Meet the Staff at Mindful Care in Murfreesboro, TN

Managing Director of Program: Cynthia Thomas

Cynthia Thomas graduated from MTSU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Human Performance—with a minor in Social Welfare. Previously, she earned her Practical Nursing Diploma in 1990 from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She was a certified Nursing Assistant for five years prior to that. Her hands-on experience includes serving as the Caregiver Information Coordinator at St. Clair Street Senior Center from 2012 to 2018, as well as work in skilled nursing at Stones River Manor from 2018 to 2020. Earlier in her career, she was Director of Nursing, from 2002 to 2008, at Sunnington Assisted Living. Cynthia has been employed at Boulevard Terrace, Tennessee State Veteran Home, Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital and Baptist Hospital Rehabilitation. She has been active in the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Arthritis Association.


Activity Assistant: Amelia Lawrence

Amelia Lawrence attended Holloway and Seigel high schools. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and studied pre-occupational therapy and social work. She was recently employed as a tech at Centennial Adultcare and worked in the areas of geriatric care and intellectual disability. Amelia has also been employed at IBEX Global and Federal Mogul. She is a single mom and has a special-needs son. “Arts and crafts are essential tools in keeping my son happy, so activities that incorporate fine motor or gross motor skills are ideal.”


Activity Assistant and Music Therapist: Annie Summar

Raised in Middle Tennessee, Annie Summar is a graduate of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy and a minor in Family & Human Development. She is a board-certified music therapist who sings and plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and the pipe organ, among others. Music therapy combines her passions for music and helping others and she is excited to be at Mindful Care. Outside of Mindful Care, Annie can be found on a run, reading a good book, or surrounded by her friends and family.



Consultant: Earl Cunningham

Earl has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit fund raising, having worked for public universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as with the American Red Cross. Since moving to Tennessee in 2014, he has been a consultant for nonprofits, doing mission work here and abroad. As a consultant to Mindful Care, he has taught willing board members how to do face-to-face fund raising and is currently writing grants for the organization. Earl is married, has six children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife were foster parents for 15 years, providing a safe home for more than 70 children during that time.

Meet the Mindful Care Board of Directors

Cynthia Jones, Teacher, Murfreesboro City Schools (Ret.) Tom Tozer, Director, News and Public Affairs, MTSU (Ret.) Bob Rush, Assistant Mgr, Lean, Tesla (Ret.) JoAnn Lamento,
Elder Housing Consultant
Hand in Hand
Dena Oneal,
Dir. of Operations, Stones River Consulting
Toddra Liddell
Kristina Brown, Co-owner/Director of Marketing, LPL Financial Murfreesboro, Columnist Toddra Liddell, Nephrology Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt Medical Center Cassandra LaLonde, Medical Management Administrator Kathryn Shaw,
Librarian, Ingram Content Group
Jennifer Kropog,
Paralegal, Rucker, Rucker & Aymett, P.C.

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