board of directors

President

Terry Vo

Terry Vo is part of the External Affairs team at Comcast Cable Corporation and manages community investment and partnerships in the Tennessee region. She has opened seven computer labs in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee, Conexion Americas, Hispanic Family Foundation, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, and Legacy Mission Village and connected over 200,000 Tennesseans to the Internet Essentials Program. She moved to Nashville in 2009 to work at the Consulate-General of Japan and has held leadership roles in a local political campaign and consulting firm. 

Terry is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Middle Tennessee and Dismas House as well as Vice President for Neighborhood Relations of the Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Association. She is also on the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Capital Campaign Committee, Metro Arts Commission Public Arts Committee, and Mentor for BBBS Middle Tennessee.

She was named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, recipient of the Japan American Society of Tennessee Sakura Award for Outstanding Leadership, and recipient of the Rising Star Award by the Arkansas Alumni Association. She is currently a tnAchieves Mentor and proud alumna of Leadership Middle Tennessee and MyCity Academy. She is the co-founder of the Beautiful Bookworms Book Club, avid domestic and international traveler, and enjoys checking out the local food scene in Nashville.

Vice President

Brian Rosman

Brian Rosman has over 20 years of agency experience helping clients grow their businesses and achieve their goals. Brian owns DOG AND A DUCK, a public relations agency with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. He is an expert in marketing, communications and influencer campaigns for hospitality, restaurants, beer, wine, spirits, cannabis, health, wellness, retail, fashion, entertainment and technology.

From managing the press for the largest casino implosion in the history of the Las Vegas Strip, to creating grant programs for state park water management, to running communications for the largest music festival in Los Angeles, to delivering groceries to snowbirds, to pouring champagne on the red carpet, to banning bachelorette parties from gay bars and producing a reality show for E! Entertainment Television, Brian has done a lot of creative things to get attention for his clients.

Brian currently serves as Vice President for the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television network. He has previously served on the board of LAXART, a nonprofit visual art space, the Los Angeles Mayor’s LGBT Heritage Council and LA Pride, where he also acted as the Communications Director.

Brian has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Drama from the University of Virginia.

Treasurer

Kerry Garner

Kerry is originally from Kuttawa, Kentucky.  After receiving his bachelor degree in accounting at Murray State University, he began his career in 1988 with BKD. Throughout his career he has managed the small business accounting and tax departments of several CPA firms. Kerry has particular expertise in financial institution taxation, small to medium-sized business accounting, financial statement presentation and tax compliance, as well as individual taxation. Kerry has extensive experience on numerous financial institution audits, loan reviews and tax returns. Wide range of experience working with small business financial statements and tax returns. Experienced in tax planning and preparation.

Kerry is a classic car collector.  He is currently Vice President on the national board of Lambda Car Club International, Inc., which has approximately 2,000 members. He also serves as Treasurer of the local chapter of the club.

Secretary

Joshua Wood

Josh Wood was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and is a proud product of the Metro Nashville Public School system. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2006 and thereafter attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts & Sciences double-majoring in Theater and Political Science. Josh received his J.D. from LSU Law School in 2013 and practiced law in New Orleans before returning back home to Nashville in 2016. Josh is currently an attorney in Waller’s Labor & Employment Group.

Since returning home, Josh has enjoyed spending more time with his family and getting to know New Nashville. Josh considers himself an advocate and a leader who is passionate about representing, advocating for, and empowering minorities, LGBT, and other underrepresented communities. During his spare time, Josh loves spending time with his family and friends, traveling, shopping, eating, live theater, movies, and trash reality TV. Josh loves all things politics, TV, pop culture, music & entertainment, and Black.

Member-At-Large

Raquel Barlow

Raquel Barlow is a human resource professional with over seven years of progressive experience recruiting, developing, training,and ensuring an inclusive environment for talent. 

Currently, she serves as the Assistant Vice President and Diversity Programs and Partnership Manager for Alliance Bernstein. 

