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John Toy, Attorney
John Toy
Calling Murfreesboro his home since childhood, Mr. Toy started practicing law in order to make a difference in others’ lives. From Hobgood Elementary to Central Middle and from Riverdale High School to MTSU, Mr. Toy is truly a product of the community. Mr. Toy feels blessed to serve such an amazingly diverse clientele of this rapidly growing city, county, and region.

As an Eagle Scout, Mr. Toy learned the value of serving. Dedicating much of his time to being involved in the community, Mr. Toy is a charter member of the Murfreesboro Downtown Barristers Lions Club, where he serves as First Vice President. Mr. Toy serves on the Board as treasurer of his daughter’s American Heritage Girls Troop and as President of the Board of Directors for Vista Points, Inc.: The Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center. During the Fall and Spring, Mr. Toy coaches his daughter and son’s soccer teams.

Mr. Toy graduated magna cum laude and top of his class from Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, VA. While there, Mr. Toy served on Senior Staff of the Law Review, publishing his Comment, Restoring the Gatekeeper: How Illustrative Notice Pleading Can Save the American Judicial System. Mr. Toy was a finalist in the school’s 1L Moot Court competition and served as Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, including competing nationally on the school’s Negotiation Competition team.

He is licensed to practice law in all courts in the state of Tennessee. Mr. Toy is a member of the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Murfreesboro Estate Planning Council, Lawyers with Purpose, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Mr. Toy is a recognized speaker on Elder Law topics. In addition to local speaking engagements to community groups, he has given continuing legal education presentations to other attorneys at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Elder Law Forum, the Upper Cumberland Adult Abuse Coalition annual meeting, and the Murfreesboro General Sessions Civil Court Annual Update. Mr. Toy currently serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Executive Council.

Donald Thomas
Board Member
>Donald Thomas
Donald Thomas is a financial advisor and founding member of Assurance Financial Partners, LLC, but he still thinks of himself as a student. He is continually educating himself on new approaches and products that can help his clients reach their financial dreams.

Growing up on a farm in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Donald learned early on the importance of integrity and hard work. Beginning in “self-employed retail” in Rogersville, AL and later returning to Nashville to work in the field of insurance, Donald has worked with clients helping them with all aspects of financial and life needs.

Donald's past leisure time interests were split between team roping, varsity basketball, and music. Guitar legend Jerry Reed was a big inspiration. Whether it is in church or at a barbecue, bonfire, or on stage, you will still find Donald singing and picking to this day.

Donald is especially proud of his 28-year-old son, Cody, a sergeant in the Army National Guard. The youngest sergeant in the State of Alabama National Guard, Cody has served in Afghanistan.

In addition to serving on the Vista Points Special Needs Trust Board of Directors, Thomas also works with the BBB Middle Tennessee Corporate Board.

Jose Scott
Board Member
>Jose Scott
Josie Scott, B.S.N., R.N., has tremendous passion for the senior population. This passion has guided her to participate in multiple community groups and awareness events. Vista Points is proud to have her as a member of the Board of Directors.

Josie is a seasoned healthcare professional with experience in comprehensive nursing care procedures as well as many facets of the health care industry including operations, staff management, community relations, and business development.

Her experience includes her current position, working in the healthcare arena and being the Owner and Executive Director of “A Divine Miracle Adult Care Center” in Madison, Tennessee. She previously was employed with Life Care Center of Old Hickory Village, as well as sharing her expertise with other skilled nursing facilities and skilled home-care companies.

Josie received her B.S.N. from Hampton University and is licensed in Tennessee, Connecticut and Texas.

Barbara Boone McGinnis
Board Member
Barbara Boone McGinnis
Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis is certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney and by the State of Tennessee as an Elder Law Specialist. She provides legal expertise on a wide range of client issues with a focus on Life Care Planning, Medicaid appeals, Veterans benefits, and probate matters. She is a VA-accredited attorney.

Barbara's passion for helping people deal with the changes that aging brings extends beyond her clinical experience. Her father had Alzheimer's Disease for more than eight years before he passed away and she helped her mother care for him and deal with difficult decisions. Being a part of her father's journey has given her tremendous empathy for families facing the prospect of long-term illness of an aging loved one.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, a Master's degree as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and a Juris Doctor degree from Nashville School of Law. She is president of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and chair of the Elder Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

In Barbara's spare time, she enjoys playing golf and traveling with her husband, and spending time with family.

Patricia Wissel
Board Member
Patricia Wissel
Patricia Wissel joined our Vista Points Board in 2018 bringing her gifted communication skills and performance sales executive/leader/trainer experience to us.

Her work experience includes time with Elmcroft of Twin Hills, an assisted living community in Madison, as well as co-ownership of Preferred Care at Home of North Davidson & Sumner Counties. Pat excels in assisting the senior population in need of experience and quality services.

In Pat's words, “I am honored to be a part of the Vista Points' board because I have experienced first-hand how its charitable giving has impacted people who need it so desperately but do not have the means to make it happen. Then there are the solutions and peace of mind that Vista Points provides families who need to find a way to take to care of a loved one. They can find the answers here.”

We are excited to have Pat on our Board and look forward to working with her as we provide Trustee services to our beneficiaries.

Travenia Holden
Board Member
Travenia Holden
Travenia A. Holden, Esq. attended Howard University in Washington, DC and received her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She was licensed to practice in Tennessee in 1987 as well as being admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tennessee, United States District Courts in the Middle and Eastern Divisions, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

She has published opinions/articles and has multiple professional affiliations within the Bar Associations and the Solo/Small Business Division of Lawyer's Association for Women.

In additional to her position on the Board of Directors with Vista Points Special Needs Trusts & Resource Center, she is on the Advisory Committee of the Roy Bailey African American Museum, General Counsel for the Wilson County AARP and in 2011 was a Finalist in the “Best of the Best” Best Lawyer in Wilson County.

In Barbara's spare time, she enjoys playing golf and traveling with her husband, and spending time with family.

Chris Johnson
Board Member
Chris Johnson
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary School of Law. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, serves on the Board of Directors of VFW Post 9851 in Hendersonville, and is a member of Rotary International Gallatin Noon Club and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Chris' career included multiple deployments to Japan and Afghanistan. He served in a number of roles including but not limited to Infantry Officer, Judge Advocate, and Deputy Chief Legal Advisor to the to the Afghanistan National Army. Prior to his retirement from military service in 2014, Chris had achieved the rank of Major and was heading the Legal Services Support Team serving Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina. After relocating to the Nashville area, Chris previously worked at a law firm where his practice included elder law, estate planning and administration, probate law, and VA benefits planning.

When Chris is not serving clients, he enjoys swimming, sailing, hunting, and coaching Little League baseball.