Experts

Nan Allison, MS, RD, LDN is a licensed nutritionist, co-author of “Full and Fulfilled: the Science of Eating to Your Soul’s Satisfaction,” and owner since 1987 of Allison Nutrition Consulting (formerly Allison and Beck). Her ongoing interest is in why individuals and cultures choose to eat the way they do and how to facilitate change at the individual, corporate and community levels. She helps clients who struggle with a variety of nutrition related issues: dieting, eating disorders, addictions, sports nutrition, diabetes, pediatrics, and corporate wellness—always from the perspective that healing (both individual and corporate) is a process rooted in guided self-exploration and discovery. She served as the legislative director for the Tennessee Dietetic Association and remains involved in nutrition and public policy concerns, particularly around food and mental health issues. Nan is a founding member of the Nutrition Professionals Alliance which provides educational services to the community and to health professionals. She was the Tennessee Dietetic Association’s 1990 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and in 2002, Dietitian of the Year.

 

Renee Anzalone is an ACSM-CPT certified personal trainer and private chef. She has been working in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Renee was a marathon coach with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for 5 years. She is currently working towards her ACSM-CEP certification, which will allow her to work with cancer patients and survivors. She promotes healthy life style changes through exercise and diet. Renee has been in the food industry since she was 16 years old. Her focus now is healthy vegetarian cooking.

 

Dr. Stephanie Bailey is a lifetime champion of community health excellence. She was Director of Health for Nashville/Davidson County (1985-2006) and recently served as the Chief for Public Health Practice at CDC (2006-2010). Dr. Bailey has received numerous awards, is a published author, and a sought after speaker. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Clark University; her M.D. from Meharry Medical College; and her M.S.H.S.A. from the College of St. Francis. She currently consults on community health strategies and is an Independent Business Owner, Regional Representative and Certified LifeCoach for COMPASS, a Personal Development Company. Her purpose in life: “To lift people up so that they can soar.” She is an agent for healing and by ‘permission’ is showing up each day to be used.

 

Lisa Barber, Personal Financial Coach, has worked with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Coaching Team since 2001. She has helped thousands of families and individuals coaching in the area of personal finance including cash flow management, debt reduction and crisis counseling by providing practical knowledge to empower and give hope. Lisa attended the University of Louisville and her background is Training and Development. Her passion for working with single women is evolving into ministry called Arise which is designed to empower, strengthen, and motivate women to live by God’s design. Lisa is married to her wonderful husband Ronnie and has 4 children.

 

Mary Lee Bartlett is a community volunteer. She has served on the boards of many area non-profits, including Monroe Harding, St. Luke’s Community House, the Martha O’Bryan Center and Brentwood Academy. She has also served as chairman of the boards of: the Junior League of Nashville, Friends of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, Maryland Farms YMCA, the Nashville Humane Association, the United Way of Williamson County’s Patricia Hart Society, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae and First Presbyterian Women’s group. Mary Lee has been employed as a Weight Watchers leader since 2006, inspiring people to be their healthiest. Mary Lee and her husband, Steve, are the parents of two daughters and one canine child.

 

Nancy_BenskinNancy Benskin 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.

 

 

Jennifer “Twinkle” Buckelew is the Director of Camp Sycamore Hills’ resident camp program, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s largest camp. Jennifer has a long-standing relationship with Girl Scouts, having spent six years as camp director in Greater Atlanta and the last two in Middle Tennessee. Her favorite part of camp is seeing the “twinkle” in girls’ eyes as they learn and grow into confident young women. When she is not empowering young people to aspire to their full potential, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends and family and taking care of her animals.

 

Mary Carter has been styling food, testing and developing recipes and preparing “Edible gifts” for over 25 years. “Each phase of this work has been interesting and rewarding.  Cooking has enabled me to be a guest on local television over 100 times.” Mary has been a guest on QVC as a spokesperson for a cookbook she helped develop.  It’s called “Hometown Favorites”.
“Years ago, I compiled many of my favorite recipes from friends, family and my own kitchen.  That resulted in “Edible Gifts from Your Kitchen”.   I have used the recipes from that collection for every holiday season since.   It’s been a great resource for quick, easy to prepare items.”
It inspired Mary to start her cookie business, Milk and Cookies.   Her cookies were becoming increasingly popular, so she decided to bake them as a side business.  Mary says that it’s been really fun attending the local markets and getting feedback from customers.
Mary lives in Nashville with her husband, and two young adult children. They waltz in and out….always bringing friends and eating the latest offerings from her kitchen.

