Class Of 2008

NEXUS Class of 2008 PROTEGES

Full Name Business Position
Farris Adams Ivey Sprint Nextel Account Executive
Julie Ashby Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Marketing Manager
Jenny Baker nexAir, LLC Purchasing Coordinator
Eric Bleier Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Coordinator
Mila Borden Regional Medical Center at Memphis Creative Communications Manager
Eric Burton Erinys Marketing Group President
Robert Coe Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
Rebecca Cole Carpenter Sullivan Sossaman Account Coordinator
Tequite Conley Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority Airport Production Control Specialist
Jeb Fields Commercial Advisors, LLC Associate
Preston Frazer AutoZone Finance Controller
Lauren Mabon Primacy Relocation Marketing Account Executive
Myron Mays American Red Cross Marketing Coordinator
Craig Melton Bartlett United Methodist Church Director of Recreation
Angela Petty Duncan-Williams, Inc. Municipal Underwriter
Mary Elizabeth Reopell Ameriprise Financial Licensed Paraplanner
Marlon Ridley Smith & Nephew, Inc. Regulatory Specialist
Katherine Russell FTN Financial Capital Markets VP Portfolio Strategies Group
Angela Stoudemire Hospitality Federal Credit Union Membership Development Manager
Rory Thomas Mid-South Minority Business Council Financial Analyst
Patrick Walton CB Richard Ellis Property Administrator
Michael Whaley Getwell Elementary School Teacher
Mark Yancy Methodist Foundation Major Gifts & Special Projects Coordinator
Mathis Young Paragon National Bank Business Development Officer
Marsha Young Memphis Area Teachers Credit Union Bank Manager

NEXUS Class of 2008 MENTORS

Full Name Business Position
Mike Allen Westminister Presbyterian Church Pastor
Levernese Anderson International Paper Supply Planner
Shali Ledbetter Atkinson RISE Director of Development
Kim Blankenship Second Presbyterian Church Director of Volunteer Ministries
Brenda Brazley Hope Christian Community Foundation Director of Donor Relations
Cindy Burleson St. Jude Director of Domestic Affiliate Program
John Burns Baker Donelson Attorney/Shareholder, Tax Department
Allen Chapman The Lincoln Electric Company District Sales Manager
Barbara Clenin Total Health Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic Owner
Holly Craft GlaxoSmithKline Oncology Oncology Sales Representative
Tom Dyer The Sharpe Group CEO
Jacky Gatliff EPC Ministries National Director of Women in Ministry
Mike Gatliff Second Presbyterian Church Minister to Middle Adults
Sharon Goldsworthy City of Germantown Mayor
Jay Harvill Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC Senior Vice President/Owner
Steve Hearn Presbyterian Day School Chief Advancement Officer
Ron Hickman Kemmons Wilson Companies Senior Vice President
Don Howdeshell Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc. First Vice President
Cayce Lawrence Christian Brothers University Associate Professor of Management
Tony Ludlow USMC Fitness BOOT CAMP Owner/Operator
Cardell Orrin Linx Consulting  
Sally Pace MemphisConnect Director
Bev Pray Christian Brothers University Executive Director, Center for Ethical Leadership
Barbara Prescott Allie Prescott & Partners VP/Consultant and Licensed Professional Counselor
Sam Shaw Berclair Elementary School Principal
Carolyn Wills Bottletree Design Group Owner/Architect
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