Our Board of Directors supports the work of Slingshot Memphis and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. It is this distinguished group of leaders whose strategic decision-making and guidance steer the organization.
Brenda grew up in the heart of the inner city of Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Douglas High School and then traveled the world with her husband, a United States Army mechanic. They later returned to Memphis with their four children, where Brenda worked for Memphis City Schools. Then, from 1998 until 2019, Brenda was responsible for day-to-day administrative duties and donor relations at the Christian Community Foundation. Brenda is a community ambassador, volunteer, and grandmother to five amazing grandchildren.
Meg is a founding Principal of PeopleCap Advisors, a boutique firm specializing in helping leaders drive results through their people. She is a strategic advisor to CEOs, boards and investors and a recognized thought leader in people strategy, organizational culture, and organizational growth. Meg also serves as a member of the Board of Diversified Trust, a comprehensive wealth management firm based in Memphis with offices across the Southeast. A passionate advocate for Memphis, Meg currently serves on the boards of Rhodes College, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, The T.W. Briggs Foundation, and The Kitchen Communities. She is also a founding board member of the forthcoming and highly innovative Crosstown High School, an XQ Future School.
Tommie has lived in Memphis for almost 30 years, and during that time she has devoted herself to serving her community in a variety of ways. She has served on the boards of Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College, and the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. Through their work at The Dunavant Foundation, where she is head, Tommie and her husband Billy actively support many causes and organizations in Memphis. They are particularly proud of the new Tommie Dunavant Behavioral Center at the Church Health Center, which is a reflection of their shared philanthropic interests in Memphis, as well as Tommie's professional career as a clinical psychologist. In that capacity, Tommie has earned doctoral degrees in both psychology and theology.
Tom is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he primarily serves healthcare institutions and governments on a range of strategic, organizational, and operational issues. Tom leads McKinsey's Advanced Analytics practice in North America and founded and leads its Healthcare Analytics group globally. Tom is a member of the Center for Corporate Innovation's Healthcare CEO Roundtable and speaks regularly at healthcare venues; including recently the National Association of Medicaid Directors, AHIP, and the National Governor's Association. Tom also has authored several publications including "The Trillion Dollar Prize: Using Payment to Drive Cost-Reducing Innovations." Tom has helped multiple social institutions on strategic and operational issues, including Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. Tom is also a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Ships International and advises several social institutions in Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and three school-aged children. Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with highest honors, from the University of Michigan Business School, where he concentrated in finance and computer information systems.
Stinson has worked on brand and campaign projects for numerous national organizations and causes, and currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Alliance for Early Success, a 50-state organization that advances the policies that help all children learn, grow, and succeed. Beforehand, Stinson served as a principal in Red Deluxe Brand Development, a national brand strategy and campaign development firm. For close to 20 years, Stinson has helped national nonprofits and social-impact organizations develop and deploy positioning that has resulted in new awareness, partnerships, and revenue. His experience includes research, platform development, strategic identity development, media relations, social media, and planning high-impact multi-platform communications campaigns.
Harriet is a lifelong Memphian who believes Memphis can be a better place for all its citizens. She is a founder of the Children’s Museum of Memphis with the mission of promoting a curiosity in learning through hands on activities and play. Her roles there included board membership, fundraising and directing search committees. Currently she serves on the boards of the Hugo Dixon Foundation, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the Children’s Foundation of Memphis. The Children’s Foundation supports a research center at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital as well as programs in Memphis that affect the health and well-being of children.
Gretchen is President and CEO of Ballet Memphis. Previously, Gretchen was the President and Founder of DI Studios, a local consulting company. From 2007 to 2017, she served the Hyde Family Foundations. As Program Director for Authentic Assets, her work focused on managing the arts & culture and innovation portfolios, as well as the leadership programming of the Foundations. The Hyde Family Foundations’ senior staff works closely with grantees to provide ongoing guidance around such areas as strategic and long-range planning, organizational capacity building, project management, and development and fundraising activities. Prior to her work with the Hyde family, Gretchen was a Major Gifts Officer for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) and a Donor Relations Officer for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, Gretchen regularly presents on panels and at conferences on issues related to city-building, contemporary trends in grantmaking, and equity in the arts. A native Memphian, Gretchen is a graduate of Northwestern (BA) and Wake Forest (MBA) universities.
John currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at International Paper where he is responsible for corporate strategic analysis, projects and strategic planning process. He joined International Paper in 1994 and has been an officer in the company since 2008. At International Paper, John has held a variety of roles including: Senior Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, Vice President and General Manager of Papers North America, Vice President of Finance and Strategy for the Industrial Packaging business, and Vice President of Strategic Planning. Prior to joining International Paper, John was with the U.S. Navy for seven years. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Will is a Principal at NFC Investments, a registered investment advisor that specializes in insurance companies. Will serves on the board of directors of WT Holdings, Inc. a holding company that controls Stillwater Insurance Company, ProAlliance Corporation, and Tri-State Insurance Company. He also serves on the board of directors of Knox Holdings, National Fire and Casualty Company, Corrisoft, and the Memphis/Shelby County Sports Authority Board. Will is a CFA charterholder and has a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.
Justin joined Slingshot Memphis in September 2016 and currently serves as its CEO. Prior to launching Slingshot Memphis, Justin worked as a Giving Strategist, where he helped individuals, families and businesses develop, target and maximize charitable investments. Preceding this work, Justin was a member of the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James. Servicing financial institutions and municipalities, Justin specialized in developing portfolio strategies and executing trades in fixed income securities. Earlier in his career, Justin was an educator at St. George’s Independent School, where he served as Dean of Students, Associate Director of Counseling, Teacher, Coach, and Chaplain. Justin holds a Master of Divinity from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Memphis.
Our Ex-Officio Board of Directors advance Slingshot's mission with a degree of influence and expertise that substantially benefits the organization.