Leadership Middle Tennessee Announces New Board of Directors and Class of 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 16, 2017) - Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT), Inc.  the regional leadership organization that encompasses a 10-county collective of community leaders in Middle Tennessee,  announces the 39 members of the incoming Class of 2018, as well as the new Board of Directors.  The class is selected by a vetting process within the leadership of the LMT Board of Directors that received a record number of applications for the 2018 program.  For more information on LMT, please visit www.leadmt.org.

"This class is made up of a diverse group of members from different industries and communities across Middle Tennessee," Leadership Middle Tennessee President Lee Rucks said. "I'm excited for another year of leadership development as we come together to improve our region from the community level."

Leadership Middle Tennessee Board of Directors:

Murat Arik, Rutherford Co. (Class of 2017) – Director, Business and Economic Research/Assistant Professor, MTSU

Jennifer Halverson, Cheatham Co. (Class of 2017) – Owner, Adventureworks

Andrew Thompson, Dickson Co. (Class of 2017) – Owner, Andrew Thompson Construction

Donna Yurdin, Davidson Co. (Class of 2016) – President, Credo Management Consulting

Reggie Mudd, Sumner Co. (Class of 2013) – Owner, Mudd Properties

David B. Smith, Montgomery Co. (Class of 2002) – President, DBS & Associates Engineering, Inc.

Lynn Maddox, Davidson Co. (Class of 2014) – Vanderbilt University, County Liason, Community and Government Relations

Gina Scott, Sumner Co. (Class of 2009) – Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Class of 2018 members listed by county:


Detra Emery - Principal, Cheatham County School System

Renea Rosson - Director of Career Services, Workforce Essentials


Kamadi Camp - Director of Clinical Programs, HCA Sarah Cannon

Chuck Cinelli - CEO/Principal, Cafe Coco

Laurel Graefe - Director, Regional Economic Information Network, Federal Reserve Bank

Trish Holliday - Assistant Commissioner and State Chief Learning Officer, Tennessee Department of Human Resources

Carol Hudler - CEO/President, Cumberland Region Tomorrow

Lynda Jones - General Sessions Judge, Metropolitan Government

Clark Spoden - Partner, Burr & Forman, LLP

Dalih Suchet - President, Whitehall Benefits

Terry Vo - External Affairs, Comcast


Jana Curcio - Community Organizer

Casey Mahoney - Director of Customer Interface, TN Department of Environment & Conservation


Rupa DeLoach - Economic Development Manager, Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance

Bethany Lay - Chief Development Officer, Columbia State Community College


Abby Binkley - Executive Director, Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation 

Darwin Eldridge - Supervisory Internal Revenue Agent (retired)

Doug Heimback - Military Analyst II/Test Pilot, ECS-Federal

Norman Quirion - Marketing Coordinator, City of Clarksville Transit System

Patrick Turner - Vice President Sales, Ajax Distributing Company, Inc. 

Stephen (Cal) Wray - Executive Director, Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council 


Edison Guthrie - President, Draughon Bros., LP

Diana Pelham - District Development Director, Robertson/Sumner County YMCA


Chuck Barber - Government Relations Administrator, Middle TN Electric Membership Corp.

William Coggin - Safety and Facilities Services Coordinator, National Health Care Corp.

Meagan Flippin - CEO/President, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties

Regina Medlen - Vice President/Smyrna Market Manager, Franklin Synergy Bank


PJ Davis - Executive Director, Gallatin Shalom Zone 

Steve Luther - Owner, CHORD Real Estate

Doug Turner - CIO of Physician Services, HCA

Susan Williams - Sr. Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Andrew Jackson Foundation


Brant Bousquet - Executive Director, Hard Bargain Association

Jeffrey Carson - Senior Vice President/Senior Trust Officer, U.S. Trust/Bank of America

Mary Lankford - Franklin City President, FirstBank

Elizabeth Mefferd - Regional Vice President and Executive Director, BBB Middle TN, Inc.

Daniel Spann - Vice President, Transportation Business Unit Director, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon


Donna Harris - Vice President of Finance, Hunt Brothers Pizza, LLC.

Michelle Hill - Executive Director, Empower Me Center

Jason Loggins - Market President, Bank of Tennessee

Helen McPeak - Executive Director, Wilson County Promotions 

About LMT:

Leadership Middle Tennessee was founded in 1999, as an initiative of Partnership 2000, to contribute to future planned and sustainable economic and community growth and development in the ten-county area through the participation of community, non-profit, government and business leaders. 

The program highlights historic and contemporary perspectives on relevant regional themes and features presentations by leading experts and key community leaders. Sessions employ a mix of interactive presentations, facilitated dialogue, behind-the-scenes visits and more. Session topics include Education and Workforce Development, Housing, Ft. Campbell, Agriculture, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Technology, Manufacturing, Public Policy and Politics, Transportation, Historic Preservation, Sports and Leisure, Tourism, Natural Resources and Environmental Issues.

Leadership Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization overseen by a regional board comprised of the Leadership Middle Tennessee alums, business, and community leaders.  Recently announced, the LMT offices moved from the campus of Middle Tennessee State University to Cumberland University. The current address is 1 Cumberland Square, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087.