Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

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The Rev. Betty Carpenter

Betty is the heart and soul of CAC. She has been working with CAC for 3 years and since then we have grown to include a number of new programs to help our clients and the community as a whole. Betty is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and uses her divine calling to help those who are hungry and in need. You can find her here most weekdays and at St. James on Sundays.


Gabbey Gabby Valentine – Sewanee C’17
Bonner Leader

You can find Gabby at CAC every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday helping out in any way possible. She helps to organize group volunteers and events to bring awareness to hunger on the mountain. She is also the Director of Food with Friends, the student organization we partner with for our monthly meals. When Gabby isn’t feeding Sewanee she is an American Studies Major.


Louie Messina – Sewanee C’18 
Bonner Leader

Louie a math major and a lover of the outdoors. He is one of the masterminds behind our community garden. Along with working with CAC, Louie volunteers at Solace Farms and is a Cub Scout leader in the community.



Allison Bruce – Sewanee C’19
Bonner Leader

Allison is from Sewanee, TN and in her own words she “likes a lot of things”. In all seriousness, Allison is a contributor to the performing arts in the University. She loves to travel and hopes to focus her studies in the Humanities or Social Sciences.


Organizations Who Love to Help:


Theta Kappa Phi
Sorority – University of the South

Theta Kappa Phi was founded in 1977 as the first sorority at Sewanee: The University of the South. As the “Sisterhood of the Mountain”, their involvement with the CAC has spanned throughout the past 15 years. Every year, TKP hosts three fundraising events and provides numerous volunteers on behalf of the CAC. With their biannual Clothing Sale and annual Powder Puff Football Tournament, TKP raises an average of $2000 for the CAC. They hope to donate even more in the years to come. The women of TKP participate actively in the CAC’s monthly grocery unloading and are delighted to serve community members at their Thanksgiving meal each year. They love the CAC and feel lucky to support such a giving, holistic organization!


Gamma Sigma Phi
Fraternity – University of the South

The Gamma Sigma Phi fraternity was founded at the University of the South in 1999 by ten African-American students who sought to make a cultural impact on campus Greek life by “filling a gap.” Their founding charter and creed guides all Gamma men in pursuit of enriching, diversified experiences on the Mountain and beyond. Alumni include clergymen, educators, and veterans of the armed forces, many of whom remain involved with the university. Undergraduate members are represented in several varsity sports, music ensembles, and clubs across campus. The men of Gamma Sigma Phi have the desire to give back to their surrounding communities because so much has been given to them, therefore, community service is one of their major concerns.




Kappa Omega
Sorority – University of the South

Kappa Omega was founded in 1999 by 4 girls who were looking to create a more inclusive sorority atmosphere than what existed at the time on campus. They raised funds and canned goods for the CAC with Sewanee Hearts and Grocery Carts, which turned out to be a huge success. They have also sold Chik-fil-a sandwiches at the Homecoming Football game and designed Sewanee Angel t-shirts— the proceeds from both went to the CAC. They have also hosted the Annual Sewanee Hearts and Grocery Carts, a very popular event for the CAC.