Class Of 2006

NEXUS Class of 2006 PROTEGES and MENTORS

Full name Title Company
Levernese Anderson International Paper Account Executive
Will Anderson SouthTrust/ Wachovia Bank Assistant VP
James Ronald Armfield Memphis Athletic Ministries VP – Operations
Kirk Bailey 1st Trust Bank for Savings President
J. Austin Baker III EServ, LLC Vice President/ Owner
Sameka Ballard Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. Director – TRUTH Seekers/Multimedia Ministries
Lynn Ballinger Morgan Keegan Fixed Income Security Trader
Dr. Neal Beckford Otolaryngology Associates of the Mid South Physician
Beau Berman First Evangelical Church College Pastor
Kenya Bradshaw Stand For Children Organizer
Corpulas Brown Mid-South Marking Systems Part time
Berkeley Burbank The Uptown Partnership Director of Operations
Preston Carpenter FTN Financial Senior Credit Officer
Jeanne Carr Team Trek Coaching Group Managing Partner
Steve Clarke First Evangelical Church Worship and Music Pastor
Pamela Z. Clary Community Capital Financial Advisor
Harold Collins Shelby County Attorney Genraral’s Office Violent Crime Outreach & Research Assistant
Jan Conder Presbyterian Day School Director of Admission
Dick Cowan Rees Memphis, Inc. President
Judge Chris Craft Shelby County Justice Center Criminal Court Judge
Susie Craft SunTrust Banks, Inc. Legal Department
Brandy Craig Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Marketing & Communications Manager
Albert Crews International Paper TELCOM Service Delivery Manager
John Reid Curlin AmSouth Bank Commercial Middle Market Relationship Manager
Andrea Dahlman International Paper Financial Analyst
Dr. Larry Dormois Pediatric Dental group Senior Partner/ Dentist
Tom Dyer Wyatt, Tarrant, Combs, LLC Managing Partner – Memphis Office
Dr. Scott Edwards Self Employed Dentist
Dr. Clayton Floriani Self Employed Dentist
Buzz Fly Patterson Warehouses, Inc Vice President
Will Frazier SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Capital Markets Vice President
Lauryce Graves Auto Zone VP Merchandising
Justin Green KPMG Senior Acountant
Frank Gusmus First Tennessee Bank Advisor
Alma Hadzidedic AutoZone Inc. Training and Development Specialist
Spencer Halford Ugly Mug Coffee Company Chief Financial Officer
Adella Heard First Tennesseee Bank, First Horizon Nat’l Corp SVP and Asistant General Counsel
Hamp Holcomb FTN Financial SVP – Strategic Financial Gorup
Tyler Jacobus Second Presbyterian Church Director Special Projects, Campus Outreach
JM Jardina HealthSouth Rehab Hospital Administrative Director of Outpatient Services
Krishna Kasi Memphis/Shelby County Office of Plan. & Dev. Senior Planner
Jennifer Knauf Lincoln Electric Technical Sales Representative
Regina Lowery University of Memphis GA – Center for Research in Educational Policy
Katie Marks University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Andy McArtor FedEx Pilot/ Instructor
Dr. Dan Meadows Avery Meadows, DDS Dentist
Frances Millaway National Association of Credit Management Assistant in Local Reporting
Daniel Money Memphis Athletic Ministries Site Director
Dr. Dwight Morris Dwight A. Morris Oral Surgery Surgeon
Robyn Murphy General Motors Regional Sales Manager (TN, MS, LA, AR)
Susan Nash Second Presbyterian Church Ministry Executive
Rich Neal FUNDamentals, LLC President
Mark Ottinger Ugly Mug Coffee Company CEO
Chris Owens Hyde Family Foundations Program Associate
Calvin Ozier UWT Logistics, LLC President and Owner
Ashley Pace Synaxis Group/ First Horizon National Corp. VP – Employee Benefits
Emily Patterson Memphis Arts Council Director of Grants and Business Development
Zack Perry FedEx Services Senior Technology Services
Peter Pettit Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC Member
Thomas Quinlen McNabb, Bragorgos, & Burgess, PLLC Attorney
Srinivas Ravi St. Jude ResearchHospital Senior Software Developer
Charlotte Robinson Second Presbyterian Church Outreach – Ministry Coordinator
Julian Russell New Beginnings Community Church Organizing Pastor
Bathsheba Sams International Paper Director – Human Resources/ Packaging
Karin Sarratt International Paper Human Resources Manager
Alphonso Saville Memphis Athletic Ministries Director – Grizzlies Athletic Center
Tonya St.Clair Marsh Business Development Coordinator
Deidre Thompson FedEx Express Senior Business Analyst
Nikki Tinker Northwest Airlink – Pinnacle Airlines VP – Labor Relations
Ricky Tucker Be Your Best – Rix International President
Burt Waller Christ Community Health Services, Inc. Executive Director
Harold Ware Second Presbyterian Church Chief Administrative Officer
Ruth Warren Clark and Clark CAO
Carson Weitnauer InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Campus Staff
Jameel Wesley Memphis Athletic Ministries Site Coordinator
Sharon Wheeler Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation Director of Advancement Services
Kimberly Whitcomb International Paper Global Supply Chain Business Analyst
Britton Wilkins FTN Financial SVP – Manager FTN Financial Portfolio Advisors
Roby Williams Black Business Association of Memphis President
Drew Willson Wellspring Management, LLC Associate
Sandy Willson Second Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Paul Wright Kirby Pines Retirement Community Administrator
Gokben Yamandag Archer Malmo Project Manager

