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Terry Crews, Actor, Artist, Activist
Action-movie hero, sitcom star, game show host, pitchman, former NFL player and best-selling author all describe the man that is Terry Crews. Crews is perhaps best known for his action and comedy roles in an impressive resume of film and television work which include The Expendables film franchise, Golden Globe award-winning and SAG Award-nominated comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Everybody Hates Chris, and the wildly popular Old Spice commercials. He is also known for his ability to pull of  what is considered the “best robot” on earth. The three-time People Magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” star has top-lined some of the biggest films of the past decade including his star-making turn in the Wayans brother comedy classic White Chicks and the Mike Judge-directed cult classic IDIOCRACY, to the #1 film of all time on Netflix, The Ridiculous Six opposite Adam Sandler, who is a frequent collaborator with Crews having worked together in five films. Crews also ventured into hosting and was the face of the long-running game show staple Who Wants to be a Millionaire, as well as the hit Fox clip show series, World’s Funniest. In 2019, Terry premiered as the host of NBC's America's Got Talent: The Champions. In 2014, Crews added author to his resume with the release of his book, Manhood, which received critical acclaim, with Jezebel calling Terry “one of the most progressive and thoughtful voices in gender criticism”.  In 2017, Time Magazine named Crews one of it's Silence Breakers - Person of the Year honorees.
Eddie George, Athlete, Actor, Entrepreneur
Eddie George could have retired a proud man, with a strong legacy as a history-making athlete.  After all, his accomplishments on the football field were legendary--Heisman Trophy winner, star running back at The Ohio State University, NFL rookie of the year and holder of a host of NFL records.  Instead of resting on his records, Eddie took on the challenge of his lifetime—during the past decade he has quietly built businesses aimed at helping improve the quality of life for all Americans.  Eddie, who also received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, understands that he is mostly known for his athletic accomplishments. “Since I’m mostly known for winning on the football field, a lot of people seem surprised when they hear that I’ve used my education, experience and passion to build these exciting businesses. They say ‘you’re a businessman, too?’ I like that reaction,’” Eddie said.  Eddie’s vision of healthy people and healthy places is being brought to life through the commitment of everyone at George Enterprises.
Shireen Ahmed, Writer, Speaker, Sports Activist
Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and an award-winning Sports Activist focusing on Muslim women in sports, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sport. She is an Inclusion and Diversity consultant. She is also an athlete, advocate, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. Shireen attended the University of Toronto. She is a regular contributor to Muslimah Media Watch and a former Global Sports Correspondent for Safe World For Women and Muslim Women in Sports website.
Rachel Baribeau, Activist, Sportscaster, SiriusXM ESPNU, #ChangingTheNarrative
As the first known female sports reporter to participate in a professional football training camp, her pursuit of delivering an authentic account to her fans is relentless. Rachel Baribeau is a graduate of the Auburn University Broadcast Journalism program and as a master of her craft, she’s delivered insightful commentary to millions of sports enthusiast via national broadcasters such as Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo, and SiriusXM. Captivating, her various posts include roles such as Sports Editor, Sports Radio Talk Show Host, Sideline Reporter, Internet Anchor, Field Reporter and Host of the College Football Playoff National Championship. Baribeau’s ability to “transcend layers and pull out the real story” is actively sought after in covering the SEC, NFL, and NASCAR, among other notable championship games and Fortune 500 appearances. In 2016 she founded she blazed yet another trail with the movement, #ChangingtheNarrative. Since August of 2016, she has visited 27 schools, and counting, talking to young athletes about being Kings and Queens through purpose, passion and platform; and on a deeper level how we look at/respect women in society as a whole and within their universities. The movement has caught fire with millions of social-media hits, spawning a collaboration with the NCAA to present the #ChangingtheNarrative award and a non-profit to affect more change.
Gerald Brown, CEO, Dismas, Inc. 
