Marlene has worked as a law enforcement and public safety professional for more than forty years, including serving as a Deputy Chief at Belmont University and the city of LaVergne. She is a member of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, serving on the Police-Oriented Advocacy Committee, and serving on the Tennessee Public Safety Network. She served as a board member for You Have The Power, and worked as the Title IX coordinator at Tennessee Tech University.
Rev. Judy was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She attended American Baptist College and was ordained as a minister in 1999. She went on to make history when she became the first female minister at Pilgrim Emmanuel Baptist Church, now known as The Tabernacle of Glory Church. Since then, she has mentored other women, and the church now has six female ministers. Her passion for making her community and the world a better place developed at an early age. She and her entire 4th grade class was invited to Washington D.C after President John F. Kennedy read her passionate letter about desegregation. She has also served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
John Ray Clemmons, a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Memphis Law School, has served as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives since 2014.
His experience as an attorney will further strengthen oversight and community confidence, and his mediation skills will assist us in negotiations when addressing pressing issues, as well and assisting us in building stronger, more robust coalitions.
Nasseem is the owner of two radio stations, a singer and songwriter, model and radio personality. She has a long history of advocating for criminal justice reform, eliminating gun violence and sexual and domestic violence prevention. She has been an avid supporter of Silent No Longer; promoting our fundraisers, helping us find performers for special events and serving as emcee. She serves as a mentor for new artists, promoting them on her radio shows and has been featured, honored and recognized by a variety of musical showcases, magazines and other radio stations.
Sheri, a graduate of Ohio State University and Gratz College with a degree in non-profit management, is the Director of Membership and Inclusion at The Temple - Congregation Ohabai Shalom.
Having worked with various non-profit organizations across the country, her skills in relationship building and non-profit management will further broaden the leadership skills within the organization and aid us in developing partnerships within communities of faith and with other organizations.
Andrea is an Oklahoma native who moved to Tennessee in the late 1970’s. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and worked as an Oncology nurse before returning to school at Nashville School of Law where she graduated with the Founder’s Award. After practicing law for a while, she decided to return to the medical field. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2010. She is an active member and volunteer with St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, TN.
Kathy has served as President, Co-Chair, and Community Liaison for PFLAG Nashville, and is the South Atlantic Regional Director for PFLAG National. She volunteers with Tennessee Equality Project, Open Table Nashville, Planned Parenthood She has been honored with the MTSU LGBT Conference Community Excellence Award, Nashville PRIDE Ally Award and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Ally Award.
Timothy is a cum laude graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, an activist, advocate, community organizer and educator. He works at the intersection of public policy & social justice on a state, regional and national level with organizations such as Black Voters Matter Fund, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Brothers' Roundtable, Corporate Diversity Initiatives, The Equity Alliance, Learning 2 Win Leadership Community, and the NAACP Nashville Branch.
Rupa was the first woman of color to be elected to the Tullahoma Board of Alderman, serving on the city’s planning commission, as the city’s liaison to the Board of Education, and on the Tourism Council and as the Downtown Liaison. She also serves on various boards including the Tullahoma Day Care Center, Tullahoma Emergency Shelter, Friends of Jefferson Street Park, and on the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
Roberta is a queer, feminist, anti-racist professor of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Middle Tennessee State University on subjects such as rhetoric and media, race and intercultural communication. She focuses on connecting theory with lived experience to generate awareness regarding how language, symbols, and ideologies shape cultural and communication structures and practices. Roberta is also an author and highly published researcher.
Marlene is the Chair of the Board of Directors and serves as the Board representative on the Executive Committee.
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