Board & Staff

Collage Dance Collective
photo: Melissa Sweazy

Get to know our team.


Ashley Ayikwei

    Ashley Ayikwei

    Database Coordinator

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0405
    Josie Ballin
    Director of Marketing and Donor Engagement

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0401
Tracy Lauritzen-Wright

    Tracy Lauritzen Wright

    Director of Grants & Initiatives

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0407
Ellen Lester

    Ellen Lester

    Chief Financial Officer

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0404

    Kelsea Lewis

    Development & Office Coordinator

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.578.2787
Colleen McCartney

    Colleen McCartney

    Grants & Initiatives Manager

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0403
Elizabeth Rouse
    Elizabeth Rouse
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0410 


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Lucy Lee  

Pat Danehy  
Vice Chair
Principal, NewSouth Capital Management

Gretchen McLennon  Secretary
DI Studio, Founder and President

Jon Moorehead  
Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Bruce B. Hopkins  
Immediate Past Chair
Chairman, West Tennessee Region, First Tennessee Bank

Greg Baudoin

Owner, Greg Baudoin Interior Design

Greg Fletcher

Retired Attorney, Baker Donelson

Trow Gillespie
President, NewSouth Capital Management

Dr. Russ Wigginton
VP of Student Life & Dean of Students, Rhodes College

Gary Wunderlich

CEO, Wunderlich Securities, Inc.

Oscar Adams
SVP, Trading Strategies Group, Vining Sparks

Bo Allen

West Tennessee Region President, First Tennessee Bank

C. David Biggers, Jr.
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office

Terri S. Browne
EVP, Chief People Officer Americans, Sedgwick
Bill Carkeet, Jr.
Principal/CEO, Oden & Associates
Kate Connell
Investment Manager, Gilliland Investments

Bob Craddock
Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Maysey Craddock

Michael Drake
CEO, masterIT
Jon Ernst
Retired Vice President/General Manager, International Paper

Martin Hand

Chief Donor Officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Whitney Hardy
Founder & Executive Director, Young Arts Patrons | Young Collectors Contemporary
Wilton D. "Chick" Hill
WDH Holdings, LLC
Juanita Ortiz

Reginald R. Paige, Sr.

Associate General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging, LLC

Ashley Patterson
In-House Trial Counsel, FedEx

John Pettey

Managing Director, Raymond James & Associates

Kathy Gale Uhlhorn

Ron Walter
President & General Manager, WREG-TV Channel 3

Jimmie Williams

SVP & CFO, Belz Enterprises

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