Board & Staff

Collage Dance Collective
photo: Melissa Sweazy

Get to know our team.



    Josie Ballin
    Director of Marketing and Donor Engagement

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0401
Colleen McCartney
    Colleen Chandler
    Grants & Initiatives Manager

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.341.0403
   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 & Operation Coordinator

    [email protected]
    direct: 901.578.2787

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

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

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Live Oak Merchant Partners

Oscar Adams
SVP, Trading Strategies Group, Vining Sparks

Bo Allen

West Tennessee Region President, First Horizon

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, 3RDSPACE

Wilton D. "Chick" Hill

WDH Holdings, LLC

Mary Hopkins

VP, Internal Audit, Servicemaster
Dianne Mall
Juanita Ortiz

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

Ashley Patterson

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


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