 

With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. Through SamiCone.com and as the “Frugal Mom” on Nashville’s top-rated talk show, “Talk of the Town”, Sami helps people maximize their time and money so they can make more memories and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami and her husband of almost eight years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two young children.

 


As “Chief Organizing Officer” of Complete Organizing Solutions it is Tanna’s mission to help people reach their organizing potential. Tanna is passionate about helping busy families of all sizes create order by simplifying their lives. Organizing is not “one size fits all” and Tanna shares that concept with her clients as she creates systems that will help them get organized once and for all. Tanna knew she was different from a very early age. “My grandmother called it plundering. As a child I would go through drawers, pulling things out, rearranging them, and putting them back in a neat and orderly fashion.”
Every fall, while her friends bemoaned the end of summer, Tanna was secretly rejoicing in her favorite time of year. The season for…School Supplies! Tidy stacks of pencils and perfect boxes of markers. Orderly rows of glue sticks, fresh stacks of paper and notebooks – Tanna would wander the aisles, examining the newest products and storage options, and planning how to organize her school work for the year.Realizing that organizing was indeed her niche in life, Tanna wanted to use that passion to help others and in 2006 Complete Organizing Solutions was formed. Tanna provides quality organizing services along with time, money and energy-saving solutions specifically designed for her clients’ needs so that they may enjoy a more relaxed and productive life!

 

Laura Creekmore is an experienced, award-winning content strategist and information architect. After a dozen years in digital media, Creekmore founded Creek Content in 2008. The firm helps clients with content strategy and management, search application optimization, taxonomy and information architecture, and online communities. Creekmore developed, and her team now implements, the content strategy for a private personal health improvement site. She also manages the content development and community engagement strategy for a software company’s private customer community, working to improve service and drive down costs. Creekmore is married, has 3 children, and is president of the board of Friends of Shelby Park, a board member of the Information Architecture Institute, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association, and a long-time Junior League of Nashville volunteer. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a master’s student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

 

James W. Dedmon, DC is a Chiropractics specialist in Nashville, TN.

 

Beth Diveley, LCSW, is a native Nashvillian. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in private practice for twelve years; she also has seventeen years clinical experience in community mental health. Her practice focus is with adults. She works primarily with anxiety and mood and depressive disorders. She considers her three adult children her most amazing gifts; they have taught her the most about life, devotion and the beauty of patience and forgiveness.

 

Dr. SaLynn K. Evans received her Baccalaureate in Biology- Pre Med from Savannah State University, Masters in Biology from Fisk University and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Evans left a career as a Scientist behind to pursue full-time ministry. Her passion for prayer and a call to assist pastors and leaders with kingdom alignment and spiritual order has become her assignment in the Kingdom. She is currently employed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN where she serves in the Office of Special Projects and as an Executive Council member. She and her husband live in Nashville with their son.

 

Maribeth Farringer began her career in senior services in 1990 and has served as Executive Director of the Council on Aging since 2001. Mrs. Farringer received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Economics & Business Administration. She is an active member of the Senior Services Network, Frist Center for the Visual Arts Community Awareness Committee, Mental Health and Aging Coalition, among others and also serves on the Mayor’s Task Force on Livable Communities’ Executive Committee.

 

Dr. Alistair James Reid Finlayson is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Western Ontario, London, achieved Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) and certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is certified as a specialist in addictions by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Finlayson is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Distinguished Life Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association. His career interests are general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and sexual behavior. He has published several book chapters and scientific papers. Dr. Finlayson directs the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program, which has completed over 400 fitness-for-duty evaluations for physicians and other professionals.

 

Barbara Forbes is a nurse practitioner who has been involved with the education, research, and treatment of tobacco for 22 years. Forbes has functioned as Director of the Institute for Smoking Cessation and Prevention at Vanderbilt Dayani Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has been trained in the Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist Program, presented at local, national and international conferences, and conducted research with various treatment modalities. A former smoker, Forbes uses the evidenced-based information in The Clinical Practice Guidelines: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update for her programs. She has counseled clients individually, in group format and in corporate settings and tailors interventions in response to various needs.

