Our Leadership2019-08-16T12:08:33+00:00
Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 104
Daniel WatsonCo-Founder and Executive Director
Daniel Watson grew up in a single-mother home with two siblings. His mother tried the best she could with what she had, but his family often lacked the support needed to really succeed. As a result, Daniel’s childhood was often chaotic and unstable. At the age of ten he began attending a church in his community and was soon baptized into Christ.

After several moves separated him temporarily from the church, Daniel met the McAllister family, who served at a local church. After Daniel’s junior year, Daniel moved in with the McAllister family, where he lived through his senior year of high school.

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Upon graduating from high school, Daniel attended Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Shortly after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Mandy. Daniel was hired by West Towne Christian Church as the Associate Minister of Outreach, a role he filled for the seven years leading up to the founding of The Restoration House.

In 2004 and 2005 Daniel and Mandy adopted two children locally from Knoxville. In May of 2010 they adopted another child from Ethiopia.

In 2010, Daniel was honored as one of Knoxville’s Top 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leaders by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal. Daniel is also an alumni of Introduction Knoxville – Class of 2011 and Leadership Knoxville – Class of 2014.

It was their respective experiences as children of single mothers that prompted the vision for what is now The Restoration House, which they founded in 2006. Daniel and Mandy feel blessed and honored to be a part of what God is doing to restore single mothers and their families through The Restoration House’s work.

Mandy WatsonCo-Founder
Mandy Watson grew up in a small community in the New River Valley area of Virginia. Although mostly raised by a single mother, her father was still active in her life, as was her church family. Her life growing up was full of wonderful memories of people who believed in her and taught her that anything she could imagine was possible.

Mandy and Daniel attended high school and college together, marrying the year after they graduated from Johnson University. Mandy also completed her Master’s Degree in Holistic Education from Johnson. She then spent five treasured years as an 8th grade teacher at Christian Academy of Knoxville, which she describes as “a time of great personal growth and strengthening.”

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While God was preparing them for the birth of TRH, He was also calling Daniel and Mandy to adopt. Their experience with the local adoptions of Atley and Ava gave the couple a true picture of the plight of their children’s low-income single birthmothers in the Knoxville area, fueling their passion for what would become The Restoration House.

Today Mandy is a not-so-at-home, stay-at-home mom who is active in the life of The Restoration House as well as in her children’s school. She remains passionate about the work of The Restoration House and prayerfully seeks opportunities to help children find their forever homes.

Office: (865) 200-5406 ext 102
Lori HaskellDirector of Programs
Lori Haskell joined The Restoration House in 2011 and in 2018 was promoted to Director of Programs. In this role Lori ensures program integrity, manages all program staff and serves as the liaison for strategic community partners. She also works with our volunteers, including recruitment and training of all ally teams.

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In addition to her primary role, Lori is also a certified facilitator for the Cost of Poverty Experience and serves as a lead trainer for Faith and Finances with the Chalmers Center of Chattanooga. Lori is a member of the 2018 class of the Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness at the University of Tennessee and coaches volleyball at Fulton High School.

Lori graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in English and a minor in Bible. She grew up amid Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains, but also loves the hills of East Tennessee. Lori married her college sweetheart, a Tennessee boy. Their favorite lifetime accomplishments are their three young adult children, Justin, Ethan and Kayla. Lori is grateful for all that she learned during the 12 years that she and her husband, Jonathan, spent in cross-cultural ministry, including 9 years in the country of Hungary.”

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 105
Marisa LykinsEnrichment and Donor Engagement Coordinator
Marisa joined The Restoration House in March of 2016 as the Enrichment & Donor Engagement Coordinator. Prior to coming on staff, Marisa volunteered with TRH for several years.

She has lived almost her entire life in Knoxville, going to Carter High School. After having her son, David, Marisa became a single mom for a while and understands what a difference it makes to have a safe, supportive community, and resources available to you.

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She has now been married to Todd for almost 23 years. Marisa has been involved in women’s ministry for the past 7 years, and previously worked at several Christian nonprofits, including serving 13 years at Love89.1FM, a former local Christian radio station.

