Keynote Speaker, Envisioning a Nashville for All Neighborhoods
Kia is an award-winning entrepreneur and communicator who works with high capacity leaders and high impact initiatives in nonprofit, government, and mission-focused for profit companies. In 2006 she founded MEPR Agency, a boutique public relations and community engagement firm with a specific focus on inclusive and strategic communications programs and outcomes.
As a communicator she offers strategic counsel and technical assistance in a variety of areas, including cultural resilience; strategic communications; organizational sustainability; multicultural strategies; community led design and development processes; communication and human behavior; social and cultural resilience; message development; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging.
A part of Jarmon's depth has positioned her as one of the leading community engagement strategists in Nashville. With years of experience, she is most known for her innovative and disruptive communication programs – developing audience based outcomes.
Additionally, Jarmon is working on two passion projects to enhance the nonprofit and philanthropy ecosystem. She is actively providing capacity and capability building resources for nonprofits leaders of color, and she is providing tools and resources to increase and showcase the collective power of Black philanthropists.
As a result of her leadership, Jarmon has been awarded the Susan Short Jones Economic Development Emerging Leader presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville Chapter, Minority Business of the Year by the Minority Business Center, the “Woman to Watch” by the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum, and Nashville Business Journal’s “Top Forty Under 40” and “Women of Influence”, among others.
Jarmon is a consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management. Additionally, she serves on the Metropolitan Beer Permit Board, the Metro Human Relations Support Fund Advisory Board, and is a board member with Neighbor to Neighbor.
Rebekah Alexander is a freelance artist who specializes in performance art, avant-garde music, and contemporary theatre. She has been involved in the Edgehill Coalition since 2016 as an arts advocate. Rebekah has presented her original performance art works at local galleries including Abrasive Media and Queen Ave. As a classical vocalist, she has collaborated with Music City Baroque, Intersection, Chatterbird, Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
Moderator for Working Together in Culturally-Diverse Neighborhoods
Fabian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 1983 he received his degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. He came to the United States 30 years ago as part of Columbus Area International Program, a USA training program that exchanges human services professionals from one country to another to develop and exchange ideas. His strong volunteer culture was nurtured by his parents who founded a Lions Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina over 50 years ago. Fabian was elected to Nashville’s Metro Council and just finished his second consecutive term finishing his service. He recently started working at the office of Mayor John Cooper engaging in Planning, Neighborhood Development and Infrastructure.
Carlina Bell Rollins, MBA
Carlina Bell Rollins, MBA has brought over 20 years of progressive financial, managerial and non-profit experience to The Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation for a little over seven years. Her formative experience in the non-profit field began as a community lender with PeopleFund in Austin, one of the nation’s top-rated Community Development Financial Institutions, where she worked with unbanked populations addressing their business financing needs and operational challenges. Carlina’s informal immersion in community economic development came at an early age, while shadowing her grandfather. As a butcher he owned two community grocery stores when shopping within your community was the norm, and he was a developer of affordable housing and provider of commercial space for small businesses.
She earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategy from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
M. Simone Boyd is a novelist, neighborhood organizer and speaker. Simone dreams of a day when her neighborhood will be free from violence, and she is working toward that day. Her advocacy helped secure $3 million dollars of infrastructure investments for her neighborhood and helped raise $35,000 from developers, investors, and private foundations to pay LOCAL artists to perform during a street festival. At least once a month, people—some incarcerated—share that her novel, The Day Sonny Died, has made them hopeful.
Ed Branding is the Head of Research for the Knox Team. His research ranges from finding properties for the team to develop to attending neighborhood meetings all over town to let the team know what people want and don’t want in their communities to keeping the team abreast of governmental issues at the local, state, and federal level. The goal is for everybody to understand one another’s wants and needs, to spend less time confronting and more time building people new homes.
Ed is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, and of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a B.A. in History and extended graduate studies in Accounting and Finance.