Gerald Brown is the CEO of Dismas, Inc., a non-profit transitional housing program in Nashville.  Dismas provides a temporary home and support services for men and women returning to mainstream society from prisons and jails. The Dismas House of Nashville has served more than 1,000 former offenders. Brown was selected because of his more than 10 years of experience in non-profit, development and financial management. He will lead the organization’s strategic planning and oversee all fundraising and marketing initiatives. Prior to his new position, Brown served as executive director of development for the Nashville Salvation Army, managing a budget of $7 million dollars. Before that, he spent nine years as the chief development officers for the Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council, generating revenue to fund all programs within 37 counties. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from Middle Tennessee State University, where he also played collegiate football. He is an active member of several civic organizations, including the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, the Lebanon and Hermitage Rotary Clubs, Young Nonprofit Professionals and currently serves as president-elect for Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA
Alejandra Y. Castillo serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YWCA USA and its network of 210 associations serving 2.2. million women and girls around the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia. With over two decades of professional experience in Washington, D.C., she has served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. Given her policy, legal and business expertise, Alejandra has worked in various public, private and non-profit settings. In 2014, Alejandra was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), becoming the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the agency, helping to secure financing and capital in excess of $19 billion and creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.
Amira Davis, Assistant Professor, Penn State University & Co-host of the Femist Sports Podcast: Burn it All Down
Dr. Amira Rose Davis is an Assistant Professor of History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. She received her doctorate in History from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Davis specializes in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. Her research traces the long history of Black women’s athletic labor and symbolic representation in the United States. She is currently working on her forthcoming book manuscript, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow. Davis teaches classes on a variety of topics including African American History, 20th Century United States History, Women's History, Sports History, Research Methods and Gender Theory.
Beth DeBauche, Commissioner, Ohio Valley Conference
Beth DeBauche was named commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference on July 29, 2009. As commissioner, she answers to each of the 12 OVC schools’ presidents and works with them to set the strategic direction of the conference. DeBauche, a Green Bay, Wisconsin native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, and her master’s degree in communications from Notre Dame. She went on to complete her juris doctorate from the Notre Dame School of Law.  After a brief stint in the field of law, DeBauche turned her attention to the world of college athletics. She got her start at Vanderbilt University, where she was the assistant athletic director for compliance from August 1994 to November 1996. From there, she worked as an assistant and later associate commissioner for the Southeastern Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, from November 1996 through August 2002. In 2002, she relocated to Indianapolis to work in the home office of the NCAA. After seven years with the NCAA, she made her way back to the South and took the commissioner position for the OVC in 2009. The conference has seen several changes under DeBauche’s leadership.  During DeBauche’s time with the OVC, student-athletes have achieved high levels of success, not only on the field, but also in the classroom. In order to help students succeed, DeBauche sponsors comprehensive leadership programming for OVC student-athletes and coaches through on-campus summits. DeBauche serves on the NCAA Committee on Academics, the National Letter of Intent (NLI) Appeals Committee and is the Vice President of the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association (CCA). She has served on the Committee on Institutional Performance, the Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee and the Division I Management Council. She is also the FCS representative to the “Coalition To Protect the Student-Athlete Experience” communications steering committee and serves as the FCS liaison to the FCS AD’s Association.
LaMont Doty, Program Manager, AMEND Together
LaMont Doty is a native of New York City, NY. As a US Army veteran, Doty served in West Germany, Alexandria, Egypt, Camp Clayton, Panama, Jejudo, South Korea, and various CONUS Army bases. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and received his teacher certification at Fisk University. Doty taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 13 years, then transitioned to the non-profit world. He worked at the Martha O’Bryan Center for 6 years. Doty joined the YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee in June 2017 as the Program Coordinator of the AMEND Together program and is now the Program Manager for AMEND Together. LaMont loves Fantasy Football, reading, playing pool, traveling, and going on dates with his wife. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Robyn Kay, and they have two children.
Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor, Hofstra University
Dr. Brenda Elsey studies the history of popular culture and politics in twentieth century Latin America, in addition to gender, social theory, and Pan-Americanism.  She is a senior editor for Oxford University Press’ Research Essays in Latin American History: Southern Cone and recently edited a Radical History Review issue at Duke University Press, entitled “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sport” with Peter Alegi and Amy Chazkel.  She is currently working on a monograph Futbolera: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin American Sport.
