High Hopes Preschool & Pediatric Therapy Clinic

301 High Hopes Court
Franklin, TN  37064

615-661-5437 Phone

615-309-8342 Main Fax

615-277-2838 Clinic Fax


Preschool Hours of Operation:

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Pediatric Therapy Clinic Hours of Operation:

8:00am - 6:00pm, therapy by appointment


Conveniently located off of I-65 in Franklin, Exit 65


Driving Directions

​Coming south on I-65:

Take exit 65 & turn right on TN-96 toward Franklin.

Turn left on South Royal Oaks Blvd

Turn left on Creekstone Blvd.

Turn right on to High Hopes Court

High Hopes will be on your left.

Preschool Administration

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Sarah Roelke
Director of Education
Phone: 615-550-1444
Email: sroelke@highhopesforkids.org

Roelke previously served as the department chair for Student Support Services at Independence High, where she supported efforts to create an inclusive learning experience. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Lipscomb University.

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Jessica Mizell
Admissions & Curriculum Coordinator
Phone: 615-550-1447
Email: jmizell@highhopesforkids.org

Jessica joined High Hopes in October 2016. She earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LSU. Prior to joining High Hopes, she worked in academic support for collegiate athletics for 10 years. Most recently, she served as a Learning Specialist at Iowa State University for 5 1/2 years, where she coordinated the educational testing program, designed tutor training curriculum, and facilitated the orientation and training or approximately 100 tutors. She also served iin similar roles at Florida State University and LSU. Originally from Baton Rouge, Jessica relocated to Franklin from Ames, Iowa. 

Linda Cairatti
Education Resources Assistant
Phone: 615-550-1438
Email: lcairatti@highhopesforkids.org

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.  She has been with High Hopes as an Assistant Teacher, Floater, and now in her current role.  She is married with two grown daughters, and enjoys reading and gardening.

Therapy Administration

Kristin Garner, MPT
Director of Clinical Services
Email: kgarner@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1445

Kristin received her BS and MPT from Ohio University in 1997 and 2000.   She has been the Director of Clinical Services at High Hopes since 2006.  She has worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Akron and has experience in acute care, NICU, PCCU, outpatient pediatric clinics, home health and school systems.  She has advanced training in PT treatment for premature infants, Toticollis, and Cerebral Palsy.  Kristin is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for PT students.

Whitnie Clark 
Clinic Office Manager
Email: wclark@highhopesforkids.org

Whitnie received her BA fro the University of Kentucky and holds a Master of Arts in  Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the High Hopes family in January of 2020, Whitnie spent ten years managing healthcare operations for various organizations throughout the U.S. Whitnie is excited to join a non-profit organization like High Hopes because the focus is about giving back to individuals who need the services most. 

Debbie Carpenter
Clinic Reception
Email: dcarpenter@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1435
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Alison Pinkston 
Clininc Intake Coordinator 
Email: apinkston@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1451

Alison graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a BA in Literature and Sociology. Her background is in non-profit program services. Alison has a history with High Hopes as the parent of a child who received therapy services. She is thrilled to be working with parents seeking services for their children. 

For clinical billing questions, please contact 615-661-8929 and reference your High Hopes account number.

General Administration

Gail Powell
Executive Director
Email: gpowell@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1436

Gail joined High Hopes in 2007 as Executive Director.  Education and children have been Mrs. Powell's life as she has been an educator for more than thirty years.  She has been an elementary school teacher and an elementary school principal both in public and in private schools.  Powell was the Head of the Lower School for Battle Ground Academy for nine years.  Originally from Texas, Gail has lived in Franklin for twenty-one years.  She is a graduate of Franklin Citizen's Police Academy and Leadership Franklin.  She served on the board of Youth Leadership Franklin, also serving as Vice President and President of the organization.   She was in the inaugural cohort as an Ambassador for Williamson County Schools.  She also served as a committee member for the Franklin Tomorrow Education Strategy Group in 2012. Gail was a board member for Williamson Inc. Chamber of Commerce for three years, serving as Secretary for two of those years.  She was a Nashville Business Journal Williamson County Impact Award winner in 2014 and 2015 as well as a Nashville Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2016.  Powell was selected as a Daryl Waltrip Hometown Hero in 2017. 

Brandy Blanton
Development Director
Email: bblanton@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1437

Brandy Blanton came to High Hopes in December of 2018. Prior to that she was the publisher of Southern Exposure, a magazine she created to celebrate life in Williamson County in 2002. She is also an Alderman at Large for the City of Franklin (elected in 2011) and serves on numerous boards in the community including Leadership Franklin, Franklin Tomorrow, Franklin's Charge, Williamson County Library Foundation, Public Arts Commission, the advisory board for CASA and chairman of the Tree Commission. However, her most cherished role is that of mother to her five children. 
Blanton was brought to High Hopes because of her granddaughter, Elliott Grace, who received life-changing therapy from four-weeks-old, until her passing at 4 1/2 years old in 2019. Elliott's little brother, is now a part of the High Hopes family, attending preschool five days a week. 

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Dawn Blache
Associate Director of Development
Email: dblache@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-550-1443

Dawn is a New Orleans native who moved to Franklin in 2005.  She graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.  Her background includes 7 years in government and paralegal work, 9 years as a pharmaceutical sales specialist with AstraZeneca, and most recently, nearly 8 years at Vanderbilt where she worked in development as both a major gift and community partner fundraiser.  Dawn is married and in her spare time she enjoys spoiling her little dog, Tank, and volunteering in the community. 

Melanie Anderson 
Operations Manager
Email: manderson@highhopesforkids.org,
Phone: 615-550-1442

Melanie is a Middle Tennessee native who joined the High Hopes staff in 2012. An early childhood educator and administrator since 1996, she began her High Hopes career in the preschool, first as assistant director then Director of Education. After serving in that capacity for more than seven years, she moved into her current position as Operations Manager. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in English/Journalism and holds a Master of Management/Nonprofit from Lipscomb University. Melanie is married and has two grown sons. Her spare time is spent reading, writing, and playing golf.


Jim Powell
Facilities Manager
Email: jpowell@highhopesforkids.org
Phone: 615-661-5437

Mr. P graduated from the Ringling School of Art and received his substitute teacher's certification from Utah State University. He has 25 years as a sales and marketing executive as well as 40 years as a teacher and coach. He and his wife, Nancy, have one son. Mr. P enjoys drawing, painting, creating, cooking, spending time with Nancy and his grandchildren, and Vanderbilt athletics.

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Mendall Blanton
Email: mblanton@highhopesforkids.org,

Mendall Blanton, a Kentucky native, moved to Franklin in the late 80s. He spent 25+ years working for his family-owned business, Security Systems of Tennessee, where he installed residential and commercial security systems, security gates and sound systems. He is an avid sports fan who loves his Kentucky Wildcats, the beach and his family.