About Us


Michael McSurdy, President and CEO

Michael McSurdy brings nearly three decades of professional experience to Family & Children’s Service. Michael has a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapy from the University of Louisville. He began his career as a child and family therapist. After serving as Program Manager of the Foster Care, Adoptions, and Independent Living Program for the UT College of Social Work, Michael then served as Director of Foster Care Services for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, where he supervised statewide policy development and foster care programs. After years of public service, Michael began his non-profit career at Oasis Center, where he served as Vice President for Programs for eight years. While at Oasis, he was awarded a scholarship from the Center for Non-Profit Management and obtained an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Business in 2009. Michael became President & CEO of FCS in 2011.

Annabelle Cruz, Chief Finance and Administration Officer

Annabelle Cruz graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Annabelle has more than two decades of experience in human resources, project management, budgeting, and finance and has worked in both state government and the non-profit sectors. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Annabelle joined the FCS team in 2010.

T. Allen Morgan, Chief Advancement Officer

T. Allen Morgan is a CFRE-certified fundraiser and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. He has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management. T. Allen has dedicated his life to the service of others and public service is his passion and life’s work. During his nonprofit career, T. Allen has raised millions of dollars for education, social services, the arts, and environmental causes. T. Allen joined FCS in 2011.

Carly Southworth, Chief Program Officer

Carly Southworth received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in community organization and serving families, children, and youth. She has fifteen years’ experience in the field of social work. Prior to coming to Family & Children’s Service, Carly has worked in both higher education and with a national youth-serving organization. Carly joined the FCS team in May 2017.

Alicia Ellis
Clinical Director, Counseling Services

Beth Raebeck Hall
Director of Development and Community Events

Shannon Huffman
Associate Director, Crisis & Information Services

Aram Khoshnaw
Healthcare Access Director

Donna Johnson
Director, Counseling Services

Emily Nourse
Director, Community Based Services