 


Susan Foster, “the Pool Guru” is a dynamic teacher of hi-calorie-burn water aerobics. Her enthusiasm for moving groups to a healthier, happier place can be experienced via her pool classes, workshops and inspirational speaking/moving fusion. After garnering 80,000 views on an e-how channel for her pool exercises, she undertook creation of her very own DVD/download series. Entitled “Sue’s 5-Minute Cardio + Core Combos for Chest-Deep Water”, it can be previewed on Youtube and her website. The finished product launches this month. Formerly a corporate gal, with an MBA from Vanderbilt, Sue entered the fitness field at mid-life while raising two teens as a single mom. She pulled down the industry’s gold-standard certification from American College of Sports Medicine, and has been teaching men and women from all walks of life for twelve years. When not immersed in pool workouts or DVD creation, she teaches yoga and ballet barre at McCabe Community Center or plays with her French Bull Dogs, Lucky and Stella.

 

Sylvia Ganier, operator of Green Door Gourmet, brings years of farm and restaurant experience as well as a passion for food and education. Sylvia grew up on a dairy farm in western North Carolina. She received a Program degree in Radio and Television from Gaston College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Appalachian State University. She worked as a radio announcer in the Charlotte market before moving to Nashville. She embarked on a new field of interest, hospitality upon arriving in Tennessee. She had melded her varied careers with her many years in the restaurant business, including being chef and owner of her former Nashville based establishment, CIBO. Personal attention to both product and patron are the main focus of her businesses. She expels the same attention at her newest endeavor, Green Door Gourmet, which is a sustainable farm located just minutes from downtown Nashville. Providing a one-stop-shop location of local foods and artisan products, Green Door Gourmet is a supplier of locavore favorites. Visit the website www.greendoorgourmet.com for further information.

Debbie Gordon is founder of Snappy Auctions and S3 Consulting, providing online selling services for individuals and businesses. Founded in 2003, the companies help increase the amount of money generated from online sales using proprietary technology and business processes.

 

Diane Gramann, LAPSW, ACSW, received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Community Organization from East Carolina University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the area of Mental Health. Diane has been a licensed Masters level social worker in the state of Tennessee since 1981. She served as Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Community Resource Center from 1991 until she joined the Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee) as Manager of Program Services in 2010.She now serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging and is also a member of CABLE, NASW and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.Diane lives in Franklin with her husband, Harry and their two rescue dogs and has a married daughter, Beth who is an attorney for Atlanta Legal Aid.

Amanda Grieves was born and raised in Chicago, IL and along the beautiful coast of Maine. At the age of 18, piled everything she owned in the back of her vehicle and moved to Nashville; living out of her car for awhile. After a handful of years serving as a travel consultant and in employee relations for a corporation here in Nashville, Amanda jumped into the non-profit sector and was hired as the Human Resources Manager/Volunteer Services Director at The Salvation Army. Then in 2008, Amanda switched up roles a bit and continued as the HR Manager but also became the Social Media Manager. Since 2005, Amanda has also served as coordinator for the Angel Tree program, which includes managing all logistics, contracts and day to day activities as they pertain to the registering of families, data entry, processing of tags for the malls, delivery of gifts, sorting/organizing of gifts and distribution. In 2008 was named “Top 10 Unsung Hero” in The Salvation Army’s monthly publication, “Southern Spirit” and in the same publication was featured in an article pertaining to the uses of Social Media within “The Army” in 2010. And a song penned by Amanda “Others” is featured on The Salvation Army’s website in Nashville as a free download.
In May of 2009, Amanda was offered the opportunity to be a columnist for a start up paper called the Good News Paper which is now nearing its 2nd year in publication. Amanda also writes for Examiner.com, which reaches 238 markets here in the US and Canada. Amanda has also been a contributor for Working Mother Magazine.

 

David D. Hagaman, MD is Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Asthma Sinus Allergy Program (VASAP), the first coordinated multi-specialty program in the country dedicated to the evaluation, treatment and management of airway diseases. VASAP provides patients with access to a total care system that encompasses evaluation, treatment, resolution and management all under one roof. Dr. Hagaman received his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his residency and internship in Internal Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. His fellowships include Pulmonary Medicine at Ohio State University Hospitals, Allergy and Immunology at Vanderbilt University and Research at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine (subspecialty of Pulmonology) and Allergy and Immunology. His patient care emphasis is on asthma, allergies, sinusitis, exercise-induced asthma and snoring.