Rashed Fakhruddin, Director of Community Programs, Islamic Center of Nashville
Rashed Fakhruddin is presently serving as director of community partnerships of the Islamic Center of Nashville. For over the past 15 years, Rashed has been coordinating and providing presentations on Islam to universities, schools, leadership groups and churches upon request in order to help develop a better understanding of Muslims, while building bridges and fostering stronger relationships within the community. Rashed is also a founding member of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), which works to help build a bridge between Muslims in Tennessee and law enforcement, as well as other government agencies and organizations. The motto of AMAC is ‘enhancing safety for all Tennesseans’. Rashed is a licensed professional engineer. Through his work, Rashed speaks on college and career readiness to several thousands of high school Freshmen throughout the district every year. Rashed is also an alumni of Leadership Nashville (2009). Rashed served on Vanderbilt’s Visiting Advisory Board for Diversity and Equity. Rashed serves on the YWCA board and has been involved with the YWCA’s MEND, or Engaging Men to End Violence against Women initiative. Through MEND, Rashed has been creating awareness in the Muslim community on domestic violence in the form of sermons and programs at the different mosques throughout Tennessee. Rashed also serves on the You Have The Power board which advocates and works for those whose safety, social and emotional well-being are at risk due to being targets or victims of violent crime, as well as bullying. As a result of his work in the community, Rashed has received several awards including Pencil Foundation’s volunteer of the year award (2015), the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee's Good Guys Award (2015), and the Community Nashville Human Relations Award (2016). Rashed loves to play basketball, watch football, follow Vanderbilt baseball and cycle.
Shan Foster, VP External Affairs & AMEND Together, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Shan Foster is the Vice President of External Affairs and AMEND Together at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. AMEND is an initiative that engages men and boys to end violence against women and girls. He now recruits, educates and equips men and boys to serve as advocates for violence prevention and cultural change. Described as an enthusiastic leader, gifted public speaker, and skilled facilitator, Foster is committed to elevating the conversation about violence against women, engaging men to be leaders and role models, and educating young men and boys about healthy masculinity and respect. Shan Foster graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development in 2008. During his time at Vanderbilt, Foster finished as the all-time leading scorer in school history, was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All-America, and was the Lowes Senior CLASS award winner, an award given to the nations senior leader in community, classroom, character, and competition. Foster was drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks in 2008 and was inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Recently, Foster was honored as an SEC Legend during the 2016 SEC Basketball Tournament.  Prior to his work at YWCA, Shan served as Dean of Culture for the Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School in Nashville where he now is a contributing board member. Foster serves on the board for Music City Classic and the advisory committee for Joyful Heart Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. He was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Nashville Business Journal and is a member of the 2018 Leadership Nashville Class. 
Rus Ervin Funk, Co-Founder, North American MenEngage Network
Rus Ervin Funk is a consultant specializing in working with organizations and communities.  His efforts focus on helping create systems level changes and transformation that make organizations and communities more “welcoming, respectful and valuing.” His primary focus areas include promoting healthy masculiniities; preventing violence; promoting equity, diversity and justice. Rus is a long-time activist and community organizer focusing on anti-racism, and gender justice.  He has more than 30 years experience in mobilizing men to help end violence against women, and working with communities, campuses and organizations. 
Lindsay Gibbs, Author, ThinkProgress
Lindsay is currently the Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress who writes about the intersection of sports, culture, and politics. extensively covered this age in athlete activism, brain injuries in sports, how sports leagues and universities handle domestic violence and sexual assault, the implementation of Title IX, the quest for equal pay, and the advancement of LGBTQ rights in sports. She is also the co-host of a feminist sports podcast, Burn it All Down. Her writing has also appeared in USA Today, Vice Sports, Bleacher Report, Tennis Magazine, and Sports on Earth. Lindsay has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, CBC, and CNN, among others.
Gil Hanke, General Secretary, Chief Executive Officer, United Methodist Men
A member of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas, Hanke serves as general secretary of the General Commission on United Methodist Men. He is a former president of the commission. Hanke was named a fellow in the John Wesley Society of the United Methodist Men Foundation in 1996.  In 2009, he was certified as a men's ministry specialist by GCUMM.  Gil helped develop the AMENDing Through Faith curriculum with YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee.
Rickie Houston, Trainer, A Call to Men
Rickie Houston is an experienced trainer working throughout the United States and for the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Domestic Violence Conference. His international work includes Liberia and Sierra Leonne, engaging men in the effort to end violence against women in West Africa. As a pastor of a church in North Carolina, Houston believes in a holistic approach to ministry, working to elevate the interaction of spiritual and social consciousness to advance personal development. He served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1988, and has provided military training in Okinawa, Japan. Houston has also trained extensively with professional athletes. 
