Leadership Memphis FastTrack Spring 2019 Class Graduates Were Driven to Define Legacy

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 Spring FastTrack Class. The diverse group is comprised of approximately 40 emerging leaders who were motivated to dig deep into Memphis history in order to expand their capacity for building a greater community.

“We challenged this year’s class with something different, called ‘Legacy Projects’,” said Kaci Murley, Leadership Memphis Director of Programs. “Participants spent much of the year reflecting on what it means to ‘define legacy,’ asking ‘who writes history,’ and thinking about the impact they will have beyond the Leadership Memphis experience. The results of their efforts were impressive and clearly demonstrate how passionate this group is to think outside of their normal scope. They have a greater appreciation for diversity in culture, background, economics, community, and industry and I can’t wait to see how they capitalize on their experience to impact our community.”

For the Legacy Projects, the FastTrack participants were encouraged to research and explore a person, place, event, or organization that had a significant impact on Memphis’s history over that last 200 years, but perhaps is a story many people are unaware of or is not told enough. Some examples of the presentations included Memphis Massacre; Robert Church & Beale Street Beginnings; Dr. Carnita Atwater’s New Chicago Museum inside the New Chicago Community Development Corporation; The Best District in a Pinch; History of Memphis Street Names; and St. Jude’s Impact on Memphis Religious Community.

2019 FastTrack Spring Class:

First Name Last Name Title Company/Organization
Amanda Abney Accounting, Payroll & Benefits BRIDGES USA
Cindricka Arrington Engineering Program Manager Medtronic
Gortria Banks Finance Administrator General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office
DeWayne Breckenridge Senior Estimator Anderson Contractors Inc.
Eric Brown Program Manager Friends of the Earth
Lucia Clinkscales  Consultant Think Inspire Marketing
Camille Davis Administrative Specialist St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Robert Davis, II Principal at Ida B. Wells Academy, K-8 Shelby County Schools
Ana Duran Senior Product Owner ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Jerri Green Director of Community Engagement Community Legal Center
Suzanne Gregoire Senior Manager Memphis Public Libraries
Pamela Griffin-Egwuekwe Program Manager Code Crew
Kiera Harvey Mortgage Advisor Pinnacle Bank
Erin Johnson Code School Program Director Code Crew
Wynett Jones Program Director, Books from Birth Porter-Leath
Justin Keeton Director of Organizational Effectiveness Methodist Le Bonheur Health
Lesli Lee Program Manager Hilton
Derion Lipford Digital Product Analyst ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Tori Mason Program Management Advisor FedEx Services
Kristine Nelson Of Counsel (Attorney) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Heather Nordtvedt Marketing Manager Saddle Creek
Jenikka Oglesby Sr. HR Business Strategist & Consultant Shelby County Schools
Erika Parrish Assistant Principal KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools
Will Patterson Attorney Wiseman Bray, PLLC
Tamarques Porter Information Technology Specialist/Network Engineer U.S. Department of Treasury
James Rogers Contracts Manager Shelby County Government, Health Division
Scovia Rushing  Public Relations Specialist  
Lemuel Russell Senior Pastor Testament of Hope Community Baptist Church
Samantha Sandoval Sr. Administrative Assistant ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Kelly Sealey Manager, Professional Education Axogen
JB Smiley Jr. Managing Attorney Smiley & Associates, PLLC
Charles Snyder Director, Health Disparities Education & Community Engagement University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Courtney Taylor Talent Management Consultant F&H Solutions Group
Brad Teplicky Account Manager Trane Commercial Systems & Services
Kristin Watkins Assistant General Manager Aramark/Rhodes College
John Wheeler Community Resource Coordinator Leadership Memphis

Since 1979, Leadership Memphis has continually developed new ways to connect and create more effective community leaders. Among the more that 3,300 program alumni are mayors, City Council members, County Commissioners, City of Memphis executives, Shelby County executives, Federal Government executives, executives of civic and community organizations, public and private corporation executives, clergy representing over a dozen denominations, school or school system faculty and administrators, health care executives, professionals (doctors, attorneys, and accountants), and small business owners. Over 50% of Leadership Memphis’ alumni are Black or African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or another minority background.