Lantern Lane Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit counseling center located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Therapists and counselors on staff use multidisciplinary approaches to provide services in our private, tranquil farm setting.

Meet our Board of Directors


Bill Manley, Board President

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Bill is retired from his position as Assistant Vice President of Solutions Development at HCA Information Systems, where he worked for 19 years. He has served on the board of Lantern Lane Farm for the past four years, and currently serves on a board for another organization as well. Bill feels a deep responsiblity to serve others at this stage of his life. He has lived in the Nashville area most of his life, except during his three years of military service. Bill is married to his lovely wife, Angela, and together they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys being with family, playing music, scuba diving and traveling. 

Joni Cook, Co-Founder


Joni grew up in Michigan on a blueberry farm, which is where she learned a good work ethic from her parents.  Joni has a BS degree from Liberty University. Upon graduation from college, Joni worked for the university as a dorm supervisor and took masters level classes in education. Joni served alongside her husband Ralph in 3 different churches while helping raise their two sons and working as a land developer and realtor. Ralph and Joni began Lantern Lane Farm in 2004, which became a non-profit entity in 2008. They have two grown sons, who are both married, and five grandchildren who they adore. Currently, Joni enjoys serving as the Director of Business Development at Lantern Lane Farm, Inc. and loves spending time with family.

Ralph Cook, Co-Founder


Ralph has worked as a Music Educator, Minister of Music, and a Minister of Youth.  After many years of teaching and church ministry he felt called to work with families and individuals (both children and adults), in the area of counseling. Ralph has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.  He obtained his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. Ralph and his wife Joni founded Lantern Lane Farm in 2004.  Ralph is the Clinical Director of LLF. In addition to counseling, he serves as a consultant to area churches, provides workshops and seminars to churches and other organizations.  He also leads Marriage Intensives for couples.  Ralph has worked with couples who come to LLF for Marriage Intensives from across the nation. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and an AAMFT Clinical Fellow.  Ralph and Joni have two sons and five grandchildren.  He loves movies, music, spending time with his wife and family and is an avid fan of John Grisham books.

Mary Powell, Director


Mary is retired from HCA, where she worked for 32 years with a history in Nursing and Information Technology. She’s lived in the Nashville area since 1966 and is blessed with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. In addition to serving on the board at Lantern Lane Farm, Mary also serves us as a volunteer, helping to make clients feel welcome.

Mary enjoys activities that contribute to her overall interest in the human condition and spending time with family, friends, gardening, and reading.

Monica Word, Director


Monica joined LLF’s Board of Directors in 2018 after having served as a volunteer on the Animal Care Team (where she continues to help) and assisting with a variety of marketing and social media projects for the LLF team.

Monica, originally from CA, relocated to Tennessee and is currently the Marketing Manager at Mannheim Nashville. She has a BS in Business Administration from CA State University, Hayward. Monica also earned an MBA from Jones International University. When she’s not traveling for work, she enjoys jet-setting with her husband Roy and relaxing at home, on the lake, or anywhere she can enjoy time with her fur babies.

Derek Hazelet, Director


Derek joined Lantern Lane Farm’s board of directors in 2018.

He is a Generosity Strategist at Generis and has over 25 years of experience leading in ministry and business environments where he has developed and implemented solutions for churches and their ministry-funding efforts. Derek’s passion to see churches and organizations realize their full potential is grounded in his desire to shepherd people, and serve as steward of organization’s resources.

Derek has traveled extensively around the world in partnership with the local church and mission agencies, as a hands-on advocate for disciple-making movements, community-focused ministries, church-planting, and orphaned and abandoned children. He and his wife Ronda, their three adult daughters, and teenage son have lived in the Nashville area for nearly 20 years. He received his M.A. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and is an ordained minister.

Janice Durnburger, Director


Janice is Vice President & Office Manager at Wilson Bank and Trust, Mt. Juliet and brings a wealth of experience in financial management, not for profit engagement, commercial lending and detailed knowledge of business finance.

Janice has served in leadership and team-member roles for a number of non-profits including Compassionate Hands ministry, Kiwanis Club, Charis Health Center and Cook’s United Methodist Church.

Janice enjoys spending time with family and friends and is an active member of Mt Juliet Chamber and First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, TN.

Jeffrey Michaels is the General Manager at Liberty Safe and joined LLF’s Board of Directors in August 2019. He and his wife relocated to Tennessee in 2017. More to come…

Netcha Rodriguez is the Sr. Director of Operations at Comdata FleetCor in Brentwood, TN. She joined LLF’s Board of Directors in August 2019. More to come…

If you have a heart to serve and are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities or Lantern Lane Farm’s board of directors, please email us at

Meet our Staff

Shayla Hall, Administrative Assistant/Intake Coordinator

Melanie Garland, Program Director

Holly Griffith, Director of Operations