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

  • Recruitment Begins for NEXUS Class of 2020

    Recruitment for the NEXUS Class of 2020 is currently taking place. Applications will be accepted now through June 1. Interested protege and 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

May 2, 2019 - May 2, 2019
NEXUS Class of 2019 Graduation with Bill Rhodes as Keynote Speaker

Bill Rhodes, President and CEO of AutoZone will speak at the NEXUS Class of 2019 Graduation and Closing Session on May 2.

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Testimonials

  • Kierra Warren, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    "NEXUS has been an awesome experience for me due to the fact that I was perfectly matched with my mentor. It is evident that the matching process was intentional because of how much I've been able to learn from and relate to my mentor. This has been true for my professional development, as well as my personal development. I don't believe that I would have 'stumbled' across a mentor this relevant to my development on my own, so I am greatly appreciative of NEXUS for the opportunity."
  • Joey Bland, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “Given family, running my own business, and having several volunteer focuses, I was not looking for opportunities of involvement. After being asked to be a NEXUS mentor I weighed the ramifications and felt like it was a worthwhile investment. Venturing into the NEXUS experience for the first time was not only an excellent investment of my time, but also highly beneficial personally. The progressive content of NEXUS was stimulating and challenged me to grow.
  • Kanesha Hines, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “The NEXUS program has helped me by exposing me to new leaders in the Memphis community, business world, and in my generation. The lessons that I've learned over the past nine months I'll carry with me for the rest of my life and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities that NEXUS has provided me.” Kanesha Hines, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic
  • Hunter Acosta, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    "NEXUS has provided what Larry Jensen described as "Access and Impact" to business leaders and peers that I would not have connected with otherwise. Not only that, but it has allowed for true friendships to form and continue outside of the NEXUS monthly meetings." Hunter Acosta, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, District Manager, ADP
  • Elizabeth Wilcox, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “In the time I was going through a job change and bank merger, I was simultaneously and luckily enrolled in the NEXUS program. My mentor has been with me every step of the way through that process. She lifted me up and has encouraged me as my career has taken a huge leap forward. I am lucky to have been introduced to her through the NEXUS program in this season of my life!” Elizabeth Wilcox, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018, Medical & Professional Banking Portfolio, Triumph Bank
  • Cooper Smith, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “NEXUS has opened my eyes as to how many different things are being done in the city of Memphis to make a positive change. It has changed my perspective on the city and given me the opportunity to get in front of the men and women who run the various organizations that are making a difference. During NEXUS, I was surrounded by individuals who had a desire to improve themselves both personally and professionally. I thoroughly enjoyed everything from my mentor to the service project.
  • Andre’ Wilkes, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “The NEXUS Program has elevated my level of thinking as it relates to leadership. This program not only helped me in my career but it has been a tremendous boost to my personal life. Each session brought on a new prospective of what a great leader should look like in our community. I am so thankful to have participated in NEXUS this year.” Andre’ Wilkes, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018, Associate Managing Director, Renasant Bank
  • Keith Okello, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2018

    “My NEXUS experience has been very fulfilling. Through NEXUS I have been able to connect and learn from leaders in the community who have participated in the speaker series. I have also been able to learn about many organizations that are doing great work in the Memphis area and I look forward to doing my part in making a difference. In my mentor, I have gained a friend who has been able to share so much wisdom around faith, family, fatherhood, leadership, and navigating my career.
  • Jeff Sample, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “Relational, participative, informative, engaging, inspiring! This summary of my NEXUS experience reflects NEXUS’ mission to duplicate and multiply an emerging generation of transformative leaders in the Memphis community. NEXUS has enlarged my vision of Memphis, broadened my network of friends and associates, and deepened my commitment to influence positively our community.
  • Lesley Patel, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018

    “NEXUS is a unique leadership experience because it provides meaningful one-on-one interaction and development between protégé and mentor, and there is an opportunity to truly develop a lasting relationship that can carry past the year-long experience. The relationship I’ve built with my protégé is what has meant the most to me.” Lesley Patel, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2018, Director, Marketing Operations, ALSAC/St. Jude