Previously, she held multiple roles with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in the diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as organizational development field during her five year tenure. These roles provided opportunities to leverage community relationships, employee resource groups, coaching, and implement organizational strategies as well as systems. 

After graduating with departmental honors and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Raquel completed her M.Ed. at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College with a focus on human development and leadership. 

Throughout her career, Raquel has focused on diverse populations – through her focus on social psychology research at UTC, Tuft University, Meharry Medical College, and Vanderbilt – as well as organizational performance and process through her experiences in the nonprofit and private sector. 

She continues to seek out opportunities to educate, serve, and advocate.  

Member-At-Large

Annie Brinn

As Senior Vice President of Publishing Administration at Warner Music Group in Nashville, Annie Brinn is responsible for overseeing licensing, rights management, and royalties for Warner’s U.S. record labels. Since joining the company in 2017, Annie has restructured the organizational design of the Publishing division and curated a team of highly innovative, passionate, and talented individuals who are focused on seeking ways to work more efficiently and develop new opportunities related to the exchange of music data and rights management. Previously, Annie served as Manager of Mechanical Licensing at Sony Music Publishing for more than a decade where she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Licensing Department.

Annie drives change within and outside of Warner Music Group in both her capacity as SVP of Publishing Administration and as one of the company’s most visible cultural ambassadors. As a member of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) and serving as the Warner representative, Annie is continuously involved in industry-wide decisions relating to the development of the exchange of sound recordings and musical works between record labels and music publishers. Moreover, Annie’s work within the Nashville and wider Tennessee LGBTQ communities transcends her day-to-day role. She has been the company’s Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce delegate for more than three years, coordinating sponsorships and engaging staff in Pride-related events. Her experience in the Chamber led Annie to establish Warner’s first-ever LGBTQ Employee Resource Group for Nashville-based employees, an integral step in advancing the corporate diversity and inclusion strategy. She also serves as the Executive Sponsor of Music City’s Women of Warner Employee Resource Group. She steered the company’s stand against discrimination laws in Tennessee, collecting signatures of all executive leadership in open letters to the state legislature that urged Governor Bill Lee’s administration to block bills that posed a threat to members of the state’s LGBTQ community. Furthermore, Annie continues to give back to her community by serving as committee chair of the University School of Nashville’s Edgehill Society where she assists in fundraising efforts that draws support from alumni like herself. She is also a member of the Victory Fund, an organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people at all levels of government and serves on the Nashville Fundraising Committee. In October 2020, Annie became a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF), a nonprofit organization aimed at creating an emergency relief fund and other funding channels to support the National Independent Venue Association and its members.

Annie is a Nashville native and holds a B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Music Industry Studies and Minor in Psychology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She and her wife reside in East Nashville with their son, Ryman, whose namesake not only pays homage to the legendary Ryman Auditorium but also its founder, Thomas Ryman, who was (and still is) revered as one of Nashville’s most prominent humanitarians and philanthropists.

Member-At-Large

Michelle Gaskin Brown

Michelle Gaskin Brown is an attorney and currently the Manager of Public Policy at Amazon.

In this position, she facilitates and maintains relationships with local and state partners (elected and administrative officials, chambers of commerce, trade associations and economic development entities) to advocate for policies and legislation that support Amazon.

Prior to joining Amazon, Michelle was the Vice President of Metro Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She served as the liaison for the Nashville Chamber with Metro-Nashville government (Mayor’s Office, Metropolitan Council and Metro Departments) and advocated for local business and community interests on policy issues such as transit, housing, health, education, and fiscal policy. Preceding her work at the Chamber, Michelle was a legislative attorney at the Office of Legal Services for the Tennessee General Assembly where she served as counsel to all 132 legislators.

Originally, from Nashville, Tennessee, Michelle graduated from the Harpeth Hall School, Spelman College and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Outside of her work, Michelle serves on the Head’s Young Alumnae Council of the Harpeth Hall School and the Tennessee YMCA Center for Civic Engagement.

Michelle is the daughter of Drs. Hubert and Angela Gaskin, married to Herbert J. Brown and the proud mom to Emerson Denise Brown.