Facilitator for Changing Your Neighborhood's Identity (Inside and Out)
Brittany Campagna is an Urban Sociologist, Community Strategist, and Affiliate Real Estate Broker. She graduated from Austin Peay State University and The University of Memphis with two Sociology degrees. Her area of expertise is Political Economy and Urban Development. She moved to Nashville after graduate school to build a company that builds strong business and economies that work for the people and by the people of those communities and neighborhoods. She created Inner City Investments LLC (ICITY) to work in inner-city neighborhoods to build community scaled economies with the residents in them. Currently she is working towards building a community owned and operated grocery store to the Napier Community.
Brittany currently lives in South Nashville, Nolensville Corridor. She is the chair of the Young Adult Caucus for N.O.A.H. She also serves as the Chair of the Pathways to Inclusion Program for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is part of their Civic Leadership Forum and Building Healthy Neighborhoods committees. Further, Brittany is part of the Napier United Coalition and volunteers her time at Napier Elementary School.
Facilitator for Stormwater Impacts on Water Quality in Our Neighborhoods
Will has worked for The Cumberland River Compact for 4 years. He is program manager and his work focuses on stormwater issues and stream restoration. Will has a B.S. from MTSU 2013 and M.S. from Lipscomb 2018.
Facilitator for How We Change the Attitude of Homeowner Apathy in HOA's
Bill is a native of Middle Tennessee and a proud US Navy veteran, he has a background in HOA construction and management since 2004. He has completed his CMCA and AMS certifications and is working towards his PCAM in community management.He has been married to his wife of 32 years; she is very patient woman. He enjoys hunting and fishing and growing roses in his flower garden.
Married to Veronica L. Clemmons for 41 1/2 yrs. A Ford Motor Co./ UAW Retiree since April-2007, 30yrs service. I am the presiding president of Madison Middle School PTSO. I am also one of the Lead Coordinators for Bellshire Estates Homeowners Group. My favorite quote: "My GOD is an AWSOME GOD!"
Facilitator for Let's Talk Transit!
Jessica (Jess) is the Executive Director for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. The Transit Alliance is committed to building support for funding a regional multimodal transit system. At the Transit Alliance, Dauphin builds relationships with communities and business partners, secures funding for programs, and oversees all educational and community engagement programs, including the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy (TCLA).
Currently, she is Vice Chair of the Transit NOW Nashville board of directors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University.
The rumors are true, Dauphin is a Middle Tennessee native and enjoys being part of the areas’ growth. She lives in Bellevue on the Riverwalk Greenway where you can find her out with her husband and 6-year-old son most any Spring, Summer, or Fall day.
Rubén E. De Peña, MLS
Special Guest for Schools and Neighborhood Working Together
Rubén De Peña was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He moved to Nashville because of a better opportunity with Thomas Nelson Publishers, a company that was expanding, where he functioned as the Sales Director for its international division until 2004. In 2005, he changed careers and started working for Metro Nashville Public Schools, where he currently serves as Equity & Diversity Coordinator in the Communications Department.
Among his various efforts in reaching out and empowering diverse families and communities, Rubén hosts a live Spanish-language educational radio show on three local radio stations and two online venues, at no cost for Metro Schools. In addition, he creates and distributes a weekly electronic newsletter on relevant school, district and community programs and events.
Rubén holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Dominicana O&M, Dominican Republic, and a master’s in leadership studies from Fort Hays State University, Kansas.
Facilitator for Youth in Action
Allie is a junior in high school and serves as NAZA’s Youth Advisor. She is the creator of the Youth in Action initiative, a youth-led leadership group of middle and high schoolers taking action on issues they care about in Nashville. Allie is a Scholastic Silver Key award-winning photographer who enjoys telling stories through her photographs, in the hope that viewers will see things in a different perspective and find connections to their community they might overlook otherwise. She speaks Chinese, tutors refugee youth and hopes to engage with others who are excited about uplifting youth voice in Nashville.
Lauren is a performing artist and arts administrator. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator with Metro Arts: Nashville’s Office of Art + Culture where they manage the Diversity in Arts Leadership Program (DIAL), the Poetry in Motion program, and the THRIVE funding program. They also serve as a leader in Metro Arts anti-racism initiatives, agency-wide outreach and develop professional development programming to support Nashville and our THRIVE arts ecosystem. Her artistic practice involves celebrating the voices of marginalized people and honoring universe and the land. Lauren’s work catalyzes cultural occurrences and connects communities for collective social and civic discourse in pursuit of justice and equity.
