Class Of 2009

NEXUS Class of 2009 PROTEGES

Full Name Business Title
Stephen Anderson Dillard Door & Entrance Control Service Tech
Steve Anderson Chartwell Financial Group Financial Representative
Stephanie Aldrich TruGreen Customer Retention Manger
Dion Barry Memphis Athletic Ministries Director
Ashley Belew Bottletree Design Group Architectural Intern
Cory Brown Univeristy of Memphis-College of Law Student  
Harry Cash MIFA Youth/Teen Coordinator
Shaun Ching FedEx Senior Marketing Specialist
Frank Crump FTN Financial Vice President/Structured Finance
Kyle Drummer Lincoln Electric Technical Sales Representative
Cami Chando Fields Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Ham Germantown Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor
Jae Henderson Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service President/Head Writer
Sarah Hickman FedEx Communications Specialist
LaTasha Gentry Holmes Memphis City Schools Manager of Recruitment
Preston Lee Univeristy of Tennessee-College of Denistry Student Doctor
Erica Mann Mid-South Minority Business Council Supply Relationship Specialist
Chassie O’Neal Women’s Foundation Executive Assistant
John Riley MediTract, Inc. Director of Sales
Inez Robinson Love Matters, Inc CEO/President
Brittney Rogers Duncan-Williams, Inc. Investment Banker
Corlis Saadbouh Buckman Laboratories Legal Assistant
John Sadlow Century Wealth Management Director of Finance & Administration
Lynn Shaw Morgan Keegan and Co. Financial Advisor
Anthony Smith FedEx Senior Strategic Sales Analyst
Kristen Smith Memphis City Schools Teacher/2007 Corps Member
Eric Stenberg Memphis Leadership Foundation Program Coordinator
Jessica Swan    
Jonathan Watkins Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Corp. Manager, Patient Safety & Quality
Shiela White Hilton Hotel Corporation Recruiter
Erin Wiles NSA-Juice Plus Marketing & Special Events Coord. 
Oliver Williams KPMG Audit Associate
Chloe Woods Memphis Grizzlies Account Executive

NEXUS Class of 2009 MENTORS

Full Name Business Title
Becky Atkeison FedEx Manager of Executive Development
ohn Avis Collegiate School of Memmphis Head of School
JoAnne Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Executive Director
Jon Becker Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Minister/Director of Evangelism
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Business Analyst
Kelvin Bowen Memphis Athletic Ministries Executive Vice President
Tim Bowers FedEx Corporation Manager Executive Protection
Rob Crump Crump Mortgage Vice President of E Branch & Sr. Loan Officer
Heather Davis Briarcrest Christian School Math Teacher
Dr. Sylverna Ford Univeristy of Memphis Dean of Univeristy Libraries
Dana Hay Second Presbyterian Church Writer/Editor
Adella Heard First Tenn. Bank/First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Marilyn Hughes Hilton Hotels Corporation Manager Community Relations
Jack Joseph International Paper Human Resources Director
Jenny Koltnow Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Executive Director
Jana Davis Lamanna Black, McLaren, Jones, Ryland & Griffee Attorney
Joyce Lower Joyces Signs President/Owner
Melinda Medlin Capitol Network, Inc. Consultant and Senior Advisor
Olin Morris Retired  
Jacqueline Payne FedEx Express Business Systems Adivsor
Debbie Perkins IBM Corporation IT Services Manager
Lewie Polk Memphis Athletic Ministries VP/Community Director
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Founder & Executive Director
Whit Robison FedEx IT  
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 Imports Regional Manager
Susan Stralka Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown CEO/Administrator
Elizabeth Taliaferro Presbyterian Day School Capital Campaign Manager
Michael Vitali FedEx Express Advisor-Human Resource Development
Katie West Second Presbyterian Church Co-Director of Women in Ministry
Lain Whitaker St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls History Teacher
Lewis Williamson Citigroup/Smith Barney Senior VP & Community Specialist
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Fenton Wright The Memphis Shalom Project Project Manager

