our board

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Steve Martinez

Board Chairman

Steve Martinez has served the music industry as an agent, promoter, and artist manager for almost 25 years. In 2015, the native of Los Angeles moved to Franklin, TN with his wife Jen and five children, where he currently owns and operates Stonewood Entertainment.  Almost immediately after learning of national organization America’s Kids Belong’s mission, Steve and his wife Jen registered for PATH training and began their support of Tennessee Kids Belong and TKB’s commitment to care for vulnerable children in their new home state.

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Katy Valesky

Board Treasurer

Katy Valesky has been an advocate for youth involved in the child welfare system in Tennessee for more than 15 years.  Her focus is influencing policy for at-risk youth, especially those aging out of the system without a supportive adult.  Katy received her MSSW from The University of Tennessee and has served on various related boards and committees.   She resides in Nashville with her husband and two children.

Velvet Kelm

Board Secretary

 A TKB supporter since inception, Velvet has used her gifts and connections to bring awareness to vulnerable children in foster care. Velvet brings to this her vast experience in P.R. and artist management and development, which has made her the first stop for many big names in Nashville and beyond. Velvet is the president of her company The Media Collective. 

Crissy Haslam

Board Member

Crissy first learned of Tennessee Kids Belong as First Lady and encouraged and promoted their work across the state.  Now out of office, she is proud to come on the Board of TKB and hopes to have even more time to devote to this worthwhile organization. As First Lady of Tennessee from 2011-2019, Crissy advocated for parent engagement in education and reading proficiency across the state.  She supported the Imagination Library and traveled to promote issues such as 3rd grade literacy attainment and Adverse Childhood Experiences and eventually foster care and adoption. Crissy and Bill have 3 married children and 8 grandchildren and live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Brandy Whitehead

Board Member

Brandy has spent the last 20 years working with and advocating for vulnerable children in government or for non-profit organizations. Brandy holds a Masters of Science and Social Work degree from University of Tennessee. She worked as a Crisis Counselor and  Victim’s Advocate in the Davidson County court system. While living in Chicago, Brandy was the Program Director at Fellowship Housing, a two- year transitional housing program for homeless single mothers and their children. Brandy and her husband Darren founded Church of the City In 2013. She feels a deep call to educate and engage the church on the issue of foster care and adoption and live out James 1:27.   

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Joel Edwards

Board Member

After sitting in a church service in 2016, and learning about a need for filmmakers to give children in foster care a face and a voice, Joel was all in. Joel founded  Evolve Studios- producing premium content for companies including Disney, National Geographic, ESPN, Netflix, Facebook, NBC Universal, HBO, Discover and more. Evolve's awards including 5 National Television Emmy’s, 40 Emmy nominations & many other top industry accolades.