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Nashville Ballet's Paul Vasterling One of 44 Chosen for Leadership Nashville



Forty-four community leaders have been named to participate in Leadership Nashville’s 37th class.  The nine-month program is designed to assist community leaders in their roles as decision makers.
Jerry B. Williams, executive director of the program, said the key to Leadership Nashville’s success over the past 36 years is the diversity of its participants. Each class is a cross section of the leadership in the Nashville area, representing a variety of professions, industries, races, genders, religions and neighborhoods.
“Selection was especially difficult this year because of the large number of very qualified applicants,” she added.  The 44 announced today were chosen from more than 220 applications.  The selection process takes place each spring when alumni and the public are encouraged to nominate established leaders who are willing to devote the time and effort to an in-depth study of the community.
The course, which will begin in September, focuses on issues related to government, media, education, business, labor, diversity, quality of life, human services, health, arts, entertainment and crime and criminal justice.
“Leadership Nashville was founded in 1976 as an executive level leadership organization rather than a leadership training program. It provides a three-dimensional view of the city and becomes a bridge, connecting people and the issues facing this community,” said Ms. Williams. “We do not attempt to pass out solutions,” she added.  “In fact, our participants are so diverse that they would never agree with each other.  Instead, we expose them to various viewpoints on each issue, believing that Nashville will be stronger because decisions these leaders make in the future will come from a broadened, enlightened perspective.”
Chairing the selection committee this year was Linda E. Rebrovick, CEO, Consensus Point. Ronald L. Corbin, principal, RBBC Holdings, is president of the Leadership Nashville board of trustees.
The new members of the 37th class are:  Amy A. Atkinson, vice president of marketing & public relations, Gaylord Entertainment Company;  Danielle W. Barnes, assistant commissioner and general counsel, Tennessee Department of Human Resources;  John C. Bauerschmidt, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee; Catherine S. Beemer, president-elect, Junior League of Nashville; Richard S. Bovender, entrepreneur in residence, Clayton Associates;  Patricia S. Campbell, senior vice president/not-for-profit & government team leader, SunTrust; G. Kent Cleaver, president and chief operating officer, Avenue Bank; Judy D. Cummings, DMin, senior pastor, New Covenant Christian Church; Carolyn M. Dever, PhD, dean of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University; Baird E. Dixon, principal, Street Dixon Rick Architecture;  Susan B. Duvenhage, president & CEO, Adventure Science Center; Spruell Driver, Jr., principal attorney, Driver Firm; James L. Flautt, senior vice president, supply chain operations, Asurion;  Mark Freedman, PhD, executive director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Bennie L. Harris, PhD, vice president for development & alumni relations, Lipscomb University;  Clifton E. Harris, former executive director, Metro Nashville Homelessness Commission and director of marketing and sales, Citi Valet; Allen L. Hovious, president, LBMC Planning Services;  Carol O. Hudler, publisher, The Tennessean; South Group president of Gannett’s US Community Publishing Division; Brian P. Johnson, commander of Madison Precinct, Metro Nashville Police Department;   Karen Y. Johnson, Metro Nashville Councilwoman, District 29; Pamela Johnson, vice president for development, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum; Kelley B. Kee, senior vice president/community banking executive, Regions Bank; Beverly J. Keel, senior vice president of artist and media relations, Universal Music Group Nashville;  Stephen C. Lane, executive vice president, Smith Seckman Reid; Alexandra (Sandra) Lipman, community volunteer; Robert J. Mendes, member, Frost Brown Todd; Mark A. Montgomery, founder, FLO {thinkery}; Joe P. Orlando, area executive for Tennessee, Bank of America; Jonah D. Rabinowitz, executive director, W. O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School; Robert D. Ravener, executive vice president & chief people officer, Dollar General;  Dawn M. Rudolph, president & CEO, Saint Thomas Hospital; Katherine G. Sager, regional director external & legislative affairs, AT&T;  Saurabh Sinha, CEO, emids Technologies; Joseph A. Sowell, senior vice president & chief development officer; HCA; Paul Sternberg, MD, associate dean for clinical affairs & chief medical officer, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Thomas S. Stumb, president & CEO, Nashville Bank & Trust; Remziya A. Suleyman, director of policy and administration, American Center for Outreach; Cathy R. Taylor, DrPH, dean of College of Health Sciences and Nursing, Belmont University;  John C. Tishler, chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis; Paul D. Vasterling, artistic director & CEO, Nashville Ballet; Robert R. Wigington, president & CEO, Metro Nashville Airport Authority; Ronald Woodard, EdD, executive principal, Maplewood High School; Amanda M. Wyler, president, Junior Chamber of Commerce and graphic designer/creative consultant; Allyson L. Young, CEO, Young Motivation Group.