Member-At-Large

Adrianna Flax

As the Senior Director at Culture Shift Team, Adrianna uses her DEI expertise and social justice background to solve complex problems and develop creative solutions that serve client needs. She provides thought leadership within both CST’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity division and Multicultural Marketing division. As a ten-year veteran of the nonprofit sector in both New York and Nashville, she worked to disrupt intergenerational poverty, provide college and career access to underrepresented youth, and promote community-based arts. Adrianna served as the first executive over both the YMCA Latino Achievers and Black Achievers programs in Middle Tennessee, supporting over 500 high school students as they prepared for college and careers. She has expertise in strategic planning, program development & evaluation, community engagement and advancement, community accountability and diversity & inclusion.

Adrianna is a Jewish Latina and proudly part of the LGBTQ+ community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s degree in arts and cultural management from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Adrianna supports Joist, a Nashville nonprofit empowering women and nonbinary people through trades skills training, and she serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Diversity Consortium.

Member-At-Large

Michele Frazier

Michele Ivey Frazier is a Nashville native with 35+ years of committed service and leadership experience. Her corporate career started with companies including Genesco and Viacom Cable. She often reflects on the excitement of being involved with bringing cable television’s digital and fiber technology to the Nashville market. For 25 years she served as Chief Operating Officer for Rivergate Dental where she led all business matters for a multi-doctor practice.  Currently, she enjoys consulting on behalf of her firm Ivey League Investments and working with Music City Baseball in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

She is a proven leader and thoroughly enjoys the opportunities to serve through her membership with organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Links, Incorporated, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, Girl Friends, Incorporated and Carrousels, where she has held local, regional and national level leadership positions and has provided thousands of hours of service. 

Michele has a BBA from the University of Montevallo where she holds the honor of being the school’s first African American Student Government Association President and an MBA in Marketing and Human Resources from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. Recognitions include the YMCA’s Black Achiever Award and the Leader of the 21st Century Award. She has been married to her husband, Dr. Roderick Frazier for over 27 years and has two wonderful children, Roderick (II) and Ivey. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading and music.  

Diversity, equity and inclusion are true passions for Michele and she works daily to bring awareness of its value by supporting platforms for open conversation, education and action oriented initiatives. She describes herself as imperfectly perfect, extremely grateful and a lifelong learner.  

Member-At-Large

Nikki Gibson

Since joining Dell in 1999, Nikki has held positions in Facilities, Legal, HR and Ethics organizations.  Currently, Nikki serves as a Site Director for the Nashville campus, is an HR Compliance Consultant, the North America lead for Pride, Dell’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and a Board Member for Dell’s Political Action Committee (PAC).  
In her current role as an HR Compliance Consultant, Nikki is responsible for managing projects related to HR policies and strategy for all HR functions and leads compliance activities for Dell Canada.  As a Site Director for the Dell Nashville location, Nikki shares the responsibility for managing a site budget, supporting local talent planning, leading and sponsoring locally-led initiatives and community partnerships, leading local public relations opportunities and helping to set the site tone of winning culture to ensure that Dell Nashville is a great place to work.  
 

In 2006 Nikki began leading the Pride chapter in Tennessee and in 2018 assumed the leadership role for all chapters in North America. As the lead for North America Pride, Nikki provides support to 10 chapters, ensuring that each chapter is focused on areas of professional development, business innovation, team member experience, community involvement and advocacy. Nikki participates in community involvement events and is frequently asked to participate in panel sessions focusing on LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace.  

Nikki currently serves as a Board Member for the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Advancing Women in Nashville. Nikki is honored to have been named one of Nashville’s Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal and the recipient of Out & Equal’s LGBTQ Corporate Advocate of the Year Outie Award in 2020.

Adrianna is a Jewish Latina and proudly part of the LGBTQ+ community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s degree in arts and cultural management from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Adrianna supports Joist, a Nashville nonprofit empowering women and nonbinary people through trades skills training, and she serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Diversity Consortium.