Judge for Competitive Showcase
A Nashville native, Kathy is the Director of Neighborhoods for the City of Nashville. She was appointed by Mayor John Cooper in November 2019. She was the Director of Office and Community Services for U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper prior to her move to the Mayor’s office. She began working for Congressman Cooper in 2003 as one of his original staff members. She leads many of Congressman Cooper’s programs in Nashville including nominations for service academies, internships and the Congressional Art Competition. She also oversees administrative office duties and helps constituents who have problems with the federal government.
Amanda Frick Kaiser
Amanda has more than a decade of experience in community development and nonprofit management. Before joining the Rebuilding Together Nashville team in 2017, Amanda spent nearly five years working at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville as the Homeownership Sustainability Director. Prior to her move to East Nashville in 2012, Amanda worked as a Program Director for Brooklyn Workforce Innovations in New York City and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. Amanda holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Master degree in Public Administration from New York University. Amanda and her husband love the outdoors and are active community members; they have recently become Davidson County foster parents.
Rev. Enoch Fuzz
Rev. Fuzz is a long-time pastor and community activities. He is a Servant of the Most High God to His people and pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Nashville.
Council Member Jennifer Gamble
Jennifer Gamble is a Metro Council member representing District 3. She was elected to Metro Council in August 2019, and has dedicated more than 20 years of community service in Nashville. Previously, she served as President of the Bellshire Terrace Neighborhood Watch, board member of the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance, board member of Nashville Education and Community Arts Television, and elected Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee Woman for District 3. Additionally, she served as a Metro Beautification and Environment Commissioner, where she coordinated neighborhood clean-ups and educated the community about recycling and conservation. Currently, she serves on the Metro Council’s Planning; Public Works; Codes, Fair & Farmer’s Market; and Parks, Library and Arts committees. In addition, she recently chaired the Metro Council Special Committee on Afterschool Programs.
Ms. Gamble is Founder and CEO of Nelson PR & Communications. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University. She and husband George have been married for 27 years and they have two sons ages 26 and 18.
Panelist for Taking Action in Your Neighborhood
Moderator for Toward a More Responsive Metropolitan Government
Robert Guth is a tax attorney with public, private, and nonprofit experience. When he's not giving legal advice, Robert splits his time between his son and daughter, the Nations Neighborhood Association, serving on the board of St. Luke's Community House, and helping community groups and nonprofits better understand and navigate complex issues, like the federal opportunity zones tax incentive.
Rebekah Hampton Barger
As the founder & artistic director of FALL, Nashville’s first aerial dance company, Rebekah is largely responsible for bringing aerial dance to greater prominence in the city. She has created commissions for the Nashville Symphony, abrasiveMedia, Nashville Ballet, and OZ Arts Nashville, with the successful implementation of multiple large scale projects including original theatrical productions and site-specific installations involving collaborations with many artists and organizations. In 2019, she facilitated a partnership with Nashville School of the Arts to establish FALL as the school’s resident dance company. Rebekah’s work blends classical and contemporary dance, using fabric and invented structures to create new movement possibilities, challenging dancers to experience gravity in new ways.
Gordon Stacy Harmon
Facilitator for Building Your Neighborhood Toolkit
Gordon is the current chairperson for the Highland Heights Neighborhood Association. He became active in neighborhood concerns three years ago when development activity increased and neighbors were at a loss how to influence the trend. After getting involved in HHNA, he has worked to increase communication, education, and engagement with neighbors to improve not only their community but Davidson County as a whole.
Del is a wife, mother of one, and grandmother of three boys. She is the newly-elected President of Paragon Mills Neighborhood Association.
Facilitator for Forming Meaningful Partnerships with Youth & Adults
Jim Hawk is Executive Director of Neighbor 2 Neighbor. He is a long-time community advocate and business leader with a proven record in creating and developing organizations to meet or exceed member expectations.
Jim received his Master of Divinity from The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Scarritt Graduate School. He is particularly effective in developing strategic plans and empowering employees and members to achieve their goals. His passion is creating community that bridges differences and helps people to work toward common goals.
Jim has established a clear mission: Help neighborhoods succeed!
Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood
Brenda has joined the Cooper administration as Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement. Brenda Haywood, who represented District 3 on Metro Council, serves as Associate Minister at St. John Missionary Baptist Church and is the founder of Royal Heirs Youth Academy, a youth and family empowerment nonprofit. A Nashville native, Haywood was the first African American student to walk through the doors of Stratford High School in 1963, followed by three others, integrating the school. Haywood later earned her Bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and Master's degree from Vanderbilt University. A retired Metro Nashville Public School teacher and administrator, now a volunteer chaplain for incarcerated youth, Haywood serves on the Board of Nashville Prevention Partnership and the Homeless Veterans Foundation.
Kim is from Franklin and originally from California. Her family consists of husband, Mark, and her children, Nathan who has Down Syndrome, and Kristin, son in law Tanner Robinson and three adorable granddaughters Caroline, Audrey and Mia.
Involved in Education in many capacities, Kim worked part time for school districts in both California and Wisconsin. Kim has a wealth of PTA experience that started in 1997 in California. While her children were little she started serving in PTA. Since then she has held many positions at the local, council, state and national levels. Bringing her passion for PTA with her to Wisconsin in 2007, Kim joined the Wisconsin PTA Board of Directors and served as Wisconsin’s State PTA President. Relocating again in 2015 to Tennessee, she is now serving as president of the Tennessee State PTA. Kim served on National PTA Special Education and Field Service Committees and is trained as a Training Capacity Building Initiative (TCBI) trainer. Her passion is family engagement in the education of children. Education makes the difference for everyone and parents, family, caregivers and community members should be partners in the education process.
Co-Facilitator for Changing Your Neighborhood's Identity (Inside and Out)
Edward is the Founder & Principal of Pillars Development, a project management, consulting, and development firm based in Nashville. With Pillars, he has worked on large-scale civic developments such as Music City Center, the New Tennessee State Museum, and the National Museum of African American Music, as well as planning projects like the South of Broadway Master Plan and Plan to Play.
Edward is passionate about community engagement; he lends his experience as the executive of a minority-owned, small business to assist with facilitating, presenting, and participating in community and stakeholder engagement events. Edward is also a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development and Infrastructure Council.
Edward lives in the Cameron Trimble/Chestnut Hill neighborhood, and is a proud resident.
Facilitator for Creating an Oral & Written History for Your Neighborhood
Victoria is a PhD student in Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History program. She also serves as a graduate research assistant at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, working on various urban-based projects across Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama. Her research analyzes the relationship between housing discrimination and gentrification in Nashville and the New South. She is also interested in how communities use material culture to form their identity.
Yolanda is the newly elected President of the Haynes-Trinity Neighborhood Coalition. Juvenile Corrections Professional. Rebuilding Together Nashville Advisory Board Member. Mother of one son, who is the owner of Sj World clothing line and a dog name Joe.
Facilitator for Influencing and Impacting Decisions in Your Neighborhood
Mike has been the Organizing Director for NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) since 2014. NOAH is an interfaith, multi-racial organization that unites 64 congregations, labor unions, and associations, engaging ordinary people in shaping political & economic decisions affecting their lives.
For 17 years, Mike served as a United Methodist Church and Community Worker, helping inner-city neighborhood residents to create neighborhood organizations to take action on the problems they saw in their communities. Later, he worked for 17 years for the Neighborhoods Resource Center, working mainly with lower-income neighborhoods. Mike’s work with NOAH is to build city-wide power for changes that go beyond one neighborhood – such as affordable housing and criminal justice reform.
King has been an Organized Neighbors of Edgehill Board Member since 1998, serving as Treasurer and Board Chair. ONE, Nashville’s first neighborhood organization, was organized by Rev Bill Barnes and has been instrumental in Edgehill’s Public Housing, affordable housing, local scholarships, ONE Community Garden, Nashville Neighborhood Association, N2N, NOAH to name a few.
Panelist for Developing Working Relationships with Elected Officials
Kelly is the Crieve Hall Neighborhood Association Board President and has been serving on the board since 2014. She and her family have lived in Nashville for eleven years and have lived in Crieve Hall since 2012. She is passionate about building a strong sense of community in her neighborhood which the CHNA supports through active communication with neighbors, organizing large events like Fall in the Hall and Farmin' in the Hall, and advocating on behalf of our neighborhood.
