Staff Biographies





Kathleen O’Donohue, Founding Executive Director

Kathleen’s background in community building spans decades in diverse organizations and settings. She was hired by Folks at Home at the onset of 2009 to create this local organization that the community envisioned. Immediately prior, Kathleen was Co-Coordinator of the Safety Net Program, Care Assurance Systems for Aging and Homebound (CASA), Madison Co., AL, 2004-2009. She is a licensed Physician Assistant (PA) with experience in primary care, women’s health, administration, and promoting health & wellbeing, 1984 – 2009. Kathleen is a certified Tai Chi Instructor with the Tai Chi for Health Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors of Arcadia at Sewanee, the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust and the Sewanee Community Center.

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.