board of directors

board of directors

President

Ron Snitker

Ron Snitker, MBA, CEP, is Executive Director, Business Development, at Waller. Previously he was Director of Sales Marketing and Administration at UBS, where he also served as the co-chair of UBS Pride Americas, UBS’s LGBT Employee Resource Group with over 700 members. Ron has 20 years of successful multi-functional experience in administrative and marketing-related roles specializing in marketing, administration, relationship management, business development, leadership, and event management. A proven leader in revenue growth and developing client relationships, Ron contributes to long-term customer sustainability and retention. He has more than fifteen years of experience leading and motivating employees.

Ron holds dual MBAs from the Haas School of Business (University of California-Berkeley) and Columbia Business School, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Iowa. He is a member and advisor of national and international professional organizations and has spoken at national and international conferences, including Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit.

Ron is active with several local and national philanthropic causes. During nearly 20 years as a Nashville resident Ron has held positions, chaired events, or volunteered with Oasis Center, MT Lambda at MTSU, Nashville CARES, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Symphony Guild, and Blair School of Music Guild. Ron is also a graduate of the Nashville Young Leaders Council where he was named “Young Leader of the Year” at their Annual Luncheon in November 2018. Ron and his husband, Doug Alexander, live in East Nashville.

Vice President

Greg Cason

Greg Cason is the owner of Inspired Concepts and Events. He is also a board member of Nashville Pride and Mahogany Awards.

Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree at Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He is often seen volunteering with the Nashville and LGBT community including Second Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, Nashville Pride, Nashville Black Pride, Nashville CARES, Just Us, MashUP, and much more. When asked why he volunteers so much of his time, he states, “I give because I know what it feels like to be without”. 

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his two daughters, six grandkids and his husband, Landry Boyle. 

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

Taylor Wirth

Taylor Wirth has served as a member of the board of directors since June 2015. Taylor is the current Secretary of the Chamber and serves on its Executive Governance Committee. Taylor focuses on maintaining the organization’s books and records, assisting with contract and grant review and advising on other legal and corporate governance matters.

Taylor is an associate attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims, and advises clients on a variety of corporate matters including securities offerings, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Taylor holds his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and his B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.

Member-At-Large

Stephanie Ballou

Stephanie Ballou, MBA, and CFE is an AVP/Internal Audit Team Lead at AllianceBernstein (AB), where she is also the co-chair of the Nashville AB OUT Employee Resource Group. Stephanie recently moved back to her hometown of Nashville, TN in 2018 after spending almost 20 years in Chicago. While in Chicago she held internal audit positions at such companies as Motorola, 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 Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington DC. In addition, she is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Stephanie lives in Green hills with her wife Emma and their two pups. You will find her on the weekends enjoying family walks at Radnor Lake State Park, Percy Warner Park and working on her golf swing. She is also a masters’ swimmer with the Nashville Aquatic Club and extremely happy to be back at home in Nashville.

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

Donna Drehmann

Donna is a customer experience expert with over 20 years of handling customer complaints and measuring Net Promoter Score. Currently Director of Service Quality & Learning Experience at Postmates, she is thrilled to have ownership of the social customer care team, getting a first-hand view of how customers interact with the brand.

While at Change Healthcare, she was one of the founders of SPEAK – their diversity & inclusion program serving over 5,000 onsite and remote employees. At the Chamber, Donna has served as board vice president for the past two years. As Membership Committee chair for the Chamber, she successfully ran our #strivefor300 membership campaign in 2018 putting us in position to win additional grants and the coveted Chamber of the Year awards.

A born and bred New Yorker, Donna has been a Nashville resident for over 20 years, always active in the community through board service — The Belcourt Theatre, CABLE, AMA-Nashville Chapter, and through event work for Nashville CARES and Nashville Humane Association.

