• Beth Uselton
    Program Director

    Beth Uselton joined the staff in November 2012 to work on a specific planning initiative centered on coordination for insurance enrollment and outreach related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Beth's focus is on coordinating an advisory council for state wide outreach and to provide techinical assistance to non-profits that would like to provide navigation and consumer assistance related to the new insurance marketplace.  Beth is the former Executive Director for the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, a non-partisan consumer advocacy organization with a 22-year history of working toward affordable access to high-quality health care for all Tennesseans.  Since 2009, Beth has tracked and researched the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, presenting information for public education and working with policymakers, members of the media, medical providers, social workers and community leaders to help them understand provisions of the federal health care law. Beth is a former AmeriCorps volunteer and served in National Civilian Community Corps.  Beth received her B.S. in Cultural Anthropology from Appalachian State University.

  • Catherine Self, P.T., Ph.D.
    President and CEO

    Catherine Self joined the Baptist Healing Trust as Senior Vice-President in 2007, and was named President and CEO in 2010. With thirty-five years’ experience in the health care field, Cathy has provided direct care as a physical therapist and as an organizational leader through a number of roles including her previous service as Vice President for Organizational Learning with Saint Thomas Health Services in Nashville, TN. Cathy has a particular interest in leadership development and organizational culture change, adopting a walk-alongside coaching relationship to help leaders and organizations live into their highest calling in meeting the needs of those being served. Cathy was awarded a Masters in Leadership with a focus on servant leadership from Trinity Western Universtiy in 2003. In 2009 Cathy was awarded a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. She and her husband Barney live in Franklin, TN and find their greatest delight in their two children, now grown , and their grandchildren who are their newest joy in life.

  • Kristen Keely-Dinger, LAPSW
    Vice-President of Programs and Grants

    Kristen Keely-Dinger is the Vice-President of Programs and Grants at the Baptist Healing Trust. Kristen is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and has been with the Trust since January 2003. She served initially as an intern and then as their first Program Officer. Kristen focuses on programs designed to improve the health of Middle Tennessee communities, particularly under-served populations, by expanding access to health services and promoting prevention to reduce illness. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the Program Coordinator for the Bridges to Care program, linking uninsured residents of Davidson County to healthcare resources. She also has experience in community organization and volunteer administration. Kristen started her career as an AmeriCorps volunteer working for the National AIDS Fund in North Carolina. Kristen received her Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and her Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. Kristen was selected as a 2007 Southeastern Council of Foundation Hull Fellow and is a graduate of the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class. Kristen lives in Nashville with her son, Luke, and husband, Jason.

  • Jennifer Oldham, MTS
    Program Officer

    Jennifer Oldham is the Program Officer at the Baptist Healing Trust. In her role, she provides administrative support to both the grant and programmatic initiatives of the Trust. Jennifer joined the staff of the Trust in 2007 as a Program Associate. She provides technical support to grant applicants, conducts site visits to non-profit organizations, and is an integral part of the Trust’s grant review team. Jennifer also coordinates the Trust's sponsorship program. Before coming to the Trust, Jennifer worked with 2-1-1, a social service information line, as an Information and Referral Specialist, connecting callers with a variety of needs to local social services organizations. Jennifer also has experience as a Crisis Counselor and as an educator for under-served and special needs students in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University and her Masters in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is a 2010 Hull Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and lives in Nashville with her family.

  • Matt Deeb
    Chief Financial Officer

    Matt Deeb is the Chief Financial Officer at the Baptist Healing Trust. Matt is responsible for the investment and accounting functions of the Trust. Matt has been with the Trust since 2004. Before coming to the Trust, he was a member of the Vanderbilt University Internal Audit department. Matt also has several years of experience in public accounting. Matt received B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and passed the CPA exam in 2000.

  • Dawn Thrasher
    Office Manager

    Dawn is the office manager at Baptist Healing Trust and is the face and voice of the Trust when you come by or call. Dawn handles all of the room reservations if you are interested in using BHT's retreat or meeting space. Dawn is a licensed Notary Public in the state of Tennessee. Prior to working at the Baptist Healing Trust she worked in the legal field. Dawn is a wife and mother of 6 sons, 2 daughter in - laws, 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson. One son is currently serving our country.

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