 

Melissa Hammel, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and a temporarily Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Specialist, serves as managing Partner and Principal Financial Planner at Hammel Financial Advisory Group, LLC, a financial planning and Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Brentwood, Tennessee. The firm specializes in providing holistic Fee-Only® financial planning and asset management for individuals and families. As Principal Financial Planner, Melissa leads the financial planning process by offering clients broad based financial planning, counseling, coaching, and wealth management services. She emphasizes the importance of reviewing retirement plans, asset and liability protection, and cash flow management. Through her studies and practice as a therapist, Melissa has developed knowledge and understanding of the psychological aspects of money, spending, and communication issues within couples and families. She offers a unique ability to view her planning work from both a quantitative and qualitative approach.

 

Mary Hance, aka Ms. Cheap, learned her thrift from her frugal parents – her bargain savvy mother and her father who was an Episcopal priest and bishop. She grew up in Mississippi and in Memphis. She graduated with honors from the University of the South at Sewanee, with a degree in English. In 1976, she started with the Nashville Banner as a copy clerk and worked her way up to cover the local and state and federal courts, the police beat, Metro government, and worked as an editorial writer, a business writer and assistant business editor. When the Banner closed in 1998, she and her Ms. Cheap column moved to the Tennessean. She and her husband Bill have two grown daughters.

 

Catherine Hardin is the Workforce Development Specialist for The Next Door, Inc (TND). Catherine started at TND in 2009. TND is a residential transition center for women coming from incarceration or other crisis situations. Catherine has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Belmont University in Nashville TN. Her professional background is in the staffing and recruiting industry where she worked for four years before coming to TND. Catherine’s professional experience has given her insight into employment needs and trends, especially focusing on needs of the job seekers and hiring managers. TND’s Workforce Development program assists women in creating professional resumes, learning interview skills and creating plans for their job search as well as daily job search accountability. Catherine meets individually with residents as well as teaching a ten-week soft skills training class to assist the women with job retention skills once they obtain employment.

 

Wendell Harmer is Vice President and Co-owner of The Wills Company, an award-winning, design/build remodeling and handyman firm located in West Nashville. He has been with The Wills Company since 1993 and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Wendell is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Organizational Development. Wendell has been instrumental in formulating policies, procedures, and training that allow the company to hire and keep the best craftspeople in the renovation business. Wendell and his wife, Elizabeth, have two boys. They spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.

 

Patty Harman is the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Nashville. Since, 1997 the Greater Nashville Affiliate has provided more than $4 million in grant monies throughout our community to improve breast health and to save lives by eliminating breast cancer in Middle Tennessee.

 

Helen Headley Hawk, owner of Etiquette In The City, has been a resident of Nashville most of her life. She grew up on a farm in rural Arkansas as one of eleven children, where proper etiquette and social skills were not a high priority. Learning how to be successful in business by watching how other successful business people conducted themselves, she had a desire to help others enhance their social skills. Helen also serves as Executive Director of The Etiquette School of Tennessee, Inc., a nonprofit organization specializing in etiquette, character education and manners programs for children, families and adults. A graduate of Belmont University, she holds a major in Philosophy with a minor in criminal justice. She is a graduate of the prestigious American School of Protocol in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Certification as a Children’s Etiquette Consultant and a Business Etiquette Consultant. Helen served as the Tennessee Victims’ Advocate for 12 years – working with Tennessee legislators to increase severity of penalties for those who abuse children. 
She is committed to providing children and adults with the leadership skills they require to attain their career goals and have full and enriched personal lives.

 

Patrick B. Johnson, Sr. has served for the past 12 years as the President and CEO of Christian Community Services, Inc. (CCSI) located in Nashville, TN. CCSI counsels over 150 families each year and has assisted over 85 low income families leave public housing to purchase their 1st home. He also serves as the Chairman of the Lebanon Housing Authority in Lebanon, TN and an Advisory Board member of Citizens Bank in Nashville.

 

Dr. Annita Kerr-D’Amico has a private counseling practice in Franklin, Tennessee and speaks to groups on the value of efficacy in leadership and mindful living. She counsels individuals, families, and caregivers on anxiety and stress.

 

After moving to Nashville 32 years ago, Thelma Kidd and a long-time friend opened Davis-Kidd Booksellers, a store that began with 3500 SF and eventually grew to over 25,000 SF, including a cafe in Nashville as well as stores & cafes in Memphis and Jackson and Knoxville. Thelma earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and worked as a family and individual therapist. Following the sale of the Davis-Kidd in 1997, she returned to her interest in counseling and became trained and certified as a life coach. She specializes in working with people who are in transitions — from choosing to changing life direction. Ten years ago she created the Women’s Learning Community, a nine-month program for women who want to live a more authentic life. Thelma has an adult son and daughter and a three-year-old granddaughter.

