The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the Nashville community who support and lead the functions of the shelter through a variety of committees. The Safe Haven Family Shelter programs, events and services are run by CEO/ Executive Director, Joyce Lavery, and a team of experts devoted to empowering our families to self-sufficiency.

2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Paula Barnes, Dickinson Wright, PLLC, President
Ken Willimason, MEDHOST, Vice President
Edmundo Cepeda, Asurion, Treasurer
Thomas O’Neal Lasley, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., Secretary
John Nefflen, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, Immediate Past President
Debbie Flack, Pinnacle Financial Partners, At Large Member
Slade Sevier, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Legal Counsel

Board of Directors:

Eden Afriat, J.P. Morgan
Kyle Allen, VACO
Jonathan Barnes, Staffing as a Mission
Kitty Barrow, Southwestern Consulting
Stephanie Bonner, Bank of America
Jeff Bradford, The Bradford Group
Anita Greenwood Cash
Heather Coffelt, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Tarek El Gammal, Jones Lange LaSalle
Candi Flowers, ServiceSource
Aileen Katcher, Katcher Strategic Communications
Sean Kirk, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
Christie Laird, Attorney
Rachel Layton, Taziki’s
Leigh Lindsey, MP&F Strategic Communications
Kearstin Patterson, HCA Healthcare
Callie Pfeifer, XMI
Conrad Schneider, Messer Construction
Sandra Sepulveda, Metro Nashville City Council
Dr. Sharon Shaw-McEwen, Retired Educator
Shane Tarleton, Warner Music Nashville
Vicki Yates, News Channel 5

Matthew Cooper, TenantBase, YLC Intern
Scott Markert, BL Harbert International, YLC Intern
Candace Fox, Jr. League Representative


2020 Advisory Board

Eric Baer, GE
Anita Bailey, Bailey Marketing Strategies, LLC
Henry Bedford, Southwestern/Great American
Charles Robert Bone, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC
Jennifer Chalos, Non-Profit Consultant
Joe Christopher, Relode
Karen Conrad
Gary Cooper
Gari Cowan, Caterpillar Financial
Willie Diehl, Pinnacle Financial Partners
Kelly Dillon, Fear No Art
Jimmy E. Evans, Jr., Marsh, Inc.
Howard Gentry, Office of the Criminal Court Clerk
Chad Greer, Northwestern Mutual
Dustin Hillis, Southwestern Consulting
Michael Grooms, LifePoint
Trey Lipman
Sameera Lowe, Loud & Clear Communications, Chair of the Advisory Board
Jeffrey Moses, community representative
Jerry Moss, Kraft CPAs
Brian Roark, Bass Berry + Sims
Dave Roberson, SODEXO
Tammy Rutherford, Rustici Software
Jim Shulman, Nashville-Davidson Co. Vice Mayor
David Weil

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