Julia-Baker-16-500x333Julia Baker, President, has partnered with Ben Page and Gavin Duke at PAGE | DUKE landscape architects for over 26 years managing a local firm with regional and national acclaim for their residential, institutional and community designs. She is a Belmont University graduate. After three years of being on the Executive Board for WPCTN, she is honored to service as the President this year. Her commitment to Girl Scouts started when her oldest daughter was in 1st grade and lasted over 10 years, including her three year term as the Service Unit Manager. She has been a volunteer at Christ Church in some capacity for over 25 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. For the past two years, she has served as an ATHENA award Judge for both the traditional and YP candidate applications. In 2015 as the co-chair for the MS Fall Crush fundraiser for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the MS Society, her efforts garnered a record breaking event. She is a committed volunteer and supporter of the The Bridge Ministry, Narrow Gate Foundation, Tucker’s House, AWAKE and the 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.


Jaleesa Johnson, Vice President, is a clinical research coordinator with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has also performed research for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the NC TraCS Institute on childhood obesity. Jaleesa has traveled to Ghana, West Africa, to perform mission work and research at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra in the labor and delivery unit, where she also mentored young children. She was previously employed with Alignment Nashville, the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, and Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, N.C. She has volunteered for various organizations working with children’s health, breast cancer awareness and pregnant and parenting populations. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in public health from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and her Master of Science degree in public health from Meharry Medical College.


Teri Powell, Past President, is a native Tennessean with deep ties to communities across the state. Teri holds a degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. She later earned her master’s degree in the same field. Teri worked several years in the life insurance industry before following her passion in patient advocacy, and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a patient and family liaison. She is currently with Project BRAIN as a brain injury transition liaison, in which she works to improve the educational outcomes for students with brain injury.


Allison Reynolds, Treasurer, is a licensed CPA with a local Nashville firm, Doyle & Horlacher, PLC. She has over ten years of experience in public accounting. Allison is a Tennessee native, born and raised in DeKalb County. She currently resides in the eastern corner of Wilson County with her husband of 12 years. Allison has her Master’s degree in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in accounting in 2005. During her years as a CPA in public practice, Allison has worked with several non-profits assisting in various needs. Allison is a member of the Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church and serves on their entertainment committee.


Elaine Boyd- 2013Elaine Boyd, Secretary, has over 25 years of experience with the federal government, private industry and state government in the areas of organizational performance excellence, project management, account management and strategic planning. Currently, she serves as the Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Environment at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation where her focus is leading the department-wide performance excellence initiative, Lean process improvement and special project implementation. Elaine serves as the Commissioner’s designee on the Water Quality, Oil and Gas Board. She has been a member of the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence since 2012, and on the University of Tennessee – Knoxville Parents Council since 2013. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil and environmental engineering from Vanderbilt University.  


Stephani Ryan has over 25 years of experience leading insurance operations, marketing and sales of program and product management initiatives for start-up and established organizations. Passionate about health care services, Stephani has spent her career focused on the delivery of health care services and extending health care access to the underinsured and uninsured. She is currently the director of the CHOICES and SelectCommunity programs for BlueCare Tennessee, a Medicaid managed care organization, which is a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Prior to joining BlueCross, Stephani oversaw the development and management of CoverTN, one of four health care access programs for the uninsured under the Cover Tennessee umbrella. Stephani is a graduate of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, where she earned a degree in finance and economics. She is married to Ed Ryan and has two stepchildren, Zach and Colleen.


usher_betsey (3)Betsey Usher is director of Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has been at VUSN for ten years, first as coordinator of its Centennial celebration, and then as events manager. She also co-oversees social media strategies for the school. Betsey’s background includes stints in development at several colleges and health care institutions, financial education, and newspaper distribution, in Baltimore, San Diego and Nashville. She has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the Notre Dame of Maryland and a Master’s in higher education administration from Vanderbilt.