Kimberly Vinson – President* – Dr. Kimberly Vinson is an assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University and works as a laryngologist at the Vanderbilt Voice Center. She is also Assistant Dean for Diversity at Vanderbilt University of School of Medicine. Dr. Vinson received a bachelor of science degree in psychology/biology from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL, and her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Kimberly Franks – Vice President* – Kimberly moved to greater Nashville approximately 10 years ago, after moving to Tennessee over 15 years ago. Kimberly has always been involved in the healthcare industry and has a love and passion for nurturing and mentoring women less fortunate. She started from a humble background of uneducated and abused women in her family, and experienced domestic abuse first hand. She was the first in her family to go to and graduate from college and she is the only person in her family to pursue post-graduate education. She has two wonderful children aged 30 and 29.
Nancy DeKalb – Treasurer* – Backed by decades of experience in corporate and agency public relations and journalism, Nancy DeKalb helps clients develop their messages and tell their stories to positively impact business goals. She has managed public relations campaigns for international distilled spirits brands, media relations for the launch of a national consumer magazine, brand development for a new wine company, and media relations and community engagement for more than a handful of companies in the land use and development sector. She has a journalism degree from Kent State University. A Midwesterner by birth and Southerner by marriage, DeKalb serves on the boards of Nashville Adult Literacy Council, All About Women and Women’s Political Collaborative. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council management committee.
Nancy Dickson – Past President* – Nancy is currently the Program Director for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange program for educational leaders from developing countries, and the program manager for the Tennessee/Shanghai Leadership Collaborative at Vanderbilt University. Additionally, she trains and endorses high school teachers throughout the state in the area of service learning for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Prior to working at Vanderbilt, she was the Director of Operations and a founding team member of LEAD Academy, a public charter school in Nashville. While teaching in Washington, D.C. public schools, Nancy collaborated with National Geographic, Meridian International, and George Washington University to provide citywide professional development and teacher preparation programming.
As an active member in the community, Nancy serves as the board chair of Nashville International Center of Empowerment (NICE) as well as the co-chair for Alignment Nashville’s Parent Engagement Team. She holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from Vanderbilt and BA in Elementary Education from Penn State University.
Julia Baker has partnered with Ben Page and Gavin Duke at PAGE | DUKE landscape architects for over 23 years managing a local firm with regional and national acclaim for their residential, institutional, and community designs. She is a Belmont University graduate. Julia has been involved in Girl Scouts as a troop leader for over 10 years and Service Unit Manager; a volunteer at Christ Church for over 20 years as a teacher, event coordinator, chairman of the Board selection committee and formation of a criteria and process for the Youth Leader national search. This year she is the co-chair for the MS Fall Crush fundraiser for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the MS Society. She is a committed volunteer and supporter of the The Bridge Ministry, Narrow Gate Foundation, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a mother of four children, Julia’s passion is to be involved in empowering and educating the next generation of female leaders.
Nancy Benskin - Nancy is a Senior Vice President of Private Banking for Avenue Bank. Nancy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Business Administration. She currently serves as Secretary and Board Member for All About Women. She is a past Board member, Development Committee Member, and past chair of The Mad Hatter for the Sexual Assault Center. Nancy is serving on committees for the Ballet Ball and the Symphony Fashion Show. Nancy is also a graduate of the Young Leaders Council, is a member of the Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the Pencil Foundation.
Elaine Boyd – Elaine has over twenty-five years of experience with the federal government, private industry and state government in the areas of project management, sales engineering, account management and strategic planning. For the past nine years, she has served as the Director of Strategy and Process Improvement at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation where her focus is leading the department-wide LEAN initiative, performance excellence and special project implementation. Elaine also serves as the Commissioner’s Designee on the Underground Storage Tanks and Solid Waste Disposal Control Board and Air Pollution Control Board. She has been a member of the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence since 2012. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Sarah Cook – Sarah currently serves as Vice President, Account Services at Healthcare Bluebook, an organization committed to helping consumers save money on healthcare services. Sarah is passionate about the healthcare field and her work has spanned from coaching individuals and groups toward optimal nutritional health to collaborating with large health plans toward improving well-being for millions of health plan members. In her academic pursuits, Sarah has researched food insecurity in Nashville, TN. She partnered with a local NGO to propose sustainable and impactful changes in the food environment to the metro government.
