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Centerstone Military Services

Kent Crossley, Executive Director

Kent Crossley’s 30-year military career began as a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point followed by Infantry and Special Operations assignments. These include assignments with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Commander, 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Iraq, Chief of Analysis, Integration and Dissemination for Army Lessons-Learned, and Joint Lessons-Learned Team Leader. Overseas deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kent holds two Master level degrees; one from Portland State University and the other from the U.S. Army War College.

Colonel (Retired) Crossley retired from military service in 2010 and returned to serve as a defense contractor with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Washington. There, he assisted reducing improvised explosive device implementation in Afghanistan, defeating enemy networks using these devices and fielding equipment to detect IEDs.

Kent served 15 years as a U.S. Forest Service civil engineer culminating in an assignment as the Forest Engineer for the Plumas National Forest. Before coming to Centerstone Military Services, Kent formed Libre Energy Utility Professionals, LLC, a small business that reduces energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings. In September, 2015, Kent, a Wounded Warrior Project Alumni was selected as the Executive Director of Centerstone Military Services, part of Centerstone. Centerstone Military Services provides resources and mental health care to Service Members, Veterans and their families. Kent serves as a Board Member for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and USO Volunteer.

Kent is married to Deana Crossley, Clinical Director for Samaritan Recovery Community located in Nashville, TN. They live in Fairview, a small community west of Nashville.


Jennifer Carr, Director of Programs

Jenny Carr joined Centerstone Military Services soon after its inception in 2007. In her first role with the organization she personally interviewed hundreds of veterans, service members, family members and experts ranging from the Korean War to the present day conflicts. Currently, she oversees Centerstone's online psycho-educational and support groups, in-person support groups, and adaptive retreats. Carr has worked and published with Dr. Edward Taub and Dr. Gitendra Uswatte at their Constraint-Induced Therapy (CIT) Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to develop real-world measures of physical rehabilitation techniques for both adults and children. She holds a BA in philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College and a BS in psychology from UAB. Jenny lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Kevin and their French Bulldog, Jolene.

Serving as the “point of the spear” for all things Military Services programs, Mrs. Carr oversees program and outreach development as well as connects military Americans to Centerstone and other military non-profit services.


Jeney Slusser, Director of Advancement

Jeney Slusser currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Centerstone Tennessee and Centerstone Military Services, maintaining particular focus on donor cultivation, special events, employee giving, grant writing and government relations. She has been with Centerstone for four years, first serving as Media Specialist for the organization.

Slusser received her degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and Organizational Communication. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running, travelling, trying new recipes, coaching her kids’ soccer teams (Violet age 4 and August age 7), and occasionally binge watching Netflix.


Trenay Bynum, Communications Manager

Trenay Bynum is an award-winning writer and community advocate who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. She has worked in the field of marketing communications for over two decades.  

She’s currently a marketing manager at Centerstone and most recently served as the Website and Communications Director for the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS).

Bynum is the author of two books, A Pictorial Journey of the Scarritt-Bennett Center: Celebrating Eight Years of Cultural Differences and Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage.

Currently, she is a Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee troop leader and the chair of the Children and Youth Ministry at Living Word Community Church. She is a recipient of the Journalism Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Spirit of Women Award (Community Service Division) presented by the Women’s Hospital at Centennial for her work with Figures of Nashville.

She has been featured in Tennessean's woman section, Nashville Business, Nashville Lifestyles Most Beautiful People, the Tennessee Tribune, Contempora magazine, among others Lifetime Television Network. 

 

Board of Directors
Mike McCalip, Interim Chair
Mike Enos, Vice Chair
Hugh Smith, Immediate Past Chair
Kent Crossley, Executive Director
Wes Pass, Secretary
Terri Ogden, Executive Liaison
David C. Guth, Jr.
Scott R. Himes
Jon Lopey
BG Eden Murrie
Linda Peek Schacht
Raghu Upender
Robert Wheeler
Albert Menefee III, Inactive