Newsletter                                       January 2015
As we begin a new year and a new chapter of Community Action, please join TACA in welcoming new President, Tim Jaynes. Tim has been Executive Director for Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency for over a year. Prior to that time he was director of NET Trans, a division of the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Tim believes each person has an individual path to self-sufficiency and espouses a comprehensive effort to help them help themselves in that journey.  Tim recently stated, "The face of poverty has changed over the past fifty years of Community Action, and we need to constantly measure and adapt to provide the best for our communities."  He says he is appreciative of the hard work of his predecessor, Cynthia Croom and is honored to serve his colleagues in this capacity.  

       TACA 2015 OFFICERS    

Tim Jaynes, President 
Susan Luker, First Vice-President
Don Ridgeway, Second Vice-President
Leslie Chiodini, Secretary
Barbara Kelly, Treasurer
Cynthia Croom, Past President and Special Liaison   


The Final Information Memorandum (IM) 138, which finalizes the 58 Organizational Standards for Private/Nonprofit CAAs and the 50 for Public CAAs and outlines the process for implementation, assessment, and T/TA efforts is here. TACA is one of many resources available to help agencies assess their performance and meet 100% of the Organizational Standards.


February 9 - 10, 2015
TACA Board Meeting
Quarterly Meeting

February 10 - 11, 2015
Outcome Advisors' Meeting
Quarterly Meeting

March 24 - 27, 2015
National Community Action Foundation
Legislative Conference

Thanks to Metro Action Commission, it's not only a new year, but also a new start for some Davidson County residents who previously made poor choices in life.  Metro Action partners with the Metro Nashville Criminal Court Clerk's Office to assist their community in applying to expunge eligible criminal offenses; removing for some what is a major barrier to employment. Read more on the success of this program as featured in the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) Annual Report 2014.