Janet Judge, Holland & Knight LLP
Janet P. Judge is a higher education and employment law attorney who focuses her practice in the area of sports and civil rights law. Based in Boston, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, intercollegiate sports, and labor and employment law. Ms. Judge is well-versed in civil rights compliance matters, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and in-house program reviews, organization, employee and student investigations, strategic program development, and NCAA infraction investigations and resolutions. In addition, she has handled student-athlete eligibility issues, social media education, Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) compliance, contract negotiation, and pay equity analysis. Ms. Judge also handles representation and preventive strategies regarding sexual misconduct, hazing, academic fraud, student-athlete discipline, and employment issues. Ms. Judge is highly knowledgeable on Title IX, and is a frequent speaker and instructor on the issue. She recently has served as an appointed member of the University of Tennessee Special Independent Commission on Title IX Resources and Programs, and as a member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. In addition, she served on the NCAA Board of Governors' Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. Ms. Judge has addressed the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on the topic of gender equity in athletics and was hired by the NCAA to draft the successful amicus brief for the association in the University of California-Davis case. She is an online instructor of the Title IX coordinator course for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Ms. Judge also has taught Sports Law at the University of Maine School of Law.
Diane Lance, Department Head, Metro Nashville Office of Family Safety
Diane Lance has spent the majority of her career focusing on family violence.  She attended law school at the University of San Diego, and went on to be hired by the Nashville District Attorney’s Office, leading their specialized Domestic Violence and Child Sex Abuse Units.  In 2008, Ms. Lance was hired as Special Counsel to then Mayor Karl Dean.  In that role, she led the citywide Safety and Accountability Assessment, identifying how law enforcement and the judicial system could improve victim safety and offender accountability.   Ms. Lance currently serves under Mayor David Briley as the Department Head for Metro’s Office of Family Safety, where she works to improve the coordination of services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.  She also oversees Metro’s Family Justice Center work, including the late 2018  opening of what will be the largest Family Justice Center in the country.   
Jessica Luther, Freelance Journalist, Author and Co-host of the Femist Sports Podcast: Burn it All Down
Jessica Luther is a freelance sports journalist and writer, whose work often covers the intersection of sports and culture, specifically off-field violence and institutional responses to that behavior. Her first book is titled Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape(published by Akashic Books on September 6, 2016). Her work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, New York Times Magazine, the Texas Observer, Austin Woman, and Bitch Magazine. She's published pieces at Sports Illustrated, BuzzFeed, Texas Monthly, and Vice Sports, among others. She has had a bi-monthly column at Huffington Post on sports and culture since January 2018.
Tony Majors, Human Resources Officer, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Dr. Majors is a 25-year veteran of the district and has served students and staff as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and executive officer of student support services. He most notably led Glencliff High School to receive the National Coalition Community Schools of Excellence Award during his time as principal and, more recently, in his role over Support Services, the district's Community Achieves initiatve won the National Coalition Community Schools of Excellence Award for District Initiative of the Year. A graduate of Antioch High School, Majors completed undergraduate work at Tennessee State University as a college athlete and completed his doctorate at Lipscomb University. 
Kyle Richard, Student Activist
Kyle Richard is a former college football player from  SUNY Cortland who took took the statements: "Don't bystander. Step up.” to heart.  Richard was a junior linebacker and varsity team captain who helped stop an attack on a young woman even though it nearly cost him his life. During the summer of 2017, Richard and a friend were at a party on Long Island and interrupted a sexual assault in progress. Richard pursued the assailant, who drew a gun and shot Richard twice, hitting him once in each leg. He returned to captain Cortland’s football team. Richard was presented with the Biden Courage Award for Bystander Intervention and a Next Generation Award from Kristin’s Fund, an Oneida County charity that aims to end domestic violence through awareness campaigns. He heard the calls for help from a stranger in need and he did what he could to help. Richard hopes that other students follow his lead and do what they can to prevent and stop domestic violence and sexual assault. Say something. Reach out to police or other authorities. Don’t be a bystander. “I shouldn’t have to be looked at as a hero. This shouldn’t be happening all the time,” he said. “This should be something normal. People should be stopping this sort of stuff all the time. It should be embedded in society that we step up in these situations as men.”