 

The Reverend Marcia C. King serves as Associate Rector and Director of Ministry. Prior to her call to St. George’s, Marcia was Assistant Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ocean Springs, MS where she was a major leader in coordinating relief efforts for that community following the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. Born in Knoxville, TN, Marcia lived in Jacksonville FL for over 35 years. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Florida and received her Masters of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Marcia is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree. Prior to entering seminary, Marcia was Director of Sales and Marketing for Prudential Insurance Company. She has served on the Executive Council of the American Cancer Society as well as numerous other philanthropic organizations. Marcia is married to John King; they have three adult children living in North Florida.

 

Susan Keller Kistler, Owner of Specs Optical, started wearing glasses in sixth grade and thought they were so unattractive she would only wear them to see the board.  A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, she left her career in the mainframe computer industry behind when she moved to Nashville from Washington, DC (with stints in New York City and Silicon Valley).  She spent 15 years managing an ophthalmology practice and has also completed a two year opticianry program in Richmond. In 2011, Susan passed the two national exams (ABO and NCLE) in order to become a certified optician. Since starting Specs in late 2003, she enjoys matching her many pairs of glasses to her mood and her outfit and not only does she wear them morning to night, she even keeps them on in pictures.

 

Gwinnett McGhee Ladson MD is Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Professor of Obstetrics at Meharry Medical College. She is also the Program Director of the Residency Program at Meharry. She has served as interim chairman of the department and medical director of the Maternal and Infant Care Center of Nashville General Hospital as well as chief of obstetrics. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology, Association of Professors of Gynecologist and Obstetricians. She is a Principal Investigator or Co-Pi on numerous research projects including research on Preterm Labor, Polycystic Ovary Disease, Asthma in Pregnancy. Dr Ladson has received numerous awards, but most dear to her are teaching awards including the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award in 1997 and 2009. In 2007, She received the Excellence in Science and Medicine Award at Tennessee State University’s Women of Legend and Merit Awards Ceremony.

 

Deputy Chief Kim Lawson is a 32-year veteran of the Nashville Fire Department. She currently heads the Community Services Bureau and serves as the Chief Public Information Officer and is the primary point of contact for all media inquiries and public relations/marketing for the department. Lawson’s responsibilities include public fire safety education and prevention. In May 2003, Lawson was promoted to Deputy Chief making her the first female in the history of the Nashville Fire Department to hold this rank. Lawson holds a B.S. degree in Public Safety Administration and has completed the Fire Service Executive Management Program at Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt. Additionally, she has been certified by several nationally recognized organizations as a Public Life Safety Educator, Public Information Officer and media relations professional.

 

Dr. Laura Lawson grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University. After earning her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine she performed her residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at Vanderbilt. She practiced four years at the Nashville Breast Center before co-founding Tennessee Breast Specialists with Drs. Dunbar and Furman.
“Being a breast surgeon allows me to combine the technical aspects of surgery with a love of patient care and a focus on women’s health. Being female and a mother helps me establish a special bond with my patients. I understand how breast cancer can affect women in all of their roles of life. As a breast surgeon, I feel privileged to help women through a difficult time in their lives.”

 

Donna Lovitt, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST joined the exciting practice of polysomnography in 1992 and considers it a pleasure to be a part of a profession that tests, counsels and shares information concerning sleep disorders. She received her basic training from the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and states that she has encountered at least 51 of the 79 sleep disorders that are diagnosed and treated. Donna is currently employed by HCA at the Centennial Sleep Disorder Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She also serves on the Tennessee State Board of Polysomnographic Technologists, is an active volunteer for sleep disorder information, and an active member of the Tennessee Sleep Society, Kentucky Sleep Society and American Association of Sleep Technologists. Donna attended John A. Gupton College where she received an Associate of Arts in Mortuary Science, and the Thomas Aquinas, Vanderbilt Allied Health Respiratory Care Program where she received an Associate of Science degree.

 

Tommy Lynch is a native Nashvillian who has spent a lifetime as either a user of park facilities or as an employee of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation. Currently, the Interim Director of the department, Tommy previously served as Assistant Director of Special Services which oversees Metro Parks’ revenue producing facilities. He has been married to Marla D. Lynch for 31 years. They have three children; a son Dylan, and twin daughters, Kristen and Casey, who are all presently attending universities in Tennessee. Tommy graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B. S. in Political Science in 1973.

