Class Of 2007

NEXUS Class of 2007 PROTEGES

Full name Business Title
Chris Allen MPACT Executive Director
Audra Bares GTx, Inc. Legal Associate, Pharmaceutical Compliance
Mishandra E. Bethel BFG Communications Program Manager
Miska Bibbs Memphis City Schools Office of Community Development
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Technical Analyst
John H. Brooks Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. Associate, Investment Banking Group
Sam Buckmaster Morgan Keegan VP – Broker – Fixed Income Capital Markets
Tomeka Calmese    
Charlotte Campbell Hutchins AutoZone Inc. Director, Human Resources
Jason Chandler University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Resident
Lorrie Clark Memphis Shelby County Health Department Assistant to Director
Kelly Daniels University of Memphis, Advancement Division Administrative Assistant to VP Advancement
Ross Dyer Tennessee Attorney General Assistant Attorney General
Kevin Fairburn WhatsHappeningInMemphis.com President
Kate Flowers Memphis Symphony Orchestra Volunteer & Special Events Manager
Bo Garrison Schnucks Shipping/Receiving Manager
Andre Gibson Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. Marketing
Troy Graham Hope Christian Community Foundation Chief Financial Officer
Pratush Kumar Gupta FedEx World HeadQuarters Senior Strategic Marketing Analyst
Karen Hardaway SAIS Senior Computer Systems Analyst
Alvin Harris Bartlett High School Assistant Principal
Marsha Johnson Foundation for Youth Development, Inc Executive Director
Rebecca D. Kernan Stephens, Inc Registered Sales Assistant
Cheo Kitwama The Peyton Company Realtors Affiliate Broker
John G. May M & F Bank Commercial Lender/VP
Lynette Johnson Nelson Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Grants Coordinator
Allen D. Noaks International Paper  
Randall Reavis Smith & Nephew, Inc Manager, Computer Aided Engineering
Scott Sherrin Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. Senior Communications Specialist
Katrina Heard Smith UTHealth Science Center/Uof M Educational Facilitator & Adjunct Instructor
Tyra Spearman Memphis Police Department Payroll Specialist
Prentice Tate City of Memphis Police Officer
A Thompson NewSouth Capital Analyst
Brandon Tidwell The Leadership Academy Director, Fellows & Training

NEXUS Class of 2007 MENTORS

Full name Business Title
Will Albritton Ric Nuber YMCA VP, District Exec. Director
JoeAnn Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Senior Executive Director
Tom Bozeman For The Kingdom Camp Program  Director
Jeanne Gray Carr Team Trek Managing Partner
Suzanne Copeland First Tennessee Senior VP, Strategic Marketing Communications
Lola Cremer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Director, Rehabilitation Services
Albert Crews AT & T Senior Global Account Manager
Pearson Crutcher The Society of Entrepreneurs Executive Director
Pat Danehy NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. Vice President
Howard Eddings Memphis Leadership Foundation Executive Director
Buzz Fly Patterson Warehouses Inc. Vice President
Dr. Ted Galyon The East Memphis Orthopedic Group Orthopedic Surgery
Jay Harvill Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC Senior Vice President
Adella Heard 1st TN Bank/ First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Mark Hendricks ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Senior Director
Pastor Daniel Henley Journey Christian Church Pastor
Donald Martin Howdeshell Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc First Vice President
Lynn Jackson Russell, Montgomery & Associates Professional Trainer
Elizabeth Kenworthy Farrar Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Executive Director
Susan Nash Second Presbyterian Church Womens Ministry Director
Zack Perry FedEx Services Senior Technology Services
Bev Pray Christian Brothers University Director of Graduate Programs
Boyd Rhodes Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP Attorney
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Executive Director
Bathsheba Sams International Paper Director, Human Resources/ Packaging
Karen Shea Shea Wealth Management Financial Planner
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 imports Regional Manager
Albert Throckmorton St Mary’s School Assistant Head of School
Park  G. Vestal “Gib” Memphis Athletic Ministries President
Regina Walker United Way Senior VP Community Initiatives & Fund Distribution
Vicki Weber Smith-Ark Farms, Inc Secretary/Treasurer
Roby Williams Black Business Association of Memphis President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal

Announcements

  • 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
  • Mike Allen Shares on NEXUS Podcast – Episode 5

    In the newest episode of the NEXUS podcast, “The NEXUS Intersection” co-hosts Ephie Johnson and Heather Hunt have a conversation with Mike Allen, Executive Director of the Memphis Botanic Garden and NEXUS Mentor. Mike shares the things he has learned through his three different acts as a corporate employee, entrepreneur, and a non-profit leader – all end with the same theme “Mike Gives Back”. To listen click HERE. Read More
  • Tom Cleves Returned to NEXUS

    Tom Cleves, SVP – Corporate Affairs for Sylvamo returned to NEXUS in October. Tom shared the importance of “Focusing as a Leader” with the Class of 2024. He challenged everyone to ask themselves “What’s the one most important thing today?”. Figure out what matters and give it your undivided attention. To request the speaker’s audio email heather@nexusleaders.org. Read More

Upcoming Events

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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April 4, 2024 - April 4, 2024
NEXUS IN MOTION + MAYOR PAUL YOUNG in April

NEXUS IN MOTION is a class favorite and a networking event for NEXUS Alumni & current participants.  The event format

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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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Partners

Testimonials

  • Daniel Pouget, VP – Commercial Banker, Simmons Bank & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Cameron Mann, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Methodist Le Bonheur & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • YJ Lee, Marketing Advisor, Connect Healthcare & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Faedra Carter, Manufacturing Excellence Consultant, International Paper & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • Travis Moody, CEO, Forward Memphis & NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentor

  • Will Adair, Construction Project Manager, CrestCore & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Andrew Mok, Category Manager, AutoZone & NEXUS Class of 2023 Protégé

  • Amy Beth Dudley, Dir. of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Board member

    “Mentoring relationships are crucial for both personal and professional growth. Through NEXUS, I have had the honor of both having a mentor and serving as one. A mentor walking alongside you to rejoice in successes and coach you through difficult situations makes all the difference. Serving on the board of NEXUS allows me to provide that connection and opportunity for others in our community.” Amy Beth Dudley, Dir. of Donor Services, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis & NEXUS Board member
  • Mason Massey, Assistant Marketing Manager, AutoZone, NEXUS Class of 2022 Protégé

    “This is a unique opportunity to engage with both, peers and mentors, on current issues facing Memphis and beyond that is difficult to replicate. The relationship with my Mentor is something that I value greatly and will extend beyond the dates of the NEXUS program. It is difficult to put the relationship into words, as it is more of a friendship with someone who has much more life experience and accolades, but it has grown organically without feeling forced and I am very grateful for that.”
  • Jeanette O’Bryant, Development Director, Collage Dance Collective, NEXUS Class of 2022 Mentor

    “This is one of the many great and satisfying programs that Memphis has to further develop and strengthen relationships and support in our community and our careers. I appreciate NEXUS so much for the opportunity and the wonderfully crafted sessions and speakers who graced us often with invaluable knowledge, testimonials and stories that seemed to fit me each month of my personal journey. Jeanette O’Bryant, Development Director, Collage Dance Collective, NEXUS Class of 2022 Mentor