Staff Member

Tanya Smith

Tanya joined the Lifeline team in December 2017 as our Human Resources Director. She takes care of our people! She’s originally from New Orleans, LA and received Bachelor’s degree in Youth & Family Studies from Samford University. She grew up a dancer and is still known to bust out in a dance party while cooking dinner. For fun, Tanya enjoys sewing, hiking, and spending time with her family. She’s a big fan of Asian and Mexican food. Her favorite place to travel is Maine but is also down to go to the beach. She has been married to her husband, Ryan, for more than 20 years. Originally from the Gulf Coast, they’ve lived in Birmingham for most of their marriage. Ryan is a teacher at a local high school. They have four children: Hope, Jack, Tai, and Emma. Their family loves to be outdoors, finding new places to hike and explore. Her three simple joys are her faith, her family, and a hot cup of tea! Tanya loves the mission of holistic orphan care and getting to do that with others that are just as passionate as she is.