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Leadership Tennessee announces Leadership Tennessee Next Class IV
December 30, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN - Leadership Tennessee announces the fourth class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT. The program offers Tennessee’s early and mid-career professionals personal and professional development while fostering a greater understanding of Tennessee and its resources.

The fourth class of Leadership Tennessee NEXT is welcoming a class of 30 up-and-coming professionals who represent the diversity of the regions and industries across the state. The class will meet four times during the program year, conducting sessions in Fall Creek Falls, Greeneville, Memphis and Nashville. Over the course of the program, participants will grow their professional skills and connect to a cross-generational network of state leaders, while participating in collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of state importance.

“The talent found in Tennessee’s young professionals is impressive and undeniable; we look forward to seeing what this class brings to the table,” commented Cathy Cate, President of Leadership Tennessee. “In our ninth year as an organization, we continue to be compelled by the notion that bringing diverse groups of Tennessee leaders together will erase silos between industries and geographic regions. Inviting Leadership Tennessee NEXT into that network ensures that the vision is being carried out by today’s leaders and the leaders of tomorrow.”

In its ninth year, Leadership Tennessee has developed a network of over 400 members, which, with the announcement of Class IV, includes 112 Leadership Tennessee NEXT members. Earlier this year, Leadership Tennessee welcomed the eighth class of its Signature Program, a cohort made up of 36 established and prominent leaders. Leadership Tennessee was founded as an initiative of Lipscomb University’s College of Leadership and Public Service and launched as an independent 501c3 in August 2021. Leadership Tennessee fosters collaborative, non-partisan dialogue on issues of statewide importance by crossing geographic and professional boundaries and connecting a diverse network of problem solvers and engaged citizens.

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Class IV

• Kevin Adelsberger, Founder and Managing Partner, Adelsberger Marketing (Jackson)
• Antwane Bohanon, Configuration Operations Supervisor, Ingram Micro (Munford)
• Lauren Brown, Executive Director, Athens Area Council for the Arts (Athens)
• Heather Carbajal, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee (Johnson City)
• Austin Corcoran, Director of Talent Engagement, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce (Chattanooga)
• De'Ossie Dingus, Executive Director, Alliance House Community Coalition (Knoxville)
• Samantha Edwards Lacy, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Leadership Knoxville (Knoxville)
• Diego Eguiarte, Director of Performance Management, Metro Government Nashville and Davidson County (Nashville)
• Jermaine Freeman, Senior Advisor, City of Chattanooga (Chattanooga)
• Sheena Freeman, Practice Manager II, Regional One Health (Cordova)
• Benjamin Friedlander, Research Manager, Memphis Education Fund (Memphis)
• Kathleen Gibi, Executive Director, Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (Knoxville)
• Cory Howard, Chief Operating Officer, Cempa Community Care (Chattanooga)
• Wesley Idlette, Educator & Coach, Kingsport City Schools (Kingsport)
• Toccora Johnson-Petersen, Chief Executive Officer, Girls Incorporated of Chattanooga (Chattanooga)
• Geoff Millener, COO, The Enterprise Center (Chattanooga)
• Vonesha Mitchell, Executive Director, Women's Business Center South (Memphis)
• Sean Ochsenbein, Attending Physician, Ballad Health (Johnson City)
• Ruby Powell-Dennis, Founder and Executive Director, Elect Black Women PAC (Cordova)
• Dominique Primer, Director of Innovation and Community Engagement, Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South (Memphis)
• Damon Rawls, Principal Strategist, The Innovation Digital Agency (Knoxville)
• Jada Russell, Director of Student Services, College of Nursing (Knoxville)
• Angie Sanders, General Counsel, Tennessee State Board of Education (Brentwood)
• Evetty Satterfield, CEO, Advancing Lives, LLC (Knoxville)
• Callon Schmid, Government Relations Advisor, Butler Snow (Nashville)
• Yvette Stewart, Director, Elementary Teaching and Learning, Hamilton County Schools (Chattanooga)
• Derek Voiles, Assistant Principal, Hamblen County Schools (Morristown)
• Ashley Warrington, Director of Advocacy, Tennessee SCORE (Nashville)
• Nicholas Weaver, Community Relations Coordinator, Baptist Memorial Health Care (Memphis)
• Kanika White, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty (Knoxville)

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