Staff Biographies

Wall Wofford, Executive Director

Wall Wofford joined the Folks at Home team on January 1, 2018, as the new Executive Director. Wall is a 1988 graduate of the University of the South with a BA in Philosophy. He also completed a Masters Degree in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena CA in 2006. For the last five years he has been the Director of Technology Support Services at Fuller. Wall’s prior work included two years as a caseworker with the Department of Family and Children Services in Atlanta, and six years working as a paramedic in various counties within the State of Georgia. Wall has also completed the Case Management Certification program from Boston University’s School of Social Work. He is a certified instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention as well as a certified Practice Leader in “Tai Chi Easy” through The Healer Within Foundation in Santa Barbara,CA.



Frieda Hawkins Gipson, Executive Assistant

Frieda has worked with Folks at Home since January 2011. She is a life -long Sewanee area resident and Sewanee Academy graduate. In 1972, Frieda began working in the local full-service hospital and worked in the medical field for many years. Frieda’s most rewarding work began with her position as a business manager of a long-term skilled care facility where she began to develop an understanding of both the needs and the wisdom of the resident elders. In addition to her work with Folks at Home, Frieda is also the Parish Administrator of Otey Memorial Parish where she enjoys interacting with and getting to know the church members, the staff members and the people they serve.



Sarah Goodstein Doyi, Administrative and Service Coordinator

Sarah spent a charmed childhood in Sewanee and has been back on the mountain for more than a decade. She graduated from Oberlin College and did post graduate work at The University of Missouri-Columbia and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She taught for fifteen years in Knoxville urban schools and for three years in Franklin County. In Knoxville, she was part of HAPPEN, an initiative to train service dogs, and her most recent volunteer efforts include Grundy Canine Assisted Recovery Effort (CARE), a “cell dogs” program with inmates from the Grundy County jail. In addition to her new position with Folks at Home, Sarah professionally trains dogs under her company name Sabbath Smiles, named after her canine partner. Sarah and her brother, Eban, were very, very grateful for Folks at Home’s assistance with the care of their dad, Marvin Goodstein, and Sarah is delighted to have a job that allows her to return the favor.