Captain Michelle Richter, Metro Nashville Police Department, Domestic Violence Unit Head
Domestic violence is a complex issue and one that many times crosses over into other family and societal dynamics such as: Child/Elder/Mental/Sexual Abuse, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Bullying, Stalking, Cyber Crimes, Human Trafficking/Prostitution and other various Criminal Activities. It takes a collaborative effort between Victims, Police, Courts, various Metro Departments, Citizens, Clergy, Businesses, Athletes/Coaches and Profit/Non-Profit Agencies in order to be successful in ending the cycle of violence and holding offenders accountable. Studies have shown that 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime and 1 in 5 women are raped in their lifetime. The majority of rapes are by someone that is known and is one of the most under reported crimes. Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten. Although we know that women are the majority of our victims we are also aware that men are impacted from these crimes as well:1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Additionally, 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation. It takes a collaborative effort to be positive role models in order to “Change a Culture" - a culture that is portrayed as tolerating violence against women. Please join us in making an effort to "Change the Culture."
Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Sharon K. Roberson is the President and CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Prior to taking on the top leadership position at the 120-year old nonprofit in the fall of 2016, Sharon served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Direct General Corporation. Sharon has more than three decades of executive level business experience in the public/government, private, and nonprofit sectors. Sharon has spent the majority of her professional career in the insurance industry, including 17 years in various executive positions with AIG/American General Life and Accident and American General Property. She also served more than a decade as a state insurance regulator, including appointments by two governors as the Assistant Commissioner for Insurance for the State of Tennessee. Sharon has held the position of General Counsel for both publicly held and private equity-owned companies. She has managed staff in several states and Asia and chaired numerous insurance boards and associations throughout the U.S. She has held various leadership positions for several nonprofit boards.   Sharon is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics and Vanderbilt University Law School. She is a licensed attorney.
Rita Smith, Senior Adviser for the NFL 
Rita Smith began working as a crisis line advocate in a shelter for battered women and their children in Colorado in 1981. She has held numerous positions in Colorado and Florida since then in several local domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the state coalitions, including Program Supervisor and Director. She was the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for nearly 23 years. She is currently one of the senior advisors for the National Football League, and consults on other projects as a national expert on violence against women. She has been interviewed by hundreds of newspaper reporters, appeared on many local and national radio and television news shows, including the Washington Post, USA Today, People Magazine, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show. She has co-authored several articles or chapters for books including a manual for attorneys working with domestic violence victims in Colorado, and an article on child custody and domestic violence published in the fall of 1997 in The Judges Journal (an American Bar Association publication). In December of 2011 she was named Distinguished Alumnus of Polk State College, and in November of 2013 she was chosen by the Association of Florida Colleges for the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. She believes that advocacy and social change are intricately connected, and cannot be done separately. She graduated from Polk State College in 1974 with an AA degree in Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State in 1976. 
Brenda Tracy, RN, Activist, Survivor
Brenda Tracy is a nurse, mother, activist and survivor. In 1998, she reported to police that she was brutally raped by four men, two of whom played football at Oregon State University. In 2014, Tracy found the courage to come forward with her story and now seeks to make the world a better place for survivors. Tracy has worked closely with Oregon legislators to expand victims’ rights and has successfully helped to pass seven laws over three sessions, including extending the Oregon statute of limitations to prosecute rape and mandatory testing of all rape kits in Oregon. Tracy has won numerous awards and was named ESPN's 2016 top 25 women. She has served on the NCAA Commission to Combat Sexual Violence and is a frequent guest commentator on ESPN. Tracy is the founder of the national campaign #SetTheExpectation and she travels the country speaking to university students, athletes and various organizations.
Malcolm Turner, Vice Chancellor Athletics & University Affairs, Vanderbilt University
Malcolm Turner, a proven and highly accomplished sports business executive with a passion for the transformative power of education, began his tenure as the university’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director on Feb. 1, 2019. Turner, a former member of the NBA’s senior leadership team and president of the NBA G League, graduated from North Carolina and went on to earn joint J.D./.M.B.A. degrees from Harvard. Turner is also an accomplished community leader, having served on the advisory boards for Teach for America, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the UNC Board of Visitors and the board of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund. As a student at North Carolina, Turner was a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Morehead-Cain Scholar and recipient of the Ernest L. Mackie Chancellor’s Award for character, scholarship and leadership. Turner’s tenure as president of the NBA G League was hallmarked by growth, expansion and transformation. 
