Stepping Out Staff

Lori Jarnigan

Executive Director

Lori Jarnigan graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership Studies.  She has been with Stepping Out since 2015.

“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 am so blessed and honored to be able to serve at Stepping Out. I have a wonderful and loving husband and we have four beautiful children.”

Patrice Puglise


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.

Patrice passed away March 29, 2019 but her work for the Lord and her memory lives on.

To God be all the glory!

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.”

Brenda Eagle

Development director

I am a blessed parent of three amazing children and am honored to be called Grammy by nine grammybears. I love spending time with my family and friends. I am having the time of my life working with the participants of Stepping Out. 

Rachel Day

Services Coordinator

Rachel Day is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Carson-Newman University. She has volunteered with Stepping Out since the fall of 2019 through the Bonner Scholar program.

“Hamblen County, more specifically the community that Stepping Out offers, has become a home away from home for me, and I am thankful that the Lord has placed me in such a welcoming environment.”

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