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 108
TiQuasia SimmonsFamily Advocate
TiQuasia moved to Knoxville in 2005. She grew up in a single mother home after her mom gave birth to TiQuasia a the age of 15, and her brother at 21. With her mother being so young when she had her first two children, TiQuasia and her mother experienced growing up together and battling the many obstacles that single mothers face.

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TiQuasia joined The Restoration House in January of 2018 as a Family Advocate. Her background is in working with children and families in the behavioral/mental health and social services field. TiQuasia earned her B.A in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Health. She is currently completing her Master’s in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She receives abundant joy from her daughter and she too understands the lifestyle of being a single mother. She has a passion for empowering individuals to walk in their destiny and grasp the success that is intended for them. TiQuasia welcomes the opportunity to learn from, share with, and grow alongside The Restoration House family.

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 107
Lora FoxwellFamily Advocate
Lora joined The Restoration House in October of 2018. She grew up in the Maryville, TN. She served eight years in Japan, primarily doing community development among women adversely affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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These experiences have impacted her deeply, and continue to inform the way she sees the world. Prior to living overseas, Lora studied at Johnson University where she earned a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.
She is excited about the culture, worldview, and work being done at TRH.

Lora and her husband enjoy reading, running, and podcasts. They are very excited to be in Knoxville, and are encouraged by all the great things happening for the Kingdom here.

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 103
Gladys FarmerHousing and Community Life Coordinator
Gladys has worked for several nonprofit agencies for over 15 years in various capacities, and is driven by a sincere desire to share God’s love and His purpose for our lives.

Originally from Elizabeth City North Carolina, she has lived in Knoxville since 1991, graduating from the University of TN, Knoxville with a BS in Human Ecology – Child and Family Studies.

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Gladys is a licensed and ordained Minister, and is also currently serving on staff at a local church. She is the mother of four unique and gifted young adults, Jomecia, Isaac, Nicholas and Simeon and is the proud GiGi of one grandson, Imari.

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 101
Vicki ArpinoOffice Manager
Vicki joined The Restoration House in July 2013 as a volunteer and then became our Administrative Assistant January 1st of this year. Prior to joining TRH she worked as a billing specialist at a local medical practice in Knoxville for over 14 years.

Having been a single-mother to her two children for several years she has a vested interest in the work of The Restoration House. She is passionate about providing first hand experiences to better serve the single mothers in the Knoxville community.

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Vicki is married to her husband David Arpino of 17 years. David and Vicki have 3 grown children, a son-n-law and 2 grand kids. One of which is a feisty, energetic and lovable grandson, whom she enjoys building blocks and reading books with and an infant grand-daughter that she enjoys giving the giggles to.

In her spare time, she and David enjoy playing with their grand kids, going to the mountains and visiting antique shops as well as taking family vacations to their favorite area around Charleston, SC.

Phone: (865) 200-5406 ext 109
Carrie PickellAlly and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Carrie is a Knoxville native and handles all volunteer engagement and training at TRH, including working with Ally teams. As a graduate of Covenant College with a dual degree in Community Development and Economics, she is passionate about being a part of restorative work. Carrie and her husband spending a year and a half walking with young Honduran women at a leadership development school where they learned many important lessons about development.

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Carrie is excited to be a part of the Restoration House team because she loves to be a part of seeking God’s good plan for his children.

Mikah ColeJustLead Coordinator
Mikah grew up an hour south of Knoxville in Athens, TN. Mikah’s passion is to help advocate for children in all aspects of their lives, from their physical and mental health, their education, and their spiritual journeys. Mikah is also a CASA volunteer (court appointed special advocate for children), and recently began her own journey as a single foster mom.

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She moved to Knoxville in 2013 to attend UT and major in the field of Psychology. Mikah began working for Emerald Youth Foundation (EYF) in 2014 as an AmeriCorps staff member, eventually becoming an EYF Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator. She joined us in that capacity, here at The Restoration House in 2018 to direct our JusLead After School and Summer Programs.