Class Of 2016

NEXUS Class of 2016 PROTEGES

Full Name Company Title
Jake Adams First Tennessee Bank Relationship Manager
Jeremy Calhoun International Paper/STS Enterprise IT Specialist II/President & Founder
Lenora Christopher International Paper Financial Analyst
Josalyn Coleman University of Tenn.-Health Sciences Education Specialist
Jonathan Givens Digital Media Freelancer Digital Media Freelance
Jeremy Griffith International Paper IT Business Specialist
Sarah Haney The Metropolitan Bank Client Development Advisor
Dirk Hedlund EyeOn Technologies Technical Support Engineer
Katharine Hedlund EyeOn Technologies Technical Support Engineer
Matthew Heffington The Kimery Group at Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
Emily Hendrix Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance Personal Lines Account Assistant
Jacari Lewis International Paper Financial Analyst
Breyana Lowe ALSAC/St. Jude Senior Specialist/Patient Liaision
Kristen Lurry Federal Express Security Advisor
Amanda Mattingly The Metropolitan Bank Client Services Advisor
Dexter McKinney Baptist Memorial Health Care System Community Outreach Specialist
Matt Mitchell Harvest Church Facilities Manager
James Moore For The Kingdom Program Manager
Allie Morrison Baptist Medical Group Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Morrison Southeastern Asset Management Client Relations Manager
Jay Philpott St. George’s Independent School Director of Advancement
Jeremy Ramsey Raymond James & Associates Investment Portfolio Specialist
Timithay Robinson Memphis Recovery Center Counselor
Luke Sanderson Wampler & Pierce, P.C Attorney
Lori Stewart University of Memphis College Academic Advisor/Graduation Assistant
TaWanda Stewart Le Bonheur Community Health & Well Being Resource 7 Referral Specialist
Howard Summers Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance Commerical Insurance Specialist
Rondell Trevino National Imigration Forum Southeast Church Mobilizer
Kate Van Namen Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP Attorney
Pedro Velasquez Darsalud Management Operations Director
Taylor West Harvest Church Human Resources Associate

NEXUS Class of 2016 MENTORS

Full Name Company Title
Levernese Anderson International Paper Supply Planner
Steve Anderson Raymond James Financial Advisor
Teresa Blanton Medtronic, Inc. Business Process Analyst
Betsy Brasher First Tennessee Bank Portfolio Manager, Corporate Banking
Andreana Brown Smith Church Health Center Director of MEMPHIS Plan & Patient Services
Rob Carson Medtronic, Inc. Vice President, Global Marketing & Strategy
Lu Churchwell Dermatologist
Pamela Cox Neighborhood Christian Center Community Relations Director
Orin Davidson Retired Physician
Todd Erickson Second Presbyterian Church Pastoral Executive
Ed Flemmons Pool Contractors Supply President & CEO
Preston Frazer AutoZone Vice President of Audit Services
Matt Gandy FedEx Pilot
Ed Garrison International Paper Director, Leadership Development
Cynthia Graham Memphis Union Mission Director of Major Gifts
Adella Heard First Tennessee Bank Legal Counsel
Jay Healy Century Wealth Management President
Art Heun Retired Police Chief
Amy Klesges Medtronic, Inc. Finance Director & Controller
Caroline Kuebler ALSAC/St. Jude Senior Director-Volunteer Development
Elizabeth Rudolph University of Memphis Law School Assistant Dean
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder
Susan Riley Methodist Healthcare Germantown Nurse
Robb Roaten Second Presbyterian Church Director of Communications
Phyllis Slaughter International Paper Solution Delivery Manager
Bobby Shute Aren Investments, LLC Vice President of Operations
Paul Tuberville International Paper Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment
Gib Vestal Memphis Athletic Ministries Chairman
Nicole Walhour International Paper Deputy Ethics & Compliance Officer
Roby Williams Black Business Association of Memphis President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Norma Wilson Community Volunteer

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