Announcements

  • NEXUS IN MOTION with Mayor Young was a Success

    NEXUS IN MOTION is always a class favorite and paired with Memphis Mayor Paul Young as the keynote speaker the event was a success! The event offered opportunities for networking around table discussions with selected topics, and an encouraging message from Memphis Mayor Paul Young.  Special thanks to NEXUS Alumni that returned to lead table discussions including Lynn Ballinger, Jessica Cowan, Charlene Cox, Lori Evans, Steve French, Billie Jo Parker,... Read More
  • Jason Little Delivered an Impactful Message in March

    Jason Little, President and CEO for Baptist Memorial Health Care returned to NEXUS and spoke to the Class of 2024. Jason spoke on the leadership topic of “Building as a Leader”. Jason believes it is important to build a system to lead an organization, culture, career, and team. You must build a system that aligns, with your principles, and has a culture, which is a reflection of behaviors. You must believe... Read More
  • Tammy LoCascio Delivered a Great Message to the Class of 2024

    Tammy LoCascio, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President for First Horizon Bank spoke at the February session to the NEXUS Class of 2024. Tammy shared the importance of communicating as a leader and how to be an effective communicator. Tammy said, “You cannot be a great leader if you are not a great communicator.” To request an audio of this presentation contact NEXUS. Read More
  • NEXUS Featured in River City Lifestyle

    NEXUS is featured in the February issue of River City Lifestyle. As we celebrate 20 years of NEXUS, the article captures the true meaning of NEXUS and honors our mission as we strengthen Memphis one leader at a time. River City Lifestyle is a local publication that is a hub for uplifting local stories, businesses and experiences. To read the article CLICK HERE. Read More
  • New NEXUS Podcast Release with Guest Caroline Kuebler

    New Release – “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast Check out the latest episode of “The NEXUS Intersection” with Caroline Kuebler, Director of Development for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Alumni. Co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt. JUMP IN to this podcast with Caroline as she shares about being a “Value Based Giver”. Caroline uses her expertise everyday with donors on how to build a giving... Read More
  • Elizabeth Rouse First Speaker in 2024

    “Questions should inspire others.” – Elizabeth Rouse Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO for ARTSmemphis spoke at the first session of 2024.  The Class of 2024 had the opportunity to hear Elizabeth on January 4 share on the topic of “Asking the Right Questions”.  Elizabeth feels that questions can do many things – It shows you care, is a great way to communicate, empowers us, provides personal growth, inspires us, shows others... Read More
  • Sridhar Sunkara Shares On Newest Podcast Episode

    NEW RELEASE – NEXUS Alumni and Board member Sridhar Sunkara shares on the newest episode of the NEXUS podcast “The NEXUS Intersection” with co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt. Sridhar is CEO of eBiz Solutions and works among global leaders in technology. He shares on the topic of “Technology & Leadership” including the benefits and challenges leaders are faced with today regarding technology. And why it’s so important to be... Read More
  • Ericka DeBruce Shared in December

    Ericka DeBruce, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital spoke at the December Session to the NEXUS Class of 2024. Ericka spoke on the important topic “Intentionally Being a Diverse and Inclusive Leader”. Read More
  • The NEXUS Intersection Podcast with co-Founder Sandy Willson

