Who We Are

Crystal Young

Crystal Young is the founding Director of Hope Center Adoption and Family Services. Crystal is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee Technological University, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Liberty University.

Prior to her role as Hope Center’s Executive Director, Crystal served for 5 years with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services, and also as Vice President to Hope Center’s Executive Board. Crystal and her husband Jonathan are proud parents to their three children.

In her role as Executive Director, Crystal looks forward to seeing the hopes and dreams of parenting and adoption become reality for both birth and adoptive families here in the Upper Cumberland.

Kaici Frieze

Administrative Assistant

Kaici joins the Hope Center Adoption team as a recent Tennessee Tech graduate. Having been adopted herself, Kaici understands the personal steps of adoption. She knows first hand the abundance of struggles yet joy adopting can provide. Kaici’s passion for children, families, and adoption first stemmed from when she was a little girl with so many unanswered questions but the older she got, the more she realized just how much her story could impact those seeking to adopt. Kaici joins the team as an administrative assistant. Her role will be assisting families, birth parents, and communities with an outlet to further strengthen their understanding of adoption through a Christ centered mindset. She will be the first point of contact with any questions you may have about the adoption process and looks forward to assisting you.


Nancy Knowlton

Community Relations Manager

Nancy Knowlton has been helping women in unplanned pregnancies with life choices since 1988. First as a volunteer, then as Executive Director of a Pregnancy Center, Nancy has had the privilege of walking many families through the adoption option. Adoption has always been dear to Nancy’s heart. She remembers the Lord speaking to her that if adoption would be lifted up… abortion would go down. After retiring from 27 years of leading the Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic, Nancy joins the Hope Center team as our Community Relations Manager. Her primary focus will be lifting adoption up at pregnancy centers across Tennessee offering them our services and training that will help them present the positive choice
of adoption to their clients.

Elizabeth Bucher

Adoptive Family Advocate

Elizabeth joined the Hope Center team in 2023 as an Adoptive Family Advocate. Elizabeth is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Sociology and concentration in Social Work and minor in Child and Family Studies. She has previous work experience as a case manager for DCS and a home study writer for Youth Villages. Elizabeth is passionate about adoption and seeing children placed in their forever families. Adoption holds a very special place in her heart, as she is an adoptive mom and understands first hand what the adoption process entails. She’s looking forward to using her unique experience to serve and support families as they walk through the home study and adoption process. She is married to her college sweetheart, Christian and they have two daughters, Ava and Norah and a son, Brin whom they welcomed through international adoption from South Korea.

Emilee Roberson

Emilee is a 2023 graduate of Tennessee Technological University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work. Emilee’s education allows her to pursue her passion of helping and advocating for women through domestic adoption and overseas mission work. Emilee joins the Hope Center staff as a Family Advocate, serving families with the various aspects of adoption. Emilee desires to support and encourage adoptive families navigating adoption as well as provide guidance and hope for expectant mothers choosing the courageous and life giving option of adoption.

Emilee Roberson

Executive Board Members

Hope Center’s Executive Board of Directors is broad in community leadership and meets monthly to provide guidance and oversight to the agency. Hope Center’s Advisory Board meets quarterly.

Crystal Odom

Licensed Realtor, Highlands Elite Real Estate

Lindy Lynn, MSN, CNN

Certified Nurse Midwife, Upper Cumberland Center for Women

Stephen Morrison

Executive Board Secretary, Lead Pastor, Cookeville Church of the Nazarene

Steve Chatman

Executive Board Vice President, Rising Above Ministries, VP of Ministry Advancement & Pastoral Care


Director of Hope Center Adoption and Family Services

Mills Rogers

Executive Board Treasurer, Certified Public Accountant, Connected Accounting

Ryan Morris

Business Owner, ATS Building Group LLC

DK Hall

Executive Board President, Director of Ministry, Central City Baptist Church

Elizabeth Ramsey, Ph.D, CFLE

Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology, Tennessee Technological University

Our Services

Pre-adoption counseling & education

Post-adoption counseling

Pregnancy support

Connection to community resources

Adoption education

Home study writing

Legal Representation

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