Class of 2019

NEXUS PROTEGES
Taryn Burgess Mercer Capital Senior Financial Analyst
Brandon Byrd FTN Financial Sales
Jim Calhoun Furniture Medic-ServiceMaster Business Development Consultant II
Corbin Carpenter Carpenter Law, PLLC Managing-Member
Trey Carroll Southern Coffee Services Account Executive
Jill Coleraine AutoZone Community Relations Manager
Mike Davis International Paper Application Development Specialist
Terrance Davis Nuvasive Quality Control Manager
Daniel Farrow ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Agile Delivery Manager, Marketing
Dana Gatewood FedEx Corporate Quality Auditor
Pedro Gonzalez DarSalud Management, LLC Director of Business Development
Mia Hamilton Freedom Prep Academy Dean of Operations
Mike Hammond Kimley-Horn Landscape Architect – Practice Leader
Melody Holt International Paper HR Specialist
Bianca Jackson Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. Community Outreach Specialist/Research Program Coordinator
Laquita Johnson Grizzlies Prep Charter School Student Affairs Coordinator
Nate Jones Crestcore Realty Financial Operations Manager
Gracie Leathers American Residential Services Marketing Specialist
Devin Marmon Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Financial Counselor
Bethany McRae ServiceMaster Email Marketing Consultant
McKenzie Nash International Paper Human Resources Generalist
Danae Pacileo ALSAC/ St. Jude Agile Delivery Manager
Angela Paige Baptist Memorial Health Care Project Manager Technical
Luka Perkovic Union University Director of Marketing
Taylor Perry Raymond James Financial Advisor
Toby Omli Barnhart Crane Project Engineer
Rodrick L. Selmon STF Financial Financial Services Advisor
Marisa Simonetti Guidingpoint Financial Group Financial Advisor
Amy Strickland Apperson Crump PLC Associate
Cathryn Tagle Amazon Area Manager
Jermaine Taylor Medtronic IT Analyst
Carol Matthews Smith
Jordana Walls-Smith Pfizer Inc Accountant
Randall Weatherall CrestCore Realty Brokerage Operations Supervisor
Amanda Wiig Make-A-Wish Mid-South Director of Marketing and Communications
Ashlei Williams GJC Publicity LLC President
Dwayne Woods Gant Systems Infrastructure Sales Engineer
Daniel Wynn Clay & Land Insurance Account Executive / Producer

NEXUS MENTORS
Lynn Ballinger Ballinger Executive Coaching Executive Coach
Teresa Blanton Medtronic, Inc. Business Process Analyst
Albert Carruthers Memphis Net & Twine Co., Inc. President
Kim Cherry Cherry and Company Public Relations CEO
Mia Condon First Tennessee Capital Assets Corp. Vice President
Hayley Daniel ALSAC/St. Jude Sr. Director, Direct Response Marketing
Orin Davidson Retired Physician
Ottie Dixon Consultant
Amy Beth Dudley Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Donor Services Officer
Rebecca Dupuy International Paper Manager, Global Sourcing Consultant
Carlo Foster C. Foster Construction Company, Inc. President
Eleanor French International Paper Director, Strategy & Finance
Ed Garrison International Paper Director, Leadership Development
Carol Gaudino Momentum Nonprofit Partners Director of Network Engagement & Leadership
Annette Hawkins International Paper HR Manager
Adella Heard First Tennessee Bank Legal Counsel
Deborah Harrison Project Management
Art Heun Retired Law Enforcement Executive
Bliss Hicky Retired Banker /Farm Management
Lionel Hollins I Train Fundamentals & Lionel Hollins Charities CEO & Founder
Teresa Jenkins St. Mary’s Episcopal School Learning Specialist/Diversity & Inclusion Coord.
Stephen Kelley Southern Towing Company, LLC CFO
Drayton Mayers TeamLogic IT President & Owner
Tarrin McGhee Pique Public Relations Principal
Kevin Nowlin Chief Thinking Officer Ah Ha Creations
Randy Odom President /CEO Memphis Athletic Ministries
Larry Papasan Smith & Nephew Retired President
Billie Jo Parker Renasant Bank Managing Director, Private Client
Lesley Patel ALSAC/ St. Jude Director, Marketing Operations
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder
Lisa B. Smith Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Senior Organizational Development Consultant
Sally Summerlin Summerlin & Associates, LLC Owner & Real Estate
Kent Walker VP, Innovation & Customer Technical Service International Paper
Katie West Consultant, Learning & Organizational Development
Lewis Williamson Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
Bob Willumsen Potential 2 Results, LLC President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Courtney Winter International Paper Manager, Leadership Development

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