2017 Board of Directors + Committee Chairs


Kelly Walberg – Board Chair

As a social media manager for more than a decade, Kelly Walberg closely interacts and observes the Nashville community and the pride locals have in our city. Heavily involved in community initiatives through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Nashville’s chapter of the international Social…

Dimeta Smith Knight, CPA – Board Vice-Chair + Fundraising Committee Chair

Dimeta has over 15 years of financial accounting, auditing, tax preparation and consulting experience. Previous roles include Internal Auditor, Financial Systems Implementation Consultant and Chief Financial Officer. She has consulted with small to large size corporations, sole proprietors and partnerships from various industries within for profit and nonprofit sectors. Her…

Eric Brown – Board Treasurer

As one of the last natives still in Nashville, Eric is a mix of community connector, and a dose of cool awesomeness. With a passion for children’s rights advocacy with the Children’s Defense Fund, restorative justice when volunteering at Riverbend Prisons, to socially conscious ministries at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist…

Jennifer Sheets – Board Secretary

Partner – Frothy Monkey I left corporate America in 2001 when my songwriter husband and I moved to Nashville from Boston, MA. If you had asked me back then what I would be doing for a living, I never would have said ‘building brands’ or ‘growing businesses’, but that is…

Brenda Gadd – Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Brenda Gadd, Public Policy Director, Tennessee Bar Association

Brenda is a long time political operative managing her first campaign in a hotly contested 2003 state senate special election race, winning. From Tenn. senator chief of staff, Tenn. Senate committee research analyst and serving as a legislative liaison in Governor Bredesen’s…

Whitney Haley – Board Member + Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Whitney is a Nashville native and joined McKenzie Laird PLLC in September, 2015.  Previously, she practiced with Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. in Nashville and Lloyd Gray Whitehead & Monroe, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama, where she specialized in construction defect defense for architects and engineers, and professional liability…

Micah Jones – Board Member + Marketing + Brand Committee Chair

I’m a true concept to completion Creative Director that turns business ideas into brand ideas. Specializing in re-branding and start-up branding, I guide companies and artists along the most relevant and creative marketing paths towards the optimum business outcomes. It has been a real pleasure working to create the Indie…

Karen Hayes – Board Member + Membership Committee Chair

Karen Hayes is living every book-lover’s dream: running her own bookstore. Together with novelist Ann Patchett, she co-owns Parnassus Books in Green Hills. Karen found her way to the owner’s desk after a career that included a stint at Ingram Content Group plus 16 years as a traveling sales rep…

Bob Bernstein – Board Member

Bob Bernstein is the founder of Bongo Productions, a restaurant group that includes many oldests and firsts.   The company proudly creates different operations to fit each neighborhood it moves into.  Bob quit his journalism job to open what is now Nashville’s oldest coffeehouse, Bongo Java in 1993.  Other operations…

Aimee Romero – Board Member

Aimee Romero has been a digital strategist for 10+ years with experience across many industries. In 2011, Aimee founded Love and Science, a digital strategy company specializing in data analysis and sustainable organic growth. Since its inception, L+S has helped companies like EllisLab, Magazines.com, Tractor Supply Co, Peach Truck, and…

Bailey Spaulding – Board Member

Founder/CEO/Brewmaster, Jackalope Brewing Company Bailey was born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, where craft beer flows like water. She graduated from Harvard University in 2004, and moved to Nashville in 2006 to attend Vanderbilt Law School, which, coincidentally, is also when she started homebrewing. After years of dreaming about starting…

Charles Nelson – Board Member

Charlie Nelson is the namesake of his triple-great grandfather, Charles Nelson, a German immigrant whose drive and ingenuity built the most productive distillery in Tennessee — until Prohibition shut it down. Now, with his brother Andy, Charlie is bringing back the legendary Tennessee whiskey and Bourbon that were once known…

Eric Holt – Board Member

Holt is CEO of Chiminus Enterprises, a diversified lifestyle marketing and consulting company, and Managing Partner of subsidiary concert promotion company, The Lovenoise Group. Holt earned a Communications degree from Howard University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Considered an expert in branding and marketing, Holt is regularly…

Seth McInteer – Board Member

Seth is about as rooted in Nashville as one can be. He was also born, raised, and educated in Nashville … he even owned an Opryland season pass. Despite the affliction of being a life-long Vanderbilt fan, Seth did leave Nashville for a few years to attend the University of…
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