Council Member Courtney Johnston
Panelist for Taking Action in Your Neighborhood
Courtney has lived in her neighborhood of Crieve Hall for 15 years. It was after her home was burglarized a few years ago that she got involved in her neighborhood association as a board member with a focus on public safety. The more involved she became the more involved she wanted to be! Courtney saw a need and decided to run for metro council and was successful. She has a great deal of appreciation for the work that N2N does and looks forward to working with them to better the community.
Judge for the Competitive Showcase
Meribah is a reporter for Nashville Public Radio and producer of the podcast "The Promise." Before moving to Nashville she lived in Chicago, where she covered business, the economy, housing, crime and transportation. Her writing has appeared The New York Times, The New Yorker, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on NPR, WBEZ, The PBS News Hour and Chicago Public Television. A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, their young son and six cats.
Louis M. Kyriakoudes, Ph.D.
Facilitator for Creating an Oral & Written History for Your Neighborhood
Louis is the director of the Albert Gore Research Center and professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University. An accomplished oral historian, he has led oral history projects on subjects as diverse as the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the BP-Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster on seafood industry workers. He also serves as the co-executive director of the Oral History Association, the leading professional organization for oral history practice.
Panelist for Working Together in Culturally-Diverse Neighborhoods
Lin holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley Graduate School of Business. Lin founded Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) in December, 2002, to continue pursuing her passion in performing arts as well as promoting Chinese arts and culture. CAAN is a not for profit arts organization that hosts many arts and cultural events for the public throughout the year. Lin was awarded “Living Cultural Treasure Award” by Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, in 2000, the Carell Fine Arts Artist in Residence in 2013 at the Harpeth Hall School, and "Culture Shaper" at "Amplify Nashville" in 2018 that recognized immigrants who made influential and significant contributions to Nashville city. Lin also teaches TaiChi at Metro Nashville Parks, Chinese drumming at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary, and is a Teaching Artist in Dance at the Education Department, TN Performing Arts Center.
Facilitator for Why Neighborhood Experiences Matter
Caroline serves as a program evaluation analyst in Metro Nashville Public School’s Research, Assessment, and Evaluation department. In this role, she supports quantitative and qualitative research for the Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing. Caroline has a master’s degree in sociology from Princeton University.
Moderator for Partnerships with the Business Community
Cheryl Mayes is the Director of Finance & Operations in the office of Congressman Jim Cooper, TN, District 05. She has worked in her community and in corporate settings for over thirty years as an Accountant, Community Engagement Advocate/Organizer and Education Program Director and Community Volunteer. In 2017, Cheryl founded and is the CEO/Principal Consultant of My Toolbox Consulting, a leadership development and training consulting firm based in Nashville, TN.
Cheryl serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Cambridge Forest, Phase 3 HOA and is a member of Antioch HOA Connect, an initiative to unite HOA Board members of town homes, condos and single-family communities in Antioch.
Host for Pecha Kucha: My Neighborhood
Joe lives in Donelson and is Program and Project Manager for the Nashville Civic Design Center whose mission is to create a more functional and beautiful city for all. At the design center, Joe researched for Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan publication and currently manages projects and programs, including their Tactical Urbanism Organizers (TURBO) initiative. TURBO partners with neighbors, neighborhood organizations, and businesses to increase safety, mobility, and creativity throughout Nashville with temporary interventions in public spaces.
Moderator for Grants for Neighborhoods
Kate has been a facilitator of collaboration, mergers and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations since 2000 through the Center for Nonprofit Management and her own consulting firm, Partnering Services. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Kate served as Executive Director of the Community Resource Center and the Nashville Civic Design Center. A resident of Nashville since 1974, she is an active member of the College Hill Neighborhood Association in North Nashville’s Hadley Park neighborhood and a member of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Board of Directors.
Pantlist for Taking Action in YOUR Neighborhood
Meg is the Root Nashville Campaign Manager at the Cumberland River Compact. Root Nashville is a public-private campaign, led by the Cumberland River Compact and Metro Nashville, to plant 500,000 trees in Davidson County by 2050. In her role as campaign manager for this citywide effort, Meg coordinates campaign operations, including community outreach, marketing and communications, and partner engagement.
