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Vista Points Special Needs Trusts Resource Center

Established in 2000, as a non-profit organization, Vista Points, Inc. is the nation’s Special Needs Trusts and Resource Center. The organization is focused on helping people living with a physical or intellectual disability, their parents and caregivers, and the professionals who serve and guide them. Vista Points provides education and resources regarding the unique protections offered by Special Needs Trusts, while serving as trustee for pooled, first-part or self-settled, and third party Special Needs Trusts.

Mission:
The mission of Vista Points, Inc. is to provide trustee services and to help people living with disabilities, their parents and caregivers, as well as the professionals who serve and guide them.

Vision:
Serving as trustee, Vista Points, Inc. is dedicated to raising awareness, providing education and promoting advocacy with regard to Special Needs Trusts.



Vista Points Staff

Darlene A. Kemp, MPH, MBA-HCM
Executive Director
Darlene Kemp
Darlene Kemp is the Executive Director of Vista Points, Inc. - a nonprofit corporation that serves as trustee of pooled, first party and third party Special Needs Trusts. The organization provides education, advocacy and services related to Special Needs Trusts, for people of any age living with a physical, mental, and/or intellectual disability. Darlene Kemp holds the following degrees:
  •  Masters of Public Health (concentration in Gerontology) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  •  Masters in Business (concentration in Health Care Management) from the University of Phoenix
  •  Bachelors degree in Business, Family and Consumer Science (concentration in Gerontology) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Prior to her current position, Darlene was responsible for the growth and development of the Arthritis Pain and Rehabilitation Center at Easter Seals and was the State Director of Programs and Services for the Arthritis Foundation. Darlene’s professional achievements include over 25 years of experience working in health-related organizations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Darlene currently serves the community in the following capacity:
  •  Board of Directors member of the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee
  •  Board of Directors member of the Rutherford County Tennessee Council on Aging
  •  Board of Directors member of the Tennessee Disability Coalition
  •  Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee Education Committee
  •  Mount Juliet Tennessee Chamber of Commerce
  •  Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce
  •  Senior Services Network
  •  Intentional Older Adults Ministry Network
  •  Rutherford Senior Providers Network
  •  Leadership Council of the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee
  •  Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee Administrative Committee

Being involved in community activities that will better serve the aging population is a purposeful endeavor for Darlene. She has served in volunteer capacity for the Council on Aging for many years and plans to continue her participation for years to come. In her free time, Ms. Kemp enjoys boating, hiking, and gardening.

Lennon Harris, BA
Financial Services Coordinator
Lenny Harris
Lennon is the Financial Services Coordinator of Vista Points, Inc., overseeing and maintaining all Trust accounts. He also actively participates in various marketing venues to help create awareness of special needs trusts and related services.

After graduating from Brentwood Academy in 1993, Lennon attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Lennon worked for a transportation brokerage company as an accounting clerk for five years. From there, he pursued a career in property management serving as site coordinator to several properties throughout the Nashville/Metropolitan area. Lennon also served as an office manager for a Community High School that focused on children who were alcohol or chemical dependent. Before coming to Vista Points, Lennon worked four years as an accounting executive for a non-for-profit organization in the Nashville area.

In Lennon’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his son and participating in sporting events.

Theresa Webb, LPN
Public Relations Marketer
Theresa L. Webb
Theresa L. Webb, LPN joined the Vista Points team in 2017 bringing with her over 20 years' experience in healthcare, helping those dealing with the uncertainty of available services and payor sources. Her Public Relations and Marketing background compliments the Vista Points' vision to raise awareness, provide education and promote advocacy with regards to Special Needs Trusts.

“Vista Points is the perfect fit for me. Small in number but large in professionalism, we provide Trustee services to our beneficiaries in some of the most difficult times of their lives. I've witnessed first-hand the heartbreaking situations individuals can find themselves in, often not knowing where to turn. I welcome the opportunity to discuss special needs trusts with them.”

Theresa has two children and loves spending time with them and her family. She also enjoys attending and participating in church activities. Theresa is a true fan of University of Tennessee sports where The Pride of the Southland perform.

Sonia Escalada
Account Clerk
SoniaEscalada
Sonia recently relocated to the Nashville area from Southern California, where she was born and raised. Sonia graduated from Cathedral City High School in 2009, in the top 10% of her graduating class. She is currently working on a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Argosy University.

Prior to joining the Vista Points team, Sonia was employed in a skilled care rehabilitation center. In this field, Sonia realized her passion for working with the elderly and infirmed, helping ease their anxieties even just by being a friendly face each day.

As an Account Clerk, at Vista Points, Sonia continues to express her passion for others by assisting with the management of the financial trust accounts. What she enjoys most about this is she can advocate for the beneficiaries and their families in a way she was not able to do before.

Karen Dedman
Account Clerk
KarenDedman
Working for Vista Points Inc., as an account clerk, seems to be a perfect place for Karen Dedman to help others. Karen has many years' experience in the judicial system, paralegal field, and the banking industry.

Karen enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics and serving on the Wilson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She also has a family member who needs special care. Karen states, “The families help me in understanding their circumstances. Helping others is how I was raised. I'm delighted to know I am doing a small part in giving others peace of mind. Knowing others are enjoying life with as few worries as possible is very gratifying.”

In Karen's spare time, she enjoys running, golf, photography and flower arranging. She also creates notecards from her photos for others to enjoy.

Mary D'Amico, AS
Administrative Assistant
MaryDAmico
Mary D'Amico is a native of New York but now calls Tennessee her home. Her background is in customer service, working with shoe manufacturers for 19 years.

After moving last year to Tennessee, she learned of Vista Points Special Needs Trusts and thought that it would be a great way to give back to the community. Mary was hired as an administrative assistant. She gives so much in professionalism and compassion to the company and its clients. Mary states, “Vista Points has taught me so much more about myself and people living with disabilities.”

In her free time, Mary enjoys exercising, taking energizing walks, visiting with neighbors, time with her husband, and playing with her dog.