Class Of 2014

NEXUS Class of 2014 MENTORS

Full name Business Title
Levernese Anderson International Paper Supply Planner
Dana Armstrong International Paper Business Human Resources Manager
Rodney Baber Newport Coast Securities, Inc. Senior Vice President
Donald Bourland Bourland, Helflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews, PCL Attorney
Betsy Brasher First Tennessee Bank Senior Vice President
Jim Burrow Self Employed Chief Manager
Dick Cain Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Pastor
Lu Churchwell Dermatology East Dermatologist
Mia Condon FTN Financial Capital Assets Corporation Vice President
Scott Fountain Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation Senior Vice President & CDO
Ed Garrison International Paper Director, Leadership Development
Madelyn Gray Riverside Reporting Court Reporter
Ruth Ann Hale The Baddour Center Director
Patricia Hamann RenRx Consultant Pharmacist
Ron Hickman Second Presbyterian Church Ministry Executive
Shelley Hill Hilton Senior Manager-Compensation
John Holmes FedEx Innovation Research Principal
Cole Huffman First Evangelical Church Senior Pastor
Cathi Johnson Memphis Theological Seminary VP of Advancement
Bill Martin Real Estate & Financial Consulting  
Layne McGuire Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Senior Manager
Andy O’Fee Crump Mortgage Senior Loan Officer
Lewie Polk For The Kingdom Executive Director
Jack Quinlan Neighborhood Christian Center Chief Operating Officer
Bill Sehnert Peer Power Foundation Director
John Simpson Merck Director of Service Delivery/Management ERP Global Operations
Dan Springer Evolve Bank & Trust Director of Communication
Paul Tuberville International Paper General Counsel, Labor & Employment
Lisa Wadlington Shell Oil Company Business Development Manager
Michael Whaley Memphis College Prep Elementary Founder & School Director
Bradley Wilford CB Richard Ellis Vice President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal

NEXUS Class of 2014 PROTEGES

Full Name Company Title
Brent Allred Lipscomb and Pitts Producer/Commercial Lines
Nycole Alston Shelby County Government Planning Group Manager
Janice Ballard Healthy Shelby Program Coordinator
Todd Blanton Newmark Grubb Associate-Capital Markets
Lauren Bowie Lipscomb and Pitts Personal Lines Producer
Mary Braddock Church Health Center Development Associate
Marisa Britton Neighborhood Christian Center Graphic Design Specialist
Justin Carter The Marston Group, PLC Staff Accountant
Deshundra Davis International Paper IT Business Analyst
Kevin Delie Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Director of Membership Growth
Trent Dixon BDO USA, LLP Associate
Amanda Eckerlsry Durham School Services Financial Analyst
Sean Gould Waddell and Associates Financial Planner
Terence Gray Fellowship Memphis Resident Pastor
Lauren Harlow archer>malmo Account Coordinator
Melissa Holland TruGreen Division Finance Manager
Ray Holmgren Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Director of Services
Wendy Holtz ServiceMaster Marketing Consultant Digital
Walter Jackson Advance Memphis On-Site Manager
Luke Jensen Cushman Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Associate-Capital Markets Group
Rodney Johnson University of Tennessee/NCC Family Advocate Counselor/Director of Love Builders
Josh Jones The Lincoln Electric Company Technical Sales Representative
Neely Mallory Cushman Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Associate
Joshua Marx Achievement School District Teacher
Russell McCutcheon Fellowship Memphis Resident Pastor
Jan Mitchell EEOC Senior-Bilingual Federal Investigator
Juan Roncal Bellevue Middle School Teacher
Bradford Washam EM Printing Account Manager
Jay Williams Memphis Athletic Ministries Youth Coordinator
Lewis Williamson Independent Bank Mortgage Loan Officer


  • 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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  • 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