Jenny Matthews
Executive Director


Claudia S. Haltom sat on the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court bench for 17 years, hearing cases and ruling on family law and juvenile matters. She judged custody, visitation, paternity, and child support cases. She has been a practicing attorney and judged for 30 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

In many of the cases, the parents of these children gave birth to children too early in life when they were not emotionally, mentally or financially prepared to be parents. Te stress of these unintended pregnancies led to the heartbreaking dilemma’s in these families lives.

By spacing their children, they could have avoided the stress that led to the court cases.

Now, in her retirement, she is the founder and CEO for A Step Ahead Foundation.