Pantlist for Grants for Neighborhoods
Brenda is Director of the Edgehill Family Resource Center and Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE). She is the President of the Edgehill Apartments Resident Association and serves on the Board of Neighborhood Health. Her work includes being an advocate for both the elderly and children, resident leadership development in Edgehill and other communities, and program development around resident-identified issues.
Moderator for The Value of Inter-Neighborhood Partnerships
Van is Chief Administrative Officer at duGard Communications. In this role he participates in all aspects of business and strategic planning, and manages corporate sponsorship activities. He serves on the Board of Neighbor to Neighbor, is an advisory board member for Family and Children Service’s Relative Care Giver Program and is Board Vice President of Choral Arts Link, Inc. Van co-founded the College Hill Neighborhood Group in 2012 and served as its director for six years. He graduated from Fisk University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.
School Board Member Freda Player-Peters
Freda Player-Peters graduated magna cum laude from Fisk University, where she was also Student Government President. In 2003, she graduated from George Washington University with a Master’s of Arts degree in Political Management. She has been heavily involved in the Democratic Party on a national, state, and local level, former Political Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205, and Senior Legislative Advisor for the Briley and Cooper Mayoral administrations. Currently, Freda Player-Peters serves on the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education representing District 7th.
Host for Competitive Showcase
Tonya is the immediate past president of the North Nashville Leadership Council and a has actively worked to reduce crime and increase a sense of community in the Buchanan Street area. She is a past member of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Board of Directors, and currently serves as contract bookkeeper for the organization.
Vice Mayor Jim Shulman
Panelist for Toward a More Responsive Metropolitan Government
Jim is Vice Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Prior to being elected to his current position, Jim has served as a Council Member representing District 25 and, more recently as an At-Large member of the Metro Council.
Jim Shulman has served the State of Tennessee for almost thirty years in a variety of different roles, both in the Executive and Legislative branches. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Shulman started with the State as lead legal counsel for the Department of Finance and Administration under Governor Ned McWherter. He then spent six years as Chief of Staff for then- Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh. He now serves as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.
Rae became active in her neighborhood as soon as she moved to Nashville. She is involved with NOAH, Jobs with Justice, and the Highland Heights Neighborhood Association. Recently retired from teaching full-time in the Department of Labor Statistics at Indiana University, she is now working as an adjunct professor and developing curriculum to empower neighborhoods to organize for justice.
Council Member Joy Styles
Joy is the Councilwoman for District 32 in Antioch, TN. She is also the previous president of the Cambridge Forest Phase II community. Active engagement, accountability and consistency are some of the attributes that she believes make strong communities. 'When neighbors work together to uplift and beautify, it not only sets the standard for those around them, but those new to the neighborhood as well.'
Moderator for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Secular Organizations
Kenyatte, a.k.a. "Coach Kenyatte", MBA, is a third generation Nashville native who’s family has matriculated through Nashville schools and owned property in the Haynes area for over 40 years. With a heart for education and helping people, she has coached, counseled and continues to help individuals, business owners, non-profits, and corporate leaders to increase productivity through strategic action planning. With over 20 years of experience, Coach Kenyatte’s secret sauce is in creating systems that at least triple productivity within 6 months. Believing, firmly, in the power of collaborative action, Coach Kenyatte works diligently to bring organizations together to empower the community as a whole while spreading the wealth.
Council Member Nancy VanReece
Moderator for Developing Working Relationships with Elected Officials
Nancy VanReece is the first openly out lesbian elected to a legislative body in the State of Tennessee. She is the Nashville and Davidson County Metro Councilmember responsible for surging popularity and citizen activism in District 8, which includes parts of North Inglewood, Maplewood, and Madison. She served as Chair of the Convention, Tourism Committee during her first term, and is now Vice-Chair. She also currently serves on Parks, Libraries & Arts Committee, and the Planning and Historic Committee. Mayor Barry appointed her onto the ‘Metro Nashville Diversity Advisory Council’ and by Mayor Briley to the ‘Mayor’s Council on the State of Women’ to prepare for the 100 Anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote Anniversary in 2020. Current Mayor John Cooper has retained her in these appointments. She has also begun work on the Advisory Council to the Nashville Sports Authority to bring professional women's sports to Nashville. She is an At-Large Board Member of the National League of Cities Elected Officials constituency group.
