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

    Chief Operating Officer

    [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

Pat Danehy Chair
Principal, NewSouth Capital Management

Kathy Gale Uhlhorn 
Vice Chair

Gretchen McLennon  Secretary
DI Studio, Founder and President

Jon Moorehead  
Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Bruce B. Hopkins  

Retired Chairman, First Horizon

Greg Baudoin

Owner, Greg Baudoin Interior Design

Greg Fletcher

Retired Attorney, Baker Donelson

Trow Gillespie
President, NewSouth Capital Management

Lucy Lee 
Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Russ Wigginton
Chief Postsecondary Impact Officer, State Collaborative on Reforming Education

Gary Wunderlich

Live Oak Merchant Partners

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
Global Chief People Officer, Sedgwick
Michael Campanaro
VP, IT, AutoZone
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

Mary Hopkins

VP, Internal Audit, Servicemaster

Juanita Ortiz

Chief Impact Officer, Slingshot Memphis

Reginald R. Paige, Sr.
Associate General Counsel, Evergreen Packaging, LLC

Ashley Patterson
In-House Trial Counsel, FedEx

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


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