our board


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.


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.

Angie Gage

Board Secretary

Angie Gage, has pursued a calling for over 30 years to serve and advocate for minorities and the underserved in various ways in SC, TN and Central America. She now serves as Director of Women's Ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church and uses her platform to bring awareness to mercy and justice issues specific to women in the Nashville Community. Her passion for women in incarceration has led her to an awareness of the most vulnerable in her community, kids in foster care. Currently, she and her husband Rob are foster parents to teenagers and she is honored to serve on the Board of Tennessee Kids Belong.


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.   


Jerit Abart

Board Member

Over the last 20 years Jerit has had a successful career and is most recognized as a Multi Emmy Award Winning Producer and Director. When hearing about the need for creatives with his skill set to help give a face and a voice to kids in need of a forever family, he was one of the first to jump on board in 2016. Jerit has been attending shoots and teaching kids about the cameras, offering encouragement and capturing the hopes and dreams of each child on film. He loves being able to utilize his gifts to impact children’s lives directly. Jerit, his wife Kristen and four children live in Franklin, TN. 

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.