NEXUS Class of 2023

PROTEGES
Will Adair / CrestCore / Construction Project Manager
Lyndal Brumley / La Cherie Weddings / Owner/ Wedding Planner
Sheena Dixon / AutoZone LLC / Category Manager (Buyer)
Peyton East / Union Service Industries, Inc. / Accounting Manager
Ky Evans / Bentley Systems / Internal Communications Specialist
Carrie Fehnel / Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation / Thoracic Oncology Research Program Manager
Kristen Goetzka / International Paper / HR Service Delivery Sustain Coordinator
Brett Harris / GEICO / Tennessee Claims Manager
Brady Johnston / The Williams Company / Vice President of Food, Bakery, Confections, & Ingredients
Jonathan Knight / Alvea / Pre-clinical Strategy Manager
YJ Lee / Connect Helathcare Collaboration / Strategy Marketing Advisor
Tayloe Lowrance / 20twelve / Sales Associate
Andrew Mok / AutoZone, Inc. / Category Manager
Cal Overman / Simmons Bank / Business Development Officer II
Quinn Peebles / Financial Services Representative / Strategic Financial Partners
Michael Peterson / Memphis Shelby County Schools / Teacher
Justin Perry / First Horizon Bank / Private Client Banker
Charles Pittard / PCR insurance / Owner
Daniel Pouget / Simmons Bank / Commercial Portfolio Manager
Jordan Purdham / SSM Partners / Associate
Ashleigh Rainer / Make-A-Wish Mid-South / Volunteer Coordinator
Marcedes Richardson-Davenport / International Paper / HR Generalist
James Ryan / Second Presbyterian Church / Coordinator for Music Outreach and Student Worship
Hunt Steele / International Paper / Account Executive
Elizabeth Steles / First Horizon Corporation / Financial Consultant
Suhey Sturm / Church Health / Manager of Patient Services
Aaron Thompson / First Horizon / Teller
Anna Thompson / New Memphis / Marketing & Communications Manager
Christopher Thompson / Vaco / Recruiter
Logan Tyree / Binghampton Development Corporation / Business Hub Operations Coordinator
Andres Velasquez / LifeDOC Health / Manager/ Applied Research and Data

MENTORS
Mike Allen / Memphis Botanic Garden / Executive Director
Coors Arthur / Hilltop Securities / Trader
Paula Beale / First Horizon Bank / SVP, Brand Strategy and Strategic Partnerships
Terri Bernhardt / Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan, PLC / Attorney/Senior Counsel
Shericka Blair / Memphis Shelby County Schools / Federal Programs Inventory Manager
Rick Brown / Varsity Spirit LLC / SVP/CIO
Albert Carruthers / Memphis Net & Twine Company / President
Faedra Carter / International Paper / Manufacturing Excellence Consultant ( Continuous Improvement)
Allen Chapman / Retired – The Lincoln Electric Company / Memphis District Sales Manager
David Coleman / FedEx / Director, Services Finance
Will Conrad / Amazon AWS / Business Development Lead – Agriculture
Charlene Cox / ALSAC/St. Jude / Sr. Liaison Development – Analytics
Frank Crump / FHN Financial / Senior Vice President – Fixed Income Sales
Joanna Curtis / The University of Memphis / Vice President for Advancement
Ted Davis / Bright Investments LLC / Partner/Wealth Advisor
Olga Dickard / TrueSense Marketing / Senior Account Director
Billy DuBose / International Paper / Pine Chemicals Manager
Matt Gandy / FedEx / Managing Director Air Safety & Regulatory Compliance
Brown Gill / Gill Properties, Inc. / President
Evan Hattan / ID.me / Director of Operations
JJ Keras / Community Volunteer
Janie Lowery / Church Health / Development
Cameron Mann / Methodist Le Bonheur / Director of Corporate Partnerships
Aimee Massey / Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC / Chief Operating Officer
Travis Moody / Life Church / The Lomah Group / Pastor/Mid-South Financial Champion
Don Riley / Discipling Men, Inc. / Executive Director & Founder
Tom Ryan / International Paper Company / Chief Counsel–Global Intellectual Property
Bathsheba Sams / Retired – International Paper / VP – Human Resources
Alissa Campbell Shaw / International Paper / Senior Manager, Global Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Engagement
Ignacio Vincentelli / International Paper / Senior Counsel
Lewis Williamson / Hilltop Securities / Co-Head – Mid-South Region
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