Meet Our Team

Autumn Chastain, Chief Executive Officer

Autumn brings with her twenty years of experience as a lawyer and leader of her own firm, with a background of significant experience in child welfare and family law, and a passion for protecting the rights of trafficking survivors.



Susan Elswick, Clinical Director, LCSW, LSSW, IMH-E, RPT-S

Susan Elswick earned her MSW from the University of Tennessee in 2006 and a EdD in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Memphis in 2011. With 16+ years of clinical mental health experience, she's specialized in diverse settings including community mental health and schools. Dr. Elswick holds multiple state licenses and certifications in evidence-based modalities like PCIT, CBITS, and EMDR. She's also recognized for her contributions, receiving awards like NASW-TN West Branch Social Worker of the Year in 2017.


Abbie Hitchon, Primary Therapist and Grants Manager

Abbie (She/Her) is a native Tennessean, and specializes in trauma-focused therapy, supporting survivors with hope for the future. She is committed to advocacy for marginalized communities and is pursuing a PhD in Advanced Counseling at Oregon State University, having graduated from the University of Memphis.


Samantha Brown, Residential Program Manager

Samantha is a Thistle & Bee graduate, and dedicates herself to supporting survivors. As an alcohol & drug counselor and certified peer recovery specialist in Tennessee, she focuses on highlighting each woman's strengths on their unique journey to recovery and healing. Samantha's main goal is to walk alongside women, helping them identify and pursue their life goals.



Nonne Rogers, Production Manager

Nonne Rogers brings her vibrant energy and diverse expertise to Thistle and Bee, transitioning from promotional fitness modeling to becoming a production powerhouse. With her enthusiasm and knowledge for production, Nonne is dedicated to elevating our hive to new heights.


Laura Walker, Production Lead and Business Administrator

Laura Walker is our production lead and business administrator. Balancing her roles with ease, she's also a devoted mother of two. Recently graduated from Thistle Farms, Laura brings new perspectives on staff engagement and seamless production practices. Her dedication to growth, both personally and professionally, is truly inspiring.


Lizzy Rhodes, Marketing & Wholesale Coordinator

Lizzy handles ordering processes for our retailers and adds her creative touch to our design work. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing.