NINE NEW BOARD MEMBERS JOIN pcat'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Beginning July 1st, the Board of Directors at PCAT is growing, adding nine new members. Read more about each of the newest board members below.

Robin cayce, director of programs at Chattanooga 2.0

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Tell us about what you do: I am the Director of Programs for Chattanooga 2.0.  Chattanooga 2.0 is a collective impact initiative in Chattanooga working on educational reform from cradle through career with the goal of ensuring that Chattanooga is the Smartest City in the South!

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? I grew up in the deep south in the heart of Knoxville, TN in a community called Mt. Olive. I loved spending time at my grandmother Rudy’s house. Rudy lived in a big ole country house high on top of a hill. We had a tire swing that swung high over a valley full of vines. We had turtles as pets, made mud pies, stood on a stump and sang our favorite song, “Jeremiah Was a Bull Frog”, caught lightning bugs in mason jars, and played croquet on the lawn. Rudy’s nickname for me was “Bob”. Rudy loved to play school and when I told her I wanted to be a teacher, she said, “Oh, Bob, be a principal!”

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What are some ways you are involved in your community? I am very involved in the Chattanooga community. My position with Chattanooga 2.0 gives me the opportunity to work with a diverse range of non-profit organizations in our community, especially those focused on early education. I work with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Big Sister to a wonderful young lady named DeAira and enjoy spending time with her weekly. I am the Secretary for the Community Action Board, and am a mentor to a teacher and her class at Orchard Knob Elementary School.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? Every child deserves a healthy, safe, happy childhood.   Education is the lever that changes lives  - and it has a multigenerational impact.  PCAT’s focus on education and proactive measures to ensure that every family is the best it can be resonates with my personal belief that one person can be the change, but together we can so much more!

 

eric strickland, President & ceo at 3ls

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Tell us about what you do: I am the President/CEO of 3LS, Incorporated. 3LS is the parent company to Omni Visions, TN’s largest private provider of foster care and adoption services and to Omni Community Health, TN’s only comprehensive statewide provider of behavioral health and family preservation services.  

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Can you share a favorite childhood memory? Growing up, I was very involved in Scouting, eventually earning the Eagle Scout award.  

What are some ways you are involved in your community? I coach girls softball for the East Williamson Athletic Association and am a former board member for the Family-Focused Treatment Association (FFTA). I’m a member of Franklin First United Methodist Church.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? Primary prevention is the best way to ensure stable and strong families. The first position I held in my career was at the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. There I saw first-hand the devastating effects of child maltreatment and the amazing impact of primary prevention. Breaking the cycle of dependence, abuse and neglect must begin with strengthening young families.

 

dr. rosemary hunter, assistant professor of pediatrics at monroe carell jr. children's hospital at vanderbilt

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Tell us about what you do: I am an Assistant Professor of General Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  I work in the Primary Care Clinic, in the Newborn Nursery and in Community Health and Advocacy.  Prior to being at Vanderbilt, I spent 14 years practicing in the community as a general Pediatrician. 

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? One of my favorite childhood memories is of spending time with my family at St. Simon's Island, GA.  We have been visiting there since 1979 and we continue to visit with the next generation of my family.

What are some ways you are involved in your community? I have volunteered at my children's schools, serve on the governing board at my church, Church of the Advent and I am a member of the Nashville Breastfeeding Coalition.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? I chose to serve on the PCAT board because I am committed to supporting families in the raising of their children and to help every child experience love and support.

 

tony jones, client executive at hca's parallon technology solutions

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Tell us about what you do: I currently work for HCA’s Parallon Technology Solutions.  I have been with the company 24 years and have held various positions over the years, and am currently a Client Executive and manage 4 different accounts that purchase IT services and applications from us. 

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? As a kid my brother and I would spend 2 weeks each summer with my grandparents, who were school teachers, at their home on Cherokee Lake in Rutledge, TN.  The closest boat dock was Southern Boat Dock, not sure it is still there, but we would fish, kayak, swim, play cards, and just have a lot of fun. We always loved going there. 

What are some ways you are involved in your community? I spend a lot of time volunteering, and have served on multiple boards in the past. In addition to PCAT, I  currently serve on the board for Porters Call, a counseling ministry.  I have been on the board for JDRF and still volunteer for them with their big walk in September.  I volunteer through HCA’s community day events each year and have worked with OASIS Center, Martha O’Bryan, Goodwill, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. 

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? When I was asked about joining the PCAT board, I knew nothing about PCAT as an organization and when I met with Kristen Rector,  I was in total awe as to the work PCAT does and the impact that PCAT has on families and their well-being.  My wife and I adopted a little girl from Haiti 8 years ago, and I could relate to so much of what Kristen talked about and felt pulled to get involved with PCAT.  I want to be a part of something that has such a positive impact on children and families.  What a fantastic organization. 

 

david luo, treasury manager at caterpillar financial

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Tell us about what you do: I am the Treasury Manager at Caterpillar Financial. In a past life, I managed daily liquidity, short term debt, and investment portfolios. I am currently in charge of managing a global Treasury deployment.

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? Children are born into their environment. People grow up to become a product of their environment. While countless stories are celebrated of people escaping their environment towards success, the majority of the time it’s a cycle. Being able to help children who don’t have the choices or free will of adults, is a major source of passion for me.

 

Jennifer Lankford, Partner at Thompson Burton Pllc

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Tell us about what you do: As a Partner at Thompson Burton, PLLC,  I practice employment law and help businesses avoid and defend litigation.

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? My grandparents travel to Daytona Beach, Florida for their wedding anniversary 60 years ago. Ever since then, the entire family descends for one week each year to Daytona. In addition to having been to Disney World a literal two dozen times (with the t-shirts to prove it), I love the memories that we have made on these family vacations. 

What are some ways you are involved in your community? In addition to PCAT, I am a volunteer with the MidSouth Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. I am also on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Association for Women in Nashville, a Barrister in the Harry Phillips Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and was appointed by Governor Haslam as a member of the Board of Appeals for the State of Tennessee. I am a member of West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? Everything that I love about PCAT is said best in its signature phrase, “Every child deserves a great childhood.” My childhood was wonderful because I had amazing, supportive family to help weather any storm. But, some storms are heavier than others and some families need extra assistance to get through the tough times. That is where PCAT comes in. PCAT prevents the abuse and neglect of children in our state by helping parents and families thrive - offering resources to help build safe environments and loving relationships. The old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” PCAT makes sure that parents and family members are part of a strong, nurturing village to ensure that children receive that great childhood that they deserve. 

 

Jon Perkins, Director of Supply chain operations Health trust

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Tell us about what you do: - I am currently the Director of Supply Chain Operations (Warehousing and Logistics) at HealthTrust in downtown Nashville. HealthTrust directly supports HCA hospitals around the world. I specifically have oversight of all 21 HCA warehouses (all centralized distribution and logistics operations) that support the approximately 180 HCA hospitals. 

Can you share a favorite childhood memory? Taking a train from Cleveland, Ohio (home) to Colorado Springs, Colorado (via Chicago, IL). It was cool to see the country from this perspective and spend time with my family on this trip. During this trip, we also visited Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, the Garden of the Gods, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Very fun family trip!

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What are some ways you are involved in your community? As a veteran, I support service members and provide coaching and any necessary support to them as they exit the military service and enter the civilian job market.  This is my first experience as a board member for a charity organization and I’m THRILLED!

Why do you choose to serve at PCAT? PCAT touches upon so many passions of mine. Doing our best to provide our children a supportive and loving home free of fear and abuse is VERY important to me.  I have a 7 year old daughter who I absolutely adore.  I can’t even fathom her life without the support and love she needs and should have.  That is not always an easy process, as not everyone was brought up the same exact way and everyone provides support and love in different ways.  Since our children are our future, I want to be part of ensuring they ALL have the best chance possible to become who they can be and continue striving towards making this world the best it can be.