NEXUS Class of 2009 PROTEGES

Full Name Business Title
Stephen Anderson Dillard Door & Entrance Control Service Tech
Steve Anderson Chartwell Financial Group Financial Representative
Stephanie Aldrich TruGreen Customer Retention Manger
Dion Barry Memphis Athletic Ministries Director
Ashley Belew Bottletree Design Group Architectural Intern
Cory Brown Univeristy of Memphis-College of Law Student  
Harry Cash MIFA Youth/Teen Coordinator
Shaun Ching FedEx Senior Marketing Specialist
Frank Crump FTN Financial Vice President/Structured Finance
Kyle Drummer Lincoln Electric Technical Sales Representative
Cami Chando Fields Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Marketing Coordinator
Christopher Ham Germantown Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor
Jae Henderson Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service President/Head Writer
Sarah Hickman FedEx Communications Specialist
LaTasha Gentry Holmes Memphis City Schools Manager of Recruitment
Preston Lee Univeristy of Tennessee-College of Denistry Student Doctor
Erica Mann Mid-South Minority Business Council Supply Relationship Specialist
Chassie O’Neal Women’s Foundation Executive Assistant
John Riley MediTract, Inc. Director of Sales
Inez Robinson Love Matters, Inc CEO/President
Brittney Rogers Duncan-Williams, Inc. Investment Banker
Corlis Saadbouh Buckman Laboratories Legal Assistant
John Sadlow Century Wealth Management Director of Finance & Administration
Lynn Shaw Morgan Keegan and Co. Financial Advisor
Anthony Smith FedEx Senior Strategic Sales Analyst
Kristen Smith Memphis City Schools Teacher/2007 Corps Member
Eric Stenberg Memphis Leadership Foundation Program Coordinator
Jessica Swan    
Jonathan Watkins Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Corp. Manager, Patient Safety & Quality
Shiela White Hilton Hotel Corporation Recruiter
Erin Wiles NSA-Juice Plus Marketing & Special Events Coord. 
Oliver Williams KPMG Audit Associate
Chloe Woods Memphis Grizzlies Account Executive

NEXUS Class of 2009 MENTORS

Full Name Business Title
Becky Atkeison FedEx Manager of Executive Development
ohn Avis Collegiate School of Memmphis Head of School
JoAnne Ballard Neighborhood Christian Center Executive Director
Jon Becker Second Presbyterian Church Assistant Minister/Director of Evangelism
Richard Bourland FedEx Senior Business Analyst
Kelvin Bowen Memphis Athletic Ministries Executive Vice President
Tim Bowers FedEx Corporation Manager Executive Protection
Rob Crump Crump Mortgage Vice President of E Branch & Sr. Loan Officer
Heather Davis Briarcrest Christian School Math Teacher
Dr. Sylverna Ford Univeristy of Memphis Dean of Univeristy Libraries
Dana Hay Second Presbyterian Church Writer/Editor
Adella Heard First Tenn. Bank/First Horizon National Corp. SVP & Assistant General Counsel
Marilyn Hughes Hilton Hotels Corporation Manager Community Relations
Jack Joseph International Paper Human Resources Director
Jenny Koltnow Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Executive Director
Jana Davis Lamanna Black, McLaren, Jones, Ryland & Griffee Attorney
Joyce Lower Joyces Signs President/Owner
Melinda Medlin Capitol Network, Inc. Consultant and Senior Advisor
Olin Morris Retired  
Jacqueline Payne FedEx Express Business Systems Adivsor
Debbie Perkins IBM Corporation IT Services Manager
Lewie Polk Memphis Athletic Ministries VP/Community Director
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc Founder & Executive Director
Whit Robison FedEx IT  
Phil Sistrunk Pier 1 Imports Regional Manager
Susan Stralka Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown CEO/Administrator
Elizabeth Taliaferro Presbyterian Day School Capital Campaign Manager
Michael Vitali FedEx Express Advisor-Human Resource Development
Katie West Second Presbyterian Church Co-Director of Women in Ministry
Lain Whitaker St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls History Teacher
Lewis Williamson Citigroup/Smith Barney Senior VP & Community Specialist
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Fenton Wright The Memphis Shalom Project Project Manager

Announcements

  • NEXUS Class of 2023

    The Class of 2023 began their NEXUS experience on August 20 with an Orientation event. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to connect with fellow class participants, learn about individual strengths, and participate in training and team building exercises. The impact of the Mentor/Protégé relationship and the interactive, teaching lessons from key Memphis leaders paired with a proven curriculum continues to make NEXUS unique. The Orientation... Read More
  • NEXUS Class of 2023 Meet & Greet

    NEXUS Class of 2023 Mentors and Proteges had the opportunity to meet fellow class members and NEXUS Board of Directors prior to the class orientation. Special thanks to Perkins-Everitt Lighting & Controls for hosting. Read More
  • NEXUS NIGHT OUT

    Members of the NEXUS Network attended the annual NEXUS NIGHT OUT event this spring at the home of NEXUS Alumni Norma and Kem Wilson. The event offered the opportunity to connect and re-connect with fellow members of the NEXUS Network. Special thanks to the Wilsons for hosting the event. Read More
  • Sharing the Success of NEXUS IN MOTION

    Each year NEXUS invites NEXUS Alumni to return and share on timely topics at NEXUS IN MOTION. This year the NEXUS Class of 2022 hosted Sam Coates, Christina Cook, and Cindy Klatt who spoke on important topics which included Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone, New Normal Workplace, and Leadership at all Levels. The evening provided messages that impacted those in attendance and an opportunity for several alumni to attend... Read More
  • Indigo Ag’s Barry Knight Shared at NEXUS