 

Beth Malow, MD, MS is a tenured Professor of Neurology and Director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center and the Vanderbilt Sleep Research Core. She is also an Associate Director of Vanderbilt University’s Clinical Research Center and Chief of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Division, and Program Director of Vanderbilt’s ACGME Sleep Medicine Fellowship. Dr Malow’s clinical, educational, and research programs focus on the impact of treating sleep disorders on neurological disease. Her own research has emphasized the interface of sleep and epilepsy, and more recently, sleep, autism, and related disorders of neurodevelopment. Through collaborations and mentorship, she is also involved in the study of sleep as relates to diabetes, pulmonary disease, and stroke, as well as aspects of sleep medicine related to genetics and circadian biology. She is a frequently invited speaker at national and international seminars and conferences focusing on sleep, autism, epilepsy, and neurological disorders.

 

Tiffany Mann has been with the Alzheimer’s Association for a little over a year. She is the Senior Manager of Programs and Education for the Middle Tennessee office. Tiffany has her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and she enjoys helping those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in their journey. She has been working in the mental health field for the last 7 years. Tiffany is originally from Kentucky and is married with one son.

 

After pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology and Business at Murray State University, Kathryn McDaniel studied at the Natural Health Institute in Nashville, TN. There, she obtained her LMT license, as well as certifications in Healing Touch, Reiki, and Life Alignment Technique. In 2002, she opened her first business – Green Hills Massage Associates. As her business evolved, Kathryn introduced other services such as hypnotherapy and group fitness. GHMA grew into Green Hills Healing Arts – inching closer to the dream of a full service natural health facility. In 2011, another expansion broadened the business model and GHHA is now Lilac Healing Center. Kathryn currently works with private clients to help them create personal health goals and is the Business Manager for Lilac Healing Center.

 

Elizabeth Moss, Founder and President of WholeCare Connections
Elizabeth Moss is a Nashville area resident for over 25 years. She has a valuable background in Nursing, Alcohol and Drug treatment, and Geriatrics. Here, Elizabeth dedicates her life to ongoing training, education and experience for the well being of others. For almost 15 years, she has been a devoted and professional caregiver in the areas of Assessment Training, Activities Therapy, Certified Nursing Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse of Geriatrics and Integrative Health Practices such as Reflexology, Aromatherapy and all modes of therapeutic care. Her credentials and related praise are more than impressive, they are reassuring when you need to trust your loved ones life with someone. With WholeCare Connections, Inc. Elizabeth expertly matches countless families with the ideal resources that can meet the total needs of aging senior’s and people with disabilities. With the best team of professionals she leaves you feeling like you’re happier and better off for meeting.
2000 Warfield Dr., Nashville, TN 37215 Phone: 615-298-9201
wconnect@bellsouth.net

 

Dr. Elizabeth L. Oldfield received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, her degree of medicine from University of Tennessee, and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in 1989. She is a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Oldfield is a board certified OB-GYN practicing in Nashville at Tennessee Womens Care.

 

Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RD, LDN, FADA is the Director of Prevention and Health Management at The Little Clinic. Eileen received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She is a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Eileen has lectured and published on motivational interviewing and effective nutrition counseling strategies. Eileen is also the author of a manual for counseling clients with eating disorders titled “ Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders” which is in its second edition.

 

Dr. Freida Hopkins Outlaw received her Baccalaureate in Nursing from Berea College, Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. She has over forty years of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and policy maker in public mental health. In the past she was involved in the delivery of culturally appropriate behavioral health care in an integrated primary health care setting, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community practice. Presently she is the Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Populations and Minority Services as well as the Chief Nurse for five Regional Mental Health Institutes, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She has written extensively in the areas of cultural diversity, management of aggression, seclusion and restraint, and the role of religion, spirituality and the meaning of prayer for people with cancer. Her latest publications are, the use of the Geriatric Depression Scale with Older African Americans, Diabetes and Depression in African Americans, Mental Health Parity, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Elderly.

 

Judy Parks, Staffmark Staffing Services since 1997. Managed both Gallatin and Lebanon Branches most of her career helping both employees and companies by matching the right person to the job through coaching and skills assessment. Currently she is an Account Executive in the Nashville and Brentwood markets, finding companies who are looking for great employees. Originally from Massachusetts, Parks moved to Tennessee in 1991 and currently lives in Mt Juliet.

