Leadership Memphis Announces 40th Anniversary Executive Program Class Graduation and Resulting Concepts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Leadership Memphis, whose mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community, is proud to announce the graduation of its 2019 Executive Program Class. The diverse group of seventy-eight experienced executive leaders from across the Mid-South were challenged to develop an innovative social enterprise that could benefit a specific community or the City of Memphis at-large, whether it was a new product, a business or non-profit, a new service, or an idea.

“In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Leadership Memphis, we wanted to challenge this year’s class with something that would really make them put their knowledge and skills to the test for the benefit of the greater community,” said Kaci Murley, Leadership Memphis Director of Programs. “The 40th Anniversary class’s culminating project was a Memphis version of ‘Shark Tank.’ Each group of participants ‘pitched’ their ideas to a set of ‘sharks,’ local Memphis experts who have a vested interest in making our city thrive,  similar to the TV show.”

The 2019 Executive Class rose to the challenge, coming up with several exciting concepts to directly and positively impact Memphis. Examples of projects from the Class of 2019 include:

  • An app for community members to report blighted properties and bid on beautification projects
  • A public, private partnership designed to create the city’s first sports medicine & community outreach facility
  • A resident-driven Community Development Corporation (CDC) to empower community members to revitalize historically underinvested neighborhoods
  • An online platform to connect Leadership Memphis Alumni with students wishing to better navigate the college-going process

One group is already discussing how to move forward with their idea, now that their experience with Leadership Memphis has concluded.

“Shark Tank reinforced the importance of devoting time for members of the executive class to share their problems and challenges and unleash all of the intellectual capital, professional networks and desire to improve Memphis on the challenges,” said one participant. “At our age and level of experience, I believe the room is less interested in the theoretical problems and ready to discuss and take immediate action on an issue that would yield real tangible results.”

2019 Executive Program Class:

First Name Last Name Title Company
George Abbott Director of External Affairs Memphis River Parks Partnership
Imad Abdullah Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel Regional One Health
Teresa Barnhill Senior Director, Marketing Strategy ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nikia Bell Vice President, Operations Regional One Health
Floyd Benson Vice President of Operations Memphis in May International Festival, Inc.
Terry Blue Vice President, Operations Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Shirley Bondon Public Policy Analyst /Strategic Planning & Engagement Specialist
Regina Ann Campbell Chief Program Officer Epicenter
Christopher Capel Director of Collective Impact & Continuous Quality Improvement Communities in Schools of Memphis
Nicole Cody HR Director, Global Manufacturing International Paper
Jan Coleman Member – Board of Trustees Memphis Museums, Inc.
Michelle Couch Senior Vice President Patriot Bank
Rita Cowans Vice President, Internal Audit FedEx
Holli Cox Manager, Tactical Planning & Engineering FedEx Services
Joanna Crangle Market President & Publisher Memphis Business Journal
Jill Crocker Executive Director Ronald McDonald House Charities – Memphis
Catherine Cushinberry Vice President / Executive Director City Year Memphis
Andy Davis Business Manager Turner Construction
Michael Deutsch Managing Director United Capital Financial Advisors, LLC
Mike Donoghue Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Smith & Nephew
Cristina Duncan Senior Vice President – Administrative Director of Nursing OR Nurses Nationwide / Travel Nurses, Inc.
Shirley Ford Chief Financial Officer City of Memphis
Mary Freeman Director of Government Relations Baptist Memorial Health Care
Jason Gillum President / CEO Millennium Search
Kristie Giompoletti-Shamoun Director of Agency Sales WMC-TV (NBC)
Denise Nichole Greer Human Resources Manager Cummins
Jamie Griffin Agency Manager Memphis Public Library
Tracy Hall President Southwest Tennessee Community College
Jason Handel Global Sales Director International Paper
Jarvis Harris  Director, Information Systems & Operations  United Way of the Mid-South
Tanya Hart Senior Vice President, Total Rewards First Tennessee Bank / First Horizons
John Hartney Staff Vice President & Assistant Treasurer FedEx Corporation
Michael Hooks, Jr. Chief Executive Officer Allworld Project Management
Charles Jabbour Director of Finance Memphis Management Group, LLC
Lin Johnson III Chief Financial Officer Shelby County Schools
Eddie Jones Jr. County Commissioner Shelby County Board of Commissioners
Monica Jordan Program Director, Office of Schools Shelby County Schools
Romeo Khazen Director of Player Development & Asian Marketing Caesars Entertainment
James Kirkwood Executive Director Memphis Christian Pastors Network
Justin Lawhead Dean of Students University of Memphis
JT Malasri Owner Malasri Engineering, PLLC
Lane McKinney Senior Director – Financial & Data Operations ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Natalie McKinney Executive Director Whole Child Strategies, Inc.
David Mills Director, Health Sciences, Government Relations & Advocacy University of Tennessee
Melisa Moore Member Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC
Robbin Christi Mouton Sr. Manager, Operations Excellence The Hershey Company
Larkin Myers Vice President Tioga Environmental Consultants Inc.
Jennifer Oswalt President Downtown Memphis Commission
Boris Penchion President Carter O’Neal Logistics
Natalia Powers Chief Communications Officer Shelby County Schools
Victoria Ragland Senior Vice President Pinnacle Financial Partners
Brian Raiteri Senior Vice President / Consumer Banking Manager Regions Bank
Gary Rosenfeld Chief Executive Officer Memphis Area Transit Authority
Al Ross Director of Enlisted Distribution Division U.S. Navy / Navy Personnel Command
Mark Russell Executive Editor The Commercial Appeal
Shawn Karol Sandy Chief Revenue Officer The Selling Agency
Kathleen Seerup Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital / Methodist Le Bonheur Health Care
Rosario Selabe Site Director Las Americas Youth Development Center
Knox Shelton Executive Director Literacy Mid-South
Amy Simpson Senior Director, Corporate Communications TruGreen
Alexandra Sinkular Partner Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC
Lori Spicer Robertson Chief Communications & Engagement Officer United Way of the Mid-South
Candace Steele Flippin Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer First Horizon National Corporation
Frank Stuppy Senior Vice President Independent Bank
Sandra Summers  Youth Liaison  Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action & Hope
Mark Thompson Partner V2 Media
Victor Torres President Huntington Properties, LLC.
Ted Townsend Chief Economic Development & Government Relations Officer University of Memphis
Sasidhar Vadapalli Engineering Program Manager Medtronic
Karen Waites Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Sedgwick
Marvin White Manager, FedEx.com Planning & Innovation FedEx
Jacquline Wicks-Callahan Administrative Director, Security Department St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Andrea Wiley Director of Account Management DCA – Doug Carpenter & Associates
Rosalyn Willis President City of Memphis & Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency
Renée Wilson-Simmons Executive Director ACE Awareness Foundation
Mark Yates Chief Vision Officer Black Business Association of Memphis
Tim Yeoward Senior Director, Infrastructure & Support ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Paul Young Director, Office of Housing & Community Development City of Memphis

Class members David Mills and Ted Townsend discuss this year’s projects.

Class members Shirley Bondon and Kathleen Seerup review their classmates’ Impact Statements.

Executive Program members participate in one group’s project activity.

Members of the Orange Mound community group present their project.