& Trusts

Dora M. Mitchell is the Executive Director of Guardianship & Trusts.

Ms. Mitchell has been with Guardianship & Trusts since 1998, previously serving as Associate Executive Director and Director of Social Service until she became Executive Director in 2009.

Ms. Mitchell earned her Masters' of Science degree in Public Service Management at Cumberland University. Her education also includes her Bachelors' of Science degree in Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University.

Ms. Mitchell is a Certified National Guardian, she continues provides direct conservatorship services and oversees medical and financial decisions in consultation with the other GTC Directors. She is the person contacted by Adult Protective Services, the ad litem attorney, or the court itself when a client is appointed for services. Ms. Mitchell meets with their Adult Protective Services case manager, attorney, judge or the person’s family to discuss the details of the investigation and person’s capacity. 

Ms. Mitchell's thoughtful leadership has made GTC achieve great strides over the past few years. They have a team of well-trained professional staff and a sound financial footing as a result of increased earnings, additional grant support and individual contributions.

Guardianship & Trusts  -   Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors include professionals from health, finance and social work fields. This crucial support allows GTC to serve frail and elderly clients whose medical needs and decisions may be beyond the scope of most potential conservators. As GTC was originally conceived as a project of The Arc Tennessee, a non-profit disability rights advocacy group in Nashville, and funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). GTC’s Board of Directors must always include a member of The Arc Tennessee.

David Spragens, J.D. is the Staff Attorney at Guardianship & Trusts.

Mr. Spragens is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Mr. Spragens previously held a chair as a board member on the Guardianship & Trusts Board of Directors, he now executes trust agreements, oversees reports to the court, and coordinates any legal representation required by wards.

Mr. Spragens had also previously served as Director of Planned Giving for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Trust Officer at Third National Bank, and Vice President over the Estate Settlement and Trust Tax Departments at First American National Bank. 


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