NEXUS Board Chair Reflects on This Past Year

May 17, 2021 Uncategorized

May 2021

These past fourteen months have looked more different than we could have ever imagined, and we have learned more about each other and our world than we ever thought.

I am proud of the NEXUS Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment as we have led together.  Our Board knows the importance of relationships and were determined to fulfill that need for the Mentor and Protégé participants.  I am proud of the volunteers that serve on the NEXUS Program Committee;  they have been dynamic and creative as the environment and sessions changed monthly.

I am proud of the NEXUS Class of 2021 for entrusting us to provide a safe and successful NEXUS experience.  This year’s Mentors and Proteges began meeting in-person in August through November with masks and social distancing.   In December and January, the class met via zoom due to the spike in COVID-19 numbers paired with the holiday season.  We came back together in-person in February through the spring and are celebrating with Graduation in the Garden in May.  We have continued to offer a virtual option throughout the year for those not comfortable meeting in-person.

I am proud of our partners who have continued to support NEXUS and also led our city through a world pandemic.  We want to express our sincere gratitude to those committed individuals and partners who share our vision of building a stronger Memphis through the duplication of principle-centered leaders.  Our partners include AutoZone, Baptist Memorial Health CareeBiz Solutions,  First Horizon Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation, and The Marston Group.  A special thanks to Memphis Botanic Garden for hosting the Graduation in the Garden event to celebrate the NEXUS Class of 2021 and Class of 2020.

As this year comes to an end and we start to plan for the Class of 2022, we are committed to provide an engaging & interactive experience for both mentors and proteges no matter what the environment looks like.  The NEXUS experience is proven!

On behalf of the NEXUS Board of Directors, congratulations to the Class of 2021! 

Bathsheba Sams, NEXUS Board Chairman


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Testimonials

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  • 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