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 Year End Approaches

    GIVE TO NEXUS AND IMPACT FUTURE LEADERS! The NEXUS fiscal year ends on JUNE 30, please consider making a gift to support the NEXUS program and those future Memphis leaders. Make your tax deductible donation online HERE or become a member of the NEXUSNinety and commit to $10 per month HERE or visit www.nexusleaders.org. Thank you for helping fuel or mission of equipping and encouraging the next generation of leaders.

  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2019

    Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2019! The mentors and protégés listed below are leaders who are motivated to lead our city and are sure to positively impact the next generation.
    MENTORS-
    Lynn Ballinger, Teresa Blanton, Albert Carrathers, Kim Cherry, Mia Condon, Hayley Daniel, Orin Davidson, Ottie Dixon, Amy Beth Dudley, Rebecca Dupuy, Carlo Foster, Eleanor French, Ed Garrison, Carol Gaudino, Annette Hawkins, Deborah Hester Harrison, Adella Heard, Art Heun, Bliss Hicky, Lionel Hollins, Teresa Jenkins, Stephen Kelley, Drayton Mayers, Tarrin McGhee, Kevin Nowin, Randy Odom, Larry Papasan, Billie Jo Parker, Lesley Patel, Don Riley, Lisa Smith, Sally Summerlin, Kent Walker, Katie West, Lewis Williamson, Bob Willumsen, Kem Wilson and Courtney Winter

    PROTÉGÉS
    Taryn Burgess, Brandon Byrd, Jim Calhoun, Corbin Carpenter, Trey Carroll, Jill Coleraine, Mike Davis, Terrance Davis, Daniel Farrow, Dana Gatewood, Pedro Gonzalez, Mia Hamilton, Mike Hammond, Melody Holt, Bianca Jackson, Laquita Johnson, Nate Jones, Gracie Leathers, Devin Marmon, Bethany McRae, McKenzie Nash, Danae Pacileo, Angela Paige, Luka Perkovic, Taylor Perry, Rodrick Selmon, Marisa Simonetti, Carol Smith, Amy Strickland, Cathryn Tagle, Jermaine Taylor, Jordana Walls-Smith, Randall Weatherall, Amanda Wiig, Ashlei Williams, and Daniel Wynn

  • Mentor Recruitment Underway for NEXUS Class of 2020

    Mentor Recruitment for the NEXUS Class of 2020 is currently taking place. Mentor applications will be accepted through July 1. Interested mentor candidates please complete an application at www.nexusleaders.org. As we recruit, we will continue to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate and young, emerging leaders to develop through mentor-ship, relationship and interactive teaching.
    All participants are considered and approved by the NEXUS Board of Directors. Applicants will be contacted later this summer with additional information and please save the date for our Opening Retreat on August 24.
    Contact NEXUS at heather@nexusleaders.org or 901.531-6171 if you have any technical difficulties or have any questions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Terri Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum. Ms. Freeman spoke on of the topic of “Leading Through Change”.

  • NEXUS Volunteers in Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2019 partnered with New Memphis and volunteered at Promise Academy-Hollywood and KIPP Memphis Academy Elementary.

Upcoming Events

August 24, 2019 - August 24, 2019
NEXUS Class of 2020 Opening Retreat

The NEXUS Class of 2020 will kick-off the NEXUS experience with the Opening Retreat on August 24, 8:30am-4:30pm at For The

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June 30, 2019 - June 30, 2019
NEXUS Year End Approaches

GIVE TO NEXUS AND IMPACT FUTURE LEADERS! The NEXUS fiscal year ends on JUNE 30, please consider making a gift to support

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June 13, 2019 - June 13, 2019
NEXUS Class of 2019 Graduation with Bill Rhodes as Keynote Speaker

The NEXUS Class of 2019 recently graduated, NEXUS has now over 900 principle-centered leader graduates equip to lead our

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Testimonials

  • Bethany McRae, NEXUS protege talks about her experience.

    Bethany McRae

  • NEXUS protege Amy Strickland talks about her experience in the class of 2019.

    NEXUS protege Amy

  • NEXUS Protege/Mentor-Jill & Hayley

    NEXUS Protege/Mentor-Jill & Hayley

  • Hayley Daniels, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019

    “The NEXUS Leadership program is like no other leadership program in the Memphis area. I had the honor and privilege to form a very deep bond with my protégé. I have learned so much from not only my protégé but also the other members of our class and the wonderful speakers. The camaraderie among the group is indescribable and the networking and volunteer opportunities have been invaluable.” Hayley Daniel, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019, Senior Director, Direct Marketing, ALSAC/St. Jude
  • Angela Paige, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2019

    “I have truly enjoyed my experience with NEXUS. Every NEXUS sponsored event left me feeling inspired to positively influence my corner of the world. From the genuine connections with other participants to the monthly meetings focusing on universal leadership challenges, NEXUS succeeded in equipping me as a leader.” Angela Paige, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2019, Project Manager Technical, Baptist Memorial Health Care
  • Billie Jo Parker, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019

    “I have really enjoyed NEXUS this year and am honored to have been involved in the program. It is refreshing to know that there is a future generation of leaders in this city that are dedicated and passionate to serve their community. NEXUS provides the tools needed to further their success.” Billie Jo Parker, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019, Senior Managing Director, Private Client Experience & Operations, Renasant Bank
  • Laquita Johnson, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2019

    "Being in the NEXUS program reaffirmed that successful individuals are ordinary individuals, like myself, who had a dream & surrounded themselves with like-minded individuals who helped them to reach their goals & develop their potential. I learned that successful individuals don’t take no for an answer, remain persistent, seek opportunities, & most importantly, find themselves a mentor.” Laquita Johnson, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2019, Student Affairs Coord., Grizzlies Prep
  • Lisa Smith, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019

    “This experience has shown me that every journey is a story worth sharing, be it the choices we’ve made, obstacles we’ve overcome, and even the missteps along the way. To a young professional, my journey may provide them with valuable lessons and nuggets of wisdom.” NEXUS has helped me realize the value in sharing my story! Lisa Smith, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • McKenzie Nash, NEXUS Protege, Class of 2019

    “I am so grateful for my experiences in the NEXUS program, from the lifelong relationships I have built with my Mentor and Protégé class to the engaging, invaluable Speaker Sessions from Leaders across the City of Memphis. I will use the advice I have been given in my personal and professional life. If you have the opportunity to be a part of NEXUS take it!” McKenzie Nash, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2019, Human Resources Generalist, International Paper
  • Drayton Mayers, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019

    My NEXUS experience has given me great hope for our community and has re-energized me to, “be the change I want to see happen!” #betterispossible Drayton Mayers, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2019 President & Owner, TeamLogic IT