We show each other dignity through our partnerships, decisions, and language.

We intentionally engage, represent, and partner with our diverse communities.

We demonstrate our values by learning together with staff, board, volunteers, youth, families, and investors to think and act with sensitivity and intentionality.

Driven by the voice of our stakeholders, our agency develops responsive and respectful programming and builds strategic and thoughtful alliances.

Our team consists of people of all backgrounds and walks of life to ensure an equitable environment where everyone feels represented and included in our work. We’re always actively seeking to diversify our team and bring more voices to the table. Each of our team members brings unique perspectives and skills, and we are committed to building a culture where voices are heard, differences are celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to do meaningful work. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, we’re inspired by our talented, passionate colleagues who motivate us to do and be our best each and every day. We are bigger and better together! 


Melissa Hudson-Gant began serving as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee in June 2018, bringing to the organization more than 20 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience. Most recently, Melissa served as the Vice President of Philanthropy and Chapter Development for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). Serving as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, she was responsible for developing and leading regional chapters and diversifying the organization’s revenue base. During her tenure, she launched a national run/walk fundraising program and created a robust portfolio including major and annual giving and grant programs, quadrupling revenue in four years. She also cultivated partnerships to increase the organization’s impact leading to an organizational expansion nationwide.

Prior to PBTF, Melissa served as Regional Development Director and Director of Major Gifts for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and Director of the “Team in Training” and “Light The Night” campaigns with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Tennessee Chapter. As a native of the area and an MTSU graduate, Melissa is honored to lead such a well-respected organization helping our young people realize their potential.

Melissa Hudson-Gant

Chief Executive Officer


Emily Lara

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Programs Team

Rebecca Ackerman

Chief Impact Officer

Tay McGee

Director of Youth Equity and Engagement

Dantriel McWilliams

Sports Buddies Manager

Latisha Curry

Program Specialist

Bridget Heary

Program Specialist

Alicia Yoder

Volunteer Coordinator

Bryan Currie

Vice President of Capacity Building Initiatives

Tara Dixon

E-Mentoring Manager

Anna Roberts

Site-Based Manager

Hanna Carr

Program Specialist

Elia Despradel

Metor Corps Fellow

Jaffee Judah

Mentor Corps Fellow - Big Cousin

Alexa Regina

Program Specialist

Rebecca Dove

Vice President of Program and Service Delivery

Joe Farris

Youth Engagement Manager

Lauren Sokolosky

Manager of Community-Based Match Support and Engagement

Veronica Chambers

Program Specialist

Dustin Hamby

Program Specialist

Nadine Lay

E-Mentoring Coordinator

Annea Smith

Program Specialist, Rutherford County

Leigh-Ann Treece

Director of Program Development

Kathryn Fisher

Manager of Customer Relations, Enrollment & Matching

Rachel Becker

Match Engagement Coordinator

Jessica Corser

Family and Child Coordinator

Jos'Ua Hawkins

Mentor Coprs Fellow - Big Cousin

Jonathan Leeper

Program Specialist

Elizabeth Smith

Enrollment Specialist and Internship Coordinator

Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement

David Edwards

Chief Development Officer

Alyson Woods

Director of Annual Giving

Doug Halleen

VP of Development

Dequantez Sandifer

Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement Manager

Martrell Harris

Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement Manager

Raymond Mitchell IV

Director of Volunteer Recruitment


David Estrin

Chief Operating Officer

Sara Touchstone

Salesforce and IT Systems Manager

Suzanne Boone

Director of QA and Reporting

Dorcas Kapkiai

Staff Accountant

Amber Leach

Director of Employee Experience

Ashley Mikel

Accounting and Operations Coordinator

Amanda Jones

Grants Manager