 

Lisa Patton is a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. She currently serves as the weathercaster on News 2. Lisa and News 2′s Storm Tracker 2000 have been seen on CNN during and after the infamous April 16th tornadoes and they are both credited for saving lives when severe storms ripped through portions of Middle Tennessee. Lisa attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated with a degree in Communications. Lisa is the one of few television weathercasters in Nashville that was born and raised in Tennessee, giving her the tremendous advantage of working in front of her hometown audience. She is recognized as one of Middle Tennessee’s most trusted and reliable weathercasters. She and her husband live in Middle Tennessee with her two daughters and son.

 

Lisa Pote manages the consulting practice as Director of Consulting Services at the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM). A masters level social worker, Lisa has been an active volunteer in the Nashville community, currently serving as president of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus, where she previously served as the Community Outreach Chair and as President Elect. Lisa also serves as the Chair of the Youth Council of the Local Workforce Investment Board and just completed her term as president of the Hands on Nashville board and as a Member At Large on the 2009 board of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus.

 

Nancy Raines is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Saint Thomas Heart. With more than fifteen years at Saint Thomas Health, she has previously held the position of Emergency Services Director. At Saint Thomas Heart, Nancy leads a team that encompasses all aspects of operations including Health Information Management, Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Services, and Patient Services, and provides support for all Saint Thomas Heart Divisions including Saint Thomas, Baptist, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Lebanon, Gallatin, McMinnville, Lawrenceburg, Winchester, Tullahoma, Clarksville, and Goodlesttsville. Nancy received degrees in nursing at Belmont University and the University of Alabama. She also competed a degree in Health Services Leadership. She participates in professional organizations such as Medical Group Management Association, MedAxiom, and American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

Ramsey Raybeck is a native Nashvillian, who has enjoyed her career working with multiple nonprofits in the areas of volunteer management, fundraising, and special events. Currently, she is the Donor Relations Manager at Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center that connects volunteers with service opportunities. Ramsey volunteers her time with the therapeutic horseback riding program, Saddle Up!, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (Tennessee Chapter), and is a member of the Junior League of Nashville. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, 10-month old daughter Clarke, and goofy lab Houston.

 

Josh Renkens, founder of the  Renkens Center,is a licensed chiropractor specializing in soft tissue injury.  He is certified in Active Release and Muscle Activation Techniques.  In addition to his private practice, he works with Vanderbilt and Lipscomb Universities.  He believes in an integrated approach utilizing the most effective treatment methods available to decrease pain, promote dynamic function, and improve your ability to perform the activities that most interest you.

 

Scott RidgwayScott Ridgway has served as Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s Executive Director since 2001. He works closely with TSPN’s gubernatorially appointed Advisory Council to implement suicide prevention strategies within the state of Tennessee. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.Scott has been involved numerous community agencies and organizations over the past several years. Among his numerous honors are the 2005 I.C. Hope Award and the 2006 Eli Lilly Inc “Heroes in the Fight” Individual Community Supporter Award in 2006. He holds an M.S. in Public Service Management from Cumberland University and a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 

Dr. Reagan Saig received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, and completed her residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and is a recipient of the Golden Tarheel teaching award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Saig practices with Tennessee Women’s Care, PC at Baptist Hospital and Centennial Medical Center. Her interests are in obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery utilizing both laproscopic and robotic technolgies. She enjoys running and reading books in her spare time. Her husband, Joe, and she reside in Nashville, TN.

 

Nupur Sashti, MPH, works as an epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health’s FoodNet program. She received her BS, with honors, at the University of Georgia in Genetics and received her MPH from Emory University. In her role at the health department, she focuses on creating and sustaining collaboration between the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) and the epidemiologists in the FoodNet program. Her key areas include weekly visits to the SPHL which serves two purposes: 1) helps foster communications and 2) conveys Salmonella and E. coli Bionumerics data. In FoodNet, she is involved with the attributions and outbreak working group. Additionally, she visits select clinical and commercial laboratories on a monthly basis as part of her other Emerging Infections Program’s duties.

Dr. Harriette Scarpero is a board certified, fellowship trained urologist and nationally recognized expert in female pelvic health and reconstruction (FPM/RS). She is in practice at Associated Urologists in Nashville, TN. An expert in her field, Dr. Scarpero is active on many national urologic boards. She is past president of The Society of Women in Urology, on the executive committee of The Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, and participates on several committees for The American Urologic Associaton. Her website is www.ThePelvicProfessor.com.

 

James M. Schleicher, M. Div., is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has practiced in the Nashville area for over 35 years. He also has consulted in several schools and frequently gives parent presentations. He and his wife, Olivia, together have 6 children, and 7 who call them Nana and Poppy.

