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Robert O'Connor, Acting CEO

Bob is a husband, father, friend, author, and marketing consultant. His experience includes Procter & Gamble brand management, nine years with John Malmo, and co-founding/owning an advertising agency whose clients included Hard Rock Café Worldwide and Kraft. Bob has served in various volunteer roles including Calvary Episcopal Church and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and author of the self-help book, Gumptionade: The Booster for Your Self-Improvement Plan.

Bethany Hanczor, LPC-MHSP, Clinical Program Director

Bethany has dedicated her professional career to empowering people through hope and healing, particularly at-risk populations, and specializing in trauma-focused treatment.  She is also skilled in advanced program development and in fostering community partnerships throughout the city of Memphis.  Bethany’s role at Thistle & Bee is to develop and oversee the daily operations of the residential program and to coordinate the care and services of the residents.  She is there for our women survivors as they undertake their healing journey, helping them become grounded in their newly birthed and powerful identity.

Jessica Harris, Social Justice Enterprise Director

Jessica joined Thistle and Bee in 2019 as the Administrative Assistant and quickly found her strength/capacity to develop and implement efficient organizational systems pulling her in the direction of the Social Justice Enterprise. Jessica has created processes that have enhanced Thistle & Bee's production quality and capacity.

Jessica is a native of Memphis and a proud mother of an amazing daughter (Kassidy). Reading is one of her favorite hobbies.

Brittany Diaz, Production & Sales Assistant

Brittany is a 2021 graduate of the Thistle and Bee program. She works in beekeeping, product production, and sales. Born and raised in the city, Brittany loves Memphis. She is a graduate of Raleigh Egypt High School. Coming from a background in childcare, Brittany loves working with inner city youth. She is the mother of two children, Haleigh and Landon.  Brittany likes to watch movies based on books and then read the book in her spare time. 

Board of Directors

Susan Lattimore


Lacey Mauk


Rev. Eyleen Farmer, Founder, President Emeritus


Madge Deacon


Brooks Terry

Past President

Martha Boyd


Sudha Ganguli, MD


Teresa Exum


Ashley Haynes


Barbara King


Maria Rindosova