According to Telena, Nicola has a passion for bettering the lives of others. She carves out time from her busy day of raising two boys and social work to reach out within her community to make a difference. As Telena describes Nicola as a pillar of strength with a calming presence, along with Nicola’s background and training, it is no mystery why Nicola is coordinating our Sister-2-Sister Mentoring program.

You will often see Nicola gracing the various social media pages of Compassion That Compels, just off to the side of a photograph, having blessed an OVERCOMER with a Compassion Bag at one event or another. Nicola loves the excitement of the moment, hoping the woman on the receiving end of the Compassion Bag feels the magic of the gift, as she once felt when she received hers in May 2018.

Often times, standing right beside Nicola in these Compassion Bag delivery photos, you’ll find Telena. Telena is a wife, a mother and a first grade teacher. When she’s not joyfully managing her daily duties, she’s looking for an opportunity to serve. She feels a sincere connection to each woman she gifts a Compassion Bag, and wants its intention to be a reminder to the OVERCOMER that she is not alone.

Nicola reveals that Telena connects with silly on a regular basis and that the smiley-face emoji is her best representation. She also describes Telena as kind and admires her perseverance, selflessness, and faith. These qualities, along with her determination to give her best, is why Telena is our On Your Feet Coordinator.

Nicola and Telena came to Compassion That Compels as a pair. Their paths first crossed when Telena taught Nicola’s oldest son, then again when Nicola took employment at the same school. Their budding friendship was solidified when each was able to support the other as they both battled cancer only months apart. We are grateful to them for their service to this ministry and to the women they have blessed in the time they have committed to CTC as they have been co-leading the Knoxville Compassion Community. We have lovingly called them the Dynamic Duo as they bring so much joy and talent to CTC.