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.

Brooke Schelich
Case Manager

Brooke started as the case manager of Family Promise in March 2017. Brooke loves working with families and kids to help them overcome obstacles as well as thrive in their environment. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Lee University and Masters of Social Work from Southern Adventist University. Brooke and her husband have an adorable 1 ½ year old daughter. The couple have worked in youth ministry for the last 3 years.

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.

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.

Alan Goslen

Alan Goslen is currently serving on our Family Promise Board as the Secretary. He joined Family Promise of Bradley County in 2012. He is a member of the Coordinator team at Broad Street United Methodist Church. He also volunteers at our Day Center as a Sunday Office angel and helps with occasionally driving our families.

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.

Kellie Bracken

Kellie Bracken has been serving as a Board Member for many years at Family Promise of Bradley County. She previously served at the Johnson City Family Promise before her move to Cleveland. She is married to Reverend Tim Bracken of First United Methodist and they have two children and two grandchildren. She is very active in church with leading Bible studies as well as being active to promote mission and service within the community.

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.