DarKenya Waller, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands
DarKenya W. Waller joined the Legal Aid Society in 2008. She became the Managing Attorney of its Nashville office in 2010 and the Executive Director in 2018. Her legal practice is focused primarily on family law. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi - School of Law and earned a Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University. Mrs. Waller is a 2011 member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program for outstanding young lawyers. She was appointed to the Indigent Representation Taskforce by the Tennessee Supreme Court and is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association, the YWCA of Nashville, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) where she is Board Chair. She has been recognized as a 2016 Woman of Influence and 2018 Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal, as a 2016 Cable Athena Award Nominee and as the 2015 Advocate of the Year by the NCADV. Mrs. Waller has held leadership positions with the Lawyers Association for Women – Marion Griffith Chapter and the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served on the Tennessee State Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and as Chair of the Family Law Task Force of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. She is a frequent speaker across the state on the topic of Domestic Violence training judges, clerks, commissioners and the public on the impact of domestic violence. She is most proud of her work initiating the Civil-Legal Advocate Program which provides free legal representation to victims of Domestic Violence on the Order of Protection dockets in Davidson County, TN.
Kathy Walsh, Executive Director, Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Kathy Walsh is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Coalition To End Domestic and Sexual Violence. As a leading voice for survivors, Kathy fosters statewide partnerships, develops effective programs, and advocates for social change to end violence against women and girls.
Working with survivors, advocates, and policy makers over the last three decades, Kathy has helped craft more than 200 new laws improving victim safety and offender accountability including orders of protection, spousal rape, stalking, and domestic assault; expand the number of domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers in Tennessee from five in 1984 to more than sixty today; improve law enforcement response to domestic and sexual violence by creating a model training project educating more than 10,000 police officers; establish free legal services for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking; increase collaboration among policy makers, law enforcement, courts, and victim service agencies through creation of the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council; and provide much-needed emergency financial assistance to hundreds of victims of rape and abuse by establishing a state-wide emergency assistance fund.Kathy is the co-author of many publications including the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Interdiction Curriculum, State Rules, Certification and Monitoring of Batterer Intervention Programs, State Standards for Domestic Violence Shelters, Tennessee Model Policy on Sexually Oriented Crimes, and Best Practices for Sexual Assault Agencies.Kathy serves on numerous boards and committees including the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council (1994 – present), National Network to End Domestic Violence Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee (2009 – 2016), Office of Criminal Justice Programs’ Advisory Committees on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (2000 – present), Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee (2000- present), and CABLE (2014 – present). She is the recipient of a number of awards including the Economic Council on Women “E Award” and the National Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence.
Thurman Webb, Assitant Professor, Tennessee State University
 Dr. Webb serves as coordinator and provides instruction for the College of Education in the Professional School Counseling program. He is also the lead instructor for Psychology of the Black Experience at Tennessee State University. Dr. Webb received his B.S. degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee; M.S. Psychology: Professional School Counseling from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning (Leading for Social Change) from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Dr. Webb is a Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. The counseling profession is a labor of love for him and has resulted in a productive, 10 year career, in Metro Nashville Public Schools as a Licensed Professional School Counselor, as well as a counselor educator for the past 7 years at Tennessee State University.  As a licensed professional school counselor and a licensed professional counselor Dr. Webb has played both a proactive and reactionary role in the educational mindsets of learners of all types.  In August of 2017, Dr. Webb and colleagues established 180 RED (Research, Education, Development) LLC and IMANI Integrated Behavioral Health PLLC.  IMANI (IBH) is designed to provide counseling / therapy services and psychological testing, while 180 RED is geared toward workshops and training in the area of integrated behavioral health.  He is the founder of the nonprofit Rebrand the Black Man, an organization geared toward showcasing the many contributions Black men make to the global community; and Founder/CEO of Centered Person Consulting, a consulting firm design to bring out the best in people and organizations through increasing cultural proficiency. He is the recent recipient of the Dr. Charles Thompson Counselor Educator of the Year award from the Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  He currently serves as the faculty adviser for both Tennessee State University’s NAACP student organization and The Association for Black Psychologist. Dr. Webb’s many research publications and presentations are aligned with the success of underrepresented populations, as well as successful creation and/or implementation of pedagogical strategies that enhance collective learning, ensure cultural proficiency, and are immediately resilient (sustainable).