    It was an honor to have Barry Knight, Senior Vice President of Indigo Ag speak to the NEXUS Class of 2022 at the March session. Barry spoke on the topic of “Focusing as a Leader” and shared what his mentors have taught him through the years. Read More
  • Tracee Walls Visited NEXUS

    It was an honor to have Tracee Walls, Managing Director, Human Resources – Equity, Inclusion & Engagement for FedEx Ground speak at the NEXUS Class of 2022 February session. Tracee shared on the importance of planning as a diverse leader. Read More
  • Mid-South’s Food Bank Cathy Pope Shared in January

    Due to the surge of Covid cases with the Omicron variant, the January NEXUS Session took place via zoom. After participants shared their 2022 motto, Cathy Pope, President and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank Cathy spoke on the topic of “Communicating as a Leader”.    The health and safety of the members of the NEXUS Network’s is priority; we will adhere to recommendations made by the Shelby County Health Department. ... Read More
  • International Paper’s Tom Plath Joined NEXUS in a Conversation

    The NEXUS Class of 2022 is having a conversation with Tom Plath, Senior Vice President-Human Resources and Global Citizenship for International Paper visited NEXUS in December and had a conversation around “Visioning and Leadership”. Read More
  • 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

Upcoming Events

December 1, 2022 - December 1, 2022
Emily Callahan Returns to NEXUS

Emily Callahan, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer for ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is returning to

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October 6, 2022 - October 6, 2022
Mario Brown to Visit NEXUS

Mario Brown, Ed.D., SVP and Chief Talent Development Officer for First Horizon Bank will speak to the NEXUS Class of 2023 at

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November 3, 2022 - November 3, 2022
Jani Rad to Speak in November

In November, Jani Rad, Entrepreneur and Director-Executive Operations for the Center for Information & Analytics at Regional

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Partners

Testimonials

  • 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
  • Christina Nagy, Human Resources Manager, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, NEXUS Class of 2022 Protégé

    “When I started NEXUS, I really didn't know what to expect. However, I am so glad that I jumped right into this opportunity. The mentor/protege relationship was a highlight for me. NEXUS gave me the space and perspective I needed to ensure my decisions align with my values. NEXUS has also allowed me to grow my personal network and hear from leaders in a variety of industries. Christina Nagy, Human Resources Manager, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, NEXUS Class of 2022 Protégé
  • Kem Wilson, Jr. Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies, NEXUS Mentor & NEXUS Board Member

    “My favorite question to ask someone is, “What are you doing TODAY, not what you did yesterday or what you plan to do in the future, but what are you doing TODAY, that will have an influence & impact on the next generation?   That is what we are trying accomplish through NEXUS.”    -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

    “After participating in NEXUS myself and having a great experience, I wanted to do my part in helping to ensure others have access and the opportunity to be a part of the NEXUS experience as well.”  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

    “Over a decade ago when I was a Protégé, NEXUS helped me craft my vision for the leader I wanted to be.  As a Mentor, it helped me to grow as a leader especially as it involves assisting others in creating a plan to help them achieve their goals.  As a part of the Program Committee, it has given me an opportunity to provide content for our leaders that will broaden/deepen their leadership perspective.”  Levernese Mell, Supply Chain Manager, International Paper, NEXUS Alumni &
  • Lauren Brown, Sr. Liaison, Direct Marketing-Mass Marketing, ALSAC, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

    “NEXUS has been such a wonderful and memorable experience. The networking, paring of the mentors/protégés, volunteer opportunities, and interactive sessions truly exceeded expectations. I feel confident I have grown from this unique experience and the knowledge I have gained from my phenomenal mentor and inspiring presenters is invaluable.” Lauren Brown, Sr. Liaison, Direct Marketing-Mass Marketing, ALSAC, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021
  • Steve French, Retired, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2021

    “NEXUS was an incredible experience. Beyond the opportunity to mentor a very dynamic and up-and-coming individual, I met a diverse group of seasoned and young professionals from a variety of industries which led to several interesting and thought-provoking discussions. The speakers who spoke with us throughout the year were also very enlightening and offered open and honest dialogue about relevant topics ranging from ethics, planning, crisis management, communication, and several other subjects
  • Ally Velderman, Director of Camps and Programs, Service Over Self, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

     “I am so thankful to be doing NEXUS this year. Yes, adapted and different, but hugely valuable. My mentor has been simply a Godsend in a season where a lot was poised to change even before a global pandemic. NEXUS and that relationship is already such an asset; I'm sure it will only grow. Many thanks for working to allow me this opportunity in such a wild context.”  -Ally Velderman, Director of Camps and Programs, Service Over Self, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021