We have two staff members and hundreds of wonderful volunteers!
Dean Baker serves as the full-time Executive Director of Love Helps and has done so since 1995 when the organization was founded. Dean was the originator of Love Helps, inc., and its programs. He continues to organize and oversee its activities, as well as, help conduct its programs in schools. Dean is also a Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Endurance Fitness Trainer and RRCA-certified running coach and uses his training to guide Team Excel, a half marathon training team fundraiser for Love Helps, inc. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and previously worked as an architect for the nationally-recognized firm of Earl Swensson Associates. Dean is a husband and father. He enjoys softball, tennis, running, golf and racquetball, as well as, various church-related activities. Dean has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Watkins Institute, Nashville State Technological Institute and O'More College. Additionally, prior to founding Love Helps, inc., Dean also served as the founding president of a charitable organization in Nashville, Tennessee which serves low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners through volunteerism. Dean has a deep conviction and passionate heart for helping young people develop positive character and embrace responsible behavior, as well as, having a strong vision for engaging the community to better support children through their challenging process of growing up.
Assistant Program Director
Cindy Baker serves as the Assistant Program Director of Love Helps, inc. She assists in many of the organization's programs and activities. Cindy is a graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Tennessee. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University majoring in Administrative Supervision. Cindy is also one of the original founding Board members for Love Helps, inc. Prior to her work for Love Helps, inc., Cindy was an educator with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She enjoys playing softball and volleyball, as well as, playing the piano. Cindy also has a great heart for helping children and is both diligent and creative in all of her many roles.
The tremendous work of Love Helps, inc., would not be possible without the help of more than 200 volunteers who read in schools, send letters to students, stuff envelopes, and coordinate events!
We appreciate all of the efforts of others to assist in this important work. See Volunteering for more information.