Our Team

Staff and Board Members.


Eva VanHook
Executive Director

Eva has been involved in FPBC since 2011. Since then she has played many roles and worked very hard for the organization and the families she has served. She has a masters in Holistic Child Development from Lee University. Eva and her husband Rob have two sons, Peyton and Riley.

Elizabeth McElhaney
Program Manager

Elizabeth was born and raised in Newport, Vermont and moved to Cleveland to attend Lee University. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music, she moved to Orlando to work at Walt Disney World. She is married to Justin McElhaney. She has been working at Family Promise since January 2017 and oversees providing support programs for our families after they’ve graduated the program.

Board Members

Payten Holcombe

Payten Holcombe joined Family Promise in 2017 and currently serves as President. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Georgia and a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Alabama. Payten is employed as Vice President of Marketing at Direct Primary Care Associates and has been married to Dr. Melissa Holcombe for over 26 years. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he also serves with the Ocoee Region Veterans Council, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and Trout Unlimited Board of Directors. When he’s not working with one of these organizations, you’ll probably find him standing in a trout stream with a fly rod.

John Ellerbe
Vice President

John Ellerbe is currently serving on our Family Promise Board as Vice President. He joined Family Promise of Bradley County in 2014. He grew up outside of Hastings, MN where he worked on a farm and also as a Pipe Organ Tuner for the Minnesota representative of the M.P. Moller Organ Company. John is a member of the Navy as a Naval Aviator and will retire this year after 34 years of service.

Mark Lay

Mark Lay is currently serving as Treasurer of our Family Promise Board. Mark has served for many years before taking on this leadership position. He is a certified CPA and Partner of 30 years with Arnett, Kirksey, Kimsey, Sullivan, Lay & Hall, PLLC. He is married to Jenann Lay and attends First United Methodist Church which is one of our Host Churches.

Cindy Lawson

Cindy Lawson has served as a Board Member since December 2016 but she originally served as the first Americorp VISTA for Family Promise in 2014-2015. She fell in love with the program, its mission and stayed involved after volunteering which led her to serve on the board! She’s currently the Human Resource Coordinator and Americorp VISTA Supervisor at United Way. She has been married to Bart Lawson for 24 years and they have two sons, Elijah and Cody.

Amy Mott

Amy is a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Tennessee where she loves to serve her community in various ways. She joined the Family Promise of Bradley County board as a member in 2018. She is a member of Wesley Memorial Church where she is also the Administrative Assistant. Amy also serves as a board member for Wesley’s Cold Weather Shelter since 2014. She is married to Michael Mott and has one son, Caleb.