Member-At-Large

Nicole Gibson

Nicole (Nikki) Gibson, Dell – co-Site Director, Dell Nashville and HR Compliance Consultant; North America lead for Pride, Dell’s LGBT Employee Resource Group and Board Member Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce – Since joining Dell in 1999, Nikki has held positions in Facilities, Legal, HR and Ethics organizations. In her current role as an HR Compliance Consultant, Nikki is responsible for proactive auditing and strategy for all HR functions and leads compliance activities for Dell Canada. As a co-Site Director for the Dell Nashville location, Nikki is responsible for managing a site budget, supports local talent planning, leads and sponsors locally-led initiatives and community partnerships, leads local public relations, ensures site safety, security and emergency preparedness, helps set the site tone of ethical culture and ensures 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 7 chapters, ensures that each chapter is focused on areas of community involvement and people development. Nikki participates in community involvement events and is frequently asked to participate in panel sessions focusing on LGBT equality in the workplace. Nikki has been a member of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and recently joined the Chamber as a Board Member.

Member-At-Large

Jon Grayson

Jon joined the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) in September of 2004 and previous to becoming the Director of Policy and Integration for Corporate Diversity Equity and Inclusion in 2020 he served as the Director of Government Relations for HCA’s American/National Groups where he managed a team of more than 25 lobbyists/fiance/communications/subject matter experts supporting the government relations activities for more than 60 hospitals in nine states. Grayson worked closely with executive management, and members of senior leadership to develop government relations strategies to advance public policy that insured patient care, access, and clinical excellence to advance HCA’s mission of “improving the human condition”.

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 a half billion dollars 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.

Member-At-Large

Mac Huffington

Mac is a staple here in the LGBT Community being apart over the years of the LGBT Nashville Chamber Board Member and Program Committee Member, Nashville Pride Inc Board and Staff over 20 years, Nashville Black Pride Board and Staff over 18 years, GSA–Off-Campus Advisor at TSU, HER HRC and Coordinator of Sister’s United now called BASU, MashUp Board Member, 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 the Founder of MAC Productions, a Unique Entertainment Organization that focuses on discovering, developing and promoting innovative & creative talent. The organization specializes in the production of events and show performances & pageantry.  Mac has been a Promoter for the Mister & Diva U S of A National Pageantry System, Founder of Ms. Tennessee Diamond Diva Pageant (15yrs), and Mr. Esquire MI Pageant (24yrs), which is the longest-running Pageant system in the Southeastern Region. Mac is currently the Coordinator for the Nashville Pride Turnabout Fundraiser and the Nashville Pride Drag Stage since its inception. Mac is the Original Creator and Coordinator for the Nashville Pride Pageant.

Mac holds an annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser. She supports and volunteers for many Organizations in the Community such as the Metro Human Relations Commission through the Mobile Diversity Police Training Seminars, Oasis Center,  MashUp and LaunchPad and more. Mac has been in the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness video & documentary entitled You Shall LHIV to Zero by T.K. Hampton & Vic Sorrell. She also participated in the YouTube hit video campaign for MOOZE with Aurora Sexton Ms. Gay U S of A against the bathroom bill in Tennessee. Mac coordinated with TEP & Plugg Nashville to host fundraisers for PULSE (Orlando Tragedy). Also performed at the PULSE Fundraiser at Play Dance Bar. Mac enjoys her work in the community, traveling and spending time with her partner of 20 years, Stallion.

Member-At-Large

Courtney Lawrence

Courtney Lawrence was born and raised in Nashville, TN and is currently the Director of Human Resources of MediCopy Services, Inc, a Health Information Management company, where I have been employed since 2002.

Courtney is also the creator of Paris Entertainment, where he consults, manages and books drag entertainment shows for special events. He is the former Show Director of Vibe Entertainment complex for eight years before its closing. Courtney serves as the Pageant Director of Glamour City Pageantry here in Nashville as well. He plays a part in the booking of talent for Nashville Pride Festival, Nashville Black Pride and also partner with Inspired Concepts and Events as the Entertainment Director. In his spare time, Courtney likes to watch drag, travel with friends and spend time with close family and friends.

