Class Of 2015

NEXUS Class of 2015 PROTEGES

Full Name Company Title
Andrew Barrett First Tennessee Bank Porfolio Manager
Shaun Bernard Total Transportation of Mississippi Fleet Manager
Olivia Buffington St. George’s Independent School Director of Admission
Richard Collins The Metropolitan Bank Client Services Advisor
LaTasha Cornett Church Pension Group Conferences Team Leader
Justin Deere ServiceMaster Financial Analyst
Jennie Dickerson ALSAC Donor Engagment Specialist
Ashley Edge Grizzlies Prep Charter School Development Coordinator
William Franklin FTB Advisors, Inc. Registered Representative
Deron Hall Memphis is Music Initiative Senior Program Manager
Anjelica Hardin Achievement School District Director of Strategic Partnership
Lizy Heard Church Health Center Graphic Director
Brad Hightower First Tennessee Bank Business Banking Relationship Manager
William Ivey The Metropolitan Bank Portfolio Manager
Jasmine Johnson International Paper Project Manager
Caroline Kelly
Keating Lowery Lawrence & Russell, PLC Attorney
Brandon Mack FedEx Business Sales
Jonathan McAlister Shoemaker Financial Financial Planner
Brandon Porter Fellowship Memphis Pastoral Resident
Ben Prodhomme Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor
Daniel Riley Ultraship TMS Technology Analyst
Alex Roberts Methodist Healthcare Foundation Special Events Coordinator
Leshundra Robinson Americorp Vista SCS Family Engagement Specialist
Camelia Scott New Leaders Manager, Recruitment & Operations
Elizabeth Sposato TreGreen Finanical Analyst
Jack Steffner Newmark Grubb Memphis Associate
William Ware Hobson Realtors Affiliate Broker
Christian Watkins-Bolden Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Supervisor of Community Collaboration

NEXUS Class of 2015 MENTORS

Full Name Company Title
Janice Ballard Common Table Health Alliance Program Coordinator-Healthy Shelby
Jonny Ballinger Smith & Nephew Business Lead Project Manager
Miska Clay Bibbs Green Dot Public Schools Director of Community Engagement
Greg Davis Century Wealth Management Director of Portfolio Management
Amy Beth Dudley ALSAC Associate Regional Director-Region 5
Debi Erickson Second Presbyterian Church Accounting Director
Terri Flemmons Pharmacist
Scott Fountain Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation Senior Vice President & CDO
Ed Garrison International Paper Director-Leadership Development
Deborah Hester Harrison Self-Employed
Rob Heard First Tennessee Bank Senior VP & Manager-Correspondent Services Division
Hamp Holcomb Strategic Finanical Partners Senior VP & Financial Advisor
Nancy Holcomb Community Volunteer
Rodney Johnson Unversity of Tennessee & NCC Family Advocate Counselor & Director
Jill Kauffman Presbyterian Day School Chief Financial Officer
Mason Kauffman US BIOLOGIC, Inc. Chief Executive Officer
Patrick McCarty Northwestern Mutual Director of Financial Security Support
Grace McLaren Success Strategies Owner
Elizabeth Oltremari Precision Healthcare Regional Account Manager
Ashley Pace Lockton Companies, LLC Producer
Larry Papasan Smith & Nephew & MLGW Retired President
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder
Traci Strickland Triumph Bank Vice President-Marketing
Stephanie Summers
Rhea Taylor Americraft Carton, Inc. President
Deidre Thompson FedEx Manager-Strategic Planning & Business
Dr. Kathy Tuberville University of Memphis-Fogelman Business School-Director
Katie West The Metropolitan Bank Chief Talent Officer
Marc Willis Omni Schools Co-Founder, President & CEO
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal


  • The NEXUS Intersection Podcast – Episode Four Released

    Ignacio Vincentelli is the guest on the newly released NEXUS Podcast and talks about “Building Your Personal Team”. He shares the decisions he has made and how he has utilized “his team” along the way and why it’s so important to live in the present. Ignacio is Senior Counsel for International Paper and a NEXUS Alumni and Board member. LISTEN HERE. Read More
  • Sylvia Martinex Kicked Off Sessions for Class of 2024