Judge for Competitive Showcase
Yolanda serves as the Director of Family Programs with The Family Center in Nashville, TN. She works on issues of family trauma, employment and community health. She is skilled in bridging relationships between diverse stakeholder groups and is passionate about advancing access to opportunity, enhancing quality of life and economic security for all. She has more than 20 years of experience with community engagement and programs with a strong commitment to social and economic justice.
Yolanda has a wide range of experience in facilitation of community meetings, strategic planning sessions, task force work, and is a state certified Rule 31 Mediator who has created and conducted trainings and workshops for community residents, volunteers and other professionals. She holds a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Tennessee State University.
Irwin is an attorney who lives and practices in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to his law practice, Irwin is active in community affairs. He participated in Leadership Nashville in 1980 and continues to work on its program committees and Alumni Board. He was one the organizers of currently serves as President of Woodlawn West Historic Neighborhood Association, Inc. He has participated in the West Nashville President’s Council for many years and currently serves as its convener.
Anthony J. Viglietti
Panelist for Taking Action in YOUR Neighborhood
Tony moved to Inglewood 36 years ago, after living in Green Hills for 7 years. In both communities, Tony was an active neighbor. In Green Hills, Tony was president of the Villager East Homeowners Association and Vice President of Woodmont East Neighborhood Association. Since he moved to Inglewood, he became an at-large member of the Inglewood Neighborhood Association and rose to President of that group. He is also Executive Director of Friends of Riverside Drive, District 7 Beautification Commissioner, and Chair of the Beautification Commission.
Tim Weeks has been president of the Donelson Hermitage Neighborhood Association for ten years. He’s also the president of his own neighborhood, Hagars Grove HOA. In addition to N2N, Tim is a member of the Coalition for Nashville Neighborhoods and previously chaired the Nashville Neighborhood Association. Outside of his time with community issues, Weeks is a TV producer and writer...currently doing documentaries for the Grand Ole Opry.
Scott is an attorney at Ortale Kelley Law Firm. Scott is Tennessee’s first and only attorney inducted as a Fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Scott’s practice almost exclusively involves community association law and real estate law. Scott represents Associations in matters involving delinquent account collections, restrictions enforcement, HOA rights in bankruptcy, State and Federal Fair Housing laws; governing document interpretation, composition, amendments and legal opinions; parliamentary procedure; and association general counsel matters.
Moderator for Taking Action in YOUR Neighborhood
A Mississippi Coast native, Kenneth has called Nashville his home for 18 years. Having moved to Madison six years ago, he's been involved with local area initiatives such as managing the Amqui Station Farmers Market and leading neighborhood beautification and cleanups, He's currently the District 8 Beautification Commissioner and founding member/lead of the South Madison Neighborhood Association.
Daryl Woods has an academic background in Social Work and Psychology with a career ranging from a Political Lobbying Organization focused on small, independent businesses to Human Resources in Healthcare. Following a dream and making a career change, Daryl is now the owner of Lather Nashville. With his passion for small business development and entrepreneurialism, Lather Nashville has been named the Toast of Music City’s “Best Hair Salon” two years in a row by the Tennessean and Daryl has been featured in the Nashville Lifestyles Magazine as a leading local hairstylist. Daryl is a graduate of Leadership Donelson Hermitage and currently serves on the L’Evate board of directors. Daryl is President-elect of Hip Donelson and lives in Donelson with his partner John Lasiter.
Panelist for Grants for Neighborhoods
Hwesi (way-see) Zanu (zah-nu) regards learning a life-long responsibility. She earned an Associate's Degree in Environmental Technology from Indiana Technical/Vocational College, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, and graduate degrees in Sociology/Criminology from Bowling Green State University.
After working in education and social research for many years, she is a full-time environmental activist and part-time grant proposal writer for Neighbor 2 Neighbor. For the last several years, Hwesi has been active in her neighborhood organization, Eastwood Neighbors Association, and currently serves on their Board of Directors.