Leadership Memphis

Leadership Memphis Announces 2021 Board Members

MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 10, 2020 – Leadership Memphis is proud to announce its Executive Committee and Board Members for the 2021 fiscal year. The board is comprised of a diverse group of community, business, government, faith, education, and non-profit leaders that are dedicated to preparing leaders to work together for the good of the whole community.

Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has continually developed new ways of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Mid-South by connecting leaders to leaders, leaders to information, and leaders to the community.

“We are extremely fortunate to have assembled another outstanding board of directors for this year and will rely on their leadership to guide us forward,” said David Williams, Leadership Memphis President/CEO.  “As a nonprofit organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are proud to have a majority-minority board for the seventh straight year, as well as a female-majority board for the second time in the past five years.”

Leadership Memphis is in its 42nd year of serving the Mid-South and welcomes its 2021 Executive Program class this month. You can read more about Leadership Memphis and its programs at their website leadershipmemphis.com.

2021 Leadership Memphis Executive Board Members:

Board Chair – Reginald Porter, Jr., SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Chief Diversity Officer, ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Vice Chair – Valerie Morris, President & CEO, Morris Marketing Group

Immediate Past Chair – Terry Lynch, President, The Southland Capital Corporation

Secretary – Rick Wagers, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO, Regional One Health

Treasurer – Shirley Ford, CFO, City of Memphis

Program Chair – Shunji Brown-Woods, Director of Professional Affairs, Smith & Nephew

Alumni Chair – Vernon Stafford Jr., EVP/Chief Audit Executive, First Horizon National Corporation

Volunteer Memphis Chair – Ginger  Pilgrim, Principal, Price Waterhouse Cooper

At Large – Belinda Anderson, Community Volunteer

At Large – Ted Townsend, Chief Economic Development and Government Relations Officer, University of Memphis

At Large – Percie Strong-Jenkins, SVP, Senior Treasury Officer, Bank of America

 2021 New Board Members

Regina Ann Campbell, Chief Program Officer, Epicenter Memphis

Joanna Crangle, Market President/ Publisher, Memphis Business Journal

Gwyn Fisher, Regional Director, Department of Economic & Community Development, State of Tennessee

Paul Haught, Vice President for Academics, Christian Brothers University

Marlinee Iverson, County Attorney, Shelby County Government

Carol Johnson, President, Spaces Group, LLC

James Kirkwood, Executive Director, Memphis Christian Pastor’s Network

Kimmie McNeil Vaulx, System Director of Corporate Communications, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation

Dr. Albert Mosley, SVP, Chief Mission Integration Officer, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

Kandace Stewart, Director, Business Operations & External Affairs, Memphis Grizzlies

Dan Weddle, President and CEO, ProTech Services Group, Inc.

 2021 Returning Board Members:

Rene Bustamante, Staff Vice President & Assistant Treasurer, FedEx

Jim Crone, Government & Corporate Relations/Comprehensive Solutions, Trane U.S. Inc.

Blake Elliott, Senior Vice President, Regions Bank

Julie Ellis, Senior Counsel, Butler Snow

Edmund Ford Jr., Commissioner, District 9, Shelby County Commission

Jean Morton, SVP, Manager, Institutional & Government, SunTrust Bank/Truist

Patrice Robinson, Council Member, District 3, Chair, Memphis City Council

Linda Sawyer, CAO/CFO, Memphis Tourism

Sylvester Tate, Owner, Tate Computer Systems

Karren Todd, Empowerment Coach, Life Coach    

Chuck Utterback, Assistant Vice President, Network Management, CIGNA

Marvin White, Manager, Desktop Planning & Innovation R&D, FedEx TechConnect

Laurie Whitney, Integrated Products Sr. Project Manager, Sedgwick


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