs deep. She never stops regardless of the bumps that she comes across she is always going and wanting to do better. There is so much to say about ltzel because she is truly a superwoman.
Chiquita and Joshua hava a baby girl and have been enrolled in the Healthy Families Program for three years. Chiquita suffered from PPD after giving birth to her baby, and Joshua suffers from depression and Bipolar Disorder. Both parents take the time needed to learn how to become great parents even in times of stress and sometimes confusion. They are committed to home visits and learning everything that they can about child development in order to raise their daughter in the best way.
Tyne is 31 years old. She was originally born in Arizona. She has lived in Tennessee for 20 years now. She has a 3 year old son Hunter. Tyne is married to her loving husband Michael. Both of them serve on the parent leadership team with PCAT. Tyne is also on the Advisory board member for PCAT. She spent 12 years in the Army National Guard as a cook, water purification specialist, and a logistics specialist. She voluntarily spent two years overseas in Iraq, a year at a time. She works full time as a billing specialist for HCA in Brentwood. Tyne is a supermom in her home. She has become a great ambassador to PCAT and living out the PCAT mission. She is always willing to help parents in her community. She is always sharing and educating those around her on helping parents giving their child/ children a happy, healthy, and safe childhood. She is always willing to volunteer to speak as a Parent on her experiences and success with PCAT programs. I highly nominate this super mom as she continues to serve as a unsung hero in the Nashville community.
Courtney and her husband, Dustin, have been on a roller coaster ride of international adoption. They started a few years ago when they waited, hoped and prayed for their adoption of a sweet baby from an orphanage in Uganda. These two knew their family wasn't complete and went back to the orphanage to find not one but two toddlers, a set of twins that they knew needed to be in their family. They now have 3 almost 4 year old Ugandan children. Courtney is honest, hilarious, spiritual and raw about their journey. She and her husband are amazing examples of tremendous, never-ending love that crosses racial and cultural divides. They share their experiences freely and give all of their friends an inside track to their journey. They are Unsung Heroes because their love was so big they not only saved one but three babies, giving them a lifetime of love and opportunity.
Rebekkah is a mom that goes above and beyond. Her first son was born early at 3 pounds, 3 ounces. Later in his life, he was determined developmental delayed, and Rebekkah used a PT referral to learn exercises to assist him in developing muscles. Rebekkah now has a daughter with her husband who is high functioning autistic and is learning to be a dad daily from Rebekkah as they build their life and family together.
Jennifer Cochrane is a resilient mom of three. She has faced several obstacles in her life from mental illness to a recent diagnosis of diabetes. Despite these challenges, she has continued to push forward, take charge, and create a great life for her and her family.
Tim has been married to his wife Angie for three years. Tim and Angie were unable to have children of their own, so they signed up for foster care. They are determined to help as many kids as possible and currently have four children in their home who they love and care for as if they were their own.
Cindy Fry is a grandmother who has been raising her two granddaughters since they were infants. Her oldest granddaughter was being held hostage at five months old due to a drug bust, and the youngest one was born weighing 1.5 pounds and has a stroke in the first days of her life. The love that Cindy has for her granddaughters is evident in the ways that she relates to them, provides for them, and pushes them to be all that they can be. Along with caring for her granddaughters, Cindy volunteered with the Relative Care Program for years, making sure other relative caregivers received the support that they needed.
Ms. Remeder is a single mother of four. One of her sons is diagnosed with Selective Mutism and has struggled with communication for years. Ms. Remeder is her son's best advocate and works very hard to meet his needs through counseling and other treatments. She is an excellent mom and a strong, humble, hard working woman.
Zozan and her family came to Tennessee in 1992 from Kurdistan as refugees. She is now married with two daughters and is a graduate from MTSU. Zozan is part of an organization called Moms Clean Air Force in which she travels to Washington DC to represent Tennessee and advocate for clean air for our children to breathe. she is an amazing mother and an extraordinary voice for Tennessee.
Dr. Anna Edgeston is an assistant professor at Argosy University and is a licensed professional counselor. Her areas of research and advocacy include suicide prevention and awareness, trauma counseling, multicultrual counseling, and others. She will be leading a team on a trip to Kenya in March 2018 with the long-term goal of training the rest of Africa on core mental health concerns. She and her husband, Dr. Samuel Edgeston, are both inspiring individuals in their community.
Noelia Transito's second child was born blind. Through Nurses for Newborns, Noelia and her husband have been able to give their son the early intervention that is critical for visually impaired children. Noelia's son has never seen, with his eyes, the world around him, but he knows his world because Noelia and the rest of his family make it safe, available and inviting for his discovery.