board of directors

board of directors

President

Steph Ballou

Stephanie Ballou is an Internal Auditor with AllianceBernstein.

Steph recently moved back to her hometown of Nashville, TN after spending almost 20 years in Chicago. While in Chicago she held internal audit positions at such companies as Motorola, McDonald’s KPMG, and Premier Farnell. During this time, she spent extensive time traveling overseas for work in both Europe and Asia.

Steph holds an MBA from the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, as well as a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington DC. In addition, she is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Nashville is a great place to live, work, and operate a business. I serve on the Board of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce because I believe it exists to serve as a catalyst for economic growth and community development in Nashville. I’m proud to help lead our Chamber on behalf of the hundreds of corporations, small businesses, and individuals who want to keep Nashville Open & Equal.
Steph lives in Green Hills with her wife Emma and their two pups. You will find her on the weekends enjoying family walks and working on her golf swing.

Vice 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.

Treasurer

Clayton Klutts

Clayton Klutts is president of The Renaissance Therapy Group, a healthcare staffing agency. He previously served as vice president of financial planning and analysis at Dollar General Corporation. Prior to joining Dollar General, he held financial and accounting positions in the retail, banking, communications and service sectors. He is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Clayton served as executive sponsor of Dollar General’s LGBT employee resource group, EQUAL, and was a founding member of the organization.

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 the Manager of Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach for Cracker Barrel Old Country stores. Since joining the company in 2016 with the Organizational Development team, Raquel has overseen performance management, assessment, and succession planning efforts as an OD Specialist. In her current role, Raquel executes the company’s diversity strategy through education, employee resource groups, community partnerships, and collaboration across the organization.

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.

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

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.
Member-At-Large

Jon Grayson

Jon joined the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) in September of 2004 as the Director of Government Relations for the American/National Groups. In this role, Grayson manages the government relations activities for more than 32 hospitals in seven states. 

Prior to coming to HCA Grayson served on the staff of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander following his time with Governor Don Sundquist’s administration. While with Governor Sundquist Grayson served as the State Director of Program Management managing more than $500,000,000 in grants and loans for the State of Tennessee. He also served as a policy advisor for the administration on economic development initiatives and acted as the Governor’s Alternate to the Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority.

Grayson is a native of Johnson County, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his Masters of City Management from East Tennessee State University.  He currently resides in Nashville.

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Member-At-Large

Olivia Ruth Hill

Olivia Hill is the Assistant Manager for the Power Plant at Vanderbilt University with 25 + years at Vanderbilt. She is a 10-year US Navy veteran with three tours in the Persian Gulf including combat action in Desert Storm. Olivia is active in our community. She was appointed to the Women’s Committee at Vanderbilt University in 2019 and was elected to the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) as well being appointed to the Vanderbilt University Equity Diversity and  Inclusion Subcommittee. Olivia co chairs the Trans Support Group at The Table and volunteers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the Trans Buddy Program. 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. Last year Olivia became an avid road cyclist riding 75 miles each week.

Member-At-Large

Mac Huffington

Mac is a staple here in the LGBT Community being part over the years of the Nashville Pride Board over 20 years and the First Black Vice President of Nashville Pride. The First Chair of Nashville Pride Diversity & Inclusion Committee. LGBT Nashville Chamber Board Member and Program Committee Member, Nashville Black Pride Board member over 18 years, Coordinator of Sister’s United Now called BASU (part of Nashville Black Pride) Former GSA–Off-Campus Advisor at TSU, Former HER HRC, MashUp Nashville Board Member, LaunchPad Board member. The Original Coordinator of  Nashville Pride Drage Stage. The Original Coordinator of the Nashville Pride Pageant and Owner of Mac Productions that hosts two Pageantry Systems in Nashville. Celebrating 25 years of the Mr. Esquire Male Impersonator  Pageant and 15 years Of Ms. Tennessee Diamond Diva Pageant. Mac was the first Winner of the Bianca Paige Legacy Award, Winner of the Mark Middleton (Bianca Paige) Community Service Award, Featured in the book-100 Most Influential Gay Entertainers, Winner of the Out Central Autumn Award, Glamour City Pageantry Legend Award, Presented the Unity of America Pageantry System  Eyes of Texas Humanitarian Award, named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Nashville, Two times Nominated as one of the Finalists for the Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award given by the LGBT Chamber, and nominated for the Women Who Rock Community Service Award. Mac is now a Women Who Rock Board member.

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

Jake Martino

Jake Martino is Director of Mobility Solutions Product & Innovation at Bridgestone. Previously, he served as Director of Corporate Strategy & Business Development. Prior to Bridgestone, Jake was Vice President of Strategy & Operations at Techstyle Fashion Group in Los Angeles. Jake began his career in Boston in private equity, first at Cambridge Associates and then at Yellow Wood Partners. Jake completed his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his AB at Harvard College.

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

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 a Board Member 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.

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

Marisa Swyntun

In her role as Director of Development for CNM, Marisa pairs her experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and project management with her experience in the business community. After moving to Nashville from New York in 2016, she gained a valuable introduction to the city’s generous spirit through her work in development at Hands On Nashville.

Her career began working for a Detroit family foundation, helping establish arts education programs in the city’s underserved schools. She then joined the Art Institute of Chicago’s, fundraising for the museum’s Modern Wing capital campaign and permanent collection. Next, she founded an organization focused on maternal health in West Africa; the clinic she helped build celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

Continuing her love of business development, Marisa joined the high street retail-leasing team of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Chicago and New York. Five years later and missing social enterprise, she returned her focus to the nonprofit sector. She now lives in East Nashville with her girlfriend and their various four-legged family.

She has a B.A. in literature, with minors in business and journalism from Michigan State and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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