4321 Woodburry Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 | (615) 427-1816

About Us

Who we are

History

In 2009, Mrs. Ham was a senior a Middle Tennessee State University and was a part of the Eta Kappa chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority. While healing from surgery she was contemplating a unique and much needed service project for the area. The first prom dress drive was held at the Tom Jackson building on Middle Tennessee State University campus. Mrs. Ham found herself more involved in the prom dress drive year after year and in 2011 the name Archie’s Promise was born.

Mission

The way you look impacts how you feel. An individual’s evaluation of their clothing can affect their self-esteem, confidence, and ability to perform adequately. How can you help? You can change a life by donating your new and gently used business & formal wear. Clothing is recyclable, and you can keep one more piece of clothing from entering the land field by donating formal wear to Archie’s Promise. Help reshape an individual’s future by donating your suit for their upcoming interview or graduation ceremony. By donating, you are giving individuals a chance to build up their self-esteem and improve their quality of life.

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VOLUNTEERS

Claressa Ham

Founder/Executive Director

Claressa Ham is the Founder/Executive Director of Archie’s Promise. The organization is named after her late grandfather, Archie Hughes. Mrs. Ham has a strong passion for improving the organization and making sure everything done is in compliance with the law. She strives to expand program outreach and development, and take the organization to the next level. Clarzessa has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Mrs. Ham is a great leader and role model to subordinates and strives each day to be a better individual. Claressa was recognized as a Millennial on a Mission in Middle Tennessee in 2015, Women in Business for 2016, and Murfreesboro’s Most Beautiful People in 2019

Alex Terrell

Policy Coordinator

Alex Terrell is a freelance writer and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Writing during her course of study. She has received The Peck Award and the Homer-Pittard Scholarship and Award for writing short fiction and for exhibiting outstanding leadership skills in her department. In 2019, Alex Terrell received her Masters at University of Maine in Orono. She has served in many executive roles for Archie’s Promise throughout the years. She currently serves as a board member for Archie’s Promise. She resides in Western Massachusetts.

Ashley Rhoden

Fashion Merchandising

Ashley Rhoden currently resides just outside of Nashville, TN. She’s got a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, and a minor in Marketing. She has almost 10 years of retail experience, including 2 years of retail management. She loves to serve where needed. Over time, her love for fashion only intensified, and her free time was spent flipping through an issue of Vogue or watching documentaries about fashion’s most influential people. Before declaring her major as fashion merchandising at Middle Tennessee State University, she earned an internship at an upscale boutique in Nashville that led her to work various runway shows, trunk shows, and art exhibits. During her free time, she can typically be found with her nose in a good book, or listening to a podcast.

Nikki Baker

Secretary

Nikki Baker graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in marketing. After working in merchandising and procurement she decided to focus on raising a family. During this time , she stayed active in several organizations that have helped her improve upon her leadership and organizational skills as well as heading up fundraising efforts. Nikki also worked at Crossaid, a give back brand tee shirt business. She has a heart for helping others, and loves fashion!

Nikki and her husband, Mike have three sons and two dogs (both boys). They also are part owners of a CrossFit gym in town and are passionate about fitness. She loves the beach, outdoor activities, and watching the boys in their chosen sports activities. She is very excited to help out at this wonderful non-profit.

Kim Hughes

Attorney

Kim Greene Hughes, Esq. is the Founder and Manager of K.G. Hughes & Associates, LLC serving Greater Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  She has combined legal experience in Corporate/Business, Real Estate (Commercial and Residential), Entertainment, Wills & Trusts, Probate of Estates and other related fields for which she has advised and represented clients for nearly 18 years.  In addition, her work experience includes being an Associate, Managing Attorney, and then Partner with prior Atlanta law firms before she ventured on her own, nearly 9 years ago.  Kim started her law firm with a desire to offer a high level of professional expertise, impeccable service, integrity to clients, and a strong commitment to community.  Kim maintains these attributes to be an integral part of the Firm’s vision to date.

As a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Kim is affiliated with the Business, Real Estate, and Entertainment law sections.  She is further affiliated with both professional and civic organizations including representation of Charis Community Housing, Inc. in Atlanta.  Charis is a nonprofit whose mission is to restore and develop wholesome, viable, self-sustaining, mixed income neighborhoods in underserved communities. Kim also holds the status of a Georgia state registered mediator for General Civil and Domestic Family matters.  In this arena, Kim offers specialized mediation for families with businesses, business owners in general, and high wealth individuals with complex portfolios.  She continues to devote time and energy to training real estate industry professionals, start-up entrepreneurs, and entertainers through her originally designed workshops created to bring knowledge, inspiration and practical application of business fundamentals through the lessons of her own personal journey.

Kim received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctorate from The American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.

Shikera Johnson

Board Member

Shikera Johnson is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and minors in Lifespan Development and Health and Human Performance. She loves God, working with children of all ages and serving. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time and working out with family and friends and watching sports. With sports, she loves the game of basketball. Shikera was an assistant coach for the Siegel High School girl’s basketball team for 4 years. She has coached basketball  for the city leagues in the Murfreesboro community. Also, she has coached  AAU girls eighth grade and high school basketball. 

Her passion is working with children with special needs. She is currently working on her Master’s to become a Special Education Teacher. She currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN. She is eager to add ideas and help out wherever needed at this amazing non-profit. 

LaKika King

Board Member

LaKika was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2014. She started working in the field of social work and quickly realized the impact of systems in the outcome of people’s lives. She began her work with infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays in 2016 and is still empowering and educating families every day. LaKika enrolled to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2017 and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2019. She was awarded the Outstanding Student of the Year award for her impact in her graduate program and internship. LaKika has a strong passion for empowering others to be the best version of their selves. LaKika has been a supporter of Archie’s Promise since the very beginning but started volunteering this year and attended several events. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, brunching and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley Bergman

Board Member

Ashley Bergman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a Minor in Art History from the University of Alabama. After following her dream of working in the Fashion Industry in New York City, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee. She currently is a Manager with Regions Bank.

Ashley’s passion for helping others started at an early age. In Spring 2023, She was chosen to participate in the Young Leaders Council and is currently involved in a few Non-Profits around the Middle Tennessee area.

When Ashley is not working or volunteering with Archie’s Promise, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her rescue cat Penny.

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