    New Release – “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast Co-founder of NEXUS Sandy Willson sat down with Heather Hunt and Ephie Johnson to talk about the vision he had for NEXUS and 20 years later why mentoring matters. Listen to the newest episode of “The NEXUS Intersection” titled “The NEXUS Vision & Why Mentoring”. Sandy shares about why NEXUS was founded and the purpose we continue to fulfill for... Read More
  • November Session with Memphis Grizzlies Jason Wexler

    The NEXUS Class of 2024 hosted Jason Wexler, President for the Memphis Grizzlies at the November Session. Jason shared on the topic of “Motivating as a Leader” and how he personally is motivated and how he motivates his team. Read More

Upcoming Events

April 16, 2024 - April 16, 2024
NEXUS Night Out at the Dixon – Celebrating 20 Years!

Join us as we commemorate a significant milestone - 20 years of NEXUS!  Members of the NEXUS Network and Alunni are invited

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April 25, 2024 - April 25, 2024
Recruitment Efforts for the Class of 2025 Begin in April

We will host an Informational Recruitment Reception on Thursday, April 25 at 5:30pm for interested Protégé and Mentor

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November 15, 2023 - May 15, 2023
Celebrating 20 Years – Funding Campaign

I am thrilled to share that NEXUS is celebrating an incredible milestone - 20 years!  This remarkable journey has been made

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Testimonials

  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Ephie Ballard Johnson

    “I was honored to participate in the inaugural year of NEXUS, 20 years later I’m honored to still be involved in NEXUS as a mentor, past speaker, and Board member. Just five years after being a protégé I became President & CEO of NCC, because of NEXUS I appreciate and see the importance of servant leadership.” Ephie Ballard Johnson, President & CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Billie Jo Parker

    “The greatest benefit from participating in NEXUS are the connections you make. I am grateful for the personal and professional network of colleagues and friends I have encountered because of NEXUS.” Bill Jo Parker, SVP Pinnacle Bank and NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Douglas Skipworth

    “NEXUS is unique because it trains people's minds, hearts, and hands. I love NEXUS because it does both of those while also adding a higher purpose component to its program. In my experience, that's very rare. Thanks to NEXUS, the proteges who graduate each year are not only skilled and ambitious, but they are also compassionate leaders who are making a meaningful difference in Memphis!” Douglas Skipworth, Principal Broker, CrestCoreRealty, LLC and NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Amy Beth Dudley

    “NEXUS has been an important part of my professional life for over a decade. Starting as a protégé, moving to the mentor role, and now serving on the NEXUS Board of Directors. I have had the opportunity to see the impact of mentoring and that has been tremendous.” Amy Beth Dudley, Director of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis + NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Cameron Mann

    “The greatest part about NEXUS is the diversity of relationships made that last a lifetime, particularly multi-generational relationships.” Cameron Mann, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Methodist Healthcare + NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Amy Simpson

    “NEXUS provides the opportunity to learn from others who love Memphis and want to make a difference!” – Amy Simpson, Corporate Communications, International Paper + NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Lewis Williamson

    “The NEXUS program offers an opportunity for a young person to gain some of the knowledge and experience of their mentors. I was a rather young mentor at the time of my initial experience. Today I am older with hopefully more experience to share. NEXUS offers me another network – especially with a younger group and I have made many new friends and hopefully provided beneficial help to those in the next generation.” -Lewis Wiliamson, HTS Commo
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Caroline Kuebler

    “I’d say NEXUS is unique due to the opportunity to learn from and interact with local leadership in the small group monthly meetings. Of course, the relationships built between mentors and proteges is one of my favorite things.” - Caroline Kuebler, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis + NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Sally Pace

    “I came to NEXUS at a time where I desperately wanted a mentor from my industry who understood some of the challenges and opportunities I would be facing as I grew my career. I found that and so much more in the program, and the curriculum and discussions helped frame the path I would take over the coming years as I moved through various levels of management. - Sally Pace, Connect Healthcare Collaboration + NEXUS Alumni
  • Celebrating 20 Years of NEXUS – Alumni Highlight – Andrew Mok

    “As a NEXUS graduate, I have benefitted from the program through the guidance and support from my mentor at such an early stage of my professional career. I feel more confident in making informed decisions and navigating challenges. The program assisted in the development of my leadership skills including communication, problem solving, and emotional intelligence." - Andrew Mok, AutoZone + NEXUS Alumni