WHO WE ARE

WE ARE AN AGENCY THAT CELEBRATES DIFFERENCES

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! 

MEET THE TEAM

ABOUT OUR CEO

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

Bryan Currie

Chief Impact Officer

Bridget Heary

Program Specialist

Alicia Yoder

Volunteer Coordinator

Annea Smith

Program Specialist, Rutherford County

Nadine Bidwell

E-Mentoring Coordinator

Tara Dixon

E-Mentoring Manager

Anna Roberts

Site-Based Manager

Hanna Leighton

Program Specialist

Jaffee Judah

Mentor Corps Fellow – Big Cousin

Alexa Regina

Sports Buddies Program Coordinator

Rebecca Dove

Vice President of Program and Service Delivery

Joe Farris

Youth Engagement Manager

Lauren Sokolosky

Manager of Community-Based Match Support

Veronica Chambers

Program Specialist

Dustin Hamby

Program Specialist

Leigh-Ann Treece

Director of Program Development

Kathryn White

Senior Manager of Customer Relations, Enrollment and Matching

Rachel Becker

Match Engagement Coordinator

Jessica Corser

Manager of Program Enhancements

Elizabeth Smith

Family Impact Manager

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Trinity Miller – Program Specialist
Brooke Goodson – Program Specialist
Kaitlyn Hawkins – Program Specialist
Molly Stewart – Program Specialist
Bekah Russell – Program Specialist

David Edwards

Chief Development Officer

Dequantez Sandifer

Volunteer Recruitment and Community Engagement Manager

Doug Halleen

VP of Development

Dantriel McWilliams

Community Engagement Manager

Martrell Harris

Director of Marketing & Communications

Alyson Woods

Director of Annual Giving

Peachtress Perkins-Sumler – Executive Assistant to David Edwards

David Estrin

Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Mikel

Accounting and Operations Coordinator

Suzanne Boone

Director of QA and Reporting

Amber Leach

VP of Employee Experience

Amanda Jones

Grants Manager

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Dorcas Kapkiai – Staff Accountant

Grant Kinnett

Chair
Retail Leasing & Sales Director Boyle Nashville, LLC.

Anders Hall

Vice Chancellor & Chief Investment Officer
Vanderbilt University

Cynthia Whitfield-Story

President & CEO
INSPIRE1, LLC

Erica Vick Penley

Governance Committee Chair
Partner
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Anne Corrao

Treasurer
Director, Dealer Services – Commercial Credit
Nissan North America, Inc.

Jackie Baxter

Internal Relations Committee Chair
VP, Operations
Nashville Electric Service

LuSheena Jones-Coofer

School Psychologist
MNPS

Missy Acosta

Immediate Past Chair
VP, Brand Strategy
Delta Dental of Tennessee

Chris Huskey

Partner
HBRE

James Hallock

SVP, Development & Strategy – CoreTrust
Healthtrust

Mackenzie Strickland

Youth Board Member

Winston Justice

Private Wealth Advisor
AllianceBernstein

Amanda Lockwood

Corporate Partnerships Coordinator
Tennessee Titans

Brent Gay

Chief Financial Officer
Advance Financial

Kelly Hodges

Chief Development and Engagement Office
Gresham Smith & Partners

Marquita Qualls

Owner and Founder
Entropia Consulting

Not Pictured

Dennis Georgatos – Skanska
Senior Vice President, General Manager

Brandon Corbin – Ascension Saint Thomas
Regional Technology Officer 

Curt Sullivan – Transcor America LLC
 President & General Manager

Cher Porties Member at Large – United Parcel Service
President

Mykayela Carter – Youth Board Member

Allen McDonald – Baker Storey McDonald Properties
Principal Broker

Scott Romine – Jackson National Life Insurance
President, Advisory Solutions, 

David Bailey – Hastings Architecture 
Principal

Alex Tolbert – Bernard Health
Founder

Edward Rucker – Metropolitan Police Dept.
Community Coordinator, 

Lisa Berg – Covenant Physician Partners
VP Mergers and Acquisitions, 

Terry Vo External Relations Chair – 
Comcast Corporation
External Affairs Manager

Tom Lampe Vice President – Messer Construction Co
Vice President, Nashville Region

Sarah Crain – Bank of America
 Vice President, Preferred Market Leader

Brian Whisnant – Deloitte & Touche LLP
Partner