Meet The Board
Founder & Executive Director
Markill is a native of Chattanooga, he spent over 20 years of his life addicted to drugs and alcohol. He experienced homelessness firsthand, living in shelters with him his church home (Church of the First Born) giving back to the homeless from 2014-2019. Covid-19 hit, and everything was at a standstill while the homeless community was affected in a massive way which led Markill and his wife to create Vision of Mercy.
Dr. Kelly Johnson
Dr. Kelly Johnson is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Johnson is a 20 year veteran of teaching and learning. She is an avid educator, researcher & entrepreneur. She is the owner of Another Chapter Agency, Jabbing with the Johnsons and U-Rang Answering Services. During the summer months, Dr. Johnson volunteers her time to assists others and she possesses experience in operating programs which provide a safe haven for marginalized communities. She is committed to educating students, adults, colleagues, families, and the
community through establishing strong connections.
Community Outreach Consultant
Dr. Emily Dunlap
In her service as Community Outreach Consultant, Dr. Emily Dunlap brings her expertise as a Cognitive Developmental Psychologist, a Rule 31 Supreme Court Civil and Criminal Mediator, and a Professor of Psychology at Chattanooga State Community College to the Vision of Mercy Board of Directors. Emily has earned a reputation as a collaborative and inspiring leader, who develops and enriches a variety of programs that benefit the well-being of individuals and communities. She has dedicated her career to seeking just outcomes for historically excluded individuals, focusing on educational equity and poverty reduction.
Co Executive Director
Candis resides in Chattanooga, TN and is a single mom. For the past eight years, Candis helped with ministry work alongside her mother and stepfather. She closely aligns her actions with the Executive Director and assists with event planning and coordinating food distribution. Ms. Bradley possesses wonderful leadership skills while working with the community and schools in the area with her job to help as many people as she can.
Barabara Billing has worked in the service industry for the past 20 years. She attended Ashford University where she graduated with a Bachelor of associate in real estate and a minor in Human Resources. Barbara is a recovering alcoholic and addicted and knows from firsthand experience from being homeless without food and shelter. Barbara has a deep compassion for helping others because someone helped her.
Abigail Calloway Hammonds is a Registered Nurse and currently performs work in mental health institutes. For the past 34 years she has dedicated her time and services to the nursing field. Additionally, Abilgail dedicates her time to ministry work. Her favorite motto: Matthew 4:4 "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God"
Spiritual Outreach Advisor
Randolph Higginbotham, minister, bible teacher and
Assistant Pastor at The Church of the Firstborn. Pastor Higginbotham is dedicated to sharing the gospel of Christ. He has enjoyed learning how to present the gospel of Christ effectively, by attending seminars, conferences and bible teachings from several of the world’s best scholars. He has spent 27 years spreading the gospel in the prison ministry in Tennessee and Georgia.
While ministering with a group of his fellow brothers in Christ at his church home, Markill Moore felt the urge to support the community. The desire to serve the community increased and he, along with his brothers in Christ, started serving consistently from 2015-2019. Unfortunately, Covid-19 came along, and things had to be put on hold. Covid-19 altered several people lives especially the homeless community and Markill and his wife, Margaret saw the need to do more. In May of 2021, Markill and Margaret Moore formed Vision of Mercy.
Vision of Mercy provides services to the homeless community in the greater area of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our mission is to restore hope and dignity to those who are altered by conflict and disaster to survive. Our vision is to assist and improve the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness in the greater area of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We serve individuals who are displaced from their families, homes, and society while assisting them every day with essential needs such as food, tents, blankets, raincoats, shelter, and medication.