 

Allyson Shumate is the owner of AllyFitness. Allyson was a Project Manager for over 20 years and knows firsthand how difficult it can be to manage a career, stressful job, civic responsibilities while trying to eat right and stay active. In an effort to inspire women to take control of their health and fitness, she earned her certification as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach in 2006 and began to pursue a career in fitness part time. Allyson became a full time member of the Hermitage Business Community in 2011 with the opening of her studio, AllyFitness.(www.allyfitness.com) Prior to opening AllyFitness, Allyson was the Grants and Funding Administrator for the TMA Group in Franklin, TN. She also served as the Project Manager for the Nashville Regional Transportation Authority Music City Star Commuter Rail Project which began transporting workers from Wilson County to downtown Nashville on September 18, 2006. Allyson is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and taught project management courses at Boston University. Allyson serves on the Advisory Council of the Fifty Forward and is the Program Chair for Leadership Donelson Hermitage. AllyFitness is a small business that offers personal training, small group training, health coaching and corporate wellness services. Her facility is non-threatening with no machines and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Dr. Lorien Sites, a native of McMinnville, Tennessee, joined Nashville Skin and Cancer in July 2009. She enjoys all aspects of adult and pediatric dermatology including medical, surgical, and cosmetic services. Dr. Sites completed her internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and then she moved to Nashville to complete her three-year dermatology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Sites has authored several articles in national peer-reviewed medical journals in dermatology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Women’s Dermatological Society, and several other local medical societies. Dr. Sites is a proud mother of a daughter and son and enjoys spending time with her family.

 

Cindy Sullivan‘s mission is to help people achieve order and balance in their lives. Founder of cbSullivan Consulting & Organizing, Cindy is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Time Management Consultant, and Organizer Coach. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 2004, Cindy was the founding President of NAPO Nashville. Cindy helps her clients be more effective through good time management techniques, creating systems, developing routines, and organizing homes & workspaces that work for the client. Cindy offers services that include time management coaching and consulting, business & residential organizing, training, and seminars. http://www.cbsullivanconsulting.com/

 

Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi has spent her career overseeing dental programs for the poor. She served as head of dentistry at a fly-in health center in the sub-arctic location of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. She also served as a staff dentist for the Department of Health in Hamilton, Bermuda where she cared for children of low-income families, people with mental challenges, and people in nursing homes and prisons. Dr. Switzer became the first employee of the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee in 1995 and has served as the executive director ever since. During her tenure, the clinic has grown from a two-chair operation located in the basement of West End United Methodist church to a ten-chair clinic with a staff of twenty-one and hundreds of volunteers which cared for more than 1500 patients from 8 middle Tennessee counties last year, providing them with over 2 million dollars in patient care. She has been recognized by the Academy of General Dentistry as a finalist for Dentist of the Year in 2008 and a recipient of the Dr. Sigmund Gruenwald Humanitarian Service Award in 2007.

 

Elizabeth Slagle Todaro is a part-time Community Educator for the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. She has over 15 years of experience in creating and providing professional training and support for a variety of audiences and has worked in the fields of political advocacy, education reform, domestic violence, family law and criminal justice.She received a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a law degree from the City University of New York Law School. She also serves as the director of a local non-profit that works to bring policy debate back into Nashville’s public schools.

 

Jenny Brunette Verner is a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner who works for Dr. Larry Gurley at The Menopause Center at Baptist Hospital. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master in Science of Nursing from Vanderbilt University Nursing School. After graduation, Jenny worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in high risk obstetrics for a year before returning to Nashville and her current position. Jenny is a native Nashvillian who is married and has a two-year-old daughter.

 

April Wood has personal and professional experience in the fitness arena. She has maintained 110lb weight loss for the past seven years. April currently works with the YMCA Hope for Health Program to help women lose weight and regain their health. She has a master’s degree in exercise science and is a certified personal trainer through ACSM, ACE and NASM. She is also a certified aerobics instructor, nutrition consultant and lifestyle coach. She has been featured on television and in newspapers in a effort to encourage others to take control of their lives, shed extra pounds and lead healthier lifestyles.

 

Cathleen Woods is a vegan nutrition enthusiast who runs a website called Vegan Nutritionista. Her free monthly newsletter reaches more than 10,000 people around the world and features free vegan recipes, information on vegan travel, books, nutrition, and frequently asked questions on the vegan lifestyle. Cathleen loves to cook and has created several ebooks with original recipes and meal plans.