685 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
clevelandunitycenter@gmail.com
423-478-1661

About Us

Staff and Leadership

Both employed staff members and many faithful volunteers are essential to effectively offering this diverse ministry in the Cleveland community.

Mary Ketchersid

Program Administrator

Mary and her husband David were commissioned to work with volunteers and community members to develop ministry at this site in 1998. Having had a life-long passion for music and the arts as well as teaching and serving, Mary is thankful to serve at Unity Center. Her background as a public-school music teacher and over 40 years experience in children’s and program ministry provide a strong foundation for her work. She loves to cook (especially with the students), read and laugh.

David Ketchersid

Director of Programs and Operations

David and his wife Mary were commissioned to work with volunteers and community members to develop ministry at this site beginning in 1998. David has always been a people person. As he engages with persons of diverse age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds, he has a natural way of building relationships and community. His life-long love of music, biblical teaching, his ability “make things work” as well as over 40 years in Christian service fit well with Unity Center program and vision.

Victor Barbosa

Unity Staff Associate

Victor came to Unity Center as a 4th grader and was active in the program through high school. After entering college at Lee University, he served as a tutor for a semester and was then hired as the program's first student-turned-intern. He currently serves as a staff associate and helps lead youth programming with the hope of creating the same positive and lasting influence that was given to him while a student in the program.

Kyle Stokes

Director of Youth for Broad Street United Methodist Church

Seeds were planted for Kyle’s relationship with Unity Center when he served as a summer camp counselor when he was in high school. He now serves as the Director of Youth for Broad Street United Methodist Church and works alongside Victor Barbosa to help offer meaningful experiences and cultivate the gifts and talents of the youth at Unity Center to foster personal growth and leadership skills.

Brielle Palmer

AmeriCorps VISTA

Brielle came to the Unity Center as an AmeriCorps VISTA in November of 2021. She recently graduated from Lee University with a masters degree in Holistic Child Development. She loves learning about the world and about how to better serve others. Her passion is working alongside students and families and leaving a lasting impact on their lives. Her goal for the future is to one day start her own organization like Unity Center, to serve students and their families.