Class Of 2009

NEXUS Class of 2009 PROTEGES

Full Name Business Title
Stephen Anderson Dillard Door & Entrance Control Service Tech
Steve Anderson Chartwell Financial Group Financial Representative
Stephanie Aldrich TruGreen Customer Retention Manger
Dion Barry Memphis Athletic Ministries Director
Ashley Belew Bottletree Design Group Architectural Intern
Cory Brown Univeristy of Memphis-College of Law Student  
Harry Cash MIFA Youth/Teen Coordinator
Shaun Ching FedEx Senior Marketing Specialist
Frank Crump FTN Financial Vice President/Structured Finance
Kyle Drummer Lincoln Electric Technical Sales Representative
Cami Chando Fields Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Ham Germantown Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor
Jae Henderson Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service President/Head Writer
Sarah Hickman FedEx Communications Specialist
LaTasha Gentry Holmes Memphis City Schools Manager of Recruitment
Preston Lee Univeristy of Tennessee-College of Denistry Student Doctor
Erica Mann Mid-South Minority Business Council Supply Relationship Specialist
Chassie O’Neal Women’s Foundation Executive Assistant
John Riley MediTract, Inc. Director of Sales
Inez Robinson Love Matters, Inc CEO/President
Brittney Rogers Duncan-Williams, Inc. Investment Banker
Corlis Saadbouh Buckman Laboratories Legal Assistant
John Sadlow Century Wealth Management Director of Finance & Administration
Lynn Shaw Morgan Keegan and Co. Financial Advisor
Anthony Smith FedEx Senior Strategic Sales Analyst
Kristen Smith Memphis City Schools Teacher/2007 Corps Member
Eric Stenberg Memphis Leadership Foundation Program Coordinator
Jessica Swan    
Jonathan Watkins Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Corp. Manager, Patient Safety & Quality
Shiela White Hilton Hotel Corporation Recruiter
Erin Wiles NSA-Juice Plus Marketing & Special Events Coord. 
Oliver Williams KPMG Audit Associate
Chloe Woods Memphis Grizzlies Account Executive

NEXUS Class of 2009 MENTORS

Full Name Business Title
Becky Atkeison FedEx Manager of Executive Development
ohn Avis Collegiate School of Memmphis Head of School
JoAnne Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Executive Director
Jon Becker Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Minister/Director of Evangelism
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Business Analyst
Kelvin Bowen Memphis Athletic Ministries Executive Vice President
Tim Bowers FedEx Corporation Manager Executive Protection
Rob Crump Crump Mortgage Vice President of E Branch & Sr. Loan Officer
Heather Davis Briarcrest Christian School Math Teacher
Dr. Sylverna Ford Univeristy of Memphis Dean of Univeristy Libraries
Dana Hay Second Presbyterian Church Writer/Editor
Adella Heard First Tenn. Bank/First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Marilyn Hughes Hilton Hotels Corporation Manager Community Relations
Jack Joseph International Paper Human Resources Director
Jenny Koltnow Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Executive Director
Jana Davis Lamanna Black, McLaren, Jones, Ryland & Griffee Attorney
Joyce Lower Joyces Signs President/Owner
Melinda Medlin Capitol Network, Inc. Consultant and Senior Advisor
Olin Morris Retired  
Jacqueline Payne FedEx Express Business Systems Adivsor
Debbie Perkins IBM Corporation IT Services Manager
Lewie Polk Memphis Athletic Ministries VP/Community Director
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Founder & Executive Director
Whit Robison FedEx IT  
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 Imports Regional Manager
Susan Stralka Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown CEO/Administrator
Elizabeth Taliaferro Presbyterian Day School Capital Campaign Manager
Michael Vitali FedEx Express Advisor-Human Resource Development
Katie West Second Presbyterian Church Co-Director of Women in Ministry
Lain Whitaker St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls History Teacher
Lewis Williamson Citigroup/Smith Barney Senior VP & Community Specialist
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Fenton Wright The Memphis Shalom Project Project Manager

