Class of 2018

NEXUS PROTEGES

Hunter Acosta

ADPDistrict Manager

Millie Adams

ALSAC/St. JudeSpecialist – Endurance Programs & Partners,
Fitness

Jeremy Andrews

BRIDGESStrategic Partnership Officer

Sara Beshires

Frazee Ivy DavisAuditor

Quintilianus Carger

Budget Car & Truck Rental of Memphis Branch Manager

Amanda Carpenter

ServiceMaster Business Process Solutions Analyst

Calvin Davis

Helena Chemical IT Decision Support Analyst

Laura Dickerson

First Tennessee Bank Data Analyst

Jay Edwards

Raymond James & Associates Financial Advisor

Austin Ehrat

CBRE, Inc. Associate

Sheleah Harris

Agape/Living Grace Memphis Community Coordinator

Kanesha Hines

Medtronic Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Alana Hu

First Horizon National Corporation Community Investment Manager

Stewart Hunt

Church Health Executive Assistant to CEO

Geoffrey Lewis

Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division Staff Attorney

Karlisa Kuykindall

United Way of the Mid-South Community Engagement
Associate

Matthew Marrapode

Medtronic Spinal & Biologics Research &Development
Engineer

Chris Memminger

NAVY Executive Officer

Amber Munchow

Frazee Ivy Davis Staff Accountant

Keith K. Okello

FedEx Services Finance Manager

Chris Pruett

Southern Sun Asset Management Associate

Alex Pope

Capital Financial Financial Advisor

Tarryn Sanchez

inferno Account Executive

Adee Shankle

International Paper College Relations Specialist

Parish Sharkey

EAG, Inc. Project Manager

Louisa Shepherd

LITE Memphis Alumni Director

Erica Siddell

St. Jude/ALSAC Employee Engagement Manager

Cooper Smith

Shoemaker Financial Financial Advisor

Meredith Taylor

Whole Foods Market Marketing & Community Liasion

Steven Thomas

AutoZone Marketing Program Manager

Bryant-Joshua Turner

ServiceMaster Scrum Master

Kierra D Warren

FedEx Services Senior Marketing Specialist

Worth Whitten

Deloitte & Touche LLP Audit Senior Assistant

Elizabeth Wilcox

Triumph Bank Medical & Professional Banking Portfolio

Terrence Williams

Varangon Academy Youth Counselor

NEXUS MENTORS

Julie Ashby

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Director, Brand Marketing &
Development

Joey Bland

Commercial Advisors, LLC Vice President-Team Leader Farmland
Advisors

Priscilla Bland

Christ Methodist Day School Teacher

Teresa Blanton

Medtronic, Inc. Business Process Analyst

Sonji Branch

Communities in Schools for Tennessee Executive Director

Carl Carter

International Paper Associate General Counsel

Leslie Coleman

International Paper Business Human Resources Manager

Reggie Davis

Streets Ministries Executive Director

Rebecca Dupuy

International Paper Global Sourcing Consultant/Process Steward

Pam Faulk

Commercial Advisors Asset Services, LLC Senior VP Asset Management

Jeb Fields

Cushman Wakefield Commercial Advisors
Principal

Ed Garrison

International Paper Director
Leadership
Development

Cecil Godman

Mercury Investment Group Chief Marketing Officer & Partner

Angela Hill

City of Memphis Youth and Family Administrator

Andrea Hill

Leadership Memphis Director of Volunteer Memphis

Shelley Hill

Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. Chief Strategy & Execution
Officer

Alex Ivy

Frazee Ivy Davis, PLCMember

Mark Jenkins

Commercial Advisors, LLCEVP
Principal

Lori Kirkpatrick

Commercial Advisors, LLC CFO

Caroline Kuebler

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Director of
Development

Margaret McDonald

Girls Inc. of Memphis Development Officer

Larry Papasan

Smith & NephewRetired President

Lesley Patel

ALSAC St. Jude
Director-Marketing Operations

Don Riley

Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder

Jeff Sample

United States District Court Case Administrator

Amy Simpson

TruGreenSenior Director-Corporate Communications

Elizabeth Smith

Commercial Bank & Trust CompanyVice President & Bank Loan
Officer

Gregg Smith

Wiseacre Brewing

Greg Spillyards

Commercial Advisors, LLCEVP

Rhea Taylor

Americraft Carton, Inc.President

Rob Walters

International Paper Senior Manager-IT Strategy & Planning

Andre’ Wilkes

Renasant Bank Associate Managing Director

Roby Williams

Black Business Association of MemphisPresident

Allison Willingham

Raymond James FVP

Kem Wilson

Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal

Announcements

  • Nominate for the Memphis Mentoring Awards

    Celebrate those influencing others through Mentoring and NOMINATE for Memphis Mentoring Awards presented by NEXUS. If you know individuals/organization/company who shares our passion for Mentoring; take this time to share their influence. Award categories include: Mentoring Organization/Non-Profit, Mentoring Industry/Company, Outstanding Female Mentor, Outstanding Male Mentor, and Outstanding Sandy Willson NEXUS Mentor. CLICK HERE to make your nomination TODAY through August 12 or visit www.nexusleaders.org.
    The awards will be announced at the September 5 NEXUS Session which kicks-off the NEXUS experience for the Class of 2020 and focuses on “Memphis.”

  • NEXUS Class of 2020 Speakers Announced

    We are excited to announce the below leaders as session speakers for the NEXUS Class of 2020. Speakers will share insight on leadership topics each month. Monthly sessions meet from 5:30-8pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Alumni are invited to attend. NEXUS IN MOTION will take place on Saturday morning in January and all NEXUS alumni are invited to join the Class of 2020.

    September 5, 2019 / MEMPHIS / James Armfield / Director / NEXUS CONNECT
    & Larry Jensen / President & CEO / Commercial Advisors, LLC / The Memphis Mentoring Awards will be announced

    October 3, 2019 / PLANNING / Donald Comer / Staff Vice President / Operations Analysis / FedEx Corporation

    November 7, 2019 / COMMUNICATING / Emily Callahan / Chief Marketing & Experience Officer / ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    December 5, 2019 / MOTIVATING / Danielle Lombard-Sims / Senior Vice President / Chief Human Resources Officer / Regional One Health

    January 11, 2020 / NEXUS IN MOTION at Church Health, Crosstown / DREAMING / Dr. Scott Morris / Founder / CEO / Church Health

    February 6, 2020 / ETHICAL DECISION MAKING / George Robertson / Senior Pastor / Second Presbyterian Church

    March 5, 2020 / FOCUSING / Jay Papasan / Author / Executive & Corporate Speaker

    April 2, 2020 / LEADING THROUGH CHANGE / Beverly Robertson / President & CEO / Greater Memphis Chamber

    May 7, 2020 / GRADUATION / BUILDING / Lee Harris / Mayor / Shelby County

  • 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

September 5, 2019 - September 5, 2019
Memphis Mentoring Awards to be Announced at September Session

The Memphis Mentoring Awards presented by NEXUS will be announced at the September 5 NEXUS Session which kicks-off the NEXUS

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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 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