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

  • Support NEXUS by June 30

    We hope you will support NEXUS and pass the experience along to future NEXUS Mentors and Protégés. We successfully provided a positive NEXUS experience within a pandemic and look forward to bring back the full experience with the Class of 2022 this fall. NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders equipped to lead our city. As our fiscal year ends on JUNE 30, please consider making a gift and encourage... Read More
  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2021

    NEXUS successfully provided an engaging and meaningful NEXUS experience this year within a pandemic. The Class of 2021 recently graduate at the NEXUS Graduation in the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Special thanks to the mentor and protégé participants for trusting NEXUS; Board members and volunteers for their leadership; and our corporate partners for continuing to fuel our mission! NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders equipped and motivated... Read More
  • APPLY for the NEXUS Class of 2022

    We are excited to plan for the Class of 2022 Mentors and Proteges!! Safety for NEXUS participants is our priority! As we plan, we are being intentional and are committed to bringing the NEXUS Class experience back to its fullest. NEXUS continues to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate and young, emerging leaders to develop through a mentoring relationship paired with a successful leadership program. Mentor and Protégé applications... Read More
  • NEXUS IN MOTION Event

    The NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted the annual NEXUS IN MOTION event on April 8 at Second Presbyterian Church. strong> NEXUS IN MOTION looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 with speakers rotating through important, timely topics rather than participants rotating from table to table. A special thanks to this year’s speakers Matt Gandy, Assistant System Chief Pilot for FedEx – “Adaptability and Flexibility as a Leader” Brent... Read More
  • Committed NEXUS Board of Directors

    The NEXUS Board of Directors recently hosted their annual Board Retreat. The leaders of NEXUS are more committed than ever. With COVID-19 changing the way NEXUS has looked this past year; Board members discussed and planned for upcoming NEXUS classes. Read More
  • Learning About LinkedIN

    NEXUS recently hosted a Workshop focused on “All Things LinkedIn”. This workshop included how to build your personal brand, networking tips, and we heard how corporations utilize LinkedIn for recruiting. We are that Gracie Leathers, Senior Executive Assistant at Mahaffey USA; Tracie Montgomery, Division Lead, Talent Partner, Talent Acquisition and Talent Advancement, US Electrification Business ABB, Inc; and Kerra Saine, Business Talent Partner, US Supply Chain and Procurement for Smith... Read More
  • NEXUS Class of 2021 Welcomes Bobby White

    Bobby White, Chief Public Policy Officer at the Greater Memphis Chamber spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 March 4 session. Mr. White shared about how to plan for the unplanned as we have all experienced this past year. He shared on the topic of “Planning as a Leader”. Read More
  • NEXUS volunteers with Advance Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Advance Memphis warehouse. Volunteers helped paint, organize, and clean the warehouse to help maximize their daily operations. Read More
  • Susan Stephenson Impacts NEXUS Class of 2021

    Susan Stephenson, co-Founder, co-Chairman and President of Independent Bank spoke at the NEXUS February Session. Susan spoke in-person and via live-stream on the topic of “Communicating as a Leader” and impacted members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 with her message. It was an honor to have Susan back as a NEXUS Speaker. Read More
  • NEXUS Alum and AutoZone Leader Preston Frazer Spoke 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

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2021 - June 10, 2021
Apply for NEXUS Class of 2022

As we plan for the Class of 2022, safety for NEXUS participants is our priority.  The NEXUS Board and Program Committee are

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August 21, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Orientation for the NEXUS Class of 2021

The NEXUS Class of 2022 will kick-off their NEXUS Experience with a full day Orientation event.  This event is a highlight

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Testimonials

  • Kem Wilson, Jr. Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies, NEXUS Mentor & NEXUS Board Member

  • ALANA HU PERKOVIĆ, Regional PR Business Partner, First Horizon Bank, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Board Member

  • Levernese Mell, Supply Chain Manager, International Paper, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Program Committee Volunteer

  • Lauren Brown, Sr. Liaison, Direct Marketing-Mass Marketing, ALSAC, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Steve French, Retired, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2021

  • Ally Velderman, Director of Camps and Programs, Service Over Self, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Mario Cole, Assistant Project Manager, Nickson General Contractors, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • 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