Contributions made by Trina:

Trina advocates for those in recovery, incarceration, homelessness and co-occurring disorders 


Finalist for the Next Awards Entrepreneur of 2022

Received CEO of the Year - TAADAS 2018

Received the 2016 Humanitarian Award in recognition of outstanding services in the field of Social Action.

Awarded Professional of the Year 2016 by TAADAC (TN Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors)

Authored the book "Exit Plan" and facilitators guide

Recognized as "Hometown Hero" for Middle Tennessee by Darrell Waltrip Group

Student leadership award from Argosy University

Community Service:

Community Outreach Coordinator at New Covenant Church

Back to school drive for Tomorrow’s Hope Association

Volunteer time to help people setup for new non-profits

Committee member for Toy drive at New Covenant Church

Offices Held:


Board of Directors for the Nashville Davidson County Continuum of Care Planning Council Governance

President for TN-ARR

Committee member for the merger between the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission and COC Governance Board.

Licensure Board for TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS)

Consumer advisory board planning committee for Department of Metro Homelessness Commission

(TADDAS) Recovery Support and Criminal Justice Committee

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Committee


(TADDAS) recovery support and criminal justice committee

Steering committee for certified peer recovery specialist

United Way Ryan White Review committee

(NARR)National Alliance Recovery Residents Committee

(SAMHSA)Regional recovery panel member working with underserved population


Affordable Housing


Recovery and sharing the message of recovery around the world

Vacation at the Beach

Spending time with family


4 children

4 grandchildren

Entrepreneur of 2022 Award:( Nominee )

Austin Dirks: GreenLight Medical
Meg Epstein: CA South
Trina Frierson: Mending Hearts

“Each entrepreneur’s work is inspiring and deserves to be recognized. I am so proud of our entrepreneurial community and our partners who help us do the work we do.  We are excited to shine a light on so many in our community and look forward to celebrating and honoring each of them, said Jane Allen, CEO of the EC. “We are grateful to have Amazon’s support as presenting sponsor in what will be a memorable night for our team, fellow entrepreneurs, and the Nashville community. We encourage everyone to join in this special celebration.”

Additionally, the EC will welcome the 2022 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees for their life-long contributions to Nashville’s entrepreneurial community. The evening is supported by its major sponsors Presenting Sponsor: Amazon; Sage: EY; Pathfinders: Dell Technologies, Electronic Arts, Evolution Event Solutions, Nashville Business Journal, Pinnacle Financial Partners. The co-chairs of this year’s event are Sherry and Mark Deutschmann.

To learn more about Nashville Entrepreneur Center and its programs, click here.

About Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2010 by business leaders who wanted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and to celebrate the spirit and tenacity of the entrepreneurial community. The NEC serves as Nashville’s center for entrepreneurship, supporting visionaries—from every background, in any industry, and at all phases—by connecting them to critical resources and championing their desire to change the world. Learn more about the NEC by following @entrecenter on LinkedIn, Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram, and at