Youth Town is assembling a “dream team” staff who are not only academically credentialed, but deeply experienced in working with adolescents in treatment and ministry settings. God has a way of drawing the right people to the campus. They are professional, passionate, and most of the time — a whole lot of fun.
Pepper Pratt, Ph.D. LPC/MHSP has served as the Executive Director of Youth Town since November of 2013. From 1998-2002 he helped transition Youth Town from a group home to a treatment center, laying the foundation for Jericho and the Youth Challenge program (ran from 2000-2013). Dr. Pratt has over 20 years of clinical experience in similar facilities and private practice and has been a professor of youth ministry and psychology at the college level. Pepper is passionate about seeing boys step into manhood and girls discover their true beauty in God's eyes. Click here to email Pepper.
Dr. Neil Bomar comes to Youth Town with a varied medical and psychiatric background. He is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and completed his medical degree at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. An early career in primary and urgent care medicine led him to Kentucky where he attended the University of Kentucky to pursue a residency in Occupational and Preventive Medicine. He practiced occupational and corporate medicine for Toyota in Georgetown Kentucky before returning to Memphis to complete a residency in Psychiatry. From 2004 to 2011 he built a busy private psychiatry practice while serving as a consultant for Methodist and Baptist Hospitals. Currently he serves as Medical Director for Youth Town of Tennessee. He spends his free time with his wife and two sons and you can often find him in the woods or on the waterways jogging, hunting, fishing and stand-up paddle boarding. Click here to email Neil.
Molly Veazey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Mental Health Service Provider that has been with Youth Town since February, 2008. Molly graduated from Lambuth University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and from Freed-Hardeman University in 1998 with her Masters in Counseling. Molly began her career in counseling at Carl Perkin’s Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse as the Program Director of Crockett and Gibson counties. She has over 15 years of experience treating addiction in a residential setting. Molly is currently serving as Director of Programs for Jericho and Eden of Youth Town, which are focused on meeting the gender specific needs of adolescent males and females. Click here to email Molly.
Nathan graduated in 2008 with a masters degree in counseling from Freed-Hardeman University. He obtained his license in counseling in 2012. He also holds a NCC credential in counseling. He is married and has two beautiful daughters. His hobbies include long distance trail running and music. Click here to email Nathan.
Paige Bledsoe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has been with Youth Town since February, 2013. Paige graduated from Union University in 1998 with Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000 with her Masters in Social work. Paige began her career in clinical social work at Women's Resource and Rape Assistance Program as the Sexual Assault Coordinator. She has further clinical experience in the areas school social work, training and professional development with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Division of Juvenile Justice, outpatient mental health services, and addictions. Paige is currently served for two years as a clinical social worker before being named Director of Eden, a gender responsive residential treatment program for adolescent females struggling with addiction and trauma. Click here to email Paige.
Director of Development Michael Roby leads the fundraising efforts, event planning, and marketing for Youth Town. He has a B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University. He has over a dozen years of experience in fundraising as well as training in Estate planning and Charitable Remainder Trusts. Michael is a liaison between businesses, churches, individuals, and non-profits and speaks passionately on behalf of the ministry of Youth Town. He is also a past business owner. Click here to email Mike.