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Patrice Puglise

Founder / Executive Director

Patrice Puglise founded Stepping Out in 1992 with her first Gospel Recording, “The Master’s Bouquet”. Since then there has been many recordings, books, and devotionals created to exalt the Lord and help people find hope and healing through the Savior. Through her guidance over the years, Stepping Out has become a place where people can learn the tools needed to assist them in having a productive and purposeful life.

“I am honored to have been chosen to use my talents and abilities to help others process through some of the difficulties life may throw at them. I have been blessed to see lives change right before my eyes and to know that I have had just a little part in that change. To God be all the glory.”

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Lynda Lawson

Services Coordinator

Lynda Lawson has an Associate Degree from Walter State Community College and has been associated with Stepping Out since 2009.

“I am a wife and mother of 2, and grandmother of 4. My grandchildren are my world. I love being at Stepping Out because I have a heart for people. I thrive on helping individuals make positive changes in their lives. As Services Coordinator, I am responsible for the intake of all new participants, facilitating and co-facilitating our Life Skills classes.”


Donna Blevins

Development Director

Donna Greene Blevins has a Master’s Degree from Tusculum College and has held various Management positions in the Lakeway Area. She is the mother of two sons, Trevor & Bryson Blevins.

“God has always had a calling on my life and He graciously placed me at Stepping Out. I have a great love for people and enjoy lending a helping hand to others. This Ministry allows me to use my God given talents of organizing, fundraising and teaching to bless the lives of others. I absolutely love where I am and what I am doing!”

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Lori Jarnigan

Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Lori Jarnigan graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies.  She presently serves at Stepping Out through AmeriCorps.

“I was born, raised, and have always resided in Hamblen County. God has blessed me greatly and completely changed my life and I have a strong passion to help people in need in the community. I have a wonderful and loving husband and we have four beautiful children.” – Lori


Shirley Wadley

Office Assistant / Services Coordinator Assistant

Shirley Wadley graduated from Augusta State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology. She currently serves at Stepping Out through AmeriCorps.

“I’m a proud parent of two children and have three grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I love traveling, good food, and music. One of my favorite quotes is ‘You must be the change you want to see in this world’. I enjoy working with people and helping others better themselves. I love to uplift and inspire others.”