The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center For the Prevention of Child Abuse, one of the most prominent organizations in Tipton County, will be under new leadership this week.

Cayla Starnes, a 27-year-old McEwen, Tenn. native who worked for Professional Care Services in Covington for five years, takes over as the Carl Perkins Center director this week. She replaces Nicole Caldwell, who stepped down last month after serving in that role for nine years.

Starnes moved to Tipton County in 2015 after graduating from Bethel University. She took a job at Alliance Healthcare Services in Memphis after taking a maternity leave from PCS last year. Starnes said the opportunity to work in Tipton County was a big reason she accepted the Carl Perkins Center position.


“I would say the biggest draw to the position was working back in the community that I live in … working in Tipton County and giving back, I love that,” Starnes said. “The work that the Carl Perkins Center does is obviously something to be commended … their mission and what they do for the communities they serve.”

According to their website, the mission of the center “is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.”




Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland