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rsz_mkpic-15Mitchell Korn, Chairman Mr. Korn is one of our nation’s most important leaders in music and arts education strategic planning, advocacy and interdisciplinary education. He is the Founder and President of MitchellKornArts and the Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music Adjunct Professor for Music and Community, a Bard College Senior Fellow and a former Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Yale School of Music lecturer. At Vanderbilt, Professor Korn teaches popular courses in career preparedness, non-profits, artistic production, advocacy, and arts administration. He also serves as the Ingram Scholars Advisor for Community Service, Faculty VUceptor, and has been recruited for a four-year appointment to the Chancellor’s Committee on Religious Life. Recently, The University of California Press has designated Mitchell as a peer reviewer for an academic publication concerning musicians and music careers. The Wall Street Journal has called him a “one man arts education industry.” Symphony Magazine called him a “music education guru.” He has been a leading arts and arts education advisor for decades. He is credited with creating, designing and implementing the nation’s most important and sustainable arts education initiatives including San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music (celebrating its 29th anniversary), New York’s Annenberg Initiative (20th year), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education -CAPE (21st year), The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music (20th year), and many more. His extensive work for philanthropy includes the Heinz Endowment, MacArthur Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, GE Fund, and Dayton Hudson Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards and tributes including Parents Magazine “As They Grow” Award, honoring his efforts in “making the world a safer, healthier, and happier place for children.”

rsz_1matt-little-bio-pictureMatt Little Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Matt came to Nashville in 1988 to attend college at David Lipscomb University. After graduating in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics, he worked in accounts payable for the National Federation of Independent Business and as a Trust Administrator for Bankers Trust Services. He began his banking career with First American Bank, now Regions Bank, in 1995. Matt served as the branch manager of the Regions Bank Music Row Office and as a Private Wealth Adviser for the Regions/Morgan Keegan Private Banking Division during his tenure there. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Financial Adviser at Pinnacle Bank, he assists clients with deposit and credit needs, investments, estate planning, and financial planning advice. Matt was a member of the 2008 Leadership Music Class and served as Logistics Coordinator for the 2009 Leadership Music Class. Matt is also a member of CMA, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, who is a local artist and his 4 year old daughter, Sophie.

rsz_patrick_larger_picPatrick McGee Mr. McGee is an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University where he studies political science and financial economics. Additionally, Patrick is active as a leader on campus where he serves as the chairman of the Student Leadership Council, Chair of the Lights on the Lawn concert benefiting the Mary Parrish Center, co-chair of the Vanderbilt University Speakers Committee, and President of his fraternity. Last summer, Patrick worked for Aliança da Terra in Mato Grosso, Brazil to help them develop their wildland firefighting brigade. This summer, Patrick is in Hong Kong working for GaveKal, a macroeconomic and markets research firm.

rsz_frank_wFrank W. Wade Mr. Wade is a native of Nashville and a 1972 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in Business Administration. For the past 40 years Frank has been employed by Wade & Egbert Insurance Partners where he was a Vice-President. In 2010, Wade & Egbert sold to Assured Neace Lukens, and for the last three years Frank has been employed as a Private Client Insurance Advisor for Assured Partners. A lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church he is an Elder and has taught four-year-old Sunday School for the past 20 years.Frank is the past President of the Nashville area Birmingham-Southern Alumni Association, Battle Ground Academy Alumni Association, and the Insurors of Nashville. He is past Board Chair of the Martha O’Bryan Center, the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Nations Ministry Center, the Travellers Rest Historic Plantation, and the Westminster School for Young Children. Currently Frank is the board Chair for the Nations Ministry Center, and is on the board of Travellers Rest Historic Home and Plantation, Cumberland Heights, and the Mary Parrish Center . He serves as Scholarship Chair for the Tennessee Bleeding Disorders Association,as well as Co-chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Life Trustees.Frank has been a nominee for The Mary Catherine Stobel Volunteer Award, was Martha O’Bryan Volunteer of the Year in 2002, and was one of three finalists for Board Member of the Year.Currently, Frank works with sophomore Ingram Scholars as they explore local community and service organizations.

Austin Brown (Vanderbilt University / Lauren Holland)Austin Brown graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015 with a degree in Economics and History, serving in various leadership roles while on campus and assisting with the Lights on the Lawn concert benefiting the Mary Parrish Center. Austin served as communications director for the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL) while in college, assisting with the Association’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. He currently advises and fundraises for various political candidates in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

rsz_debbieaDebianne Peterman, Ph.D., MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC Debianne is originally from Buffalo, NY and moved to Atlanta during her high school years. She attended college and received two undergraduate degrees at Georgia State University. She obtained her Masters’ degree in Neonatal and Perinatal Nursing from Emory University and returned to Georgia State to complete her doctoral degree in Nursing. She is currently serving as the AVP for Women’s and Obstetrics Services at HCA. She and her husband Bob moved to Franklin in 2004 and believe that it is a “little piece of heaven on earth.” They lived in Buffalo, NY so that Debianne could serve as the VP and Chief Nursing Officer for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (where she was born) for two years prior to relocating back to their home in Franklin. They are the proud parents of three children and have one grandson. Debianne’s career has been focused on the care of women and children and she is committed to providing safe and healthy environments for families. Debianne considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to serve on the board of The Mary Parrish Center.

JJ Burkhardt Ms. Burkhardt is a survivor of domestic violence, and has volunteered at The Mary Parrish Center since it’s opening in 2002. She has been responsible for the normal monthly accounting for the center since 2005. Ms. Burkhardt has resided in middle TN since the early 1980’s. She is a single mother to a daughter born in Nashville in 2007. Her daughter has befriended all the residents of The Mary Parrish Center and enjoys playing with everyone, while her mommy works. Ms. Burkhardt is the bookkeeper for a roofing company in Franklin, TN. She resides in LaVergne, TN where she became a proud first-time home buyer in 2012. Ms. Burkhardt was the interim Treasurer in 2013 and now the current Secretary for the board of The Mary Parrish Center.

David M. Gabrielsen (retired) was most recently Chairman and CEO of Ranpak Corporation, a specialty, “inside the box” paper-based packaging products company.  Mr. Gabrielsen held this position from March of 2002 until August of 2012.  Prior to joining Ranpak, he held the positions of President and CEO of Bizfon, Incorporated, a privately held telecommunications equipment company, Chairman and CEO of Universal Electronics (NASDAQ:UEIC) a specialty consumer electronics company and Chief Operating Officer of Mr. Coffee, the nationally known consumer brand franchise and creator of the automatic drip coffeemaker category. Additionally, Mr. Gabrielsen has held a variety of sales, marketing, general management and financial positions at companies such as Chemical Fabrics Corporation and IBM.  He is a graduate of Siena College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Reid Gallagher Mr. Gallagher is a Student at Vanderbilt University majoring in Economics with a minor in Finance. He is an active student leader on campus, serving as co-chair of the Lights on the Lawn Concert and as current social chairman of his fraternity. Last summer, Reid worked as a summer analyst for Focus Strategies, an Investment Bank based in Austin, Texas, and he is currently a brand ambassador for Uber car services.

Tiffany Ruby Patterson Professor Patterson is Associate Professor and Director of African American and Diaspora Studies and History and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies. Research and teaching areas include Africans in the Atlantic World in the 19th and 20th centuries, the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class, intellectuals and political movements in empire, history in films, novels and art, and comparative slave systems. Publications include “Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World,” African Studies Review (April, 2000): 11-45, (co-author Robin D.G. Kelley) and Zora Neale Hurston and a History of Southern Life. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005), and co-editor of Palimpsest: a journal on women and gender and the Black International. She is concerned about America’s growing incapacity to resolve social and personal differences without the use of violence. Women are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence, rape, and psychological abuse. Working with The Mary Parrish Center is one way among many to assist victims of domestic abuse help women and their children lead safe and productive lives.

Jeff Teague Mr. Teague has been the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee (PPMET) since 2001. The affiliate covers 76 of 95 counties in Tennessee and 39 counties in southeastern and western Kentucky. PPMET serves approximately 20,000 women, men and young people with reproductive and sexual healthcare, abortion services and comprehensive sexual health educations programs annually. Health centers are located in Nashville, Knoxville and Johnson City. Currently, he serves on the Ballot Initiatives Council of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Abortion Providers. In 2012, he was a member of the PPFA Contingency Planning Committee as a leader in Federal Title X Family Planning Programs. Previous service includes membership on the Board of the Affiliates Chief Executives Council, where he served as Treasurer, and on the Board of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Teague served as a member of the PPFA Tri-Regional Health Care Task Force. In 2006, he received the Apple Tree Award from the Association of Planned Parenthood Leaders in Education (APPLE) for his commitment to sex education. Prior to join PPMET, Teague was involved in Democratic politics in Washington DC, working for Senator and then Vice President Al Gore for 15 years. Working for four Presidential campaigns, at the Democratic National Committee and holding several positions in the Clinton Administration, he served at the Director of Public Liaison for Vice President Gore, before becoming the Deputy Director of Communication for the US Agency for International Development. At USAID, his area of responsibility was Population, Health and Nutrition and humanitarian relief programs.  A native of Kingsport Tennessee, Teague is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and Public Finance.

Steven Lorady, Treasurer

Greta Requierme

Sherry Jones

Nicholas Zeppos

Raul Carvalho

Deneadra Winford