Sarah has her MBA with a Certificate in Sustainability from Lipscomb University. She completed her undergraduate studies in nutrition at Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Through her appointment to the Board of Leadership Health Care, she enjoys staying abreast of the evolving and complex world of healthcare. Sarah lives in a tranquil, rural community south of Nashville with her husband and pets.
Nicole Cottrill – Nicole is a partner at Seigenthaler Public Relations where she conceives and directs strategic communications programs on behalf of SPR’s clients. Nicole has a well-established reputation as an expert on healthcare and science industry issues and trends. Trained as an analyst and researcher, she provides SPR’s clients with unparalleled expertise in these areas, as well as in crisis communications, media relations, corporate partnership and sponsorship development, coalition building and policy analysis. Prior to joining SPR in 2006, Nicole was a Vice President at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications where she managed the firm’s science, technology and healthcare practice. Before Rasky Baerlein, she held positions at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Nicole is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with degrees in sociology and history.
Pam Hagy – Pam has worked in accounting and tax since 1987. She started her accounting career with Arthur Young here in Nashville. She has worked for several CPA firms in the Nashville area including having her own practice for ten years in Hendersonville. Currently she works for Flood, Bumstead, McCready, & McCarthy, an entertainment business management firm as a tax manager. She grew up in Abingdon,Virginia where her family still resides. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with majors in marketing and accounting. She has lived in Nashville for the past 26 years and loves it here. Her interests include UT and Titans football, traveling, concerts, movies, and being involved in the community.
Lynley Hammes – Lynley is the owner of LYNE, a design studio focusing on commercial projects, such as corporate headquarters, medical facilities, specialty restaurants and branded hotels. Lynley graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from Watkins College in 2005 and is a National Council of Interior Design Qualification certificate holder and a member of the International Interior Design Association. She also serves on the board of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition.
Kim Karesh – Kim has more than 15 years of experience in client relations, project management and communications. She is currently Vice President of Account Management at Matrix Medical Network. She is responsible for implementing new clients, resolving client issues, and ensuring the company’s obligations to its clients are fulfilled. Kim began her career as a reporter for WLAC-AM in Nashville, Tennessee and served state and local governments as a spokesperson prior to joining the city’s world-renowned healthcare industry. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Broadcasting and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Western Kentucky University.
Kay Kretsch - Kay is a multifaceted business leader and change agent with over 30 years of experience transforming operations, program management, supply chain, business development, and organizational designs. Her background includes leadership positions in healthcare, wireless technologies, test publishing, commercial and military avionics, semiconductors, and defense and new technology arenas. Kay is currently working as an operations executive helping her clients achieve operational excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Thomas University, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a certified Balanced Scorecard Professional.
Kim Looney – One of the leading attorneys in the Healthcare industry, clients call on Kim Looney to advise them on day-to-day operational issues such as recruitment and employment, and regulatory issues such as maintaining ongoing compliance with Stark and federal anti-kickback regulations. Recognized for her leadership, Kim frequently speaks at state and national teleconferences and seminars on healthcare topics. Best Lawyers recognizes Kim as a leading attorney in the category of Healthcare Law. Her professional affiliations include being a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations; past chair of the Health Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association; member of the American Health Lawyers Association; fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation; and member of the Lawyers’ Association for Women. Kim Looney is also very active in the community having served as co-chair of events such as the Heart Gala for the American Heart Association; Bal d’Hiver, the oldest charity ball in Nashville for the benefit of Family and Children’s Service, CASA and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation; and Golden Hour, for the benefit of Lifeflight and Trauma Survivors Network for Vanderbilt Medical Center. Kim Looney received her law degree from Vanderbilt University and has been with Waller since 2004.
