Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Staff Members

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Katharine Ray
Executive Director

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Missy Hamilton
Garden Manager

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Chef Juan Kirby
Chef & Teen Coordinator

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Bijal Mehta
Volunteer & Outreach Manager

Tonya Whitaker

Tonya Whitaker
Client Manager


Susan Poteet
Kitchen Manager & Delivery Coordinator

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Lexy Vogel, RD
Nutrition Educator

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Nan Zierden
Fundraising & Development Manager

Board of Directors

Wade Weaver
President of the Board: Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Jenni Bradley
Manager of Strategic Projects at
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Blake Boyd
Senior Vice President at
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Joseph Conner
Senior Publicist at
Essential Broadcast Media
Lynda Davenport
Practice Manager at Endodontic Associates
Don Diffendorf
Board Treasurer: VP, Financial Services Account Manager at GE Healthcare
Kevin Elkins
Attorney at Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Tim Falade
Assistant Vice President at HCA Healthcare
Kathie Heimerdinger
Founder of The Heimerdinger Foundation
Christa Gassler
Board Secretary: Senior Director of Affordablity at eviCore Healthcare, a Cigna subsidiary
James O'Brien
Chief Operating Officer at Valkryie Bitcoin Trust
Dr. Sharon D. Peters
Executive Director for Community College Initiatives at Tennessee State University
Andrew Sartoris
Assistant Vice President for Strategy & Innovation at HCA Healthcare

Advisory Board

Vanderbilt Board Fellow

Lacy Wright RD, LDN, CLT
Rena Clayton Rolfe