NEXUS Class of 2009 PROTEGES

Full Name Business Title
Stephen Anderson Dillard Door & Entrance Control Service Tech
Steve Anderson Chartwell Financial Group Financial Representative
Stephanie Aldrich TruGreen Customer Retention Manger
Dion Barry Memphis Athletic Ministries Director
Ashley Belew Bottletree Design Group Architectural Intern
Cory Brown Univeristy of Memphis-College of Law Student  
Harry Cash MIFA Youth/Teen Coordinator
Shaun Ching FedEx Senior Marketing Specialist
Frank Crump FTN Financial Vice President/Structured Finance
Kyle Drummer Lincoln Electric Technical Sales Representative
Cami Chando Fields Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Ham Germantown Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor
Jae Henderson Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service President/Head Writer
Sarah Hickman FedEx Communications Specialist
LaTasha Gentry Holmes Memphis City Schools Manager of Recruitment
Preston Lee Univeristy of Tennessee-College of Denistry Student Doctor
Erica Mann Mid-South Minority Business Council Supply Relationship Specialist
Chassie O’Neal Women’s Foundation Executive Assistant
John Riley MediTract, Inc. Director of Sales
Inez Robinson Love Matters, Inc CEO/President
Brittney Rogers Duncan-Williams, Inc. Investment Banker
Corlis Saadbouh Buckman Laboratories Legal Assistant
John Sadlow Century Wealth Management Director of Finance & Administration
Lynn Shaw Morgan Keegan and Co. Financial Advisor
Anthony Smith FedEx Senior Strategic Sales Analyst
Kristen Smith Memphis City Schools Teacher/2007 Corps Member
Eric Stenberg Memphis Leadership Foundation Program Coordinator
Jessica Swan    
Jonathan Watkins Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Corp. Manager, Patient Safety & Quality
Shiela White Hilton Hotel Corporation Recruiter
Erin Wiles NSA-Juice Plus Marketing & Special Events Coord. 
Oliver Williams KPMG Audit Associate
Chloe Woods Memphis Grizzlies Account Executive

NEXUS Class of 2009 MENTORS

Full Name Business Title
Becky Atkeison FedEx Manager of Executive Development
ohn Avis Collegiate School of Memmphis Head of School
JoAnne Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Executive Director
Jon Becker Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Minister/Director of Evangelism
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Business Analyst
Kelvin Bowen Memphis Athletic Ministries Executive Vice President
Tim Bowers FedEx Corporation Manager Executive Protection
Rob Crump Crump Mortgage Vice President of E Branch & Sr. Loan Officer
Heather Davis Briarcrest Christian School Math Teacher
Dr. Sylverna Ford Univeristy of Memphis Dean of Univeristy Libraries
Dana Hay Second Presbyterian Church Writer/Editor
Adella Heard First Tenn. Bank/First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Marilyn Hughes Hilton Hotels Corporation Manager Community Relations
Jack Joseph International Paper Human Resources Director
Jenny Koltnow Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Executive Director
Jana Davis Lamanna Black, McLaren, Jones, Ryland & Griffee Attorney
Joyce Lower Joyces Signs President/Owner
Melinda Medlin Capitol Network, Inc. Consultant and Senior Advisor
Olin Morris Retired  
Jacqueline Payne FedEx Express Business Systems Adivsor
Debbie Perkins IBM Corporation IT Services Manager
Lewie Polk Memphis Athletic Ministries VP/Community Director
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Founder & Executive Director
Whit Robison FedEx IT  
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 Imports Regional Manager
Susan Stralka Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown CEO/Administrator
Elizabeth Taliaferro Presbyterian Day School Capital Campaign Manager
Michael Vitali FedEx Express Advisor-Human Resource Development
Katie West Second Presbyterian Church Co-Director of Women in Ministry
Lain Whitaker St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls History Teacher
Lewis Williamson Citigroup/Smith Barney Senior VP & Community Specialist
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Fenton Wright The Memphis Shalom Project Project Manager

Announcements

  • NEXUS Alum and AutoZone Leader Preston Frazer Share in January

    NEXUS Alumni Preston Frazer, Sr. Vice President, Store Operations, Customer Satisfaction at AutoZone share with the NEXUS Class of 2021 at the January Virtual Session. Preston spoke on being a leader and making ethical and wise decisions. He shared the principles that drive him as a leader and challenged everyone to, “Figure out where your passions line up with a need to make an impact.” Read More
  • Cindy Brewer Shared at the December Session

    “An effective leader responds to change and has a direct impact on the team and business.” – Cindy Brewer Cindy Brewer, Co-Founder and Principal of Leo Events spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 December Session via Zoom on December 3. Cindy spoke on the timely topic of “Leading Through Change”. Being in the event industry, Cindy shared several examples how she has led through change this past year. She... Read More
  • Sandy Willson Returned to NEXUS