Barbara Mathieson – Barbara is a search engine marketer for Lionzone, a local internet media company. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Previously, she has worked as a print production director for several national publishers. She is a docent at the Nashville Zoo and also serves on the board of Friends of Shelby Park.
Sophie Moore - Sophie is manager of Communications and Public Relations at Community Health Systems. Previously, she served as director of Communications at the Nashville Health Care Council. Before that, she worked for the State of Tennessee, providing communications, media relations and public relations guidance for the Department of Health, Department of Revenue and the First Lady’s Office. She served as President of All About Women in 2013.
Jenny Muckala – Jenny is clinical faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the senior speech pathologist at the Vanderbilt Voice Center where she has worked for the past 13 years. She was also Adjunct Faculty at Belmont University for 9 years teaching graduate level Vocal Pedagogy within the music department. She has been an invited speaker and published author at local, state, regional and national conventions over the past 13 years on singing voice disorders, cleft lip and palate evaluation and intervention, neurological voice disorders such as spasmodic dysphonia, pre- and post-operative head and neck cancer and laryngectomy care, and functional voice disorders. She is delighted to join All About Women’s board in its efforts to facilitate access to important health services as well as opportunities for empowerment for the women of Tennessee.
Gracie Porter – Gracie has served as an educator for more than forty years. Thirty-four of those years, she was a teacher, librarian and a principal with the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System. She was elected to the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education in 2006 for a two-year term and ran unopposed for re-election in 2008-2012. She was twice elected by her peers to serve in the position of Vice Chair, and twice as Chair the position she held until August of 2012. She spent seven years at Middle Tennessee State University as an adjunct professor in the department of Elementary and Special Education from 2004-2007. Gracie served proudly for her community and takes great pride in helping to make the Nashville community a better place for everyone. She is married to James Porter, Jr. and they are the parents of two adult sons and the grandmother of two lovely granddaughters, Ashley Ariana Porter and Kiaya Janette Porter.
Betsey Usher – Betsey is the manager of events at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, providing strategic leadership in the creation, execution and growth of various events for all constituents of the School. She also co-oversees social media strategies to safely and effectively brand the School to internal and external audiences. Betsey’s background includes stints in development at several colleges and health care institutions, financial education and newspaper distribution. She has a B.A. in political science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt.
Shelley Walker – Shelley is assistant director of communication and media relations for the Tennessee Department of Health, providing internal and external communication, media relations and public relations services. She has previously served as a public relations specialist for Tennessee State University, and has more than ten years of experience as a local television news producer in Nashville. Shelley serves as Tennessee’s voting member in the National Public Health Information Coalition, and has special training in emergency and crisis communications.
Patricia H. Wesson - Patricia is the SBA Business Advocate of the year recipient and past chapter president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NWBO). She is also President and Chief Advocate of Contracts For Women, Inc. dba ContractsforWomen.com. The company provides certification, registration, and advocacy services to women business owners seeking government and corporate contract opportunities. www.contractsforwomen.com
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Charlene M. Dewey, MD, M.Ed., FACP
Co-Director, Center for Professional Health, Associate Professor of Medical Education & Administration, Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medical
Marilyn Dubree, RN, MSN
Associate Hospital Director, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Liz Allen Fey (Past President)
CEO, Management Solutions Group
Executive Vice President & CFO, AmSurg Corp
Barbara N. Haynes
Former Judge, Third Circuit Court, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County
Barbara Mendel Mayden
Principal, Young Mayden Connect
Susan Short Jones (Past President)
Senior Corporate Counsel, HCA
All About Women Founder
Senior Vice President, Programming, Great American Country
Virginia Trotter Betts
Former Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities