President, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
David Mansouri is President of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). SCORE drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee and is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution, founded in 2009 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. In his role as President, Mansouri leads the implementation of SCORE’s strategic plan, directing all programs and initiatives, as well as overseeing the organization’s financial and operational efforts. In his previous role as the organization’s Executive Vice President, Mansouri led SCORE’s advocacy, communications, outreach, policy, and research work. In his early work with the organization, he served as Director of Advocacy and Communications, overseeing statewide advocacy initiatives and strategic communications efforts focused on ensuring that students in Tennessee graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce.
Before joining SCORE, Mansouri worked in public relations and political consulting, providing clients and candidates with campaign consulting, issue advocacy work, and public affairs and communications strategy. Earlier, he worked for U.S. Senator Fred Thompson and at the Tennessee Republican Party.
A Tennessee native, Mansouri is a graduate of Rice University and received an MBA with honors from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Don Hardin Jr.
Owner, Don Hardin Group
Don Hardin is the owner of the Don Hardin Group, which provides project management and construction management across Nashville by managing architects, engineers and contractors on the Owner’s behalf. The Don Hardin Group is also a licensed general contractor, and their clients include the city of Nashville, The National Museum of African American Music, MARTA (Atlanta), Meharry Medical College, HCA, Nissan North America, Bridgestone/Firestone North America, TVA, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Quanta Manufacturing, Vanderbilt University and many other regional medical, educational and manufacturing clients.
Mr. Hardin is a graduate of Tennessee State University and has served on commissions and boards including the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Green Hills YMCA.
Independent Business Advisor
Mike Lovett is currently a Mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and a Board Member at the Nashville Public Library Foundation.
Mr. Lovett retired from Ingram Industries in August 2009 after a career with Ingram spanning nearly 25 years. At the time of his retirement, he was President and CEO of Ingram Digital. He had previously been President and CEO of Ingram Digital Ventures, a predecessor company, from its founding in 2005. He was President and CEO of Ingram Book Group from 1997–2004. Prior to this, he had been CEO of Ingram Library Services, Ingram International and Ingram Periodicals, all companies within the Book Group, from 1995–1997. He was CFO of Ingram Book Group from 1990–1996, after holding various executive financial positions at Ingram Industries.
He holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Science in Management degree from The University of Arkansas. Before joining Ingram, he was a CPA with a major accounting firm and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Director, Corporate Communications, Community Health Systems
Ms. Ayer has nearly fifteen years of strategic communications experience in corporate, agency and government environments. Prior to joining CHS, she served as senior-level communications advisor for a boutique healthcare public affairs firm where she advised healthcare executives, board members and communication leaders as they navigated high-stakes issues and opportunities. Prior to that, Ms. Ayer served as vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global public relations firm. She has held several communications and public affairs positions in state and federal government.
Ms. Ayer earned her master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.
Roland T. Hairston, II
Every day, Roland T. Hairston, II helps individuals and families find resolution to their legal issues so that they can focus on their everyday lives. Dozens and dozens of individuals and families have benefited from Mr. Hairston’s passion and expertise.
In 2010, Mr. Hairston graduated from the Nashville School of Law, where he finished in the top 1/3 of his class and passed the bar exam on the first attempt. Mr. Hairston graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a 3.75 GPA and a double-major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
What sets Mr. Hairston apart as a lawyer is his personal attentiveness to each client, sincere compassion for each family and commitment to excellence in legal representation. Mr. Hairston is routinely told by clients, “I’ve had other lawyers but I wish I had talked to you first!”
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Hairston spent five years as an intern for a well respected Nashville attorney and led his family publishing business. Mr. Hairston loves people as evidenced during his 6-year stint working at a local church. Mr. Hairston and his family live in Nashville, TN.
