Class Of 2007

NEXUS Class of 2007 PROTEGES

Full name Business Title
Chris Allen MPACT Executive Director
Audra Bares GTx, Inc. Legal Associate, Pharmaceutical Compliance
Mishandra E. Bethel BFG Communications Program Manager
Miska Bibbs Memphis City Schools Office of Community Development
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Technical Analyst
John H. Brooks Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. Associate, Investment Banking Group
Sam Buckmaster Morgan Keegan VP – Broker – Fixed Income Capital Markets
Tomeka Calmese    
Charlotte Campbell Hutchins AutoZone Inc. Director, Human Resources
Jason Chandler University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Resident
Lorrie Clark Memphis Shelby County Health Department Assistant to Director
Kelly Daniels University of Memphis, Advancement Division Administrative Assistant to VP Advancement
Ross Dyer Tennessee Attorney General Assistant Attorney General
Kevin Fairburn WhatsHappeningInMemphis.com President
Kate Flowers Memphis Symphony Orchestra Volunteer & Special Events Manager
Bo Garrison Schnucks Shipping/Receiving Manager
Andre Gibson Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. Marketing
Troy Graham Hope Christian Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer
Pratush Kumar Gupta FedEx World HeadQuarters Senior Strategic Marketing Analyst
Karen Hardaway SAIS Senior Computer Systems Analyst
Alvin Harris Bartlett High School Assistant Principal
Marsha Johnson Foundation for Youth Development, Inc Executive Director
Rebecca D. Kernan Stephens, Inc Registered Sales Assistant
Cheo Kitwama The Peyton Company Realtors Affiliate Broker
John G. May M & F Bank Commercial Lender/VP
Lynette Johnson Nelson Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Grants Coordinator
Allen D. Noaks International Paper  
Randall Reavis Smith & Nephew, Inc Manager, Computer Aided Engineering
Scott Sherrin Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. Senior Communications Specialist
Katrina Heard Smith UTHealth Science Center/Uof M Educational Facilitator & Adjunct Instructor
Tyra Spearman Memphis Police Department Payroll Specialist
Prentice Tate City of Memphis Police Officer
A Thompson NewSouth Capital Analyst
Brandon Tidwell The Leadership Academy Director, Fellows & Training

NEXUS Class of 2007 MENTORS

Full name Business Title
Will Albritton Ric Nuber YMCA VP, District Exec. Director
JoeAnn Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Senior Executive Director
Tom Bozeman For The Kingdom Camp Program  Director
Jeanne Gray Carr Team Trek Managing Partner
Suzanne Copeland First Tennessee Senior VP, Strategic Marketing Communications
Lola Cremer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Director, Rehabilitation Services
Albert Crews AT & T Senior Global Account Manager
Pearson Crutcher The Society of Entrepreneurs Executive Director
Pat Danehy NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. Vice President
Howard Eddings Memphis Leadership Foundation Executive Director
Buzz Fly Patterson Warehouses Inc. Vice President
Dr. Ted Galyon The East Memphis Orthopedic Group Orthopedic Surgery
Jay Harvill Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC Senior Vice President
Adella Heard 1st TN Bank/ First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Mark Hendricks ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Senior Director
Pastor Daniel Henley Journey Christian Church Pastor
Donald Martin Howdeshell Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc First Vice President
Lynn Jackson Russell, Montgomery & Associates Professional Trainer
Elizabeth Kenworthy Farrar Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Executive Director
Susan Nash Second Presbyterian Church Womens Ministry Director
Zack Perry FedEx Services Senior Technology Services
Bev Pray Christian Brothers University Director of Graduate Programs
Boyd Rhodes Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP Attorney
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Executive Director
Bathsheba Sams International Paper Director, Human Resources/ Packaging
Karen Shea Shea Wealth Management Financial Planner
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 imports Regional Manager
Albert Throckmorton St Mary’s School Assistant Head of School
Park  G. Vestal “Gib” Memphis Athletic Ministries President
Regina Walker United Way Senior VP Community Initiatives & Fund Distribution
Vicki Weber Smith-Ark Farms, Inc Secretary/Treasurer
Roby Williams Black Business Association of Memphis President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal

Announcements

  • NEXUS Volunteers at the MidSouth Food Bank

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2022 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The NEXUS volunteers helped prepare more than 6,500 pounds of food for distribution to those in need. Read More
  • Bill Seely Inspired at NEXUS

    Bill Seely, President and CEO of Varsity Spirit spoke to the NEXUS Class of 2022 at the November session on the topic of “Leading Through Change”. Bill shared his journey and the things he has learned along the way. He was intentional, humble, and honest with his message. Read More
  • Lauren Ready Speaks at NEXUS

    “You can be a leader no matter your title or position in a company.” -Lauren Ready The NEXUS Class of 2022 learned from Lauren Ready, Owner & Principal Storyteller of Forever Ready Productions at the October session. Lauren shared from her personal experiences about leading and building. Read More
  • NEXUS Learns About All Things Memphis

    James Armfield did an excellent job providing a better understanding of our city at the September NEXUS Session. You must know our city to lead our city. Memphis has many moments that matter for each of us. The Class of 2022 listened to a presentation about the history of Memphis and the positive attributes of our city. Participants were motivated about Memphis and challenged to lead within our city. Read More
  • New NEXUS Class – Class of 2022

    The Class of 2022 began their NEXUS experience on August 21 with an in-person NEXUS Orientation event. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to come together in a safe meeting environment. The Class of 2022 connected with fellow class participants, learned about individual strengths, and participated in mentor training. The impact of the Mentor/Protégé relationship and the interactive, teaching lessons from key Memphis leaders paired with... Read More
  • 1000 NEXUS Leaders

    NEXUS has now trained over 1000 principle-centered leaders equipped to lead our city. In May, the NEXUS Class of 2021 graduated; NEXUS was successful in providing an engaging and meaningful experience amidst a pandemic. 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 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
  • NEXUS has a Candid Conversation About D&I in Memphis

    In October, the NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted a panel of Memphis leaders that had a candid conversation about “Diversity and Inclusion in Memphis”. The Panelist included Corbin Carpenter, Owner & Managing Member, Carpenter Law; Leslie Coleman, Global Director, Diversity and Inclusion, International Paper; Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, George Robertson, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church and Jose Velasquez, Co-Founder and Managing Member at... Read More

Upcoming Events

December 31, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Support NEXUS in 2021!

Support NEXUS with a donation in 2021!  Celebrate your NEXUS Mentor or NEXUS Protégé by honoring them with a one-time

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December 2, 2021 - December 2, 2021
Talking with International Paper’s Tom Plath in December

The NEXUS Class of 2022 is having a conversation with Tom Plath, Senior Vice President-Human Resources and Global

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January 6, 2022 - January 6, 2022
Mid-South’s Food Bank President Cathy Pope to Speak in January

President and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank Cathy Pope will speak at the January 6, 2022 NEXUS Session.  Cathy will be

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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