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 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