Signature Memphis | APRIL 2017
Photo by Steve Roberts
Gift Officer for Church Health
Your Best Quality: Resilience
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
Best Memphis Hangout: Wild Bill’s Blues Club
Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Levitt Shell
Your Lucky Charm: Frosted, they are magically delicious
Your Most Annoying Habit: Singing pieces of old songs all the time
Who Would Play You in a Movie: I’d hope for Richard Dreyfuss or Dustin Hoffman, but it would probably end up being Al Franken
First Car You Owned: 1968 Chevy Nova which I inherited from my aunt in about 1978; in ‘68 she moved to Nigeria to serve as a missionary and left the car parked under a tree in my grandparent’s yard. Amazing what tree sap can do to a paint job in a decade!
Favorite Place to Travel: Places that are engaging. So far I’ve checked the Chautauqua Institute, Sundance Film Festival, and Newport Jazz Festival off my bucket list. Hoping to make it to Cardiff, Wales in August 2018 for the Eisteddfod music & cultural festival.
Proudest Moment of Your Life: Co-founding the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy, re-organizing the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame, pushing for the restoration of Zion Cemetery and through Hands on Memphis helping many people find their engagement in the community
What’s your history of working with nonprofits: It began as a work study assignment in the Development Office at CBC and one opportunity led to another—Youth Villages, Cotton Museum, Hands on Memphis and more. In addition to jobs, I have served on several nonprofit boards—local, state and national—and learned so much.
Best Thing About Working for a Nonprofit: The people, especially those who volunteer. I have been a volunteer, also recruited and managed volunteers. Most of the friends I stay in touch with are those with whom I have been in the trenches of service. Shared values are a great foundation for friendship.
What you would like people to know about your organization: Church Health serves a broader array of people than you might think in Shelby County and the footprint is larger still. Through our work with other communities seeking to replicate our model, there are now some 40 clinics operating across the US. Plus about 15,000 faith community nurses worldwide look to Church Health for curriculum and best practices training. Not bad for a little old house on a corner—and now a very big house at Crosstown!