    Sandy Willson spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 Session on November 5. It was an honor to have Sandy back. NEXUS was Sandy’s vision and he co-founded the program in 2003. He led the organization as Board Chairman for many years prior to retiring. Sandy is Pastor Emeritus at Second Presbyterian Church and currently serves Grace Presbyterian in Peoria, Illinois as Interim Senior Pastor. He spoke on Building Yourself... Read More
  • NEXUS has a Candid Conversation About D&I in Memphis

    In October, the NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted a panel of Memphis leaders that had a candid conversation about “Diversity and Inclusion in Memphis”. The Panelist included Corbin Carpenter, Owner & Managing Member, Carpenter Law; Leslie Coleman, Global Director, Diversity and Inclusion, International Paper; Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, George Robertson, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church and Jose Velasquez, Co-Founder and Managing Member at... Read More
  • Know Memphis to Lead Memphis

    The NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted the first, successful, in-person, session on September 10 with speakers James Armfield, New Memphis and NEXUS CONNECT & Larry Jensen, Chairman of Commercial Advisors, LLC. sharing on the topic of “MEMPHIS”. NEXUS begins each class with this informative presentation which gives leaders a better understanding about Memphis, our history, and our future. We believe that you must know our city to effectively lead our... Read More
  • Statement from NEXUS about COVID-19

    The health and safety for members of the NEXUS Network is the utmost importance to NEXUS. With the COVID-19 pandemic and with regards to the CDC’s recent recommendations, NEXUS has reshaped how events may look. I encourage you to reach out to your NEXUS Network during this uncertain time. NEXUS would like to thank the first responders, delivery drivers, grocery store workers and all of those who have led and... Read More
  • NEXUS Shares About Mentoring

    NEXUS Board Chairman and NEXUS Mentor Bathsheba Sams and NEXUS Protege, Class of 2017 Brooke Jones recently participated on a panel facilitated by Heather Hunt, NEXUS Director on Mentoring and the Mentor/Protege Relationship at the Junior League of Memphis Women’s Summit. Read More
  • NEXUS Featured in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column

    Special thanks to cityCurrent for featuring NEXUS in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column. To read more CLICK HERE. Read More
  • NEXUS IN MOTION

    The NEXUS IN MOTION event offered members of the NEXUS Network the opportunity to network, take-aways from table discussions, and to be inspired by a leader like Jennie Robbins, CFO at the Church Health. Ms. Robbins spoke on of the topic of “Dreaming as a Leader”. Special thanks to those table leaders who share about important topics: JAMES ARMFIELD – PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO YOUR TEAM OLIVIA HAMMOND – TRANSITIONING CAREERS... Read More
  • NEXUS Volunteers at the Mid-South Food Bank

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The Mid-South Food Bank is one of three non-profits this year’s class will partner with, others include Streets Ministries and Advance Memphis. NEXUS participants packed 300 boxes of food for families in rural Mississippi. Read More

Upcoming Events

February 18, 2021 - February 18, 2021
“Hustlenomic$ 101” Workshop by Ephie Johnson

Join us on February 18; 5:30-7:30pm for a workshop titled “Hustlenomic$ 101” with Ephie Johnson, CEO, Neighborhood

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February 4, 2021 - February 4, 2021
Susan Stephenson Returns to NEXUS in February

We are very excited to have Susan Stephenson, co-Founder & co-Chairman of Independent Bank back as a NEXUS Speaker. Susan

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Testimonials

  • Hanna Oysel, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Adams Keegan, Inc., Client Service Manager

  • Warren Ramson, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Absolute Storage Management, Inc., Property Account

  • Caroline Keubler, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2020, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Director of Development

  • Quentin Hendree, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Account Representative, Strategic Partnerships

  • Mary Whitehorn, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, International Paper, Senior Human Resources Generalist

  • Charles A. Cook, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Primerica Inc, Regional Leader

  • Reid Cates, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, AutoZone, Senior Category Manager-Customer Satisfaction

  • Jessica Cowan, M.Ed, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, New Memphis, Manager of Collegiate Engagement

  • Jillian Hunt, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, , First Horizon National Corporation, Risk Compliance Officer

  • Taylor Cao, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2002, St. George’s Independent School, Classroom Instructor