The class of 2018-2019 has been announced for Leadership Nashville, a nine-month program designed to assist community leaders in their roles as decision makers.
Leadership Nashville’s success over the past 42 years is the diversity of its participants, representing a variety of professions, industries, races, genders, religions and neighborhoods, according to Jerry B. Williams, Executive Director of the program.
“Selection was especially difficult this year because of the large number of very qualified applicants,” she added. “The participants announced today were chosen from more than 275 applications. The selection process takes place each spring when alumni and the public are encouraged to nominate established leaders who are willing to devote the time and effort to an in-depth study of the community.”
Leadership Nashville is one of the oldest community programs in the country. It will begin in September and focus on issues related to government, media, education, business, labor, diversity, quality of life, human services, health, arts, entertainment and crime and criminal justice.
“Leadership Nashville was founded in 1976 as an executive level leadership organization rather than a leadership training program. It provides a three-dimensional view of the city and becomes a bridge, connecting people and the issues facing this community,” said Williams.
“We expose them to various viewpoints on each issue, believing that Nashville will be stronger because decisions these leaders make in the future will come from a broadened, enlightened perspective.”
CEO Hal Cato listens while the employees at Thistle Farms work in the warehouse in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean)
This year’s selection committee was Hal Cato, CEO of Thistle Farms, and Ralph Davis, attorney and former partner of Cressey & Company.
The new members of the 43nd class are:
- Tim P. Adams, President & CEO, Saint Thomas Health
- Harry L. Allen, Co-Founder, Studio Bank
- Jessica Averbuch, CEO, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
- Lori M. Becker, Editor in Chief, Nashville Business Journal
- Sharon A. Brawner, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
- Zachary F. Brickner, Broker, Village Real Estate and President, Junior Chamber of Commerce
- Maya Bugg, EdD, CEO, Tennessee Charter School Center
- Suann M. Davis, Community Volunteer
- Manuel A. Delgado, Owner & President, Delgado Guitars
- John Faison, Sr. DMin, Senior Pastor, Watson Grove Baptist Church
- Angela M. Goddard, Executive Director, Joe C. Davis Foundation
- Gealita S. Greenhill, Executive Director of Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Bridgestone Americas
- Jeff W. Gregg, Senior Agent, Creative Artists Agency
- Brian T. Hassett, President & CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
- William H. Hawkins, Chairman, Chas. Hawkins Co., Inc. Lucy Davis Haynes, National Director of Training, Worth New York
- Haley T. Hovious, President, Nashville Health Care Council
- Martha L. Ivester, City Manager, Google Fiber
- Michele M. Johnson, Executive Director, Tennessee Justice Center
- Demetria D. Kalodimos, Journalist, Genuine Human Productions
- Douglas E. Kreulen, President & CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
- Joyce K. Lavery, CEO, Safe Haven Family Shelter
- Lawrence J. Marnett, PhD, Dean of Basic Sciences, Vanderbilt University
- Matthew P. Miller, Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Lynch
- William B. Morrow, Treasurer, HCA
- Monique N. Odom, Director, Metro Parks & Recreation Department
- Reed, Omary, MD, Chair, Department of Radiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Brian O’Meara, Marketing Director, Regions Bank
- W. Brantley Phillips, Jr., Chair of Litigation Group, Bass Berry & Sims
- Scott C. Pohlman, President, Nashville Region, SunTrust Bank
- Alan J. Pramuk, CEO, Gresham Smith & Partners
- D. Kevin Roddey, Senior Vice President & Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Financial Partners
- Alice Ganier Rolli, Vice President, QuaverMusic.com
- Kevin D. Rome, PhD, President, Fisk University
- Barbara L. Schaetz, Vice President of Business Operations, Grand Ole Opry
- Clinton A. Smith, Founder, Emma
- Michelle C. Steele, Co- Director, Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, Lipscomb University
- Zulfat A. Suara, Assistant Controller, Meharry Medical College
- William A. Swann, Interim Director-in-Chief, Metro Nashville Fire Department
- Emily S. Weiss, Vice President, Community Relations, Ingram Industries, Inc.
- Kevin W. Williams, President, K.A.W. Properties
- Joseph F. Woolley, Owner, Get It Done Solutions
- Nahed A. Zehr, PhD, Executive Director, Faith & Culture Center and President-Elect, Junior League of Nashville
- Andrea E. Zonn, Recording Artist & Independent Producer.
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