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Olivia Ruth Hill

Olivia Hill is the Assistant Manager for the Power Plant at Vanderbilt University with 25 + years at Vanderbilt. She has successfully held every position at Vanderbilt’s Power Plant Including Diesel mechanic, Gas Turbine specialist, High Voltage electrician and Controls Specialist . Olivia sits on 5 different boards at Vanderbilt University including the Women’s Committee, the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) as well being appointed to the Vanderbilt University Equity Diversity and  Inclusion Subcommittee. Olivia has been awarded the LGBT Advocate of the year Vanderbilt University Award in 2020 and the Chancellors Heart and Soul Award at Vanderbilt University in 2019. She is a 10-year US Navy veteran with 3 overseas deployments with two tours in the Persian Gulf including combat action in Desert Storm. Olivia co chairs the Trans Support Group at The Table and volunteers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the Trans Buddy Program. Olivia is very active in our community spending much of her time educating people about transgender rights by speaking at many events.

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Member-At-Large

Caitlyn Lovell

Caitlyn A. Lovell is a Trust Administrator, Special Needs Trust Administration at Cumberland Trust and Investment Co. She specializes in the administration of Special Needs and Special Care relationships. Prior to her time at Cumberland Trust, Caitlyn was the Summer PR/Marketing Manager and Lobby Strategist for Tracks in Berlin, Germany. Caitlyn holds a B.S. in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University with minors in Global Studies and Business Administration and is a recent graduate of the Nashville Young Leaders Council. Caitlyn is a Nashville native, graduating from St. Cecilia Academy.

Member-At-Large

Brady O'Rourke

Brady is the founder and CEO of Social Link, a virtual marketing department specializing in digital strategy, social media advertising, and websites.  He is a partner in several companies in the media, tech, and real estate space.  He has consulted with hundreds of local, national, and global companies in various verticals.  

With over 16 years of experience, Brady has developed successful business ideas and go-to-market plans, managing marketing budgets for multi-billion-dollar companies.  He continues to seek ways to bring the strategies that work for the big players to the small businesses providing the ability to maximize every dollar and yield similar growth and impactful results.  His passion for helping the little guys led him to an entrepreneurial path of where he is today.

Social Link is a virtual marketing department specializing in graphic design, website development, app development, SEO, social media, Adwords, and content generation.

Member-At-Large

Dez Stephens

Dez Stephens is the Founder + CEO of Radiant Health Institute, a prominent international coach training school that certifies holistic life coaches, wellness coaches, and business coaches. She is a certified + credentialed coach, master trainer, and marketing strategist. Dez is a social entrepreneur, a people’s advocate, and a planetary activist.

Dez has coached professionally since 2005, and in 2012, founded Radiant Coaches Academy and has trained and certified over 500 students in over 10 countries. As a business coach and consultant, she enjoys coaching entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Dez is proud to volunteer as a Team Lead for EthicalCoach, an Inmate Partner for Better Decisions at the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center, a life-skills educator for Thistle Farms, and a board member for The Rooted Bridge.

Dez is co-executive producer of the documentary film, “End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock” highlighting Native women fighting to keep clean water on their Native lands in North Dakota and beyond. She is also co-executive producer of the upcoming “Sacred Foods” TV series.

Member-At-Large

Jason Wu

Jason is a Sr. Associate Brand Manager at Mars Petcare in Franklin, TN. Jason is the chair and a founding member of the Mars Petcare NA LGBTQ+ ARG. Jason has held various leadership roles in Mars China, Beijing related to Human Resources, Marketing, and Sales prior to moving to the US in 2016. Jason also leads an international education consulting company focused on promoting higher education while building meaningful connections and opportunities between students, teaching staff and alumni from various top US universities.

Jason is motivated by and gains tremendous joy from his work, social interactions, family and home life and seeks to strengthen the sense of belonging for all minorities.

Jason is proud to be from China where he was born and raised. Jason graduated from the Communication University of China, Beijing.

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