Scott Van Dusen
Vice President and Investment Officer, Equitable Trust Company
Scott Van Dusen is a Vice President and Investment Officer of Equitable Trust Company, a position he has held since joining the company in 2012. Previously, Scott worked in New York as an Equity Analyst with Hawkshaw Capital Management and as Vice President of Tildenrow Partners. Prior to that, Scott was an Equity Sales Associate with RBC Capital Markets. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University.
Executive Director, Relay Graduate School of Education
Shani Dowell is a proud graduate of Howard University and holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University. She started her career at Bain and Company before joining the nonprofit college access and retention program – The Posse Foundation – training high school students to be leaders and persist at college. Shani worked on education cases for the Bridgespan Group and worked at the KIPP charter network supporting school launches in Houston, New Orleans, and Nashville. Through this work Shani became inspired to become a teacher herself and joined Teach For America to teach middle schoolers Math in the public school district she attended as a student in Houston. Shani later joined Teach For America’s staff on the recruitment team and as Executive Director of the Nashville region. Shani has had the opportunity to support Nashville summer education programs like the Mayor’s Summer Scholars Academy, St. Ann’s East Nashville Hope Exchange and the YMCA Bridge Program. Most recently Shani joined the Relay Graduate School of Education to lead their efforts to increase the preparedness, diversity, and number of young adults pursuing a teaching career. Shani lives in East Nashville with her husband and two kids. Shani is a member of Leadership Nashville’s 2015 class.
Member, Riggs Davie PLC
Judy Spencer is a transactional attorney with Riggs Davie PLC, focusing on the healthcare industry. Her practice covers a wide variety of business matters, including entity formation, financing, governance issues, employee matters, contract negotiations and corporate transactions. Judy also counsels hospitals and other healthcare organizations on regulatory and compliance matters. Previously, Judy served for a combined eight years as Senior Counsel and Assistant General Counsel at HealthTrust Purchasing Group and Emdeon, respectively. Before moving in-house, Judy worked as an associate in the Corporate and Securities Departments of Bass, Berry & Sims for six years, and at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge in Washington, D.C. for two years. Judy earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her law and business degrees at Vanderbilt University, and completed the Signature Executive Program at the Scarlett Leadership Institute. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Leadership Health Care, the National Association of Women MBAs, Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center and 100 Women Who Care. Judy is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of Nashville Classical Charter School, raising funds for Nashville Ballet, Harpeth Hall, Belmont Mansion and JDRF, and serving as President of the Yale Club of Middle Tennessee.
Advisor, OakPoint Real Estate
Andrew Maxwell focuses on providing advisory services to OakPoint’s largest corporate clients. Prior to joining the OakPoint team Andrew served as a Director of Dispositions for USI Real Estate, a division of Johnson Controls, in New York City, where he managed sales and subleases of corporate-owned real estate assets for Fortune 500 clients in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
He previously served as Assistant Director, Consulting Services, for Studley in New York City, where he provided strategic consulting and analysis on the negotiation and execution of some of the largest lease transactions handled by the firm. Andrew began his career as an Associate at ProVenture Commercial Real Estate in Nashville, and he advises clients in lease negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance, corporate real estate strategy, and site selection.
David C. Wells Jr., CFA
Principal and Portfolio Manager, Woodmont Investment Counsel
David joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in May of 2016. Prior to joining Woodmont, David was a portfolio manager at Hanson Wells Partners, a long-short hedge fund he co-founded in 2012. Previously, he was a sell-side research analyst at Thompson Research Group and Avondale Partners, covering the industrial and consumer sectors for hedge fund, mutual fund and private equity clients.
An Eagle Scout, David is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University and has completed executive education course work on family business governance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. David currently serves as Chairman of the Board for a single family private trust company where he works closely with a multigenerational family on long-term wealth planning. As well, David is as a Board Member at Nashville Classical Charter School, a member of the Board of Traveler’s Rest, a Board Member at the Exit Planning Institute’s Nashville Chapter, a mentor through Pathways Women’s Business Center, and serves as a Deacon at West End Community Church. He was recognized in 2017 as one of Nashville’s Forty under Forty.