Class Of 2015

NEXUS Class of 2015 PROTEGES

Full Name Company Title
Andrew Barrett First Tennessee Bank Porfolio Manager
Shaun Bernard Total Transportation of Mississippi Fleet Manager
Olivia Buffington St. George’s Independent School Director of Admission
Richard Collins The Metropolitan Bank Client Services Advisor
LaTasha Cornett Church Pension Group Conferences Team Leader
Justin Deere ServiceMaster Financial Analyst
Jennie Dickerson ALSAC Donor Engagment Specialist
Ashley Edge Grizzlies Prep Charter School Development Coordinator
William Franklin FTB Advisors, Inc. Registered Representative
Deron Hall Memphis is Music Initiative Senior Program Manager
Anjelica Hardin Achievement School District Director of Strategic Partnership
Lizy Heard Church Health Center Graphic Director
Brad Hightower First Tennessee Bank Business Banking Relationship Manager
William Ivey The Metropolitan Bank Portfolio Manager
Jasmine Johnson International Paper Project Manager
Caroline Kelly
Keating Lowery Lawrence & Russell, PLC Attorney
Brandon Mack FedEx Business Sales
Jonathan McAlister Shoemaker Financial Financial Planner
Brandon Porter Fellowship Memphis Pastoral Resident
Ben Prodhomme Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor
Daniel Riley Ultraship TMS Technology Analyst
Alex Roberts Methodist Healthcare Foundation Special Events Coordinator
Leshundra Robinson Americorp Vista SCS Family Engagement Specialist
Camelia Scott New Leaders Manager, Recruitment & Operations
Elizabeth Sposato TreGreen Finanical Analyst
Jack Steffner Newmark Grubb Memphis Associate
William Ware Hobson Realtors Affiliate Broker
Christian Watkins-Bolden Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Supervisor of Community Collaboration

NEXUS Class of 2015 MENTORS

Full Name Company Title
Janice Ballard Common Table Health Alliance Program Coordinator-Healthy Shelby
Jonny Ballinger Smith & Nephew Business Lead Project Manager
Miska Clay Bibbs Green Dot Public Schools Director of Community Engagement
Greg Davis Century Wealth Management Director of Portfolio Management
Amy Beth Dudley ALSAC Associate Regional Director-Region 5
Debi Erickson Second Presbyterian Church Accounting Director
Terri Flemmons Pharmacist
Scott Fountain Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Senior Vice President & CDO
Ed Garrison International Paper Director-Leadership Development
Deborah Hester Harrison Self-Employed
Rob Heard First Tennessee Bank Senior VP & Manager-Correspondent Services Division
Hamp Holcomb Strategic Finanical Partners Senior VP & Financial Advisor
Nancy Holcomb Community Volunteer
Rodney Johnson Unversity of Tennessee & NCC Family Advocate Counselor & Director
Jill Kauffman Presbyterian Day School Chief Financial Officer
Mason Kauffman US BIOLOGIC, Inc. Chief Executive Officer
Patrick McCarty Northwestern Mutual Director of Financial Security Support
Grace McLaren Success Strategies Owner
Elizabeth Oltremari Precision Healthcare Regional Account Manager
Ashley Pace Lockton Companies, LLC Producer
Larry Papasan Smith & Nephew & MLGW Retired President
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder
Traci Strickland Triumph Bank Vice President-Marketing
Stephanie Summers
Rhea Taylor Americraft Carton, Inc. President
Deidre Thompson FedEx Manager-Strategic Planning & Business
Dr. Kathy Tuberville University of Memphis-Fogelman Business School-Director
Katie West The Metropolitan Bank Chief Talent Officer
Marc Willis Omni Schools Co-Founder, President & CEO
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal


  • 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