Member-At-Large

Christopher Lester

Christopher is the founder of C4ward Strategy and helps brands tell their unique story throughout the sales experience. Prior to launching C4ward, he served as the Vice President of Sales at Emma Email Marketing. Christopher has served as the Marketing Committee chair since 2017. He is passionate about both the LGBT Chamber and creating marketing that moves people, growth and the causes he believes in. In addition to his work with the Chamber, he serves on the Tennesseans for The Arts board; where, he works to educate, advocate and activate the arts and artistic programs throughout the state of Tennessee.

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 Strategy & Business Development at Bridgestone. Prior to Bridgestone, he served as 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.


Jake is active with several non-profit organizations in Nashville. He serves on the Board of PFLAG Nashville and as a Board Intern with Second Harvest Food Bank Middle TN since graduating from Nashville Young Leaders Council (Class 72). He also volunteers as an Advisor with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Jake is passionate about LGBTQ+ advocacy. He helped launch Bridgestone’s LGBTQ+ ERG and volunteered with TEP speaking out against anti-trans bills last legislative session.

Member-At-Large

Brian Rosman

Brian Rosman owns DOG AND A DUCK, a PR & Marketing Firm with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. DOG AND A DUCK helps its clients share their stories to build their businesses. Brian is an expert in marketing and communications for hospitality, restaurants, beer, wine, spirits, cannabis, health, wellness, retail, fashion, entertainment, and more.

Brian has previously served on the board of LAXART, a nonprofit visual art space and Christopher Street West, the organization that produces LA Pride. He served as the Communications Director for LA Pride in 2018 & 2019 and on former Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa’s LGBT Heritage Committee. Through his work with clients, Brian works with a variety of national, state, and local political campaigns and nonprofit organizations including HRC, The Trevor Project, The Point Foundation, Equality California, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, and GLAAD.

A University of Virginia alum, Brian has a BA in Biochemistry and Drama. Brian lives in Nashville with his husband Tyler and their dogs.

Member-At-Large

Marisa Swystun

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 Institue of Chicago, 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.

Member-At-Large

Terry Vo

With over 10 years of domestic and international community engagement experience, Terry Vo brings her expertise to Comcast on the External Affairs team where she manages community investments and partnerships in the Tennessee region. Vo has opened eight 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 Tennesseeans to the power of the internet through Comcast’s Internet Essentials Programs. She played a critical role in Comcast’s $1M investment into Tech Hill Commons that is designed to foster innovation, promote business, and develop students and tech professionals in Nashville.

 

She is very active in the community and also serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Dismas House, and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. She revitalized the Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Watch to increase community engagement and neighborhood awareness and now serves as the Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Association Vice President for Neighborhood Relations. She serves on the Overton High School IT Academy Advisory Board and is the 2020 Co-Chair for A Little Night of Music benefitting the PENCIL Foundation. She is also a founding member of API Middle TN.

 

Terry holds her MGPP from the University of Queensland and her B.A. from the University of Arkansas. She was named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, recipient of the JAST Sakura Award for Outstanding Leadership, and received the Rising Star Award by the Arkansas Alumni Association for her outstanding work as the President of the Nashville Chapter. She is currently a tnAchieves Mentor and proud alumna of Leadership Middle Tennessee and MyCity Academy. Vo is the co-found of the Beautiful Bookworms Book Club, avid domestic and international traveler, and enjoys checking out the food and music scene.

Member-At-Large

Rhonda Weatherford

Rhonda is a licensed General Contractor and owner of Weatherford Enterprises, a Nashville residential construction company & real estate development firm. Prior to starting her own business, she served as Chief of Staff & Executive Vice President of Global Operations with responsibilities for Asian & European operations for a publicly traded Supply Chain Logistics firm. She has held previous leadership and board positions with The University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business Advisory Board, Holy Trinity Community Church, The LGBT Center, and The LPGA Amateurs Golf Association. She currently serves on The Southern Growth Policy Board as Special Advisor to the Governor, State of Tennessee & as a board member to Metro Nashville’s Building Appeals Board.

Rhonda has extensive experience living abroad while managing multicultural teams, speaks multiple languages, and spent her EMBA residency in Warsaw. Rhonda resides in East Nashville with her wife Jenny and two fur babies.

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