NEXUS Class of 2020

NEXUS Class of 2020
Mentor Company Position
Michael Allen / Memphis Botanic Garden / Executive Director
Ashli Avis / Make A Wish of the MidSouth / Vice President of Program Services
Teresa Blanton / Medtronic, Inc. / Business Process Analyst
Bo Braswell / Managing Director / Raymond James
Reggie Davis / New Memphis Institute / Director of Alumni Activation
Edward Dobbs / Dobbs Management Services / President
Kelly Drozd / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Manager – Agile Delivery (Marketing Operations)
Rebecca Dupuy / International Paper / Manager, Global Sourcing
Brian Eason / Cobuilt, LLC / CEO
Duncan Galbreath / First Tennessee Bank / VP-Commercial Banking
Ed Garrison / International Paper / Director, Leadership Development
Jacqueline Gatewood / International Paper / Leadership Consultant
Ken Hall / Church Health / Special Events Manager
Olivia Hammond / Indigo Ag / GMA Program Manager
Felicia Hartsfield / The Influence1 Foundation / Chief Operations Officer
Reneka Hawkins / Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare / Social Work Supervisor
Charlotte Henderson / Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck / Tax Partner
Ron Hickman / Second Presbyterian Church / Ministry Executive
Bliss Hicky / Retired Banker / Farm Management
Shelley Hill / HR Compensation Leader / Retired
Caroline Kuebler / Community Foundation of Greater Memphis / Director of Development
Drayton Mayers / TeamLogic IT / President & Owner
Erinn Monette / International Paper / Customer Service Manager – Containerboard
Edward Newby / Bow Wave Coaching / Head Coaching Consultant
Larry Papasan / Smith & Nephew / Retired President
Cliff Posman / Retired / Orthopedic Surgeon
Sharon Posman / Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC / Sr. Vice President – Certified Personal Risk Manager
Don Riley / Discipling Men, Inc./ Executive Director & Founder
Chuck Smith / National Guard Products, Inc / Chairman
Tish Towns / Regional One Health / Chief Administrative Officer
Ignacio Vincentelli / International Paper / Senior Counsel
Bradley Wilford / Cushman & Wakefield /Commercial Advisors / VP Asset Management
Dale Williams / University of Memphis / Academic Advisor
Joe Williams / Agape North / President
Shad Williams / Teletracking / SVP of Commercial Business
Audrey Willis / Shelby County Government / Manager of Innovation and Performance Analysis
Kem Wilson / Kemmons Wilson Companies / Principal
Triena Winbery / Retired / Non Profit Fundraising

Protégé Company Position
Samantha Albert / Mercer Capital/ Senior Financial Analyst
Preston Albertine / STREETS Ministries / Development Coordinator
Taylor Cao / St. George’s Independent School / Classroom Instructor
Charles Cook / Primerica Cook and Associates / Sales Lead
Reid Cates / AutoZone / Senior Category Manager
Jessica Cowan / New Memphis / Manager of Collegiate Engagement
Jeremy Crooks / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Production Designer II
Sebastiaan de Kok / HealthLink International Inc. / Director of Operations
Olga Dickard / ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Director of Direct Response, Retention
Meredith Duncan / Ballet Memphis / Donor Relations Manager
Bryanna Fields / Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group / Risk Placement Specialist
Alex Fountain / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Manager – Field Development
Hope Francis / Sanctuary Counseling Center / Marketing & Communications Manager
Quentin Hendree / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Account Representative
Jillian Hunt / First Horizon National Corporation / Risk Compliance Officer
Matt Jones / 6AM CoreCollective / Operations Manager
Blawna Lewis / Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare / IT Edu Training Specialist
Nate Mahrt / Second Presbyterian Church-Campus Outreach / Area Director
Aria Miles / Momentum Nonprofit Partners / Director of Research and Public Policy
Geoffrey Morris / Butler Snow LLP / Associate
Jared Moses / Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. / Administrative Director
Karon Nash / ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital / Graphic Designer III
Kyle Neuhalfen / Allegis Global Solutions / Recruiting Manager
Hanna Oysel / Adams Keegan, Inc. / Client Service Manager
Fred Quarles / Church Health YMCA / Senior Program Director
Warren Ransom / Absolute Storage Management, Inc. / Property Accountant
Zipporah Robinson / AmeriCorps VISTA/ Grizzlies Prep / Mentor Coordinator
Jared Rodgers / Brighton Bank / Assistant Vice-President/Risk Analyst
Pratt Rogers / CBRE / Associate
Charlie Scheel / Oak Hall / Head of People
Briana Scott / Shelby County Schools / Math Teacher
Bridget Sisney / Self Employed / Wellness/ Yoga Practitioner
Darren Thomas / Porter-Leath / Development Officer
Robyn Watson / International Paper Co. / IT Asset Management Specialist
Glenn Wegener / Industrial Capital Holdings / Vice President
Mary Whitehorn / International Paper / HR Generalist
Kenneth Worles / Threei Creative Communications / President & Chief Creative Director
Rachel Woyt / Lincoln Electric / Technical Sales Engineer


  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2020

    NEXUS Leaders, Inc. hosted a virtual Graduation via ZOOM honoring this year’s mentor and protégé graduates on May 7. Mayor Lee Harris is driving change throughout Shelby County, he joined the virtual Graduation and spoke on the topic of “Leading Through Change.” NEXUS now has over 950 graduate leaders, all with the passion for mentoring, leadership, and our city. The past few months have been a challenge for all of... Read More
  • Recruitment for the Class of 2021

    As we plan for the Class of 2021, our Program Committee is being intentional and creative on how NEXUS will look for the upcoming class. We are committed to providing a safe environment that fulfills expectations of an engaging and interactive experience for both mentors and proteges. NEXUS continues to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate and young, emerging leaders to develop through mentorship, relationship, dynamic teaching sessions, and... 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
  • Jay Papasan Visited NEXUS

    A Family Affair Larry Papasan has been a NEXUS mentor seven times and has impacted seven proteges in many, different ways. He is the recipient of the Sandy Willson Outstanding NEXUS Mentor award and has been an ongoing advocate and supporter for NEXUS. Several years ago, Larry suggested that the NEXUS class read the book “THE ONE THING”, co-authored by his son Jay Papasan. Last year, the NEXUS Program Committee... 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

    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 with STS Enterprise

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2020 volunteered with STS Enterprise. NEXUS participants conducted mock business interviews with high school and college students at the University of Memphis. Read More

Upcoming Events

September 10, 2020 - September 10, 2020
NEXUS Speaker Session with James Armfield and Larry Jensen

The NEXUS Class of 2021 will kick-off the speaker sessions with James Armfield, New Memphis and NEXUS CONNECT & Larry

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August 22, 2020 - August 22, 2020
NEXUS Orientation for the Class of 2021

The NEXUS Orientation kicks off the NEXUS experience and gives Mentors and Protégés an opportunity to connect with fellow

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  • 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