    The first speaker session for the NEXUS Class of 2024 took place on September 7 with Sylvia Martinez. Sylvia is the newly announced CEO for Girls, Inc. Sylvia shared about her journey as a leader and the things she has learned along the way focused on the leadership topic of “Planning”. Read More
  • NEXUS Podcast – Episode Three Released

    A NEXUS Podcast – THE NEXUS INTERSECTION The third episode of the NEXUS Podcast with co-hosts Ephie Ballard Johnson and Heather Hunt. A conversation with NEXUS Alumni and Program Committee volunteer William Franklin. William shares the tough conversations he had with himself and mentors as he “Transition Careers” from a safe, corporate position to being employee number four with a startup company. William is currently the Vice President for Path... Read More
  • NEW Podcast Release

    “The NEXUS Intersection” – A NEXUS Podcast The NEXUS podcast provides a diverse approach to leadership with interviews from NEXUS Alumni and key leaders in our city about timely topics, leadership journeys, and the backbone of any good leader – their mentors. Check out the second episode with co-hosts Ephie Ballard Johnson and Heather Hunt and the meaningful conversation with NEXUS Alumni Cami Fields. Cami is Manager of Strategic Marketing... Read More
  • NEXUS Launches Podcast “The NEXUS Intersection”

    This podcast will provide a diverse approach to leadership with interviews from NEXUS Alumni and key leaders in our city about timely topics, leadership journeys, and the backbone of any good leader – their mentors. We created this podcast titled “The NEXUS Intersection”, to provide our listeners with a diverse approach to leadership by interviewing NEXUS alumni and other key leaders in our community. In each episode, our co-hosts Ephie... Read More
  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2023!

    Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2023!! NEXUS successfully provided an engaging and meaningful NEXUS experience this year. NEXUS recently celebrated the Class of 2023 with NEXUS Graduation. This special event was hosted at the office of Kemmons Wilson Companies with Kayla Rodriguez Graff as the keynote speaker. On behalf of the NEXUS Board of Directors, it was a privilege to honor Kem Wilson, jr. and announce the Kem Wilson... Read More
  • NEXUS Night Out was a Success

    The annual NEXUS Night Out was a success bringing the current class participants and NEXUS Alumni together to connect. Special thanks to NEXUS ALumni Norma and Kem Wilson for hosting this event. To learn more about how to re-engage as a NEXUS Alum contact Read More

    NEXUS IN MOTION took place on Thursday, April 13 with Alumni returning and serving as a table leaders along with a keynote message. The event provide valuable face time and personal interaction among members of the NEXUS Network. Dr. Russ Wigginton, President of the National Civil Rights Museum was the keynote speaker on the topic of “Dreaming as a Leader.” Special Thanks to the TABLE LEADERS Including Their TOPICS LYNN... Read More
  • NEXUS + Streets Ministries

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2023 recently volunteered at the Graham location of Streets Ministries. Each year, NEXUS selects non-profits to learn more about and volunteer with. Streets Ministries is impacting the youth in our city daily. Read More
  • NEXUS Welcomes the Class of 2024

    The Class of 2024 began their NEXUS experience in August with Orientation. The successful event provided an opportunity for Mentors and Proteges to connect with fellow class participants, learn about individual strengths, and participate in training. 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 provided the foundation for a successful year... Read More

Upcoming Events

December 7, 2023 - December 7, 2023
NEXUS December Speaker Will Be Ericka DeBruce

Ericka DeBruce, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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November 2, 2023 - November 2, 2023
Jason Wexler Will Speak on Nov. 2

The NEXUS Class of 2024 2ill host Jason Wexler, President for the Memphis Grizzlies to speak on the leadership topic

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October 5, 2023 - October 5, 2023
Tom Cleves Returns to NEXUS on 10.5.23

Tom Cleves, SVP – Corporate Affairs for Slyvamo will return to NEXUS and speak to the Class of 2024 on the topic of

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  • 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